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PCR #501 (Vol. 10, No. 44). This edition is for the week of October 26--November 1, 2009.

"Michael Jackson's This Is It"  by Mike Smith
The Cramps: 30 Years Of Rockin' Terror 1979-2009  by Terence Nuzum
Halloween Horror Nights 2009  by ED Tucker
Japan: Land of the Rising Spirits  by Jason Fetters
Trick-or-Treating in 2009  by Lisa Scherer
After 2 Series, Freeman Starts .... Favre Returns To Lambeau .... Gay Culverhouse Talks To Congress .... Florida Tuskers Can Take ’em .... .... .... .... by Chris Munger
A Capitol Trip .... Get Well Soon .... Movie Notes .... Halloween Movie Notes .... Jolson's Coming? .... .... .... .... My Favorite Films, Part 2  by Mike Smith
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After 2 Series, Freeman Starts
Even though Josh Johnson had the Bucs’ longest touchdown pass by a Bucs’ QB this year against the Patriots last week, he has been benched in favor of the Rookie QB Josh Freeman. At the end of the Patriots game, Freeman got thrown in for a few quick plays and really didn’t do much with the time given to him. Now Josh Freeman gets his first start of his career against the Green Bay Packers, one of the league’s best defenses against the passing game. So he’ll get knocked around quite a few times standing behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines. The move comes as the team has come to grips with being winless, and staying winless. Raheem Morris said it was just Freeman’s time, but it’s really just time to put butts in the seats. Right now ticket holders are trying to sell their tickets half price, but can’t even give them away. For those of you that think that Josh Freeman is the answer, take a bite of this: Josh Freeman will have his first start against the Packers, while the Buccaneers wear their “Throwback” uniforms, the same uniform that Steve Young, Vinny Testaverde, Doug Williams, and Trent Dilfer wore. All of those players were 1st Rounders for the Bucs, and you know what happened to them.

Favre Returns To Lambeau
Well, it’s all come down to this. All of the “is he retiring?”, “Is he coming back?”, He’s retired, He’s not retired. It’s all over. This is what he wanted to do. He wants to stick it to Green Bay, in Green Bay. And Brett has his best chance ever. The Vikings are 6-1 and only lost their first game last week in Pittsburgh. The Vikings and Packers could end up meeting each other again in the playoffs this year, and that would end up sweetening the deal for Favre, but that’s a long shot right now. When the Packers traded Favre away last year to the Jets, they vowed to not let him bite them in the ass. Brett outsmarted them and retired and came back to free agency, straight to the Vikings. Now’s his chance to bite ‘em in the ass. This will be the headline in this week of football.

Gay Culverhouse Talks To Congress
Gay Culverhouse, the former president of the Buccaneers when Hugh Culverhouse owned the team spoke to congress on the issue of NFL Injuries. It basically came down to a he said she said type deal between Gay and the former Buccaneers’ team doctor. The day before Gay’s testimony to congress, NFL Commish Roger Goodell had to speak to them about the injuries also. When Goodell spoke, he brought documents and statistics showing what the NFL has done to lower injuries to football players. Things like the new helmets, that look really stupid, but Peyton Manning seems to like them. Also the Helmet-To-Helmet Penalty, where if you throw yourself into a player that doesn’t have the ball, you will be penalized and fined, if your helmet even touches another player’s helmet during a tackle, you will be fined and suspended. Thing is, the NFL has done everything it could to thwart injuries to players, but congress seems to think that this is more important than things like Health Care Reform, or Afghanistan, or Iraq, or our deficit. Men who make the decision to play football are well aware of the dangers and consequences of playing the game from day one. Dads make the decision to put their sons into the game everyday. If you football players out there don’t want to make the money associated with the game, then don’t take the obvious risks and bitch about it. Football players in early stages of the game didn’t have half of the protection that these players have these days. I wish I could bitch to congress because cleaning a 7-11 bathroom is hazardous to my long-term health!

Florida Tuskers Can Take ’Em
It’s ridiculous, but it generates coverage! This week, the undefeated (3-0) Florida Tuskers of the new United Football League had a few players that said they could defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The player that initiated the conversation was none other than former Buccaneers running back, Michael Pittman, who was the man in Super Bowl 37 when the Bucs stomped the Raiders. Another Tuskers’ player that jumped into the conversation was running back Tatum Bell who used to play for the Denver Broncos. I actually think the Tuskers could actually beat the Bucs to tell you the truth, shit, right now the Tampa Bay Storm could beat them, and they’re not even organized right now!

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