PITTSBURGH - Mid-week commentary on the news:
n The Baltimore Ravens visit for a showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.
This is the second of the three games the Steelers must win heading into their off week.
It won't be easy. Three of the four starting linebackers have injury issues, which may force major changes in the Steelers' traditional 3-4 defense.
Baltimore has a strong pass rush, which will challenge the Steelers' patchwork offensive line.
Because they lost the season opener in Baltimore, the Steelers need this game to keep the Ravens from getting a big advantage on tiebreakers in the AFC North.
A lot of the prime time NFL games have been snoozers in recent weeks.
This one won't be.
n Tony LaRussa retires.
Fresh from the World Series win with the St. Louis Cardinals, LaRussa has called it a career at age 67 after an incredible 33 years as manager.
He's third on the all-time list for victories and leaves just 36 wins short of passing John McGraw for second place on that list.
The Hall of Fame is automatic the minute he's eligible.
LaRussa not only won a lot of games, he changed the way the game is played.
Whether you like it or not, he popularized the mix-and-match use of relief pitchers that sometimes leads to two and three pitching changes per inning.
LaRussa made a lot of enemies over the years. He always approached the game with a chip on his shoulder, and his teams reflected that attitude.
LaRussa's Cardinals once got into a fight with the Pirates during batting practice.
He wasn't always liked in his own clubhouse.
The Pirates and Cardinals once had a bench-clearing incident during a game. As the two teams were running in from the bullpen, a Cardinals relief pitcher yelled, "Fifty bucks for anybody who decks our manager."
LaRussa didn't win any popularity contests. Just a lot of ball games.
n It's radio's birthday.
Commercial broadcasting started on this day 91 years ago when Pittsburgh's KDKA broadcast the returns of the Harding-Cox Presidential election.
Radio isn't quite what it used to be, but it still serves a purpose and, hey, it's still free.
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