Gene Collier


 Mark Arcobello, left, defenseman Kris Letang, center, and right wing Steve Downie celebrate a goal by Downie Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets  at the Consol Energy Center. The Penguins won, 5-3.

Gene Collier: Kris Letang's stellar play a sight for sore Penguins

Kris Letang's appearance on the ice in Tuesday’s game did more than just give the Penguins a recognizable force they could lean on.

3 days ago


 Pitt's Michael Young drives to the basket against Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku and Montrezl Harrell in the second half Sunday at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Don't expect much from Pitt vs. quality teams

The Panthers lost by double digits to a superior Louisville team on national television, as expected.

5 days ago


 Pitt's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo, whose hard work is finally starting to show in games, grabs a rebound against Georgia Tech last weekend at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt walk-on Aron Phillips-Nwankwo has a story worth telling

Pitt's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo takes the same motivation he has on the court and uses it to forge a rare career path for a college athlete.

6 days ago


 New Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford keeps an eye on newfangled NHL statistics.

Gene Collier: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford plays his daily numbers

Despite being one of the older general managers in the NHL, Jim Rutherford has brought a more analytical approach to the Penguins.

1 week ago


 Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is carried off the field after getting his 400th win against Northwestern at Beaver Stadium in November 2010.

Gene Collier: Penn State shouldn't rush to restore Joe Paterno's legacy

The decision to restore 111 wins was proper, but more needs to be done on other fronts.

1 week ago


 Jim Rutherford, general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Gene Collier: Perception of Penguins GM Jim Rutherford not reality

Veteran general manager Jim Rutherford, along with the coach he hired, represents the backbone of the new-look Penguins.

1 week ago


 The Buffalo Bills' new head coach is Rex Ryan, formerly of the New York Jets.

Gene Collier: NFL coaching carousel defies logic

The coaching carousel spins at terrifying speed these days, but logic is not the driving force.

2 weeks ago


 Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Wilds' Matt Cooke in the second period of Tuesday night's game at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Penguins wise to take two points from lousy Minnesota Wild

It was far from a breath-taking effort, but the Penguins got the job done rather easily Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center.

2 weeks ago


 Jung-ho Kang at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Gene Collier: Pirates' Kang deal wouldn't be a home run

Questions surround the viability of South Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang, such as how good is he and where would the Pirates put him?

2 weeks ago


 Penguins right winger Steve Downie hauls in a loose puck against the Boston Bruins in the second period Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Encouraging results despite setbacks for Penguins

Penguins coach Mike Johnston has pieced together a quality team halfway through the season even after all the illnesses and injuries.

3 weeks ago


 Mike Tomlin speaks during his final press conference of the season at the Steelers' South Side training facility.

Gene Collier: Not everybody sees eye-to-eye with Tomlin's take on Steelers

The Steelers have much to fix for next season, including a couple of the aspects coach Mike Tomlin spoke glowingly of Tuesday.

3 weeks ago


 Baltimore’s Brandon Williams hovers over Ben Roethlisberger after recording one of the Ravens’ five sacks of Roethlisberger Saturday night in the AFC wild-card game at Heinz Field. The Ravens also intercepted Roethlisberger twice and pressured him numerous other times.

Gene Collier: Roethlisberger, teammates fall flat in biggest game of past four years

Just a little too late to be counted among the typically grim holiday travel statistics, the 2014 Steelers season still ended in a crash.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers' Le'Veon Bell pulls in a pass for a touchdown as he's defended by Ravens' C.J. Mosley in the second quarter at Heinz Field Sunday night, November 2, 2014. Bell won't be available for the Steelers tonight.

Gene Collier: Law of averages yields little insight into outcome

Trying to figure out the winner of today's Steelers-Ravens game, mathematically or otherwise, is a lesson in futility.

4 weeks ago


 Steelers receiver Antonio Brown scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field Sunday night.

Gene Collier: Steelers-Ravens intersection usually nastiest place to be

Saturday night’s matchup often pivots on who is the crazier team at the moment.

1 month ago



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