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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May 2017

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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.

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May 2017

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Keeping Fleury was best decision Rutherford has made

Who was it that said that the best trades are often the ones that you don’t make? Whoever said it could have been thinking of the trade that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford didn’t make for Marc-Andre Fleury.

Pirates GM Neal Huntingon might disagree, but more on that in a minute.

Rutherford told the media gathered in Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference Final that, if not for Fleury, they would be gathered in a different city. Fleury is the No. 1 reason the Penguins are still playing hockey.

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May 2017

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April brought showers to Nutting family

April was not a good month for the Nutting family

The Pirates did a really good job of convincing fans and PNC customers, who call themselves fans but are actually there for the view and the food, that they are going nowhere. And the conversation that had been mostly about baseball for the last three and a half seasons is back to Nutting family cheapness.

The fans were given no indication over the offseason that the Nuttings had enjoyed the three-year window of winning that preceded last season so much that they were going to start throwing money around.

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Apr 2017

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Goodbye, ‘Shakes.’ Time to hang the final score

How many times have you seen Bill Mazeroski’s home run that beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series?

The number depends on how old you are because it’s safe to say every person reading this has seen it multiple times.

I saw it live on television because I’m old.

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