At the post-Super Bowl party the Steelers threw, I was talking to Dick LeBeau and mentioned to him how crazy the final five or so minutes of that game were.
"You lost one like that, right?" I asked, recalling he was on Cincinnati's staff when Joe Montana hit John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XXIII to beat the Bengals, 20-16.
"Yeah, and just like that play, where my guy just missed the pass by a couple of inches, we had the same thing tonight," LeBeau replied, his ever-constant smile on his face.
"That's the way the game goes."
Apparently, I wasn't the only one to make that connection.
The San Francisco Examiner's Tim Liotta compares the two endings in a Feb. 8 column.
© As expected, the Steelers don't have any plans to cut linebacker Larry Foote or ask him to take a paycut.
It's just not their way. Foote has been a steady starter on two Super Bowl teams. I know there's a lot of people out there in a hurry to replace him - and it will likely happen in 2009 - but he's a valuable backup to have around.
And his salary isn't outrageous.
The Steelers took a lot of heat for paying Max Starks $7 million in 2008. Look how that worked out.