Share This Page

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

| 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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.