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PCR #437 (Vol. 9, No. 32) This edition is for the week of August 4--10, 2008.

MOVIE REVIEW
"Pineapple Express" †by Mike Smith
LA FLORIDIANA
The Chattaway -- A Florida Phenomenon! by William Moriaty
RETRORAMA
Kiddie Matinee Memories Ė Part 1 †by ED Tucker
ODDSERVATIONS
DVD Grindhouse: The Vampire's Coffin (1958) †by Andy Lalino
MUSIC EMPORIUM
Mr. Bungle: California †by Bobby Tyler & Jake Tipton
FANGRRL
I'll Take 'Trivia, TV and TV Trivia' For A Thousand, Please, Alex by Lisa Ciurro
SPORTS TALK
From Green & Gold To Green & White .... Nfl: No Fun League .... King James To Europe? .... Madden 09 Releases .... Favre Sets Another Record Without Playing .... Rays On Fire .... Fox 13 .... by Chris Munger
MIKE'S RANT
Really, This Song Sucks! .... Movie Notes .... Passing On .... Viva Las Vegas! .... Welcome Aboard .... .... .... .... And The Oscar For 1980 Should Have Gone To... †by Mike Smith
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From Green & Gold To Green & White
Brett Favre has been traded to the New York Jets. The Bucs were never in negotiations with Green Bay, said Bruce Allen - Bucs GM. Still there were no explanations as to why Allen let the rumors whirl around training camp, distracting players and coaches from whatís really important, or why Gruden had a phone conversation with Favre earlier this week. The Buccaneers didnít even have an offer on the table. Regardless, Favre is a New York Jet, the Packers organization gets to move on like they wanted to, and Jeff Garcia will most likely get a new deal in the works because of damage control. In my mind, there are no real winners that come from this mess, there has been disgrace to the Packers organization for the handling of this situation and they should be ashamed of them selves, Favre doesnít get to play for the Packers, or against them (this year), and the Jets are in the red as far as salary caps go. So maybe itís not all over, the Jets (since being over the cap), can dangle Favre pretty high in the air over the Vikings heads, getting a lot out of them for Favre. That remains to be seen, but for now itís over, and Brett Favre is the new New York Jets quarterback, a team that hasnít won a championship since Super Bowl III. My question is: Say Favre didnít throw that fateful interception in overtime to send the Giants to the Super Bowl and the Packers go on to win the Super Bowl. Would Brett have retired for good after that? Would the Packers have wanted him back? Would we all be talking more about the Jeremy Shockey and Jason Taylor trades?

NFL: No Fun League
The NFL wants YOU to cool it. When you are at an NFL game, you can no longer dump your beer over opponents fanís heads. You cannot curse or make obscene gestures to other fans, players you hate, or players that just suck, in the stadium or tailgating in the parking lot. The NFL is attempting to make a more of a family atmosphere at all of their events, and if you violate the ďNFL Code of ConductĒ terms (in each case you agreed to the terms with buying a ticket), then you will be thrown out, banned, or your season tickets could be swiped away.

King James To Europe?
$50 Million to pay in Europe, youíd do it too. LeBron James has been contemplating a deal that would take him out of the NBA, and pay him $50 Million for one year of play somewhere in Europe. It should be an easy decision considering heís probably not going win a championship in Cleveland, plus heís still so young and could return after playing a few years over there and making a crap load of money.

Madden 09 Releases
This Tuesday, August 12th, Madden NFL 09 and the Madden Collectorís Edition- Madden XX will come out for sale. As you may know the cover of the video game bares Brett Favre in full Green Bay get-up. EA Sports announced that they did not have time to change Favre to a Jets uniform for the cover, but have a downloadable version that you can print with Favre in the new uniform on their website. We all know about the curse, so Favre could get injured pretty quickly, or some other voodoo could happen to him, as did all the players that were on the cover in previous years. But remember, each player stung by the curse played in the same uniform that year when the picture was taken, this year Favre is in a Packers uniform in the picture, but he plays in a Jets uni.

Favre Sets Another Record Without Playing
3200. Thatís the number of Favre-Jets jerseys that were sold in one day. Thatís a record, and a whole lot of people wearing Favre jerseys considering how much more theyíll sell. I know Iím getting one. The Jets website was even shut down for a few hours due to high traffic issues.

Rays On Fire
We could talk about the 2-1 loss to the Mariners, but letís not. The Rays are amazingly in first place in the division this late in the season and I donít know about you, but I smell playoffs for the first time in team history. If the Rays and Bucs both make the playoffs, for the first time in Tampaís city history Tampa will have winning pro-baseball and pro-football teams in the same year. The Lighting donít look to be any slouches either.

Fox 13
This past Thursday morning, the Fox 13 "Good Day Tampa" show took a shot at Jon Gruden when they poked fun at him talking about the whole Brett Favre situation after the trade when Gruden said it was a "20 20 Catch 20 situation". Gruden cleary meant Catch 22. With all screw ups by the anchors that are numorous every day, and the "technical difficulties" they have no reason to show that and poke fun at it.


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