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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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Oct 2017

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Steelers still need a better Reothlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger needs to play a lot better if the Steelers are going to average 30 points per game on their way to losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

That was the universally accepted preseason analysis, wasn’t it?

One of the storylines coming out of the Steelers’ win in Kansas City last week was that Roethlisberger had played a lot better than he had against Jacksonville two weeks ago. He had five interceptions against the Jaguars and had nowhere to go but up. Roethlisberger would have had another game with more interceptions than touchdowns if not for a lucky 51-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown late in the fourth quarter. His hideous pass on fourth-and-two play with the Steelers up 12-10 bounced off Chiefs defender Phillip Gaines’ head and hung in the air perfectly for Brown to snag it and easily run down the sideline for a touchdown.

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Oct 2017

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Newton reminded players to keep thoughts about media to themselves

What Cam Newton said was really dumb.

In case you missed it, Newton, the Carolina quarterback, when asked by 25-year old Charlotte Observer beat writer Jourdan Rodriguez if he was impressed with the route-running of Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess, said, “That’s funny, to hear a female talk about routes like that. It’s funny.”

Three or four minutes later, the answer went viral and Newton was known worldwide as a sexist.

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Oct 2017

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Anthem acts dividing nation, rather than uniting it

Maybe it’s time for public address announcers at American sports venues to make some changes.

When game time arrives, instead of saying, “Ladies and gentlemen we ask that you rise and gentlemen please remove your hats as we honor America with the singing of our National Anthem,” should say “Ladies and gentlemen we ask that you rise and gentlemen please remove your hats as we honor America with the singing of our National Anthem. Of course, if you think that you have been oppressed, your taxes are too high or you disagree with NAFTA, feel free to remain seated or kneel. Your protest will be duly noted.”

Blame Colin Kaepernick or President Trump, but the mixture of sports and politics is complete and unavoidable.

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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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