A Christmas story with a little volume

by Gary Shelton on December 25, 2014 · 4 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Bucs

Thursday, 8:19 a.m.

Did you get it?

Did you play it yet?

Did you lose it yet?

In a time before video games, in a land before golf gadgets, in a life before fantasy camps, this was what passed for Christmas. There was nothing quite like it for a kid, and nothing like the sound of it for a parent, and nothing like the thrill of it for, oh, the five minutes before a kid lost it.

Electric football.

It was the bomb-diggity.

Now, this is not one of those laments about how pure the world was in the days before video games. Heck, I love video games, too. I love

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Cecil DeBald December 25, 2014 at 9:16 am

I remember trying to crease or bend the plastic tabs the football players “rode” on to make the running back go straight, but alas he never did. Was a great game, thanks for the memories, Gary. Merry Christmas.


Gary Shelton December 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

You, too, Cecil. To everyone.


Barry McDowell December 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

We all know that the best present we got as kids was the baseball glove we then put on to play catch with our Dad.

Gary, I hope Santa brings you a few hundred new subscribers!


Gary Shelton December 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

From your lips to Santa’s ear…


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