Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports

Bob Smizik: Rotation not Pirates' strength

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

about 14 hours 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.

1 day 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 days ago

Bob Smizik: Penguins staggering to finish

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

3 days 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.

4 days ago

Bob Smizik: Struggles of Kang, Penguins continue

Nobody asked me, but . . .

5 days 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.

6 days ago

Bob Smizik: Morton sending bad vibes

Random thoughts after 68 hours in Bradenton, Fla.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates talking points

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

1 week ago

 Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.

Bob Smizik: The house that Neal built

The Pirates success continues to grow.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: More bad news for football

Selected short subjects:

1 week ago

Bob Smizik / Ben rich; Steelers poor

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Handicapping the Pirates roster

By almost every measure, it’s been a good spring training for the Pirates.

2 weeks ago

 Ben Roethlisberger Friday after signing a new five-year contract through the 2019 season with the Steelers.

Bob Smizik: The luck of having Ben

The importance of having an elite quarterback is the NFL’s answer to the massive revenue of the Yankees/Red Sox/Dodgers/Cubs.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: About roster composition

Building an MLB roster is far more nuanced work than it might appear to be.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Harrison in demand

The Steelers, who seemed content to see how things played out before pursuing Harrison, might need to be more proactive.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: NFL -- league gone mad

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago

 Will Francisco Liriano continue his consistent strong pitching streak for the Pirates or regress?

Bob Smizik: Is it really all about pitching?

Hall of Fame owner/manager/player Connie Mack, legend has it, once said, ''Pitching is 75 percent of baseball.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Here’s a laugh: JHay No. 64

About two weeks ago, this site posted, the five biggest Pirates question marks for the 2015 season.

3 weeks ago

 Pitt head Jamie Dixon yells out to his Panthers as they battled Miami in the first half Wednesday at Petersen Events Center. Pitt lost 67-63.

Bob Smizik: How to salvage Pitt’s season

Barring a semi-major miracle, the Pitt basketball team is headed to the NIT.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Hang ‘em up, Troy

It’s a well-known fact that in too many cases outstanding professional athletes do not easily walk away from the job.

3 weeks ago

 Andrew McCutchen is more than holding his own with all-time greats, Bob Smizik writes.

Bob Smizik: McCutchen vs. Bonds, Clemente

In terms of the MLB landscape, Andrew McCutchen is not quite a once-in-a-generation player.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Much ado about Kang

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago

 Acquiring Ben Lovejoy was the right move, Bob Smizik writes.

Bob Smizik: Penguins rising, Panthers falling

Pittsburgh’s two most popular winter sports teams are moving in opposite directions.

3 weeks ago

 Jordy Mercer and Jung Ho Kang take turns fielding ground balls during workouts in Bradenton in February.

Bob Smizik: Not much decided in spring training

A caller to the ‘Bob Pompeani Show’ Saturday proclaimed that Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer would be under 'a lot of pressure,’ during

4 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: What to watch for in tonight's Penguins and Pitt basketball games

The opening faceoff at the Consol Energy Center tonight is shortly after 5 p.m. The opening tipoff for Pitt at Wake Forest basketball is

4 weeks ago

 Pirates Neil Walker

Bob Smizik: Contract extensions not likely

There has been a lot of recent talk about the possibility of the Pirates offering contract extensions to Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen.

1 month ago



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