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PCR #467 (Vol. 10, No. 10) This edition is for the week of March 2--8, 2009.

"Watchmen"  by Mike Smith
Comic Book Confidential: Watchmen  by ED Tucker
Missing Boaters .... Must Be A Side Effect .... Manny Caves .... Farewell, Great One .... Free Agency! .... .... .... by Chris Munger
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Missing Boaters
Over the weekend, four football players that have ties to the Tampa Bay area went missing when their boat tipped over. Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, Lions defensive lineman Corey Smith, and USF players Will Bleakley and
Nick Schuyler were the ones that went missing, and so far only Nick Schuyler has been the only one found alive. On Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard has called off their search for the other three victims, leaving the search to private parties and volunteer organizations -if any- to continue the search.

Must Be A Side Effect
This week, Alex Rodriguez has a cyst in his hip, thus putting him on the injury list until it can be looked at. When A-Roid took the plate in the spring training game against the Rays, when the Yankees were the “home” team -as much of a joke that is- the joke was on A-Rod, who was booed out of Steinbrenner Field. This shows what he has to look forward to for the rest of his career, every time he steps to the plate he will be booed. Every time he’s warming up in the box, there will be the chant “You’re On Steroids!!” Every time a chest hair grows the wrong way, it’ll be because of steroid use. It sucks, and you could say he will be treated unfairly, he is the only one that has came out with this much information on steroid use -Palmierro, McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, Petite, and Clemens all refused to mention any use when it obvious they were users-, but A-Rod’s legacy will always be attached to steroids, just like Bonds.

Manny Caves
Manny Ramirez finally accepted the last offer by the Dodgers, the same offer he once refused. The 2 year, $45 Million deal wasn’t enough at first, but I guess Manny noticed that the only other team that could or would pay him that kind of dough was the Yankees, and they weren’t interested. Oh well, I guess his greedy ass will have to settle for $22½ Million a year.

Farewell, Great One
The Buccaneers startled everybody in the football world last week when they released legendary linebacker Derrick Brooks, Joey Galloway, Warrick Dunn, and Ike Hilliard, all of which have been the faces of the franchise for over a decade. They also let Jeff Garcia, Jermaine Phillips, Jovan Haye, and Cato June go, but re-signed Michael Clayton to a performance based contract. GM Mark Dominik obviously feels that the team needs to get younger in this apparent youth movement, and after the 4 game skid at the end of year, who could blame him? I can’t. I do think they could’ve handled the Derrick Brooks situation better at the very least, but that’s the business. With all the moves that the Bucs are making this off-season, I’m thinking they could actually be a contender next year, and not a joke.

Free Agency!
It’s is a football fan’s Christmas morning when their team lands a big name free-agent star. Redskins fans are seemingly happy with the 7 year, $100 Million deal that brought Titans’ superstar defensive lineman, Albert Haynesworth to Washington, and he’s not the only one who’s buying into this “Change” era either. Brian Dawkins left Philly, shockingly, for the Broncos, TJ Houshmandzadeh left the Bengals for Seattle, Ravens Linebacker Bart Scott left the Ravens for the Jets, and the list goes on, also Kurt Warner was very close to signing with the 49ers after taking the Cardinals to Super Bowl last year, but has since told his agent to work something out with the Cards. Free Agency hasn’t been the only news though, there have been trades that have sent big name players to other teams like Pats QB Matt Cassel being shipped to Kansas City, and the Bucs made a splash with acquiring disgruntled Browns’ Tight End Kellen Winslow, Lito Sheppard was sent from Philly to the New York Jets, thus dismantling the Eagles’ secondary. With the draft coming up soon and with all of the coaches and players moving around this off-season, the NFL will look very different than it did last year. Teams that were absolutely horrible in ‘08 could very possibly win their divisions in ‘09 and teams that won their divisions and made it to playoffs could be absolutely horrible.

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