Possibly lost amid the thrill of victory and the agony of Antonio Brown's social media skills is that the Steelers' most important player again was not their most important player...
I have no conceivable way of concluding what happened Sunday to Ben Roethlisberger and his right foot, but ... man, this all went down really weirdly.
Anyone getting tired yet of my constant comparisons between these Steelers and those Stanley Cup champs from a few months back? Nah, thought not.
Football has been beaten and bruised by the increased scrutiny on concussions, by shrinking TV ratings, by all the usual rap sheets, and now even by politics.
Sometimes it's easy to forget our city is blessed with two of professional sports' most successful franchises. And sometimes, like this past month, it's screaming in our faces.
It was 1986 gloriously revisited Monday night at PPG Paints Arena, with the Penguins going chili-plus on the Senators, 8-5, while overcoming a two-goal deficit.
The Penguins perform better as a group in front of Matt Murray than in front of Marc-Andre Fleury. It's not a myth, and it's not a narrative.
When the Penguins fly over to New York for a rematch at Madison Square Garden, if we're being candid, their charter will be carrying a few too many passengers.
A few seconds before noon, Mike Tomlin will sit down at his news conference table, lean into the mic and speak the same two words he always does: "Good afternoon."
It might just be a feeling, and it might just be context, but the Steelers' defense sure is giving off a a more upbeat vibe these days.
So I found out this week I'm paying $30 a year to watch NBA games on TV. And this flustered me way more than it should have.
In college, they teach Logic with a capital L. If one condensed the curriculum, it would look something like this.
The Steelers will be right to start Landry Jones against the Patriots. And yet, they'll be equally wrong.
Upon speaking with several folks inside the Penguins about Sidney Crosby's concussion, I can confidently share these five semi-conclusive stances.
"The thing is," David DeCastro was telling me late Sunday night at Heinz Field, "we can do even better." Yeah, agreed. That is the thing.
No topic moves men and women quite like our own mortality. That's how it always will be. Death is the most terrible of trolls.
Let's get this up front, since Pat Narduzzi announced that Pitt's players and practices would be off-limits to reporters leading up to the Penn State game: I really don't care.
The Panthers are thinking Villanova. As they should. This is, after all, a program that opened 2012 with a loss to Youngstown State.
Finally had a chance to catch the NBA guys here. No, not those NBA guys. The Americans were off Monday after sweeping through the round-robin portion of the Olympics.
All four of the Olympians with the closest ties to the Pittsburgh area are women. Big deal, right? Well, yeah, exactly.
The Steelers' offense will be the best it's been in years, maybe in decades. And I'm getting that sense as much from the big bodies as the big names.
Eleven players on the Pirates' roster have taken 100 or more at-bats. Nine of them have a better batting average than Andrew McCutchen's .244.
If a manager is only as smart as his bullpen usage, as the baseball adage goes, then Clint Hurdle is trekking into Stephen Hawking territory this summer.
The Las Vegas expansion draft doesn't matter in the slightest compared to a certain other NHL event next June.
Can anyone explain why Neal Huntington never hears so much as a solitary syllable of criticism around here?
The big bash by the Bay here Sunday brought a buoyant ending for the 49th edition of Pittsburgh's Penguins. And the 50th?
Ryan Vogelsong is one of those quality humans who never has to say goodbye because you always know he'll find you again.
Whatever fatalism might have followed the Pirates from their 10-day road trip doesn't appear to have made it.
So wait, Mike Sullivan was lobotomized? He actually did bench Patric Hornqvist in Game 5 with the Penguins needing two goals?
Never again let it be spoken, least of all by Mike Tomlin and/or Kevin Colbert, that the Steelers don't draft for need.