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Okay, so the title above is a little misleading. ¬†The Pittsburgh Steelers are not entering the comic book world of Batman in order to face off against Gotham City’s football team. ¬†However, reports say that Ben Roethlisberger and the gang will be starring in The Dark Knight Rises as extras. ¬†The Steelers will take on the persona of a football team called the Gotham Rogues.

At first glance, this may seem like a lame attempt to add a few more stars to the cast.  However, this is not the case.  Apparently, Ben Rothlisberger is friends with Thomas Tull, who runs Legendary Pictures.  And who is producing The Dark Knight Rises?  Legendary Pictures!

Personally, I think this is a really interesting networking connection and a good call by Tull. ¬†If you want to get a football team together for a feature length movie, why train a bunch of guys last minute when you can call up your friend that plays for an NFL team? ¬†I guess it’s like the saying goes: ¬†It’s not just what you know, it’s who you know.

-Mike Thal

In late February, the Philidelphia Eagles made the decision to let¬†safety Brian Dawkins sign with the Denver Broncos.¬† Very few of the city’s football fans were happy to see Dawkins go, as he was a fan favorite and¬†often considered one of the key elements of the Eagles’ defense.¬† I’m sure that relatively innocent moans and groans of malcontent could be heard at water coolers and watering holes across the city.¬†¬†But according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and subsequently, one fan’s comments on his Facebook status cost him his job.

The Facebook page of Dan Leone,¬†a¬†Philly resident who obviously has a love/hate relationship with the city’s NFL team,¬†displayed proudly that,¬†“Dan is f***ing devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver…Dam Eagles R Retarded!!”¬† Days later, our man Dan got a phone call from his boss letting him know that his services would no longer be needed.¬† The string that ties all of this together?¬† (You’re on the edge of your seat, I can tell.)¬† Leone was an Eagles stadium operations employee.