Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


 Peter Diana/Post-Gazette 10/26/14 PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tosses ball to Le'Veon Bell in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field Pittsburgh Pa.

Bob Smizik: Can Steelers do it again?

On Oct. 14, 1984, the Steelers, with a 3-3 record, played the undefeated San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park and won, 20-17.

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 Georgia Tech's Isaiah Johnson tackles Pitt's James Conner in the first quarter Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

Bob Smizik: What's wrong with Pitt football?

Since 2005, West Virginia football has won 87 games and lost 36. Pitt football has won 66 and lost 55.

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 Pedro Alvarez hits a solo home run against the Cardinals in August at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: The future of Pedro Alvarez

The fact the Kansas City Royals are one game away from winning the World Series should send hope soaring through followers of the Pirates.

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Bob Smizik: Do it again, Ben

Nobody asked me, but . . .

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Bob Smizik: Steelers come of age, 51-34

After weeks of unbridled criticism, the woebegone Steelers are the 5-3 Steelers and very much in any discussion about the AFC postseason.

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  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Steelers vs. Colts: Does defense have answers for Luck?

Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck is first in the NFL in yards, 197 more than Manning.

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Bob Smizik: Pitt is city’s only first-place team

Based on their performance nine days ago against Virginia Tech, the Panthers have the ability to stay in the Coastal Division race.

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Bob Smizik: Which team will be region’s next champion?

Handicapping the six teams that play at the highest level of their sports ...

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: No cap hell for Ravens

Nobody asked me, but (Bruce Arians edition) . . .

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Bob Smizik: About that Pirates’ payroll

The MLB offseason won’t officially be underway until the conclusion of the World Series, but it’s never the wrong time to talk payroll.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: New wrinkle: Three-minute offense

Was this 30-23 win over the Houston Texans a harbinger of better days ahead for the Steelers?

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Bob Smizik: Parity catches up with Steelers

It has been open season on, among others, coach Mike Tomlin, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and general manager Kevin Colbert.

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Bob Smizik: Royals hot at right time

The Royals are in the World Series by virtue of winning eight straight playoff games.

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Bob Smizik: How the Giants were built

San Francisco presents a primer on how to build a team that can win the World Series.

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Bob Smizik: Pitt saves season with 21-16 win

The Pitt Panthers had the appearance of a team primed for yet another defeat when the took the field last night against Virginia Tech.

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Bob Smizik: Will Ben finish as a Steeler?

Franchise quarterbacks, and Ben Roethlisberger certainly is one, rarely leave the team with which they achieved such status.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Team of all-stars not required for MLB success

Imagine the uproar if the Pirates had entered the postseason with Travis Ishikawa as their starting left fielder.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: What were the Steelers thinking?

Nobody asked Bob, but ...

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: How much blame does Ben deserve?

Despite his struggles, Ben Roethlisberger has come out of this 3-3 start relatively unscathed.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers in wild disarray

Fittingly, the Steelers are where they belong: In last place in the AFC North with a 3-3 record.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers' offense should roar

The Steelers, Pitt and Penn State all face rocky roads.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Predicting the Penguins

Brazen prediction of the year: The Penguins will make the playoffs!

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: There’s life after Russell Martin

Russell Martin, as is his right, is playing the free-agency game like the grizzled pro that he is.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: What was Tomlin thinking?

The Steelers Way has become putting personal accomplishment above victory.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Is football dying?

There is evidence that playing football can cause brain injury that will lead, at least, to serious illness later in life.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: To offer or not to offer?

Although six MLB teams continue to play, for the Pirates the offseason already is underway.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Don’t count out Steelers yet

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers unimpressive in win

Winning unimpressively to a bad team is considerably better than losing unimpressively to a bad team.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Panthers plunge continues

It wasn’t that long ago there was speculation about the Pitt football team opening the season with a 6-0 record.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Long-term Walker deal unlikely

The Pirates are facing the strong possibility of losing three key members of their 2014 team to free agency -- Russell Martin, Francisco

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: McCutchen could win MVP

Andrew McCutchen has garnered much national attention in recent weeks, based on his stellar play and the Pirates strong September.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Was 8-0 loss Martin’s last game?

A terrific season; a lousy ending.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Matching up Pirates-Giants

Postseason baseball is back in Pittsburgh for a second straight season and once again it is one-and-done for the loser.

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