Gene Collier


Gene Collier: On this day, plenty for which to be thankful

The least of which is that the Pirates avoid ridiculous free-agent spending and the Steelers are in the AFC North.

about 3 hours ago


 West Virginia's Daryl Worley reacts after TCU's Jaden Oberkrom kicked the winning field goal at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown on Nov. 1.

Gene Collier: Rivalries beat bowl games

Forget pursuit of a bowl, the region’s middling college teams are better off piling on each other than piling on a meaningless sixth win.

1 day ago


 Steelers safety Troy Polamalu injured his knee Nov. 2 in a win against Baltimore at Heinz Field, but it might have been Baltimore that suffered the biggest blow -- a loss in the tight AFC North.

Gene Collier: Twists, turns still await AFC North

It's unknown how things will unfold for the Steelers in the murky AFC North, but one thing's for sure: More "rock bottoms" remain in play.

4 days ago


 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls a play out to his team in a game last season at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Jamie Dixon puts Pitt in right places

Panthers basketball coach Jamie Dixon has his players and program where they want to be in more ways than one.

6 days ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hands off to Le'Veon Bell against the Titans in the first quarter at LP Field in Nashville on Monday night.

Gene Collier: Offensive thrill ride runs when Bell rings

Le’Veon Bell took over the game in the second half against the Titans after QB Ben Roethlisberger and his receivers could not.

1 week ago


 The Pirates' A.J. Burnett reacts after getting the Cardinals' Allen Craig to strike out to end the seventh inning of the first game of a double header at PNC Park in July 2013.

Gene Collier: A.J. Burnett’s back, but is it for better, or worse?

The Pirates have acquired right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett and are responsible for paying him $8.5 million this summer.

1 week ago


 Ex-Steeler and Robert Morris head football coach John Banaszak, center, with his former teammates Lynn Swann  and Mel Blount.

Gene Collier: Robert Morris coach steeled for frustration

Steel Curtain alumnus John Banaszak knows football’s frustrations, and the experience isn’t limited to his time as Robert Morris’ coach.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scrambles to try to make a play against the Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Gene Collier: Steelers find way to dial up another offensive performance

This time, the Steelers offense was offensive in a bad way, and the outcome was a stupefying loss to the defensively challenged Jets.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as he warms up during practice on the South Side Wednesday afternoon.

Gene Collier: Mike Tomlin prefers less dancing from Steelers

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin prefers special teams that tackle more and dance less.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers' Antonio Brown picks up a first down against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field Sunday night.

Gene Collier: Turnovers turn around Ravens rivalry in Steelers favor

The Steelers had flipped the field, script and scoreboard on their way to a 22-10 halftime lead that held up and resulted in a 43-23

3 weeks ago


 Ben Roethlisberger talks to Haloti Ngata after the Ravens beat the Steelers 22-20 in 2013.

Gene Collier: How big is Ravens' man in middle?

Baltimore's Haloti Ngata is a mystery: He looks massive but is as nimble as a ballerina. What's not a mystery is his huge role on defense.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drops back to pass in practice Wednesday in the South Side.

Gene Collier: Van Brocklin's record stands test of time

Norm Van Brocklin's NFL record for passing yardage in one game has stood the test of time -- so far.

4 weeks ago



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