Smizik on Sports

Bob Smizik / McCutchen vs. Bonds, Clemente

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

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Bob Smizik: Much ado about Kang

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 day 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.

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 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

3 days 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.

5 days 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 days ago

Bob Smizik: The successes of Bob Nutting

Bob Nutting, a really smart guy, has mastered the news conference.

6 days ago

Bob Smizik: Penguins reversing skid

It was just one win, only the customary two points, but it might have felt like a lot more to the Penguins.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: High drama in NHL

Bob Smizik: High drama in NHL

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 How well will Pedro Alvarez adjust to playing first base?

Bob Smizik: Five Pirates question marks

Of the major professional sports, the level of individual performance is nowhere more difficult to predict than it is in MLB.

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 Are the Penguins the city's best bet to bring another championship to Pittsburgh in the next few years?

Bob Smizik: Best team in Pittsburgh is . . . ?

In what were regarded as the 2014 seasons in their respective sports, all three major professional teams in Pittsburgh made the playoffs.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: New lines spark win for the Penguins

The revamped Penguins had a different look about them in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

1 week ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli works out Saturday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Bob Smizik: Pirates taking unfair criticism

The criticism is off base because it presupposes the players involved are mental weaklings whose play might deteriorate.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Is Locke next to go?

It’s looking more like Charlie Morton, recovering from hip surgery, will be ready to open the season in the Pirates' starting rotation.

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Bob Smizik: It’s only February

The play of their team has Penguins fans in a state that could be described as somewhere between extremely concerned and full-blown panic.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Home-grown Pirates

It is a continuing source of amazement that people, not many, regularly belittle the accomplishments of general manager Neal Huntington

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: A good Pirates bet

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Free Pete Rose!

America loves a second chance. Rose deserves his. He’s going to be 74 in April.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Big test for Penguins

The hot Penguins and Pitt hoopsters both have big upcoming tests.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates ranked among MLB elite

ESPN predicts Pirates will be third best team in MLB.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Little League cheating has plenty of company

That adults would lower themselves to cheat in order to gain an advantage in kids' games should come as a surprise to no one.

2 weeks ago

 Chuck Recker, of West View, pushes a cart through the  Pirates' clubhouse at PNC Park on Wednesday. The gear was destined for Pirate City at Brandenton, Fla., for the start of spring training and 2015 baseball action.

Bob Smizik: Pirates — better or worse?

Spring training begins for the Pirates next week.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Back up the truck for Ben

Ben Roethlisberger’s next deal will send him in hot pursuit of a second $100 million.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates were right to go to arbitration

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Bob Smizik: The case against Goodell

There is a standard answer every time the continuing employment by the NFL of commissioner Roger Goodell is questioned.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: The weekend that was

Here’s a recap of some of the latest Penguins, Pirates and Pitt headlines.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Hot stove stuff

Some hot-stove talk for a cold winter day:

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Patriots belong in discussion of greatest dynasties

The word dynasty is tossed around in sports quite a bit and often too casually.

4 weeks ago

 Steelers Alan Faneca waves to his family after a Jan. 5, 2008, game that was his last as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Bob Smizik: Next up: Alan Faneca

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pitt lags in recruiting rankings

Tis the system of rankings.

1 month ago


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