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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: Garoppolo baffles Steelers

By Joe Starkey
Jarvis Jones seemed perplexed. Bud Dupree looked at me as if I’d gone mad. The question I posed to both Steelers linebackers and a few of their teammates on a steamy Wednesday afternoon in Latrobe: What comes to mind when I ...

Starkey: Mitchell a critical piece for Steelers

By Joe Starkey
It’s really, really hard to win a Super Bowl without superior safety play. Whether it’s a face-bashing intimidator (Rodney Harrison), an instinctive center fielder (Ed Reed) or a free-roaming wild man (Troy Polamalu), championship teams usually feature at least one ...

Starkey: Tomlin’s the right coach, obviously

By Joe Starkey
Reactionary blockheads would have you believe the Steelers could do a lot better than Mike Tomlin. They could, I suppose, but only if they lured Bill Belichick out of New England. Otherwise, Tomlin can put his record against that of any ...

Starkey: Boyd, Blair punishments are Narduzzi’s first big call

By Joe Starkey
In the wake of star receiver Tyler Boyd’s DUI arrest last month, Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi wondered if he could have done something more ...

Starkey: Buzz-killing Cards have Pirates fans seeing red

By Joe Starkey
This one feels special. It feels, in fact, like one of the more anticipated series in PNC Park’s 15-year history. The baseball alone would be enough. ...

Starkey: Is this Huntington’s best Bucs team?

By Joe Starkey
Somebody suggested to A.J. Burnett after the Pirates’ victory Monday that he is having the best season of his career. I asked Burnett if ...

Starkey: Burnett writing incredible final chapter

By Joe Starkey
“I guess I’m a Yinzer,” A.J. Burnett was saying late Monday after the Pirates’ pulsating, 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. “That’s what they ...

Starkey: Bring back the Brawl!

By Joe Starkey
Sounds like there’s newfound desire to resurrect the Backyard Brawl. Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes and West Virginia AD Shane Lyons seem more than open to the idea. The trick will be turning openness into urgency, talk into action. Rivalries make ...

Starkey: Rutherford hits jackpot with Kessel

By Joe Starkey
Assuming he stays healthy — and he hasn’t missed a game in five years, playing all 483 of them, including playoffs — Penguins winger Phil ...

Starkey: Cervelli’s inspiration

By Joe Starkey
It shouldn’t be surprising that the Chinese characters on Francisco Cervelli’s tattoos — the ones on his left shoulder — are translated as such: “Mother. ...

Starkey: Pirates awash in All-Star candidates

By Joe Starkey
I asked Josh Harrison, at his baseball camp in the North Hills on Wednesday, to pick the top all-star candidates among his Pirates teammates. “Wow,” ...

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