Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: The successes of Bob Nutting

Bob Nutting, a really smart guy, has mastered the news conference.

about 4 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Penguins reversing skid

It was just one win, only the customary two points, but it might have felt like a lot more to the Penguins.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: High drama in NHL

Bob Smizik: High drama in NHL

2 days ago


 How well will Pedro Alvarez adjust to playing first base?

Bob Smizik: Five Pirates question marks

Of the major professional sports, the level of individual performance is nowhere more difficult to predict than it is in MLB.

3 days ago


 Are the Penguins the city's best bet to bring another championship to Pittsburgh in the next few years?

Bob Smizik: Best team in Pittsburgh is . . . ?

In what were regarded as the 2014 seasons in their respective sports, all three major professional teams in Pittsburgh made the playoffs.

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: New lines spark win for the Penguins

The revamped Penguins had a different look about them in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

4 days ago


 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli works out Saturday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Bob Smizik: Pirates taking unfair criticism

The criticism is off base because it presupposes the players involved are mental weaklings whose play might deteriorate.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Is Locke next to go?

It’s looking more like Charlie Morton, recovering from hip surgery, will be ready to open the season in the Pirates' starting rotation.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: It’s only February

The play of their team has Penguins fans in a state that could be described as somewhere between extremely concerned and full-blown panic.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Home-grown Pirates

It is a continuing source of amazement that people, not many, regularly belittle the accomplishments of general manager Neal Huntington

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: A good Pirates bet

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Free Pete Rose!

America loves a second chance. Rose deserves his. He’s going to be 74 in April.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Big test for Penguins

The hot Penguins and Pitt hoopsters both have big upcoming tests.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates ranked among MLB elite

ESPN predicts Pirates will be third best team in MLB.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Little League cheating has plenty of company

That adults would lower themselves to cheat in order to gain an advantage in kids' games should come as a surprise to no one.

2 weeks ago


 Chuck Recker, of West View, pushes a cart through the Pirates' clubhouse at PNC Park on Wednesday. The gear was destined for Pirate City at Brandenton, Fla., for the start of spring training and 2015 baseball action.

Bob Smizik: Pirates — better or worse?

Spring training begins for the Pirates next week.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Back up the truck for Ben

Ben Roethlisberger’s next deal will send him in hot pursuit of a second $100 million.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates were right to go to arbitration

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Bob Smizik: The case against Goodell

There is a standard answer every time the continuing employment by the NFL of commissioner Roger Goodell is questioned.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: The weekend that was

Here’s a recap of some of the latest Penguins, Pirates and Pitt headlines.

2 weeks ago




Bob Smizik: Hot stove stuff

Some hot-stove talk for a cold winter day:

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Patriots belong in discussion of greatest dynasties

The word dynasty is tossed around in sports quite a bit and often too casually.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers Alan Faneca waves to his family after a Jan. 5, 2008, game that was his last as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Bob Smizik: Next up: Alan Faneca

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pitt lags in recruiting rankings

Tis the system of rankings.

3 weeks ago


 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson walks off the field after throwing an interception to New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler in the final moments of NFL Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.

Bob Smizik: Seattle gives Super Bowl away

As long as they play the Super Bowl, they’ll remember this game.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pick your Super Bowl winner

The Patriots are Bob Smizik’s pick. What’s yours?

3 weeks ago


 The Super Bowl XLIX is displayed on the University of Phoenix Stadium Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Bob Smizik: Super Bowl in Pittsburgh -- LOL!

The NFL has been known to play the Super Bowl in cold-weather cities, but with one notable exception those sites have included domed

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Lower the mound!

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: The decline of Pitt basketball

Is the sun setting on the golden era of Pitt basketball?

4 weeks ago


 Travis Snider, seen here before a rain delay against the Chicago Cubs in 2014, is now a Baltimore Oriole.

Bob Smizik: In senseless deal, Pirates trade Snider to Baltimore

Contenders don’t trade key players off their 25-man roster for marginal prospects.

1 month ago



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