Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: Pirates have cupcake early schedule

The Pirates are rolling. With their 5-2 win over Milwaukee at PNC Park yesterday, they’ve won three in a row, five of seven and six of nine.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Penguins come alive, at last

It’s been a long time since this Penguins team showed up on game day.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates' starting pitching continues strong

10 things swirling around Bob’s brain after the Pirates downed the Brewers.

2 days ago


 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.

3 days 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

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but . . .

6 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:

6 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

4 weeks ago



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