1. Steelers And Penguins Done: Surviving the Dog Days of Pittsburgh Sports

    What an incredible rush of a six months it has been for Pittsburgh fans. First, we watched the Steelers win the greatest Super Bowl in the history of the game, which was followed ...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 561 reads 20 comments

  2. Pittsburgh Is the Nation's Premier Sports Town

    Arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport on a trip back to the city to attend my brother’s wedding, we were greeted at the top of the airport's escalator by two lifelike mannequins...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 1,164 reads 27 comments

  3. Pittsburgh Steelers Will Field a Better Team in 2009

    The 2008 Steelers overcame several handicaps to win the Super Bowl. The playcalling for much of the season was uninspiring, the punter was only mildly better than the kid who punts ...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 1,182 reads 22 comments

  4. Philadelphia Flyers Overpay for Chris Pronger to Challenge Penguins

    A man who stands 6'6" tall casts a big shadow. On draft weekend, the shadow of defensive giant Chris Pronger and the blockbuster trade that moved him from Anaheim to Philadelphia was so big that it pushed every other story to the back burner...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 1,028 reads 30 comments

  5. Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team...Sort Of

    All of us members of Steelers' Nation love to remember our all-time favorite players. But, this list is a tribute to the players we loved to hate...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 1,108 reads 22 comments

  6. Jordan Staal a Shopping Possibility for Penquins?

    Jordan Staal was easily one of the most important Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals. His short-handed goal in Game Four may have been the single most important goal of the series, with the goal he notched in Game Six coming in a close second...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 1,046 reads 16 comments

  7. Sidney Crosby Derangement Syndrome Strikes Again

    There is not a player in all of sports who is more unfairly vilified than Sidney Crosby, the Penguin's on-ice leader. The guy can't catch a break. Every thing he does results in the spewing of hatred in his general direction...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 923 reads 28 comments

  8. Pittsburgh Penguins Beware: The Salary Cap Reaper Cometh

    The 2009 hockey season is in the books. All is right in the world. The Penguins stand alone atop the hockey universe, as champagne continues flowing out of the Cup in Pittsburgh...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 1,584 reads 21 comments

  9. Pittsburgh Penguins' "Role Players" Earn Improved Label: Champions

    Did you know that the Penguins only have three "real" players on the roster? They are the ones with the names Crosby, Malkin, and Fleury sewed on the back of their jerseys. Everyone else is some odd creature known as a "role player...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 785 reads 0 comments

  10. Time for Another SI Classic Cover Celebrating Pittsburgh As Title Town

    The Penguins winning the Stanley Cup capped off an incredible year of sports in Pittsburgh, as two out of three of Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams captured titles...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 934 reads 19 comments

  11. Stanley Cup Playoffs Bring Back Memories of the "Miracle"

    NHL executives could not have asked for a better 2009 Stanley Cup playoff run. They got their dream team matchups and their dream player matchups...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 394 reads 2 comments

  12. Pittsburgh Penguins Bask in Lord Stanley's Glory

    Mad Max Talbot had rehearsed a Game Seven of a Stanley Cup finals plenty of times as a kid, dreaming of one day making a difference in the penultimate game. Apparently, he learned a trick or two that he stored away for just the right moment...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 117 reads 8 comments

  13. Pittsburgh Penguins Twenty Minutes From History

    What an amazing two periods of hockey setting up what should be a furious final 20 minutes to the NHL season. The key moment of this game so far came right after the injury to Sidney Crosby...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 166 reads 3 comments

  14. Sizing Up the Conn Smythe Race on the Eve of Armageddon

    One of the reasons that it is fascinating to see a Stanley Cup Finals series go to game seven is because it raises the stakes at both the team and individual level...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 156 reads 12 comments

  15. Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin's Message: We Need to Get Better

    After leading the Steelers’ to their sixth Lombardi Trophy, Mike Tomlin’s most compelling message to date is that the team needs to get better. And he singled himself out...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 654 reads 9 comments

  16. Marian Hossa's Decision Set Penguins and Red Wings on Collision Course

    Despite not significantly influencing the course of the Stanley Cup Finals so far, Marian Hossa has been the Finals' biggest story because of a twist of fate...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 41 reads 2 comments

  17. Pittsburgh Penguins Gun Down Red Wings in Heart-Stopping Thriller

    Warning: Watching these Stanley Cup Finals can be hazardous to your health. That’s what I was thinking after watching Dan Cleary sail in all alone on Marc-Andre Fleury in the game’s ...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 278 reads 17 comments

  18. Pittsburgh Steelers Offense to Be "Sweeder" in 2009

    When the Steelers lost Nate Washington in free agency to the Tennessee Titans, my initial reaction was to shrug. I had never been that impressed by Washington...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 1,819 reads 19 comments

  19. Penguins-Red Wings: Teams Tune Out Background Noise While Preparing for Game 6

    Plenty of commentators have already left the Penguins for dead after a dreadful Game Five in which they played with little discipline, taking a bunch of stupid penalties that eventually buried them...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 251 reads 9 comments

  20. The Steelers' Troy Polamalu: A Pittsburgher at Heart

    Pittsburghers have a lot of pride in their city, much more so than many denizens of other U.S. cities who view their city as little more than a location, the place where they hang their hats and go to work...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 715 reads 15 comments

  21. If the Indianapolis Colts Took Ryan Leaf in the 1998 NFL Draft

    The conventional wisdom is that the Indianapolis Colts made the right call in 1998 when they drafted Peyton Manning with the first overall pick. But, conventional wisdom is usually wrong...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 7,327 reads 47 comments

  22. Young Penguins Outgun Fatigued Red Wings: Thoughts on Game Four

    Game four of the 2009 Stanley Cups was the most important game ever played by the Penguins' young guns, surpassing even Game Three. Win and they would be positioned for a final push towards hoisting their first Stanley Cup...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 190 reads 6 comments

  23. Using Stats to Disparage the Pittsburgh Steelers' QB: An Exercise in Absurdity

    Far too many people want to compare quarterbacks by simply throwing a bunch of statistics down and saying, “See, I told you so, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger shouldn’t even be starting in this league...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 960 reads 30 comments

  24. Penguins-Red Wings: Supremacy of Playoff Hockey on Display

    As I’ve watched the Penguins and Red Wings battle it out over the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals, I am again reminded that nothing in all of sports tops playoff hockey for pure excitement...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 375 reads 8 comments

  25. Penguins-Red Wings: Pens Sneak Back in, and We Have Ourselves a Series

    The Penguins were tied up going into the final period after surviving a dreadful second period. They were near facing playoff death...

    Todd Fleming Written by Todd Fleming about 5 years ago 324 reads 16 comments