John Steigerwald

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John Steigerwald has been a fixture of TV, radio, and newspaper sports in Pittsburgh, and has a Sunday column in the Observer-Reporter.
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Feb 2017

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Crosby one of the top three scorers in NHL history

Sidney Crosby’s 1,000th career point was quintessential Crosby and one of hundreds of examples of why, in NHL scoring, assists count the same as goals.

Thursday night, in front of a home crowd ready to celebrate, Crosby got his stick on the puck in front of the Winnipeg Jets’ goal, beat the defensemen to the right circle, won the battle for the puck, turned and put a perfect pass on Chris Kunitz’ stick. Kunitz did what about half the people in the building could have done – he turned it into a goal.

Crosby became the 12th fastest player to reach 1,000 points, but all 11 who got there faster played before 1992.

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Feb 2017

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Brady doesn’t pass the eye test as the NFL’s greatest

I told you so.

Here’s what I wrote in this space last week: “It’s something you might want to keep in mind after the Super Bowl if the New England Patriots do what most people expect them to do – beat the Atlanta Falcons. You’ll be hearing Belichick called the greatest coach in NFL history and you might not hear Spygate mentioned at all.”

I didn’t do a scientific study but I saw a lot of references to Bill Belichick as the greatest coach ever and very few of those statements were qualified with any mention of Spygate.

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Feb 2017

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Belichick’s wins will always be tainted by Spygate

Just remember Bill Belichick cheated.

Everybody knows it.

The NFL fined him $500,000 and took away a first-round draft pick away from the New England Patriots. Of course, the NFL then conducted a massive coverup, beginning with the immediate mass destruction of all the evidence.

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Jan 2017

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Predicting the winner in a great matchup

The Steelers are hot, but Ben Roethlisberger is not.

And it says here that Roethlisberger is the only player who can keep the Steelers out of the Super Bowl. The Steelers wouldn’t be playing in the AFC Championship game without him, but you could almost say they won their two playoff games in spite of him.

Roethlisberger has two touchdown passes and three interceptions in two playoff games. He’s 5-4 in his last nine playoff games with nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.

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