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* There's an interesting debate brewing in a recent post about the relevance of Football Outsiders' 'Curse of 370'. There's some interesting data provided by both steeler lifer, cgolden, and santhome. If you have an opinion on a RBs work-load and haven't already done so, check out the short post and comment thread and weigh in.

* Professor Randy Pausch, who co-founded Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, got to experience one of his childhood dream's last Thursday as he fights what doctors have said is an unwinnable battle against pancreatic cancer: playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Tomlin and the Rooneys of course, welcomed Pausch into practice Thursday. All involved had a special day:

"I can't imagine what it would be like to hear a doctor say you only have a certain of time to live," Ward said. "So to see Randy out here and to see how he's dealing with this, man, this was just a big moment for me. I mean, he's still enjoying life. What a thrill it was for me to throw him those passes. What a thrill it was to see him make that field goal. He gave me inspiration to go out and live every day to the fullest."
Pausch was accompanied by Barbara Walters of 20/20, and the piece is expected to be aired as early as Friday. As he was the leaving the facility, Coach Tomlin shouted one last thing to Randy:
"Randy, you don't need Diane Sawyer to come back," Tomlin said. "Come back any time you want."
* Interesting. Any giving is good giving, but check out what the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation's next charitable venture will be this season. Hey, if it means something to Roethlisberger, by all means, go ahead. Though why Phoenix?

* There are some interesting questions and answers in Ed Bouchette's latest chat transcript

7: Is Ben one of the top 5 QBs in the league?

Ed Bouchette: Over the course of a whole season? Probably. You have the big two in NE and Indy, the guy in Cincy. Some young guys who are Ben wannabes. Philip Rivers has to be mentioned, I suppose. I'm not a Donovan McNabb guy. Drew Brees hasn't reached Ben status. Tony Romo? Give me a break Yeah, I'm putting him in the top five.

SteelCity_NB: Ed, I have been highly impressed with Sean Mahan at center this year. I think he has been the most consistent member of the line so far. How do you rate his play so far?

Ed Bouchette: Good, and I asked a coach and he said the same thing.

The_Frenchman: Any light you can shed on Santonio's injury. They seem to be downplaying it, but, of course, we heard the same thing about Troy last week.

Ed Bouchette: It's minor, he said he'll play in Denver.

Slick_Hick: Should the negative runs by Parker be of concern? Seems to have too many.

Ed Bouchette: Barry Sanders rode negative runs all the way to the Hall of Fame.