Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: Which team will be region’s next champion?

Handicapping the six teams that play at the highest level of their sports ...

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: No cap hell for Ravens

Nobody asked me, but (Bruce Arians edition) . . .

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: About that Pirates’ payroll

The MLB offseason won’t officially be underway until the conclusion of the World Series, but it’s never the wrong time to talk payroll.

3 days ago


Bob Smizik: New wrinkle: Three-minute offense

Was this 30-23 win over the Houston Texans a harbinger of better days ahead for the Steelers?

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Parity catches up with Steelers

It has been open season on, among others, coach Mike Tomlin, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and general manager Kevin Colbert.

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: Royals hot at right time

The Royals are in the World Series by virtue of winning eight straight playoff games.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: How the Giants were built

San Francisco presents a primer on how to build a team that can win the World Series.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Pitt saves season with 21-16 win

The Pitt Panthers had the appearance of a team primed for yet another defeat when the took the field last night against Virginia Tech.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Will Ben finish as a Steeler?

Franchise quarterbacks, and Ben Roethlisberger certainly is one, rarely leave the team with which they achieved such status.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Team of all-stars not required for MLB success

Imagine the uproar if the Pirates had entered the postseason with Travis Ishikawa as their starting left fielder.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: What were the Steelers thinking?

Nobody asked Bob, but ...

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: How much blame does Ben deserve?

Despite his struggles, Ben Roethlisberger has come out of this 3-3 start relatively unscathed.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers in wild disarray

Fittingly, the Steelers are where they belong: In last place in the AFC North with a 3-3 record.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers' offense should roar

The Steelers, Pitt and Penn State all face rocky roads.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Predicting the Penguins

Brazen prediction of the year: The Penguins will make the playoffs!

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: There’s life after Russell Martin

Russell Martin, as is his right, is playing the free-agency game like the grizzled pro that he is.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: What was Tomlin thinking?

The Steelers Way has become putting personal accomplishment above victory.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Is football dying?

There is evidence that playing football can cause brain injury that will lead, at least, to serious illness later in life.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: To offer or not to offer?

Although six MLB teams continue to play, for the Pirates the offseason already is underway.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Don’t count out Steelers yet

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers unimpressive in win

Winning unimpressively to a bad team is considerably better than losing unimpressively to a bad team.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Panthers plunge continues

It wasn’t that long ago there was speculation about the Pitt football team opening the season with a 6-0 record.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Long-term Walker deal unlikely

The Pirates are facing the strong possibility of losing three key members of their 2014 team to free agency -- Russell Martin, Francisco

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: McCutchen could win MVP

Andrew McCutchen has garnered much national attention in recent weeks, based on his stellar play and the Pirates strong September.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Was 8-0 loss Martin’s last game?

A terrific season; a lousy ending.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Matching up Pirates-Giants

Postseason baseball is back in Pittsburgh for a second straight season and once again it is one-and-done for the loser.

3 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neil Huntington.

Bob Smizik: How a winner was built

Even since Neal Huntington came on board as general manager of the Pirates, the message delivered was loud, clear and simple.

3 weeks ago


 If the Steelers have a losing season, a distinct possibility, Bob Smizik writes, the clock on Mike Tomlin's job might start ticking in 2015.

Bob Smizik: When does clock start ticking on Tomlin?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers stunned and humiliated

What was widely expected to be a laugher, turned out to be a crier -- and the joke’s on the Steelers.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Morneau backs into batting title

If there is such a thing as trying to back into a batting title, that’s what Justin Morneau and the Colorado Rockies are doing. At the

3 weeks ago


Black Saturday: Pirates, Pitt, PSU lose

It was an ugly day for sports in the Pittsburgh region: The Pirates lost to Cincinnati, 10-6, in extra innings; Pitt was stunned by

3 weeks ago


Pirates secure wildcard home game; still chasing St. Louis

If the Pirates can tie St. Louis, the teams will meet Monday in a playoff game.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Volquez brilliant as Pirates roll on

If it comes down to Edinson Volquez, and it might, the Pirates could do worse -- much worse.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Surprises and disappointments

After a 6-2 loss to Atlanta -- lowlighted by a ineffective starter Jeff Locke and an injury that forced Russell Martin to leave the game.

1 month ago



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