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Sports Columns

Why are the Penguins fighting for a playoff spot?

The Pittsburgh Penguins came out of their bye week Saturday in a position that no one would expect the winner of the last two Stanley Cups to be — on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. A 4-1 win over Detroit on Saturday swiftly pulled them back into a wildcard spot in the extremely ...

10-year contracts are just simply too long

Imagine your boss wanting to give you a long contract with the company. It doesn’t matter what profession it is, whether that’s a construction worker, janitor, billionaire playboy. It really doesn’t matter. Long-term contracts are nice, but picture your company offering you a 10-year ...

Happy Mother’s Day & thank you to all

I graduated college because of my mom. I am a writer because of my mom. While God gave me the tools to use the English language, my mom forged those tools into reality. It was the fall of 1981, Thanksgiving break, when I told my mom that I was homesick and not going back to college. ...

Feelings to Tribe changed over time

My father was correct all those years ago when he told me that my taste buds would change. Growing up, I had an immense disdain for broccoli and tomatoes. Now, I find them tolerable and can eat them regularly. I’m still working on bananas and egg whites. What my father did not tell me ...

The Gift could keep giving for Bucs

The Pirates season could have started better, but it could have definitely been worse. Flirting around the .500 mark at the end of the first month of the season is a position that many people thought the team would be in right now. However, Pittsburgh may have recently received an unexpected ...

The line between life and sports is thin

My heart breaks for Todd Heap and his family. My heart breaks for the family of Mikayla Focht. Will can all be so fortunate to have people talk about us after we’re dead the way those within the Pittsburgh Steelers organization talked about Dan Rooney. I listened to Jim Rome interview ...