Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


 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.

about 21 hours ago


Bob Smizik: What to do with Walker?

Frank Coonelly was answering questions from Dan Zangrilli on The Fan Saturday morning and one of them concerned the future status of Neil

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: New commish off to bad start

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, on the job some 12 hours, made startling news on an otherwise quiet sports Sunday morning.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Patriots' legacy in tatters

As the NFL investigation of Deflategate meanders along, moving toward a post-Super Bowl conclusion, one fact is inescapable.

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Fighting in hockey

The National Hockey League allows fighting is the fact some fans actually believe fighting serves a purpose.

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: Patriots inviting stiff punishment

The following events have not happened. But they might.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Nationals make a statement

The MLB season is more than two months away but already we know this: The road to the World Series goes through Washington.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Ditka latest to come out against football

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Super Bowl matchup of ‘failures’

It was bad enough for Pete Carroll that he was fired by the New England Patriots after the 1999 season.

1 week ago


 George Tech's Corey Heyward drives to the net against Pitt's Michael Young.

Bob Smizik: Melancon only arbitration surprise

Random thoughts on weekend games and events:

1 week ago


 The restored victories would include 111 under Joe Paterno, who died in 2012.

Bob Smizik: Penn State exonerated; NCAA humiliated

Vindication is Penn State’s. Vindication is Joe Paterno’s. And the bullying NCAA walks away from its worst hour in utter disgrace.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: College contracts not worth paper they’re written on

Let’s briefly suspend reality and leap ahead to February 2 as Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin wildly celebrate another Super Bowl

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Kang has high aspirations

Selected short Pirates-related subjects.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Case for/against Bettis

Count me as a big fan of Jerome Bettis, both as a football player and a person.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Kang positive sign for Pirates

It has been an offseason unlike any other for the Pirates.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: A Steelers era ends with LeBeau forced out

The Pittsburgh defense has slipped in recent years, but that’s not necessarily an indication of a declining ability of the coordinator.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Oh, what a weekend!

Is there a better three days on the sports calendar then what we will be seeing today, tomorrow and Monday?

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Looks like the stand-pat Steelers

The Steelers brought multiple new faces to their starting lineup for the 2014 season.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Ben’s playoff record not so good

For most of the 2014 season, the discussion surrounding Ben Roethlisberger was not about how good he was but about how great he was.

2 weeks ago


 The Pirates are close to being set and set in a good way, Bob Smizik writes.

Bob Smizik: Pirates close to being set

A lot of silences on the Pirates beat these days and well there should be.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Disadvantages of winning in NFL

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Looking into the future

Brief thoughts on some of the 2014 Steelers whose futures with the team might be in doubt:

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Ravens decisively end Steelers season

The best way to sum up the Steelers-Baltimore playoff game of ins and outs, ups and downs, is this way: The Ravens were the better team.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Beware the Ravens

This year’s Steelers are bringing to mind those of 2005.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Narduzzi gets first-hand look at scope of Pitt’s problems

The Pitt football team collapsed in the latter stages of the fourth quarter in the Armed Forces Bowl today and lost to Houston, 29-28.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Oregon, Ohio State go for history

At 5:12 p.m. EST, college football stepped into its playoff era, which many see as the beginning of a glorious new dawn for the sport.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers can win without Bell

No team likes to lose its MVP, but if Le’Veon Bell is absent from the lineup, the Steelers are still in good position to beat the Ravens.

3 weeks ago


 Troy Polamalu picks up fumble late in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Heinz Field.

Bob Smizik: Keep Polamalu where he is

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 weeks ago


 Unappreciated?

Bob Smizik: Rating Roethlisberger

It is baffling that in his stellar career Roethlisberger has only once been named the Steelers' MVP.

4 weeks ago



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