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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: The kick returner and the grizzly bear

By Joe Starkey
Our story begins in June 2008 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., where a sportswriter named Jonathan Bombulie presented a peculiar but compelling question to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins assistant coach Dan Bylsma during the pregame press meal. I am writing about ...

Starkey: Steelers stopping themselves with suspensions

By Joe Starkey
It has been said many times, most recently by Le’Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger, that the only team capable of stopping the powerful Steelers offense ...

Starkey: Fans should be used to rooting for players with baggage

By Joe Starkey
Sports-talk radio went wild Tuesday with news of reformed dog killer Michael Vick working out for the Steelers.  I was present at the epicenter of ...

Starkey: Pirates will need Cole train rolling

By Joe Starkey
It was Gerrit Cole himself, at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, who warned people not to get too crazy over his fabulous first half. “It’s ...

Starkey: The NFL’s quarterback quagmire

By Joe Starkey
Something incredible happened Friday: I saw the season end for one NFL team as it was running onto the field. While Ben Roethlisberger was flashing ...

Starkey: Steelers’ Villanueva all business

By Joe Starkey
Alejandro Villanueva heard about the NBC announcers complimenting his play Sunday in the Hall of Fame game. Cris Collinsworth, Tony Dungy and Al Michaels talked ...

Starkey: Despite great record, Pirates face critical questions

By Joe Starkey
For a team on pace to win 97 games, the Pirates face some intriguing questions down the stretch. Some of them — who to play ...

Starkey: Goodell’s misdeeds worse than Patriots’

By Joe Starkey
Patriots Rage: a condition characterized by deep resentment of the New England Patriots. It afflicts millions, including, one would suspect, many of Roger Goodell’s bosses ...

Starkey: Steelers still knockin’ on Canton’s door

By Joe Starkey
Once “The Bus” makes his final stop, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, the Steelers officially can boast of 21 busts in ...

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 ...

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 ...

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