John Steigerwald

Column John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald has been a fixture of TV, radio, and newspaper sports in Pittsburgh, and has a Sunday column in the Observer-Reporter.
18

Jun 2017

Comments

Making a case that Crosby is better than Gretzky

Making a case that Crosby is better than Gretzky

I would bet that Sidney Crosby wants to throw up when he’s asked about his legacy. I could be wrong, but I get the feeling most players and coaches – especially the great ones – never use the word and only hear it from the media.

It’s only been fairly recently that the media seem to have developed an obsession for discussions about the effects of a season, a series or a game on a player’s legacy.

I don’t know who’s in charge of North American Sports Legacies but I’m pretty sure they’re pretty impressed with Crosby’s back-to-back Stanley Cups and Conn Smythe trophies.

Read more >>
11

Jun 2017

Comments

Have 2 of NHL’s top 3 of all time played for Penguins?

I’ve been around a while.

I was an adult and well aware of what I was witnessing in 1971, when Roberto Clemente showed the world what everybody in Western Pennsylvania had known for years – that he had always been a superstar worthy of being mentioned in the same breath with Mays, Mantle and Aaron – while he was leading the Pirates to a World Series win over the Baltimore Orioles.

I watched, and then covered as a TV reporter, a Steelers team loaded with Hall of Famers that won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, and I covered Mario Lemieux and a bunch of Penguins Hall of Famers when they won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.

Read more >>
03

Jun 2017

Comments

NHL making right move by skipping Olympics

Here we are watching hockey in June.

One year ago, the Penguins were playing in Northern California and now they’re in Tennessee. As I pointed out in this space last year, only a hockey fan whose team is in the Stanley Cup Final will be going out of his way to watch hockey on a sunny day in June and it wouldn’t be hard to set up a schedule that begins in September and ends in late April.

Last year at this time, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and a few other Penguins were finishing up their eight-and-a half-month run to the Stanley Cup and looking ahead to the World Cup of Hockey practices six weeks later.

Read more >>
20

May 2017

Comments

Penguins play better with Murray, but Fleury is their best goaltender

I would have started Fleury.

Maybe that’s why I’m not the Penguins’ head coach and Mike Sullivan is. Matt Murray stood strong and made some big saves, especially late, to help the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Friday night and even the Eastern Conference Final at two games apiece.

I still think Fleury is their best goaltender and deserved to start after his teammates hung him out to dry in Game 3.

Read more >>
LOAD MORE ARTICLES