Joe Starkey

Starkey: Great outdoors? Not so much for Penguins-Flyers

Eight years ago, wild enthusiasm would have greeted news that the Penguins and archrival Philadelphia Flyers were going to bash heads in an outdoors, home-and-home ...

Starkey: Denver 'D' had all-time playoff run

I don't know if the Denver Broncos' defense was better than the '85 Bears or the 2000 Ravens or the 2013 Seahawks. It certainly won't ...

Starkey: Pitt bound for bubble, maybe trouble

Pitt rarely beats ranked opponents anymore. The Panthers' 64-50 home loss to No. 9 Virginia on Saturday dropped them to 0-3 against ranked opponents this ...

Starkey: Five greatest plays in Super Bowl history

Funny thing about the five greatest plays in Super Bowl history: Two of them happened on the same drive. Two others happened in the same ...

Starkey: Seriously, Sullivan on a mission with Penguins

So far, so good with the Penguins' new coach. The stars are performing. The team is winning. But who is this guy, anyway? Who is the ...

Starkey: How high can Sid go?

Sidney Crosby's place in the scoring race isn't the Penguins' most pressing issue, obviously. Winning hockey games is the objective, and the Penguins won a ...

Starkey: What to do with Jarvis Jones?

His story is not finished. He could be a late bloomer, though it is getting late. He turns 27 next season. He has shown flashes, ...

Starkey: Steelers should still be playing

The Steelers blew a precious opportunity Sunday in Denver. Let's acknowledge that much. Yes, their effort was excellent. Yes, they were short-handed. But that wasn't ...

Starkey: It's on the defense in Denver

Back when the Steelers played consistently dominant defense, I remember Troy Polamalu telling me the week-in, week-out goal of Dick LeBeau's group was simple: Outplay ...

Starkey: Did 'Peezy' pull a fast one?

Ages hence, when the insane Steelers-Bengals wild-card game from 2016 comes up, as it surely will, one trivia question shall trump all: Who accounted for ...

Starkey: Steelers' young defenders on the spot

The Steelers have taken plenty of flak, plenty of it deserved, for not drafting as well on defense as offense in recent years. Cam Heyward ...