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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Well, I said there was some sort of football voodoo afoot, and today, Martin Gramatica got stuck in the behind with it. The Bucs released their all-time leading kicker today, replacing him with an Arena League refugee.

That’s business. Gramatica was undoubtedly slumping, and he wasn’t doing the team any favors with his heartbreaking misses. By the same token, his teammates and coaches weren’t doing much for him with their equally horrid performances. Maybe he can shake off whatever’s been bugging him and hook up with a playoff-bound team.

Marty will always occupy a special place in my heart. He was the inspiration for the very first headline I got approved during my newspaper days: DRAMATICA. It was a game where Gramatica nailed four field goals to give the Bucs a 12-10 lead, securing what wound up being a 19-10 win. We had the perfect photo of Marty throwing his head back and celebrating after the last kick, and it all came together nicely.

From Dramatica, to Automatica, to this. So it goes.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/30/2004 10:21:13 PM
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  1. I always wondered who came up with that - thought it was Cosenza or B - good stuff that it’s yours - that’s always been one of my favorite pages I ever picture edited.

    up in Northern Va. working now - been reading the blog over a year now - I always liked you cats in the back, Costa… - Heff

    Comment by Mike Heffner — 12/03/2021 @ 01:11:56 AM

  2. Ah, the page lives on in someone else’s memory too, that’s always good — it’s not just me then. (And I’d like to think Gramatica himself has it somewhere in his house too.)

    Good to hear from you, Heff! Blast from the past!

    Comment by CT — 12/03/2021 @ 10:56:57 AM

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