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Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Buctober begins: The Pittsburgh Pirates play their first post-season game in 21 years tonight and the first-ever at PNC Park. The Battlin' Bucs host the Cincinnati Reds in a one-game wild card playoff. The winner then will travel to National League Central Division winner St. Louis to begin the best-of-five divisional series on Thursday. Should the Pirates beat the Reds, the third and fourth games against the Cards would be in Pittsburgh next Sunday and Monday. If ever there were a time to dust off the old Green Weenies, this is it.

Clean house: The Steelers should use this bye weekend to take stock of their crumbling empire. Pittsburgh is 0-4 for the first time since 1968 after Sunday's 34-27 loss to Minnesota in London. The score was closer than the game really was. And it's such a lousy, lousy, lousy team that the Rooney family should leave no change off the table — including wholesale coaching changes. Nobody appears to be on the same page and nobody should be safe.

R.I.P., L.C.: One of the all-time great Steelers died Sunday. L.C. Greenwood was 67 and had just recently undergone another back surgery, the latest in a long series of such surgeries. Mr. Greenwood was one of the anchors of the legendary Steel Curtain defense. Yet the six-time Pro Bowl choice, two-time All Pro and No. 2 in franchise history for sacks is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That mistake should be rectified posthumously.

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