Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm en Is It Finally Soccer's Time in the Steel City? http://wesa.fm/post/it-finally-soccers-time-steel-city-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In case you haven’t heard, there is a rather large soccer tournament playing in Brazil that happens once every four years called the World Cup. And unlike baseball’s World Series: every country in the world is eligible to play, after making it through the qualifying rounds.</span></p><p>This year the United States has a good chance of advancing past the <a href="https://sports.yahoo.com/news/soccer--usa-draws-into-group-of-death-for-2014-world-cup-173015593.html">“Group of Death”</a> and into the round of 16. Their actual odds are disputed among sites such as <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-23/u-s-is-given-77-chance-to-advance-at-world-cup-correct-.html">Bloomberg</a>, <a href="http://worldsoccertalk.com/2014/06/22/usa-increase-odds-to-86-of-advancing-in-world-cup-after-draw-against-portugal/">World Soccer Talk</a> and <a href="http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/06/23/what-are-u-s-chances-of-advancing-at-world-cup/">CBSDC</a>. All three give the US team at least a 60 percent chance of advancing. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:36:51 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31416 at http://wesa.fm Is It Finally Soccer's Time in the Steel City? Pirates Baseball: Looking at Winning Seasons Past and Hopes for the Present http://wesa.fm/post/pirates-baseball-looking-winning-seasons-past-and-hopes-present <p><strong>The 1960 World Series Champions Commemorated at the Heinz History </strong><strong>Center</strong></p><p>The 2014 baseball season opens Monday. Coming off their first winning season in years, hopes are high for the Pirates.</p><p>An exhibit of one of the greatest moments in the team’s history just opened at the Senator John Heinz History Center.</p><p>On display are artifacts from Bill Mazeroski’s ninth inning home run, which led to the defeat of the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:05:40 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26644 at http://wesa.fm Pirates Baseball: Looking at Winning Seasons Past and Hopes for the Present Bracketology and the Rise of March Madness http://wesa.fm/post/bracketology-and-rise-march-madness <p>Workforce production will fall this month as employees around the U.S.become distracted by NCAA basketball. From filling out brackets to entering office pools, March Madness draws an audience more than any other sports tournament.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak says the event appeals to people that would not normally pay attention to basketball, or even sports in general. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:57:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26192 at http://wesa.fm Bracketology and the Rise of March Madness What to Expect From Penn State's New Football Coach http://wesa.fm/post/what-expect-penn-states-new-football-coach <p>Penn State has named their second permanent football coach since the end of Joe Paterno’s career in 2011. James Franklin the former coach at Vanderbilt University, replaces Bill O’Brien who is now the new head coach of the Houston Texans.</p><p>Bob Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus and author of the book <em>Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the Culture of Silence</em>, talks about the school's new football coach, and how his hiring will impact the scandal plagued program and the university going forward. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:09:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22769 at http://wesa.fm Best Pittsburgh Sports Moments of 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/best-pittsburgh-sports-moments-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the Pirates' first winning season in two decades to the decline of the Steelers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob </span>Dvorchak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> looks at the top sports stories in the region for 2013. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Included on the list, the possibility of three state high school football championships for area teams and the first ever Frozen Four College Hockey Tournament in Pittsburgh.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:40:11 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21461 at http://wesa.fm Best Pittsburgh Sports Moments of 2013 Rounding Out High School & College Football Season with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/rounding-out-high-school-college-football-season-bob-dvorchak <p>December marks the convergence of three major events in the sports world, the start of bowl games for College Football, PA State playoffs for High School football championships, and the deer-hunting season.</p><p>Bob Dvorchak , Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sportswriter emeritus and host of the blog, <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/">Sports ‘n ‘at</a>, shows his viewpoint on the bowls and says the motivation for having so many of them is simple. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:56:11 +0000 Nick Frost 20695 at http://wesa.fm Rounding Out High School & College Football Season with Bob Dvorchak Is Pittsburgh a Baseball Town Again? http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-baseball-town-again <p>From the days of the first World Series game, played here in 1903, Pittsburgh was considered a baseball town. That is, until the Steel Curtain and the Super Steelers seemed to take over in the 1970s.</p><p>But <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/">Bob Dvorchak</a>, sportswriter emeritus for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and creator of the website <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/">Sports ‘n ‘at</a>, has a different view of Pittsburgh. “Pittsburgh is an event town.” Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:11:44 +0000 Nick Frost 17758 at http://wesa.fm Is Pittsburgh a Baseball Town Again? College Sports with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/college-sports-bob-dvorchak <p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak talks about the University of Pittsburgh opening a new chapter in Panthers athletic history, inaugurating the school's entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference by taking on Florida State on Labor Day night at Heinz Field. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:45:37 +0000 Marcus Charleston 15487 at http://wesa.fm College Sports with Bob Dvorchak Bob Dvorchak on Steroids in Baseball http://wesa.fm/post/bob-dvorchak-steroids-baseball <p>Professional sports have an extensive history with performance enhancing drugs. From a mandatory training supplement to a pill that can lead to professional suspension, steroids have always been prevalent. But each sport has dealt with users differently. Bob Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus, says while major sports are implementing tough drug tests and punishments for users, steroids won’t be out of the athletic scene any time soon. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:10:32 +0000 Katie Blackley 15089 at http://wesa.fm Bob Dvorchak on Steroids in Baseball Can the Steel City Be A Fútbol Town, Too? http://wesa.fm/post/can-steel-city-be-f-tbol-town-too <p>With their new stadium in Station Square, the <a href="http://www.riverhounds.com">Pittsburgh River Hounds</a> are hoping that professional soccer will finally score in the “City of Champions.” The club, founded in 1999, is a part of the USL Pro League and has not had a successful history in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak explains that soccer has been unable to share in the popularity of the city’s other professional sports because it is the least established.&nbsp; Despite high numbers at Steelers, Penguins and Pirates games, Pittsburgh may not be big enough to sustain a fourth professional sport.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:19:14 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13546 at http://wesa.fm Can the Steel City Be A Fútbol Town, Too? Sports Talk with Bob: Baseball's All Star Game Turns 80 http://wesa.fm/post/sports-talk-bob-baseballs-all-star-game-turns-80 <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Tomorrow night at&nbsp;Citi&nbsp;Field in New York, the American League will play the National League in the&nbsp;80<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;annual All Star Game. Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com"><strong>Bob&nbsp;Dvorchak&nbsp;</strong></a>explains the origins of the game in Chicago, Pittsburgh’s experience hosting the All Stars and the modern character of the game.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:23:50 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13152 at http://wesa.fm Sports Talk with Bob: Baseball's All Star Game Turns 80 What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/what-about-bob-sports-talk-bob-dvorchak-3 <p></p><p>With the Penguins extended playoff run, Pittsburgh businesses are getting an <a href="http://www.wtae.com/sports/penguins/businesses-scoring-at-cash-register-from-penguins-playoff-run/-/11800188/20131114/-/iqhhx7z/-/index.html">extra influx of cash</a>. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus <strong>Bob Dvorchak</strong> talks about the business perks of chasing the cup and some interesting <a href="http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-equipment/blogs/hotlist365/2013/05/long-putter-use-on-the-decline.html">rule changes</a> in store for golfers who use the long putter aka belly putter. Fri, 31 May 2013 23:02:29 +0000 Heather McClain 10591 at http://wesa.fm What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/sports-talk-bob-dvorchak-1 <p>According to urban legend, athletes and teams that appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated have been known to experience a streak of <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/cover/2002/jinx/main/">bad luck</a>. So what's in the stars for Penguins Center, Sidney Crosby now that he's on the <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/photos/7001/sidney-crosby-career/16/">cover of SI</a>?&nbsp;</p><p>And the lasting legacy of late Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer <a href="http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Hall-of-Famer-Jack-Butler-85/bf28f2b7-66c3-4b7f-936b-e8f49a37c06c">Jack Butler</a> is definitely felt by Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer emeritus, <strong>Bob Dvorchak</strong>.</p><blockquote><p>"He played in an era when the Steelers did not have a great team. But he helped define that team."</p></blockquote><p>Butler passed away last weekend and was a guest on Essential Pittsburgh before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.</p><p> Sun, 12 May 2013 23:37:09 +0000 Heather McClain 9410 at http://wesa.fm Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/sports-talk-bob-dvorchak-0 <p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus <strong><a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/">Bob Dvorchak</a></strong> looks at how the running of the Pittsburgh Marathon came off, Sidney Crosby's return to the ice and whether the NHL should look at making face shields mandatory. Also, the impact of Jason Collins coming out. Mon, 06 May 2013 13:15:25 +0000 Heather McClain 9048 at http://wesa.fm Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak Sports N' @: Discrimination Within the NFL? http://wesa.fm/post/sports-n-discrimination-within-nfl <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Every major business in the U.S. has an anti-distrimination policy when it comes to hiring. That includes the National Football League. But what about <strong><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/brennan/2013/02/27/nfl-sexual-orientation-nick-kasa-scouting-combine/1951857/">reports</a></strong> of loaded personal questions for players trying out for the draft? Sports Contributor <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/"><strong>Bob Dvorchak</strong></a> talks about how athletes are tested at the <strong><a href="http://www.nfl.com/combine">NFL scouting combine</a></strong> and <strong><a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9210388/nfl-reinforce-anti-discrimination-policy">where the league stands</a></strong> on the discrimination claims. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8569 at http://wesa.fm Sports N' @: Discrimination Within the NFL? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/sports-talk-bob-dvorchak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>After last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon and the passionate singing of the national anthem at Wednesday's <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1608171-memorable-bruins-game-illustrates-the-role-sports-will-have-in-bostons-healing">Bruins game</a>, sports contributor <strong>Bob Dvorchak</strong> talks about how sporting events can galvanize a city and a nation. Also, what concerns does the bombing raise about security at sporting events? Sat, 20 Apr 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8166 at http://wesa.fm Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/what-about-bob-sports-talk-bob-dvorchak-2 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/"><strong>Bob Dvorchak</strong></a>&nbsp;gives us a recap of the Frozen Four weekend in Pittsburgh and talks about Pitt's new women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:48:44 +0000 Heather McClain 7820 at http://wesa.fm What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak What About Bob? Live From the Pirates Season Opener http://wesa.fm/post/what-about-bob-live-pirates-season-opener <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Our weekly sports contributor <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/"><strong>Bob Dvorchak</strong></a> joins us from the Pirates' Season Opener. We'll talk about the upcoming season, the Penguins' push for the Stanley Cup, and even though March is over, the madness continues with the final four.&nbsp; And looking forward to Pittsburgh hosting the college hockey Frozen Four. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7024 at http://wesa.fm What About Bob? Live From the Pirates Season Opener What About Bob? http://wesa.fm/post/what-about-bob-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Our sports guy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/"><strong>Bob Dvorchak </strong></a>joins us to preview Cinderella Robert Morris University's second round game in the NIT, discuss Pitt's early exit from the NCAA tourney and the Penguins' winning streak. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 5134 at http://wesa.fm What About Bob? What About Bob? Sports Talk With Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/what-about-bob-sports-talk-bob-dvorchak-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsb</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">urgh</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/"><strong>Bob </strong></a></span><a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Dvorchak</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joins us for his regular Monday segment. This week he'll preview Pitt's appearance in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, discuss NHL realignment and how free agency is draining the Steelers' star players. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 19:58:17 +0000 Heather McClain 3447 at http://wesa.fm What About Bob? Sports Talk With Bob Dvorchak What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/what-about-bob-sports-talk-bob-dvorchak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">The Penguins are at the halfway mark of their lockout abbreviated season, Pitt basketball is going into the last Big East tournament and will James Harrison remain a Steeler? Our sports guy&nbsp;</span><a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/" style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-transition: background-color 0.15s linear, border-color, color, opacity; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px; color: rgb(131, 1, 105); text-decoration: underline;"><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-transition: background-color 0.15s linear, border-color, color, opacity; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Bob Dvorchak</strong></a><span style="font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">&nbsp;weighs&nbsp;in.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:42:27 +0000 Rebekah Zook 2551 at http://wesa.fm What About Bob? Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak What About Bob? http://wesa.fm/post/what-about-bob <p><span style="font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">Our sports guy&nbsp;</span><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-transition: background-color 0.15s linear, border-color, color, opacity; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">Bob Dvorchak</strong><span style="font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">&nbsp;discusses the Pitt Panthers newly released football schedule, the Penguins slump and the opening of the Pirates exhibition&nbsp;season.</span> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:32:47 +0000 Rebekah Zook 1957 at http://wesa.fm What About Bob?