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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Super Bowl: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers linemen hit the town, do some singin'

By Cindy Boren

Usually, by Thursday of every Super Bowl week, there's a juicy little controversy of the sort that calls for exclamation points. Super Bowl XLV is no exception. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took his offensive linemen out in Dallas! And they ended up in a piano bar! And Roethlisberger was singing!


TMZ reports (grainy video here) that Roethlisberger spent about $1,000 at the bar -- $800 tab plus $200 tip. Which left Ben with some 'splainin' to do with the media Thursday.

"It was a superstition and tradition on Tuesday night," he said. "I take the linemen out to dinner. We went out for barbecue and then we wanted to hear some live music. We just had an enjoyable night."

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin was neither upset nor worried about his quarterback, who has had well-chronicled incidents.

"I'm not concerned about that one iota. We were talking about approaching this like we would any other game. It's normal for guys to eat dinner, believe it or not, every now and then during the course of the week leading up to a game, so this week is no different than any other," Tomlin said. "I understand that some things may be reported and viewed differently, but that's not our concern, really. During the course of a season, on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or what have you, believe it or not, guys live lives."

And they sing songs.

Like "Piano Man." Hey, it's a piano bar; "Stairway to Heaven" is inappropriate. "That's a great piano song isn't it? One of the best," Roethlisberger said. "You've got to request that when you're at the piano bar."

TMZ reported that Roethlisberger missed the team's 1 a.m. curfew.

"I'd heard that the crack TMZ staff that they are, they know their facts, that I was out past 1 o'clock, but really we were home way before curfew."

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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