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PCR #100. (Vol. 3, No. 8) This edition is for the week of February 18--24, 2002.
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Wish I could share Matt's enthusiasm on the signing of Jon Gruden as the new coach of the Buccaneers. While I agree he's a great choice, the price the Bucs paid is outrageous. They easily could have hired an "interim" coach for one year, then hired Gruden the following year for NOTHING. The amount of quality draft picks we gave up is ridiculous. I'm sure Matt remembers when his Cowboys sucked ass and traded Hershel Walker to the Vikings for a shitload of players and draft picks. The result: the Vikes still sucked and the Cowboys won mucho Super Bowls. I guess we shall see.

It's about time that the corruption that has been wide spread in the Olympics in years is finally being confronted. The latest story from the French judge is that the other judges tried to force her to vote for CANADA but that she rebuffed them and voted for her choice of the best skaters, the Russians. Pretty bizarre. Hopefully now the IOC will correct slights from years past, notably for boxer Roy Jones, Jr. and the 1972 US Basketball team, who lost when officials added 3 seconds on the clock not once, not twice but THREE times before Russia finally scored a winning basket. As of this writing, several of the players on the 1972 team (who refused to accept their silver medals), including current Wizards coach Doug Collins and former Maryland congressman Tom Macmillan, are planning to petition the IOC to issue them duplicate gold medals. I'm sure this isn't the end of this story.

WHEN YOU GOTTA GO.............
Remember when you'd take a trip and your mom always asked if you had to go to the bathroom before you left? Well, you may want to heed her advice if you plan on flying any time soon. An airline passenger who allegedly got up to use the bathroom less than 30 minutes before landing has become the first person arrested under a new federal flight regulation. Richard Bizarro, 59, could get up to 20 years in prison on charges of interfering with a flight crew. He was on a Delta flight from Los Angeles when he left his seat 25 minutes before landing because he had to use the toilet despite 2 warnings to all passengers from the flight captain to stay put as required under the new 30 minute rule. Because of the incident, air marshals aboard the plane ordered all passengers to put their hands on their heads for the rest of the flight. Does anyone else see a problem with this? What happens if you have a heart attack and tumble out of your seat? Do they hit you with the defibrillators and then place you under arrest? What happens if a woman goes into labor on the plane......do they put her and the baby in jail? Talk about a Bizarro world!

A Houston, Texas man faces up to 20 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend because he thought she was about to say "New Jersey." A jury took less than two hours to convict Thomas Ray Mitchell, 54, of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for shooting Barbara Jenkins outside his apartment. Although he did not claim insanity as a defense, his relatives testified that Mitchell would get angry, curse and punch walls when he heard certain phrases or words, including "New Jersey," "Snickers," "Mars" and "Wisconsin." On the first day of the trial, Mitchell did not react when the phrase "New Jersey" was uttered twice within his earshot. The next day, he stuck his fingers in his ears when relatives testified about his problems.

   Jack Henry Abbott, whose prison writings became the best selling book, "In the Belly of the Beast," hanged himself in his cell Sunday. Abbott gained fame in the early 80's when his writing was championed by author Norman Mailer, who helped Abbott gain an early parole. However, 6 weeks after being released from prison, Abbott stabbed a man to death during an argument and was sent back to prison. Someone should have told Mailer that you can't always judge a book by it's cover!
   (And to this "Moving on" section I would humbly like to add veteran newsman Howard K. Smith, who recently passed away at the age of 87.---Nolan.)

Many happy birthday wishes to esteemed colleague Will Moriarty. And a big welcome back to Mike "Deadman" Scott. Glad to have you back home. And a HUGE welcome to the talented Patty Henderson. Please don't embarrass us hacks too much with your prose!

Well, that's it for this week. See ya!

COREY CASTELLANO RESPONDS TO MIKE'S OSCAR QUESTION.......................as told to Nolan B. Canova
   In last week's Mike's Rant, Mike brought up the question of the snubbing of Tim Burton's "The Planet of The Apes" for the Best Make-up category by the Academy. Rick Baker's outstanding work was--and is--the main legacy of that film since, as a movie, it fell flat on most other ground. Mike wondered "aloud" what our good friend, make-up maestro Corey Castellano (The Patriot, Murder in Small Town X), had to say about this, and I agreed to ask him.
   Corey pledged to write a thorough letter-to-the-editor about this, and still may (we can always hope), but, in brief, he blames Baker's shut-out on 3 things:
1.) "The innovations witnessed in POTA simply went over the heads of the committee. This has happened to Baker before. They don't have any idea the make-up miracles going on."
2.) "If I remember right," says Corey, "Baker won the last two years in a row--or 2 out of 3 nominations. The most recent was for "The Grinch". Maybe the Academy doesn't want to spoil him!"
3.) "Starting last year, the options for how many pictures get voted on for make-up are down from 5 to 3. And of them, the actual talent numbers are down from 3 individuals to 2 per ballot."
   So there you have it in a nutshell. Keep checking future PCRs and Mike's Rants for any further updates and letters from Corey!

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