Joe Starkey

Starkey: MLB instant replay has gone mad

So the Adam Frazier-out-at-second replay Tuesday caused quite the reaction in the Pirates radio booth. To recount, Frazier took an extra base on a single ...

Starkey: Big Ben, as always, the key

There is one man, and one man only, whose prolonged absence would reduce the Steelers' chance of winning the Super Bowl to precisely zero. You ...

Starkey: Steelers becoming an embarrassment

At this point, in the wake of the Le'Veon Bowl, er, Bell news, I'm thinking the Steelers should go all in. They should capitalize on ...

Starkey: Playing for 'now' won't hurt Pirates' future

Normally reliable contributors have underachieved (although Francisco Liriano righted himself for a night). Injuries have hit hard, and general manager Neal Huntington grossly miscalculated on ...

Starkey: Manfred must hammer Cardinals

American justice often makes little sense. That much is affirmed in reviewing the federal case dauntingly titled, "The United States of America Versus Christopher Correa." ...

Starkey: The inner life of a sports parent

"If you never put me in the game, coach, how will my father live his own sports dreams vicariously through me?" — cartoon ...

Starkey: Can Pirates follow Penguins' path?

The Pirates' sudden surge feels Penguins-like in one respect: young energy helping to fuel a dramatic turnaround. You can feel it. Adam Frazier hustling a ...

Starkey: How will Pittsburgh react to Pirates' Kang?

It's hard to be neutral in this age of instant hot takes, but until more facts emerge, neutral is precisely where I will remain on the ...

Starkey: NFL commits personal foul on Harrison

If I didn't know better, I would think the NFL was joking with the June 24 letter it sent Steelers linebacker James Harrison, telling him ...

Starkey: Liriano's torture tour continues

Move over, Andrew McCutchen. Francisco Liriano has become the Pirates' biggest underachiever this season. It's not close, really. Liriano, the highest-paid player on the team, the ...

Starkey: Remembering a long-forgotten Penguins hero

At some point, lower in this space, we'll talk about how the original captain of the Philadelphia Flyers became an all-time Penguins hero, albeit a ...