Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: Ho, ho, ho!

Bob Smizik wishes you and yours happy holidays!

about 20 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but ... There's nothing not to like about Vince Narduzzi being the next Pitt head coach.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Kang hasn't signed on the dotted line just yet

That the Pirates won the bidding for the right to negotiate with Korean superstar shortstop Jung-Ho Kang set of a brief flurry of

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Re-evaluating Colbert

It was just a few weeks ago that the consensus on the Steelers was that they were a team in need of a rebuild; a franchise in decline.

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers defense rises up!

The once-down-but-never-quite-out Steelers are headed to the playoffs by virtue of a victory forged by -- and who would have believed this?

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Chiefs pose problems, but . . .

The Steelers aren’t the only team with a personality disorder. The Kansas City Chiefs are also some guilty of strange on-the-field behavior.

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: Show me the money, Chancellor

Pitt chancellor Patrick Gallagher, some five months on the job, moved boldly this week by firing athletic director Steve Pederson.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Without support, Pederson fired

To the applause of many, and particularly an influential group of football lettermen, Pederson was ousted by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Ten Steelers talking points

The Steelers season has made a somewhat unexpected turn in recent weeks, which has altered a lot of the common wisdom about the team.

1 week ago


 Two team MVP candidates: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hands off to Le'Veon Bell against the Titans in the first quarter at LP Field in Nashville Monday night, November 17, 2014.

Bob Smizik: Who is the Steelers MVP?

The Steelers are days away from selecting their 2014 Most Valuable Player and three candidates loom over the field.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Memories are made of this

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers keep rolling, 27-20

Raise your hand, please, if at some point in the current NFL season you dismissed the Steelers.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: In defense of Pederson and the course Pitt must follow

The wrath of the Pitt fan base, always raining down on athletic director Steve Pederson, is in torrential mode today.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Walker extension talk big surprise

Viewed from a Pirates perspective, the most interesting developments to come out of the baseball Winter Meetings at San Diego this week.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Will Pitt be coach-shopping again?

Pitt, which has had four head football coaches in five seasons, might well be looking for its fifth in the days ahead.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Huntington gets it done!

Shortly after 2 p.m., the email message from a friend was this: 'Neal is god!’

2 weeks ago


 Offensive coordinator Todd Haley at a practice session in late November.

Bob Smizik: Todd Haley deserves some credit

Over the past seven games, the Steelers are averaging 34 points.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Solution for the college football postseason idiocy

It’s a playoff schedule unfathomable on almost every level of sports -- except college football.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers rout Bengals, 42-21

In a season of giddy highs and miserable lows, the Steelers are looking good.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers not road warriors

Even with a loss today, the Steelers have a shot at the postseason.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates will sign one more starter

Random thoughts on the news of the day.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Defensive departures -- good or bad?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: As Ben goes . . .

The Steelers have seen their hope for the future and to the surprise of almost no one it is Ben Roethlisberger.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: How good is Fleury?

It was shocking radio to tune into The Fan and hear the Hall of Fame candidacy of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury being discussed.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates take small steps in different directions

The 2015 Pirates are slowly taking shape, although, for sure, there’s a long way to go.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Dunlap to replace Giannotti

Colin Dunlap will replace Gregg Giannotti as host of The Fan Morning Show sometime around the first of the year.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Is it Tomlin’s fault?

Dating back to the 2012 season and through their loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Steelers are 7-12 against teams with losing records.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Roethlisberger, defense falter in loss to Saints

The Steelers needed an exceptional performance from Ben Roethlisberger. It wasn’t to be.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Reason No. 1 for the Steelers' home-road record is ....

The Steelers, who play New Orleans this afternoon at Heinz Field, are 4-1 at home and 3-3 on the road.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Future of Pitt, Chryst

A great opportunity awaits the Pitt football team and coach Paul Chryst tonight in Miami

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Frantic five weeks ahead for Steelers

In the matter of meaningfulness of games, there’s no season like the one the National Football League presents. Each team plays only 16

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: No surprise -- free agency spawns super salaries

Poll question and conversation generator: Suppose the Pirates sign Edinson Volquez to round out their rotation?

1 month ago



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