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CHRISTMAS CARD LETTER FROM MARK DOMINIK

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Buc 'Em Nation, I just recieved my Christmas card from Mark Dominik and thought I'd share with everyone:

Dear Family and Friends,


Wow, what a year….2009 has been quite eventful for me and I thought I’d write a Christmas letter to all of you just to let you know what I’ve been up to. I got the year off to quite a start in January when both Raheem and I were promoted! Wow, one week you are graduating from college and the next you are running the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, these were just promotions in title and responsibility only, as we did not get raises to go with our new jobs. Maybe when this economy picks up, heh, heh, heh!

The first thing Raheem and I decided to do this year was fire some of the old folks working around here. Some guy named Derrick had been here forever and everyone seemed to love the guy, but hey, time marches on, right? At least, that’s what we thought until we started this new Buccaneer Ring of Honor for a guy named Lee Roy. Does anyone name their kids Lee Roy anymore? I guess not.

So, we headed to the NFL draft and we were pretty excited. If our picks do well, the Glazers said we could get a car service instead of a yellow cab next year. Regardless, New York City was AWESOME!! Raheem and I saw the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and ate at ESPN Zone in times square. I thought the waitress was hot, but she wouldn’t give me the time of day. She said she was dating a golfer or something, I don’t really remember. I do remember we drafted a quarterback with an afro and Raheem and I gave each other high fives after that.

Once the draft was over, we had a lot of stuff to take care of. We hired offensive and defensive coordinators, and that only took like, an hour to do. Raheem and I weren’t hanging out as much this summer since he made a new friend named Byron. Raheem said he was such a great person he wanted to hang out with him a lot. I tried to trade him but I accidentaly signed the paperwork for Luke McCown. Oh well, he’s going to Jacksonville, so he won’t be in the playoff hunt either. 

Our first game came in September and we were wicked excited. We almost won, we just needed to score another three touchdowns and we had them. After three losses, Raheem stopped hanging out with Byron as much, so that was cool. Also, we learned about this thing called the waiver wire. It’s really neat, every week you can pick up and cut players, just like fantasy football, but for real. I picked up 11 cornerbacks, four kickers, a linebacker, and a new quarterback that no one has ever heard of. It didn’t even cost anything.

We even got to take a trip to England, but Raheem spent the whole time waiting in the lobby to catch guys breaking curfew. We did have tea at a place that the Glazers recommended. Blimey, it was tasty.

After our England trip, we got our very first win against Green Bay. Did you know that Tampa Bay and Green Bay are the only professional teams named after bodies of water, or something like that. I found that on Wikipedia after I played with the waiver wire. Cool.

Well, the year is coming to an end with lots of Christmas cheer around here. Raheem and I keep playing this game where we quote "A Few Good Men" but change the words: "Did you order the Code Red?" "Your Ndamakong Suh right I did!" It is hilarious. Watch Nebraska play and you’ll get it.

Have a great Christmas everyone. Be sure to read Buc ‘Em.com for this funny guy named bucsfandave. He’s hilarious.

Stay gnarly,

Markdawg