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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: Chryst a miserable failure at Pitt

By Joe Starkey
Not to be lost amid the upheaval in the Pitt athletic department: Paul Chryst did a lousy job here. Astoundingly, Chryst, upon his departure, came off as a sympathetic figure who “left the program in a better place.” People ...

Starkey: Pederson had to go at Pitt

By Joe Starkey
The timing was impeccable. An all-time troll job. The move itself was bold and inspired. Kind of like the moves Steve Pederson used to make, ...

Starkey: Moats making statement in more ways than one

By Joe Starkey
Amid all the Steelers drama at right outside linebacker this season, Arthur Moats was a bit player. He was something of an afterthought, to be ...

Starkey: Like Chryst, Pitt’s Conner should have choice

By Joe Starkey
Hasn’t James Conner done enough? Pitt’s star running back has put himself through a human shredder in two seasons of college football. He has carried ...

Starkey: Paging ‘Big Game Ben’

By Joe Starkey
It’s time. Ben Roethlisberger, great as he is, hasn’t played big in a big game since, what, 2010? Not coincidentally, that was the last season ...

Starkey: No defending hit by Penguins’ Bortuzzo

By Joe Starkey
I must be seeing things. Every time I look at the hit Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo put on Jaromir Jagr, I see Bortuzzo going out ...

Starkey: Polamalu returns to ‘catch-22’

By Joe Starkey
“He is often depressed beyond the point of tears.” That was the description of former West Virginia and Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl Talley in a ...

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 ...

Starkey: No explaining Steelers, AFC North

By Joe Starkey 11:29 p.m.
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 ...

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