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Former Pittsburgh sports anchor John Steigerwald blames Bryan Stow for his own beating. Really.

Apr 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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I scanned this column from John Steigerwald of the Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pennsylvania for traces of satrie and other Onion-esque tells, but no, it appears to be serious.  In it, Steigerwald — a longtime Pittsburgh sports anchor — blames Bryan Stow for the beating he took at the Dodgers-Giants game because he had the nerve to wear a Giants jersey to Dodger Stadium. Oh, and he misspells Stow’s name as “Snow,” which merely adds insult to idiocy:

Maybe someone can ask Snow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years. Remember when it was the kids who were wearing the team jerseys to games? It was a common sight to see an adult male coming through the turnstile dressed as a regular human being with a kid dressed in a “real” jersey holding his hand.


Are the 42-year-olds who find it necessary to wear their replica jerseys to a road game, those kids who are now fathers who haven’t grown up?

Yes, that really happened.

  1. trajanthe1st - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    This guy needs to get a beat down and see if he thinks he deserves it. I bet if that happened he would be writing about how violent America has become and how outraged we all should be about it.


    • starzee - Apr 16, 2011 at 7:07 AM

      Sometimes a moron has to hear a moron statement!!!!!
      Maybe we think it should have been you that got the beating….and no, we’re not sorry we said that either…and when and if you got out of the coma you’d retire and just go where all morons go!
      How does it feel to prove to us all you are the asshole we thought you were???

  2. 1historian - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Who to blame for the beating you got?

    The guy who gave it to you.

    Next question

  3. kathybaseball - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    What an insensitive turd! I’d like to see John Steigerwald make that statement in front of Mr. Stow’s family. THEN we would really see a beating! And I can’t believe this newspaper even published a story like that. But look, it got them some publicity. The Observer-Reporter definitely brought this beating on themselves!

  4. thejokewriter - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Hey Steigerwald,

    The 1970’s called…they want their Harry Reams porn mustache back–ya douche!

  5. siggy00 - Apr 12, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Steigerwald’s a joke. He hasn’t been relevant for years. Just a bitter old man who’s been fired more times than a civil war cannon.

    His equally sicko brother Paul made fun of Hobey Baker’s death live on the air during a Penguins game.

  6. siggy00 - Apr 12, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    John Steigerwald was also known as Kordell Stewart’s #1 apologist.

  7. marshallnbrown - Apr 12, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    FOX should hire Steigerwald to replace Glen Beck to continue to broadcast insane, wrong and hateful crap

  8. derpdederpdederp - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    since when does respectfully supporting your team make you deserving of a beating? thats absolutely ridiculous. im a jays fan and i once wore my joe carter jersey to game in philly. by this guys logic if i got knifed to death i wouldve been to blame. if youre not mouthing off and being an idiot you can wear whatever jersey you want to a game, but if crap like this still happens it is not you that is responsible. i have to agree with every poster that said guy who wrote this deserves a beating

  9. halladaysbicepts - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Unbelievable! Going into the 7th inning, Phillies are trailing the Nats 5-1. Hernandez is pitching a good game, granted. However, this fat pig know as “Fat Joe” Blanton pitches like his ERA….a beached whale…..God help us!!!

  10. harrisonwoodlief - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Hey John, just letting you know this is my cousin you are disrespecting, and it seems like you’ve got some serious problems. You’re supposed to support your team, thats what you do ,its the spirit of the game.

    So were you beat up when you where a kid, did you not get enough attention, because why are you being such a jerk to him? He is now dying because of these men who jumped him, and your acting like he was being stupid for wearing a GIANTS jersey to a baseball game?

    Look there is no way any form is this reasonable! If you think it is……. you need to experience what he’s experiencing right now! I hope something similar happens to you if you still believe this is right.

    You better hope you never meet my Cousins Johnny and Micheal stow in a parking lot,without any protection like Bryan didn’t have after making a hateful, cold-hearted, hurtful statement like this!

    So John…… you do this for ratings – if so you are really desperate because you suck as an anchor!

    And for all the people who think this Retard ( John ) is right, SCREW YOU TOO!………..

    However, for all the people who think he is dead wrong and screwed up as I do…. I thank you.

    So maybe you’ll take this into consideration before you make another thoughtless comment.

    However if you do not; you are succeeding to live up to your sorry-ass expectations!!!!

    Oh and by the way its stow ,not snow dumb-ass!

    Harrison Woodlief – 14 years old
    Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

    • professorperry - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:35 PM

      Hey Harrison:

      1 – You rock.
      2 – My son has Down syndrome. Can you find another word to insult this guy than the r-word? It’s pretty hurtful to people like me and my son, and we’re totally on your side.


      • harrisonwoodlief - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:38 PM

        I am sorry for the word retard. I am so sorry! please forgive me.
        Again, I am very sorry. I really am sorry!

        My uncle has Down syndrome also and I love him and mean no disrespect.

        please accept my apology.

        Harrison Woodlief

      • professorperry - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:41 PM

        Thanks Harrison. I understand it’s easy to use casually, but know that your uncle, and my son, would rather you didn’t. :)

    • cur68 - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:41 PM

      I’m real sorry about your cousin, Harrison. He and I do similar stuff for a living so I took all this pretty hard too. Most people feel like you do about this idiot writer, so you there’s lots of people on your side. Good luck with everything.

  11. sfbookreviews - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    I am in no way defending his statement, which is crass and ignorant, but you have to know that Steigerwald said this in support of his long-standing irrational hatred of adults wearing jerseys of any kind, at any venue, in any sport. His point (in extremely poor taste) was about the wearing of jerseys, not a statement pulled out of thin air about this particular guy wearing a jersey. He was just using the incident to further his argument. Which is rather classless in itself.

    • victorfrankenstein - Apr 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      Well, I guess there’s two of us in the whole nation who read it that way.
      What’s everybody ELSE drinking?

  12. trubel1 - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Do the right thing. Take action. There is only one way to stop stuff like this.

    Go to the article here Then click on the first advertiser that you find on that page. When you reach the page of the advertiser, look for the “contact us” button. Then tell the advertiser how you feel about them enabling such disgusting journalism to be distributed. Make mention that you will never use their products or services again. Then click control-alt, then control-c, to save what you’ve written to your clip board. Then go back to the article, and contact the second advertiser….

    An example complaint
    You should be ashamed that you have allowed your advertising dollars to enable John Steigerwald to post irresponsible journalism in newspapers and on the web. I hope you learn from your mistake and quit advertising where he is published.

  13. ginny2b4u - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    John what’s his name is a real airhead, and that is being polite.How does he sleep at night? Forget that. I really don’t care how he sleeps. He’s not human. My grandson, Harrison, spoke for everyone of us who have a heart. I am so proud of him. He wrote more like an adult at 14 years old than John whats his name ever will. Thank you Trubel1 for your info.

  14. drdodgeball - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    It amazes me that in 2011 there are still editors and publishers who are willing to pay people to produce this drivel. Be careful Mr Steigerwald, your mustache might result in your assault if you walk down the wrong street…to apply your flawed logic.

    This Ron Burgundy wanna-be should just stay with his strength…shoveling BS…as a farm reporter.

  15. siggy00 - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Did John tell his brother to grow up?

    You didn’t win the Cup, you don’t play for the Penguins, Take the hat off bitch!

  16. moonpiepandabear - Apr 18, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    John Stiegarwald disgusts me. He’s a disrespectful fuck One thing I’ll never be able to understand is how so many people can’t accept differences in society. And this is on the bottom wrung. Really? A guy gets brutally beaten because of a Giants jersey. Shoulda never happened. Bryan Stow was only showing support for his favorite team. That’s no crime. The problem here is belligerent and ignorant drunks not knowing how to control their hostility. I hope the guys who are responsible suffer horrendously. If anyone’s asking for trouble, it’s now John Stiegarwald. Bryan Stow has young children, of which they’re saying he probably won’t remember when he gets out of his M.I. coma. This entire situation is saddening and bullshit. Stow didn’t provoke anyone. Big deal, Stiegarwald, he wore his team jersey. I’m sure he wasn’t the only adult who did so. This story really angers me. My best wishes go out to Bryan and his family.

    p.s. Fuck you, stiegerwald. You’re a piece of shit.

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