Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports

 Pittsburgh Pirates outfield (left to right) Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco last year at Pirate City, Bradenton Fla.

Bob Smizik: Best Pirates outfield ever

There has been excited talk, premature to the extreme, about the Pirates outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

about 17 hours ago

 Penguins had coach Mike Johnston runs Penguins practice before the playoffs.

Bob Smizik: Penguins chances -- slim, none

After a superlative start, 22-6-5, which gave them the look of a Cup favorite, the Penguins have been in pretty much of a downward spiral

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Hold the excitement on Pedro

Impression of the Pirates thus far, with this disclaimer: It’s not just early, it’s very, very early:

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Opening Day a special time for baseball

It doesn't take a baseball historian to remember when Opening Day was a hard sell for the hapless Pirates.

4 days ago

Bob Smizik: Penguins sneak into playoffs

How appropriate that their clinching victory was a shutout (2-0), testimony to the man who was their most valuable player in 2014-15.

5 days ago

Bob Smizik: Penguins lose; still alive

All that stands between the Penguins and a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs is the team with the worst record in the NHL.

6 days ago

Bob Smizik: The Pirates way

An 0-3 start is not what anyone expected from the Pirates, but the best way to look at that is there are 159 games remaining.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: NFL cracks down on Bell

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Collapse continues!

You almost had to be there to believe it!

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Bullpen negates McCutchen heroics

Selected short subjects: Almost an opening day to remember.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte and the Pirates open their 2015 season today at Cincinnati.

Bob Smizik: Predict Pirates’ record

Share your predictions for the Pirates’ record. Join the discussion.

1 week ago

 Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss reacts after allowing a Flyers' goal during the third period at Wells Fargo Center.

Bob Smizik: Penguins collapse continues

The Penguins season, once rich with promise, is disappearing before their eyes.

1 week ago

 Charlie Morton -- sent to the disabled list.

Bob Smizik: Just Charlie being Charlie

It might be weeks or even months, such is his physical history, before Morton returns to the Pirates.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh Penguins Patric Hornqvist is stopped by Sharks goalie Alex Stalock in the second period at the Consol Energy Center .

Bob Smizik: Could Penguins miss playoffs?

The fact the Penguins have a game in hand is a plus. The fact they must play five games in eight days is not.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Andrew Lambo hits against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium Dunedin Florida on March 8, 2015.

Bob Smizik: Pirates' final roster due soon

There was one spot open on the Pirates bench when spring training began and some seven weeks later that situation is unchanged.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: About that Pirates payroll

Criticizing the Pirates and owner Bob Nutting on spending practices is a time-worn topic, but here’s a different take.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Is Lambo blowing another chance?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Locke over Worley -- inexplicable

When smart men make decisions that reek of senselessness, there’s often a good explanation.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Rotation not Pirates' strength

It would not be outrageous to suggest the Pirates are a team without a weakness.

2 weeks ago

 Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts after a foul in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Athens, Ga. Two teams took the Wildcats to overtime and six others found a way to keep the final margin within 10 points.

Bob Smizik: The coronation of Calipari

Calipari’s success deserves the acclaim he has been getting, but there are issues that cannot be ignored.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: About that Tabata contract ...

The long-term contract, announced more than three years ago, has not been what it was expected to be.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Penguins staggering to finish

There are two ways to look at the Penguins performance Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes:

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: A look at the Pirates' likely lineup

With opening day less than two weeks away, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will show what likely will be the team’s regular lineup.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Struggles of Kang, Penguins continue

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Let’s hear it for Charlie

Call this Charlie Morton Appreciation Day. Which is only fitting since yesterday was Rip Charlie Morton Day.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Morton sending bad vibes

Random thoughts after 68 hours in Bradenton, Fla.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates talking points

It’s been the most quiet Pirates spring training in memory.

4 weeks ago

 Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.

Bob Smizik: The house that Neal built

The Pirates success continues to grow.

4 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: More bad news for football

Selected short subjects:

1 month ago



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