Dan Marino

18 08 2009

I’m all for swimming with dolphins, but sting rays?!  Isn’t that what killed “The Crocodile Hunter”?  I like a little water excitement, but I draw the line at swimming with sting rays or sharks.  I really don’t want to swim with anything living in the water unless it is a dolphin.

People love dolphins, but they have always struck me as a strange sports name.  The Miami Dolphins are the home of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.  This is the guy who has held the most passing yards in a season record for 25 years!  Seems like he deserves a stronger team name than the “Dolphins”.  Don’t get me wrong, they are super cute.  It’s just that cute is not what I think of for football names.  How would you feel about the Green Bay Bunnies or the Philadelphia Puppies?

Still, I got four different stories about swimming with the dolphins being someone’s best gift ever.  This makes me think I need to try it!  When I think of all the stories I received, more were about experiences than actual gifts.  Giving an experience allows the recipient the opportunity to hold on to memories long after the value of an item has faded.  I’m not going to lie – big experiences usually don’t come cheap.  Here is a list of the one’s I have received, plus some ideas of my own.  I’d be happy to help if you want to do any of these and need help figuring out some of the details.  You can always reach me at giftqb@yahoo.com.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.


  1. Swimming with the dolphins
  2. Helicopter ride
  3. Adult space camp
  4. Bungee jumping
  5. Hot air balloon ride
  6. White water rafting
  7. Skydiving
  8. Stock car racing
  9. Snorkeling/scuba diving
  10.  Horseback riding

QB Weekender

15 08 2009

Flyguy Pic

Ok, it’s time for a weekender!  This week we’re focusing on “pimp suits”.  Pimp suits are extra customized, sometimes extra colorful, and in the minds of those wearing them – extra fly.

If there was a Super Bowl of NFL pimp suits, that game would be a battle between former players turned commentators Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin.  Who do you think wins?


Deion Sanders

Sabders Ugly Suit Plaid

Sanders Ugly Suit Orange

Sanders Ugly Suit Green


Michael Irvin

Irvin Ugly Suit Plaid

Irvin Ugly Suit Red

Irvin Ugly Suit Checks

Vince Lombardi

14 08 2009


Seven Things Vince Lombardi Quotes Can Teach You About Gift Giving?

1. “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”  Don’t just be ok with giving crappy gifts.  Step up your gift hustle!

2. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”  It doesn’t have to be expensive, just make it good.  Here are some ideas.

3. “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”  Ugggh…get her some lingerie.

4. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”  This sounds like someone needs a spa day!

5. “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”  I already told you – get over yourself and give some dance lessons.

6. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”  Have you committed some gift unforgiveable crimes? Keep your head up and keep trying.

7. “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”  This is why I’m here for you – giving you my best thoughts and suggestions.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

John Madden

12 08 2009


I don’t know what’s worse, imagining someone making this game or imagining someone buying this game!  Either way, “John Madden” and “strip poker” are two things that really should never go together.  Madden has had a Hall of Fame career coaching the Oakland Raiders, followed by an iconic sports casting presence, and of course his infamous video game branding.  Luckily, the game pictured above comes from a rejected video spoof.  The real Madden NFL series is not only a best seller; it is a reality TV show where participants play in Madden video game championships.  I’ve watched that show on the edge of my seat!  No really, I’m just kidding but it was interesting to watch.  Those guys were SERIOUS about that video game.  It was just like when I used to play Duck Hunt.

I got a number of best gift stories that were about someone’s first video game system.  Here are some of the ones mentioned.  Don’t throw these away if you find them in your parent’s attic!  They can be worth something to collectors (depending on the condition).  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.  Now enjoy the walk down memory lane.



Commodore 64

Commodore 64









 Sega Genesis


Joe Gibbs

10 08 2009

Joe Gibbs

Are you ready for some football??!!  I sure am!  I can not remember a time when I have been so excited to watch a preseason game.  Last night’s “Hall of Fame” game between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans allowed me my first taste of this year’s NFL season.  In this game, I caught a peek of the Trent Edwards and Terrell Owens chemistry (looks promising) and Vince Young throwing for a touchdown (yes, he also threw an interception but I’d rather look on the bright side).  There was something rare about watching this game, but I couldn’t put my finger on it until now.

Living in the DC metro area, you get to see a lot of the Redskins.  I have never been a Redskins fan, but I may know more about them than I know about my own team (the Cowboys).  This was a little more interesting during the Joe Gibbs’ era.  There was something about Joe Gibbs’ presence that made me feel like I actually knew him.  Some coaches just have that personal quality (like Tony Dungy) and others definitely seem more like distant sports personalities (like Bill Parcells).  Neither style is right or wrong, but I’d definitely rather live next door to Gibbs than Parcells.  And like it or not, I had to live through Gibbs’ Hall of Fame career because Washington channels don’t give you any other choice.

If you don’t have Direct TV, you are stuck watching whatever games are available in your market.  For me that means I am watching the Redskins or Baltimore when my favorite team and/or fantasy quarterback are playing in other games.  It really sucks!  Every year, I wonder aloud if I should get rid of my cable (which works great) and switch to satellite just to gain access to every game through NFL Ticket.  I ponder it all year long, but ultimately don’t do anything.  One great gift story sent to me recently explained how one man’s wife gave him the NFL Ticket as a birthday present.  Like me, they already had cable.  She had to call the cable company and cancel the service.  Disconnect and drop off all the cable boxes (and remotes).  Call Direct TV and schedule an appointment.  Make sure she timed things right so there would be minimal TV access downtime.  Be home to get set up for Direct TV.  Be home another day when it wasn’t working correctly and it had to be fixed.  Then she had to actually pay for the NFL Ticket package.  Finally, she put a green and yellow bow (he is a Packers fan) around the remote and gave the gift to her husband.  Lucky for her, he was on work travel the week she accomplished all this, otherwise it would be really hard to surprise someone.  Needless to say, he came home super surprised and very grateful.  He said this was hands down the nicest (and most useful) thing anyone had ever done for him.  So think about doing this for a sports fan you love (maybe even yourself).  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.

QB Weekender

8 08 2009

Here’s your dose of weekend fun!  Check out these cool tricks from NFL.com Fantasy Files.  Let me know which one you think is the best.  My vote is for Chris Chambers.  And remember not to try this yourself (especially the Maroney trick).  It’s the weekend, but let’s NOT get crazy!




Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins): Breaking down walls

Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins): Double play

Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints): Back breaking

Marc Bulger (St Louis Rams): Hitting target

Chris Chambers (San Diego Chargers): Three-peat

Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers): Ringing the bell

Laurence Maroney (New England Patriots): Jumpin for clunkers

Jerry Rice

5 08 2009

Can you dance?  Do you have smooth moves or are you a two-step kind of guy?  I hope you know that women correlate chemistry on the dance floor as a leading indicator of your overall compatibility.  In my opinion, that doesn’t mean you have to be breaking into the splits or doing Michael Jackson leans.  Even if you can’t dance at all – mess up with style.  Make her laugh, show her you are at ease with your body.  The number one thing you need to know about women, is that we are more attracted to subtle confidence than aggressive masculinity.  I took an unscientific poll and found that most women desired Jerry Rice much more on Dancing with the Stars than during his Hall of Fame football career.  True – a few didn’t even know he played football prior to his appearance on the show, but that is neither here nor there.

Today’s best gift comes from a happy wife who received a dancing lesson from her husband as an anniversary gift.  This daring husband selected a Tango lesson because he wanted to make sure he got something out of his efforts on the floor (see Jennifer Lopez video below).  Dancing lessons are a great idea for an anniversary.  It celebrates your bond with special time together and it can also help you “get the party started” (if you know what I mean).  Trust me on this one.  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.