Joe Starkey

Starkey: Only owners can fix NFL's fraudulent preseason

NFL owners need to stop stealing people's money. It's bad enough we helped fund most of their stadiums. That they continue to fleece their most ...

Starkey: Pirates can't overcome Cole

Say this much for Gerrit Cole, who suffered a career-high ninth loss Wednesday: When reporters trekked into the clubhouse to inquire about his latest failed ...

Starkey: Will Steelers' 'Lucky Le'Veon' ever get it?

Lucky Le'Veon Bell keeps stepping into piles of you-know-what and stepping out with barely a stain on his shoes. Two years ago, the Steelers' wildly ...

Starkey: Penguins primed for another run

It's never wise to predict a repeat NHL champion. The road is just so ridiculously long. There hasn't been a repeat champ since the 1998 ...

Starkey: Pirates have a precious opportunity

I'm not thinking about bridge years. Or leap years. Or next year. The Pirates have a precious opportunity THIS YEAR. Right now. Contrary to the cynics' ...

Starkey: Little-known Johnston Pittsburgh's answer to Bo, Deion

Within minutes, the Tim Tebow-tries-baseball story took me down the rabbit hole of two-sport professional athletes. Who was the best? (Jim Thorpe, probably, but I'll ...

Starkey: Vogelsong can't wait for home start

Nothing goes unquantified in baseball anymore, from how many steps a player takes upon arrival at the ballpark to how many ways a manager might ...

Starkey: Cutch has earned support but not instant playing time 

Andrew McCutchen has not handled his poor season gracefully. He seemingly has blamed everything from injuries to umpires to an official scorer for his troubles. ...

Starkey: Players biggest reason for Pirates' flop

I'm not going to let Bob Nutting, Frank Coonelly or Neal Huntington off the hook. Not after they took us back to 2006. Not after they ...

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 ...