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Toys For Tots: Fred Smoot, Chris Wilson, and Devin Thomas Debate Big Wheels

Posted by Matt Terl on December 4, 2009 – 3:01 pm

As the holiday season marches inexorably forward, folks attending this Sunday’s game at FedExField are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots. With that in mind, I figured I’d ask around the locker room for some toy suggestions. (What the heck, it worked out with children’s books — twice.)

I made it as far as Fred Smoot and Chris Wilson. Once those two got revved up and going, it didn’t matter who tried to interject … as Devin Thomas discovered.

“My favorite toy as a kid,” Smoot began, “had to go between the Big Wheel — I had this Dukes Of Hazzard Big Wheel with the brake on the back, right? [NOTE: That’s it pictured to the right.] I would go fast as I could, hit the brake, spin around. So the Big Wheel was one of my greatest, but I also loved the Etch-A-Sketch. I couldn’t draw a lick, but with that Etch-A-Sketch, I could make a million, just goin’ around, making my cousin mad [by] paintin’ ugly pictures of her. You know, Etch-A-Sketch is a powerful toy.”

Wilson was getting dressed at his nearby locker and overheard the end of the conversation, asked, “Etch-A-Sketch?”

“He asked me the favorite Christmas present I ever got,” Smoot said. “I told him my favorite was my Dukes of Hazzard Big Wheel.”

Wilson was thrilled by this. “I was ’bout to say the Big Wheel!”

“Yep,” Smoot said, “I’m ’bout to tell you why the Big Wheel is essential.”

Devin Thomas had heard enough. “Man,” he said, “not the Big Wheel. Power Wheel!”

Wilson and Smoot were appalled, Wilson nearly shouting, “No, no!” and Smoot adding “[Forget] the Power Wheel,” only, you know, not actually “forget”. Read more »

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Friday, November 4: A Picture Of A Guinea Pig On A LaRon Landry Jersey With A 'Hail' Sign

Posted by Matt Terl on December 4, 2009 – 9:32 am

Not really sure what there is to add to the headline on this one: it’s a guinea pig, sitting on a LaRon Landry jersey, with a little sign that says ‘Hail.’ It showed up unannounced in my inbox, and amused me enough — for no discernible reason — that I thought I’d share it. (There were, in fact, two similar pictures; this one was the runaway office favorite because the guinea pig is nibbling the sign.)

You can click the image for a larger version, if you’re into such things.
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