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Playing in Dallas was bad sign for Steelers

A colleague at work went to a Salt n Pepa concert on Friday in Cleveland.

I guess it was a nice flashback to the mid-1990s for him, but I should have taken it as a warning sign.

It turned into a '90s weekend when I watched the Super Bowl on Sunday.

For each turnover, I couldn't help but be reminded of the Steelers loss to the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX.

If it weren't for Neil O'Donnell, the Steelers would have won that game. I think O'Donnell still is getting paid by Larry Brown, who was voted the MVP of the game because he made two of the easiest catches in NFL history. Brown parlayed that MVP award into a huge contract, which he never deserved.

But back to Super Bowl 45. With the mistakes the Steelers made, it was impossible for me to not think of that horrible Super Bowl 15 years ago.

Ben Roethlisberger had two interceptions Sunday, one of which was returned for a TD. Rashard Mendenhall had a fumble, costing the Steelers an opportunity to take the lead near the end of the game.

And all three of those turnovers led to Green Bay touchdowns.

The Steelers weren't playing Dallas on Sunday. But they were in Dallas.

I should have known it was a bad sign.


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