ShareThis Page

Tuesday takes

| Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Demo dome: The fate of the old Civic Arena appears to be sealed. The Sports & Exhibition Authority has voted to demolish the nearly 50-year-old structure. Indeed, it is a chance to correct the mistake made half-a-century ago when the once-vibrant (though then beleaguered) Hill District was chopped up. It's a grand opportunity to restore a sensible street grid to the 28-acre site and develop tax-producing enterprises. That said, handing the Pittsburgh Penguins the development rights in a sweetheart deal left much to be desired.

2 & Oh!: The good news is that the Pittsburgh Steelers remain undefeated in their quest for a seventh Super Bowl title and sit alone atop the AFC North. Yet again the defense carried the lackluster offense. The bad news is that in their 19-11 defeat of the Titans in Tennessee, the Steelers lost another quarterback. If Dennis Dixon doesn't return, that leaves veteran Charlie Batch as the signal-caller when the Steelers visit Tampa Bay this Sunday. And should Mr. Batch be injured and Mr. Dixon and Byron Leftwich remain on the sidelines• That could put receiver Antwaan Randle El under center. We live in interesting football times.

Staving off 100: The Pittsburgh Pirates return to action tonight at home against St. Louis, hoping to keep the ignominy of a 100-loss season at bay -- at least for a few more days. The Bucs swept Arizona over the weekend at PNC Park to boost their record to 51-98. "They're still playing hard," says manager John Russell. Here's to playing even harder in 2011.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.