By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 01, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Beer and football? Nope. Cheddarwurst and football? Nope.

Nothing quite beats the combination of opera and gridiron. So, it stands to reason that Milwaukee Florentine Opera and the Pittsburgh Opera are coming to blows this week -- good naturedly and on Facebook instead of the football field -- in preparation for the Super Bowl Sunday in Dallas between the Packers and Steelers.

Go to the Florentine's Facebook page and like it. Meanwhile, P.O. will encourage its fans to like its Facebook page. The page with the most "likes" wins bragging rights.

"The winning company gains the most new Facebook fans by noon on Friday, the losing team has to post a picture of their staff in the opposing team's gear," says Kathryn Reinardy, Florentine's communications and PR manager. "Packer Nation can rise to the occasion."

We don't know how many are "new" fans, but at the time of writing Florentine has 1,193 Facebook fans and the Pittsburgh Opera has, ahem, 56.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.