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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Apr 2017

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Marte proves steroids use in baseball still widespread

Were you surprised to hear that Starling Marte was using steroids?

I wasn’t.

Not because of anything special about his appearance or his production. Lots of baseball players look like him. I just stopped being surprised a long time ago when any major professional athlete tests positive.

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Apr 2017

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Letang’s good, but Crosby is Penguins’ most key player

Have the Penguins forfeited yet?

I know the first round playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets hasn’t started yet, but based on what I heard in the local media, the Penguins’ chance of repeating as Stanley Cup championship ended when it was announced Kris Letang would have surgery on a disc in his neck and be out four to six months. The consensus seemed to be that they had little or no chance of beating the Blue Jackets.

Why?

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Apr 2017

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North Carolina scandal shows why NBA, NFL need minor leagues

Did you hear what Brock Boeser did?

He was involved in the best sports story of last weekend and it had nothing to do with basketball. Last Friday night, Boeser played for the North Dakota University hockey team in the NCAA quarterfinal. His team lost in double overtime to Boston University.

Saturday morning, Boeser, a sophomore, signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks, who happened to be playing an afternoon game near his hometown of Burnside, Minn., against the Minnesota Wild.

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Mar 2017

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NFL should cut downtime from game-day commercials

NFL should cut downtime from game-day commercials

Roger Goodell is trying.

The NFL Commissioner knows games are too long and filled with too much dead time and he’s campaigning for change. On Wednesday he released a statement, “Together with our broadcast partners, we will be working to meaningfully reduce down time and the frequency of commercial breaks in our games.”

And how many meetings did it take for him, NFL owners and the TV executives to come up with this: “We will also be giving our broadcast partners increased flexibility to avoid untimely breaks in the action. For example, we know how annoying it is when we come back from a commercial break, kick off, and then cut to a commercial again. I hate that, too. Our goal is to eliminate it.”

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