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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Oct 2017

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Newton reminded players to keep thoughts about media to themselves

What Cam Newton said was really dumb.

In case you missed it, Newton, the Carolina quarterback, when asked by 25-year old Charlotte Observer beat writer Jourdan Rodriguez if he was impressed with the route-running of Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess, said, “That’s funny, to hear a female talk about routes like that. It’s funny.”

Three or four minutes later, the answer went viral and Newton was known worldwide as a sexist.

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Oct 2017

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Anthem acts dividing nation, rather than uniting it

Maybe it’s time for public address announcers at American sports venues to make some changes.

When game time arrives, instead of saying, “Ladies and gentlemen we ask that you rise and gentlemen please remove your hats as we honor America with the singing of our National Anthem,” should say “Ladies and gentlemen we ask that you rise and gentlemen please remove your hats as we honor America with the singing of our National Anthem. Of course, if you think that you have been oppressed, your taxes are too high or you disagree with NAFTA, feel free to remain seated or kneel. Your protest will be duly noted.”

Blame Colin Kaepernick or President Trump, but the mixture of sports and politics is complete and unavoidable.

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Sep 2017

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Wait a week before evaluating Steelers

How good are the Steelers?

We don’t know and we won’t know much more after their trip to Chicago. The Bears stink.

On paper, the Steelers’ defense looks much better, but it’s impossible to gauge how much it has improved after a game against a kid making his first start and somebody named Case Keenum.

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Sep 2017

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College football suckering fans with farces that pass as games

Serious question: How drunk do you have to be to watch Penn State play Georgia State in football?

That’s what happened Saturday night in Happy Valley and one estimate I saw was that 87,000 were expected to show up.

I get that it’s all about raising money for the athletic department, so that the swimming team can fly to road meets in Nebraska, but games like that only make sense because the fans don’t have enough sense to stay away.

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