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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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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Sep 2017

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Brady looks old; Steelers have look of an 11-5 team

Apparently, the New England Patriots will not be going 16-0.

The Kansas City Chiefs took care of that Thursday night in Foxboro, Mass. Despite a ridiculous number of penalties and losing the turnover battle, the Chiefs won the NFL’s season opener 42-27.

Tom Brady played his first game as a 40-year old and looked like a 50-year old. He completed 16 of 36 passes with no touchdowns. That’s 44 percent.

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Sep 2017

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Pirates aren’t in market to contend

Are the Pirates done yet?

Going into Saturday’s game with the Cincinnati Reds, they were 11½ games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division. If my calculations are correct, a 7-21 finish by the Cubs and a 19-8 finish by the Pirates would get Pittsburgh its first division championship in 25 years.

Even the most optimistic fanboy blogger has to be ready to concede that the Pirates are going to make it 25 years without a division championship.

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