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Some pre-Super Bowl food for thought from my Boston Phoenix colleague Sean Kerrigan: Financial...Originally posted on soxmobster.tumblr.com. Chris Faraone's book, "How I Learned to Stop...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 04, 2011
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Sports blotter: In the rough

Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 02, 2010
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Sports Blotter: Dead Duck

The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2010
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Cardinal sin

Here's one you don't hear every day. J.J. Hones, a point guard on the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad for a DUI. No big deal, right? Happens all the time in college sports.
Drunken golf-cart fun at Stanford; plus, an aspiring NHL goon takes his show off the ice
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2010
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Bust busted

Bring up the topic of biggest NFL draft busts of all time and most people come up with the same short list of notorious names, all of them quarterbacks.
Keith McCants mccan't stay out of trouble; plus, another Clockwork Orange homage
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 11, 2010
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Phillip Merling: Oh, baby

This week's foul NFL news emanates from down South, where Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Phillip Merling was busted for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  
A Dolphin gets flagged for illegal hands to face; plus, Zach Randolph resurfaces
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 04, 2010


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Parental advisory

An exceedingly bizarre sequence of events transpired this past week — the parents of two different playoff-competing NBA players were arrested in separate incidents, one on each coast.
The pros take a back seat to their misbehaving moms and dads
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2010
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Spring fever

The Lawrence Taylor case is progressing, and as expected, each passing day upchucks new sordid details into the gossip-o-sphere.
LT’s self-abuse defense, a bag job at Notre Dame, and heading back to school in Texas
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 21, 2010
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Sacked

We always knew Lawrence Taylor was a good bet to get in trouble.
NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor takes another hit
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 14, 2010
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Facebook fracas

Sooner or later, Facebook had to figure into the sports-crime scene. There are at least two cases now of pro football players getting arrested for assault in fights resulting from their wives looking at their Facebook friends lists.
Clinton Hart has one too many friends; plus, a pack of ’Dawgs starts chasing the Ducks
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 07, 2010
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Mirror, mirror

Virtually every year, like clockwork, a college-football player is arrested for getting blasted and then running around town vandalizing cars — a crime that almost always involves ripping multiple side mirrors off of multiple automobiles.
Smashing up cars in South Alabama; Plus, it's that frisky NFL draft time of year
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 30, 2010


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QB freak

Trying to parse the situation with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his sexual-assault allegations, one comes to some interesting conclusions. The strategy pursued by law enforcement in this case speaks volumes.
No charges for Roethlisberger, but Big Ben’s reputation might be sacked
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 23, 2010
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Cookie monster

The Florida International University football program was rocked recently when running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death in front of eight witnesses — allegedly by an ex–FIU teammate.
Senseless tragedy at FIU; plus, late-night fun at Marshall and some Oregon fallout
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 16, 2010
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The dumbass chronicles

Right about now, every football fan in America is asking him- or herself the same question: if Shaun Rogers is dumb enough to bring a gun to an airport, what did the guy score on the Wonderlic?
Shaun Rogers flunks out; plus, fun at the clubs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 09, 2010
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Bland theft auto

Man, talk about a meme that won't die!
Ex-Patriot Terry Glenn's suburban sprawl. Plus, Charles Rogers needs a nap.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 15, 2010
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Smear tactics

In the world of sports crime, there are two kinds of arrests. In the first, an athlete causes a public scene in some way, the police come, and the athlete is eventually squeezed into the back of a cruiser and taken away. The other kind of crime happen
Accused athletes unleash their attorneys
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 28, 2009


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Personal fouls

The biggest story in sports media last week was the discovery of surreptitiously shot nude-video footage of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, whose comeliness has made her a favorite — and sometimes a fetish — of the online sports commentariat.
ESPN's odd double standard on sex
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 31, 2009

We could be heroes . . .

With all due respect to David Bowie's lyrics — and certainly to all the men and women in the military at all levels — the concept of "hero" as it pertains to the media's use of the term has sadly become overblown.
Superlative sobriquet overused as blanket term for all military members
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 11, 2009
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Blount's blunts

Let’s just say it’s been a while since we’ve seen a pound-worthy entry to the annals of pot busts, as we did this week.
Sports blotter: "Gone to pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 17, 2008
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Shattered Plax


Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008
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Surprising

You do a thing often enough, you tend to get good at that thing.
Sports blotter: "Absolutely fell out of my chair" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 03, 2008


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Bad idea jeans


Sports blotter: "You’re looking at some years, son" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 25, 2008
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Magnum farce


Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2008
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He choked big time


Sports blotter: "Ugly incident" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 12, 2008
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Quiet before the storm

There have been a lot of mysteries surrounding the Patriots in the Bill Belichick years, not surprising given the intense effort the team puts into maintaining airtight clubhouse and organizational secrecy in general.
Sports blotter: "Good call, coach" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 05, 2008
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BBs and b-balls

A few years ago, it looked like college athletes shooting strangers with BB guns was going to be the boutique sports offense of the 21st century.
Sports blotter: "Inducing panic" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 29, 2008


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Husker don't

Details right now are still sketchy, but Thunder Collins, a former University of Nebraska running back who was once considered a sure-fire NFL star, has been charged with murder.  
Sports blotter: "Next Lawrence Phillips" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 02, 2008
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Bad times for kickers

Here’s a depressing-ass story that tells you everything you need to know about the life of a retired mediocre athlete.
Sports blotter: "Not so high on the hog" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 16, 2008

Highway to hell

The former SEC linebacking great should be available, after being Tasered on March 28, following a bizarre loitering arrest in Prichard, Alabama.
Sports blotter: "Not-so-free agents" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 23, 2008
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Rooney doesn't rule

Funny, funny stuff coming from Pittsburgh — a relief, actually, to see some other city’s storied NFL franchise balls-deep in an ethical nightmare.
Sports blotter: "Pardon my French, but you're an asshole" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 26, 2008