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Joe is a freelance sports columnist for the Tribune-Review. Joe Starkey can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7848

Starkey: Rutherford will add when timing’s right

By Joe Starkey
Having spent parts of five decades in the NHL — six if you include the day the Detroit Red Wings drafted him 10th overall in 1969 — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford knows every season brings unique challenges. This season, ...

Starkey: No explaining Steelers, AFC North

By Joe Starkey
Has there ever been a Steelers team as unreadable as this? A team that shuttles from dominance to disarray and back so frequently and randomly? ...

Starkey: Pens move on with, without Dupuis

By Joe Starkey
There is a cold reality to professional sports. The Penguins felt the full chill Thursday morning at Consol Energy Center. They officially began life without ...

Starkey: Burnett’s a bargain for Bucs

By Joe Starkey
A.J. Burnett made a promise Friday. “I’m going to be the same A.J. I was when I was there before,” he told 93.7 The Fan. The Pirates would settle for a reasonable facsimile. They signed Burnett to a low-risk, one-year, $8.5 ...

Starkey: Pitt’s problem is talent, not effort

By Joe Starkey
Tyler Boyd was being honest. I’m sure of that. I’m just not sure he was accurate. Boyd, Pitt’s sensational sophomore wide receiver, told Jerry DiPaola ...

Starkey: Revisiting Rooney’s vision for Ben

By Joe Starkey
Remember when the Bruce Arians era ended, ever so awkwardly, and Steelers president Art Rooney II made headlines by saying the running game needed an upgrade and Ben Roethlisberger needed to “tweak” his playing style? Remember the flak Rooney caught, ...

Starkey: Fleury deal perfectly sensible

By Joe Starkey
As far as citywide celebrations go, we can agree a Russell Martin signing would rate an 11 — or maybe 111 — on a scale ...

Starkey: Bryant could transform Steelers offense

By Joe Starkey
Tattoos are spreading like wildfire on Martavis Bryant’s upper torso. One stands out: the NFL logo, just above his belly button. Bryant had the shield ...

Starkey: Hockey hypocrites, unite

By Joe Starkey
Welcome to the Hockey Hypocrites Club. My name is Joe. I’ll be showing you around today. Our motto: “Crave offense, preach defense.” Privately, we lust for ...

Starkey: Chryst missed his only shot

By Joe Starkey
Wearing their old-school “script” helmets Saturday, the Pitt Panthers undoubtedly hoped to evoke memories of the first Johnny Majors era, the glorious one that featured ...

Starkey: Century mark beckons for Ben

By Joe Starkey
Mike Tomlin calls his quarterback “a sick competitor.” The description seemed especially apt Monday night at Heinz Field, where Ben Roethlisberger pretty much lost his ...

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