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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Aug 2017

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Skip the preseason games and pick your Steelers top 10

OK, I’ll play along.

The Steelers announcing that they will be inducting players into their new “Hall of Honor” at Heinz Field later this month has spurred a lot of discussions about who belongs and who doesn’t, and about which players should be in the first class.

It’s also given columnists an easy column.

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Aug 2017

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Extending Tomlin’s contract was a smart move by Steelers

The Steelers did the right thing with Mike Tomlin.

They announced Friday that his contract had been extended through the 2020 season. Nothing new here for the Steelers. They like to keep their coaches and they like to keep their coaches happy by extending their contracts.

Prior to the 2015 season, you might have been able to make a case that the Steelers should be starting to look around for a new head coach. Tomlin had gone four years without winning a playoff game and if he hadn’t won one in 2015, it would have been the first time the Steelers had gone five years without a postseason win since the dark days before Chuck Noll showed up.

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Jul 2017

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Trade Phil Kessel? That’s a bad idea

Who wants to trade Phil Kessel?

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said on the radio a few days ago that he has no intention of trading him but the feeling seems to persist among fans and some in the media that the Penguins would like to trade him.

Why?

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Jul 2017

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Steelers’ Bell would be wise to hold out, before his wheels fall off

“We’ll run him until his wheels fall off.”

That’s what Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he planned to do with Willie Parker 10 years ago. It wasn’t long thereafter that Parker’s wheels fell off.

He had five 100-yard games through Game 7 of the 1997 season, and also had a 93-yard game in that stretch, and finished with 1,321 yards and a trip to the Pro Bowl.

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