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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin holds up the Lamar Hunt Trophy after the AFL Championship Game. AP File Photo.

Let’s be frank about the Super Bowl. Despite all the hype that surrounds the game it usually is a dud of a game.

There was Super Bowl V, the first one played after the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, between the Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys. Both teams combined for 11 turnovers in the game with the Colts accounting for seven of them, the most by a winning team in a Super Bowl. Dallas committed 10 penalties for 133 yards. Despite the Colts winning 13-10, the MVP was awarded to the Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley. It was the first time a player other the quarterback was given the award.

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How about Super Bowl XXIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos after the 1989 season? The final score says everything that anyone needs to know about the game: 55-10, the most lopsided Super Bowl score.

And let’s not forget last year’s game. Aside from David Tyree’s helmet catch and the final scoring drive by the New York Giants, that game was a huge dud. After the Patriots scored a touchdown to kick off the second quarter, the score remained 7-3 until the beginning of the fourth quarter.

I guess I’m bringing up all of this just to get myself mentally prepared for what could be one of the worst Super Bowls ever.