Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: Defense stinks out the joint!

Where to begin with a Steelers team that embarrassed the once-proud brand of some of the greatest defensive units in NFL history?

about 6 hours ago


 Pirates' Gerrit Cole pitches against the Braves at PNC Park Wednesday night.

Bob Smizik: Nice, but it's only one win

One win in a 162-game season means next to nothing -- even when it ends a seven-game losing streak.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: No. 1 lineup = No. 7 loss

Optimism was in full bloom as the Pirates took the field against the Atlanta Braves last night at PNC Park.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Is another collapse looming?

Is Aug. 13, 2014 destined to be a date that will live in Pirates infamy?

3 days ago


 Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier tackles Buffalo's Fred Jackson for no gain in the first quarter of Saturday's game at Heinz Field.

Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

The Pirates’ hellish string of injuries, the Steelers are looking good with Shazier, and here’s hoping Neal Huntington has a Plan B ...

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: This Pirates loss stings

It was a staggeringly tough loss to the Washington Nationals last night.

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: Why are Nix/Martinez still here?

Random thoughts on the Pirates and on their 5-4 loss last night to the Washington Nationals:

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Who’s on first?

With 41 games remaining in the season, the Pirates are in third place in the NL Central.

1 week ago


 John Axford, formerly of the Cleveland Indians, walks off the mound in Toronto during a game in May.

Bob Smizik: Pirates acquire reliever Axford

Axford, 31, is making $4.5 million this year and is under control through 2016.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Stolmy weather!

Stolmy Pimentel was the 2014 winner of the Jeff Clement Scholarship and had no real business playing on a pennant contender in August.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach Jeff Branson hits in the infield during a March 2014 workout at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

Bob Smizik: Offense stares down adversity

Talk about stepping up! No McCutchen, no Walker, no Alvarez? No problem!

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Take me out to the ball game!

Random thoughts on the Pirates' 11-6, four-homer rout of the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander last night at PNC Park:

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Time to panic?

The problem is this: A team cannot lose due to injury the reigning Most Valuable Player and the top offensive second baseman.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: The Steelers lost, the Pirates lost, calm down

It’s way too early for panic with the Pirates and it’s way, way, way too early with the Steelers.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Thank you, Minnesota Twins

Despite a 3-for-3 performance by the absolutely amazing Josh Harrison and despite a three-hit night by the resurgent Gregory Polanco and

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez (17) follows through on a base hit that scored Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 26, 2014, in New York. The Pirates won 5-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Bob Smizik: Offensive juggernaut rolls

Readers of this site, both of the articles and the comments, have been treated this summer to a litany of Pirates offensive shortcomings.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen sits on the bench as his team takes on the Marlins at PNC Park Tuesday night. McCutchen has been diagnosed with a rib fracture.

Bob Smizik: Active status of McCutchen peculiar

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jeanmar Gomez delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 2014 spring training game at Charlotte Sports Park, Charlotte County, Florida.

Bob Smizik: Bullpen by Huntington not working

The Pirates can no longer afford to compete in the National League Central Division without employing its 25 best players.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider slides safely home past Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Unfair deal -- McCutchen for Snider

The injury to Andrew McCutchen, which could have a devastating impact on the Pirates playoff chances.

2 weeks ago


 The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Bob Smizik: McCutchen headed to disabled list

His absence creates a gaping hole for the Pirates.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez makes error on a ball against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Time to move Pedro

It looks like the Pirates might give in to the demands of fans wanting the team to switch Pedro Alvarez from third base to first base.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: The immense value of Harrison

If National League Most Valuable Player balloting were held today, it would be interesting to see how the Pirates’ Josh Harrison would fare.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Late rally produces romp

Bob Smizik’s quick thoughts on a late game.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: A deal Pirates could have made

The team is conservative, perhaps ultra-conservative, in its approach to almost all matters and certainly those of a fiscal nature.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Deadline disappointment

The Pirates went into the final day of the trading-deadline period in an unusual position:

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: No-deal Neal!

Despite a multitude of needs, the Pirates apparently have not made a deal at the non-waiver trading deadline, which was 4 p.m. today.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Why Pirates have 'arrived'

For those upset by the comic nature of the Pirates’ loss, a reminder the team is 8-4 since the All-Star break.

3 weeks ago


 Huntington stole Vance Worley for the Pirates this season.

Bob Smizik: Neal Huntington's good and bad

Last week, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington was being criticized by some on this site regarding the offseason.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Ask Bob, Bob answers

Below are my first answers to the most recent batch of Ask Bob questions.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: E-dro!

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


 Neal Huntington, senior vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bob Smizik: Consecutive routs accentuate Pirates' weaknesses

The performance of the past two nights -- two runs in 18 innings in consecutive 8-1 losses -- could push Neal Huntington toward panicking

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Analyzing the Steelers -- briefly

Steelermania is officially in season and although not quite what it once was, the local NFL team remains, by far, the most popular team in

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: The case for signing Walker

The most important off-the-field decision facing the Pirates is the status Russell Martin, who will be a free agent at the end of the

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Liriano looking sharp!

Observations on the Pirates and their 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night at PNC Park.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Is Ike the answer?

On one issue concerning the Pirates there is near-total agreement: First base has been a glaring weakness this season.

1 month ago



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