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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.

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