FOX Sports South takes a modern and retro-chic look at 15 of the most uniquely cool gift ideas for the holidays, with a singular focus on sports enjoyment.
1. The NFL’s Mr. Potato Head
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Let’s start with a kid-friendly gift:
Mr. Potato Head has been an American institution since the early 1950s, appealing to children with vivid imaginations during the pre-Internet era … and then thrilling new-age kids during three wildly successful Toy Story movies.
(Mr. Potato Head even had a short-lived animated TV show in the late 1990s.)
The original version offered change-up looks involving Mr. Potato Head’s choices of ears, eyes, noses, shoes, hats and a mouth.
The updated MPH bears the customized look of an NFL superfan … complete with a stiff-arm move to ward off would-be tacklers.
For those with fond memories of the NFL-licensed Electric Football game from the 1980s and 90s, there is a phone app that simulates the experience of using a metal board and vibrating players — without the tedious hassle of manually reconfiguring players at the line of scrimmage after every down.
The phone version also allows for greater proficiency when making a long pass, or attempting to, uh, kick the ball in between the uprights.
Jogging and basketball are great hobbies for individualist gamers, the ones who don’t rely on others to enhance their development (or enjoyment) of a particular sport.
Of course, runners sometimes multitask while logging miles, in the form of pushing along infants in strollers or taking their dogs out for medium-length or heavy-mile jogs. (Click here for The Un-Leash)
The above gift appeals to the latter consumer, the runner who’s willing to give their pet ample running room on streets and sidewalks.
The perks include a three-hour orientation, at the hands of expert instructors, and then the chance to apply that knowledge to 3-5 minutes of solo racing around the track — with few speed restrictions.
12. Wall Decals
When watching the NBA or college hoops on TV, you’ll hear the term “posterize,” alluding to a player directly dunking over a helpless defender, or conversely, a defender gloriously swatting an opponent’s shot — with photographers capturing the memory.
In today’s age of highlight preservation — let’s call it The Fathead Age — the focus has shifted to a single player or object being adorned to a sports fan’s walls. The Fathead decals are so life-like, it’s as if Peyton Manning or Tom Brady are actually standing tall in a basement, waiting for someone to execute a 15-yard curl pattern.
Whether celebrating athletes or logos for specific teams, these over-sized items are the ultimate space-fillers for rooms that complement a 60-inch, high-definition TV.
13. Stadium Replicas
The Danbury Mint has been authorized to construct and sell miniature replicas of NFL and college football stadiums, along with some of baseball’s most storied cathedrals, past and present.
1. Diggstown — Starring James Woods, Lou Gossett Jr. (Boxing) 2. Friday Night Lights — Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tim McGraw (Football) 3. Mystery, Alaska — Starring Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds (Hockey) 4. The Bad News Bears — Starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal (Baseball) 5. Remember The Titans — Starring Denzel Washington (Football) 6. A League Of Their Own — Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis (Baseball) 7. The Wrestler — Starring Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood (Wrestling) 8. Breaking Away — Starring Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern (Cycling) 9. Eight Men Out — Starring Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney, John Cusack(Baseball)
15. Laughable Sports Sequels
The following movie sequels are so bad (and only worthy of one viewing) … you may never learn to trust the judgment of a film executive again.
1. Caddyshack II 2. The Sting II 3. Teen Wolf Too 4. Rocky V 5. Slap Shot 2 6. The Next Karate Kid 7. Mighty Ducks 3 8. Major League III 9. Major League II 10. Bad News Bears: Breaking Training