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Inflatable soccer field gets kids kicking young

by James

Right up there with the inflatable hockey rink, comes this coolest toy … the Inflatable soccer field. With Spring starting to … well SPRING, parents are looking to get their young toddlers out of the house and into the warming Spring day to get some exercise. And this toy is a great idea to not only get them moving, but teach them the most popular sport in the world …

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Basketball return allows for solo practice

by James

If you’re anything like my son, sometimes you just want to go out to shoot some hoops and think. But it can be a real hassle to chase after the ball once you drop in nothing but net and it bounces away from you (especially when you live on a hill like we do). So this nifty little basketball return device can come in real handy when all you want to do is shoot, not chase.
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BigJigs indoor croquet set

by James

I love to play croquet. It’s not only because it makes you feel “hoity toity,” and civilized, but because it’s very social. You have that fun of wacking your friends balls in the weeds, engage in trash talk, and navigate the perilous terrain in golf like fashion. But face it, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. That’s where BigJigs Jungle Carpet Croquet set comes in handy.

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Personal Pitching Coach is a pitchback on steroids

by James

With February waiting in the wings, the great Spring/Summer past time, Baseball season, is just around the corner. When I was a kid, the pitchback had just been invented. It was a marvelous device for kids who loved to play baseball, but sometimes couldn’t find the other half of a pitch and catch game. It was simple enough … a metal exoskeleton with a net back that was stretched so tight that the ball would actually rebound back to you. And since the pitchback was set at an angle, you could get a popup coming back at you (if you threw it lower) or a grounder rebound if you tossed it higher. And then there was the strike zone, allowing up to fill full that Tom Seaver fantasy (don’t ask, it was THAT long ago!). But unfortunately, it was a relatively dumb device. But in today’s digital age, even the pitchback gets a hightech makeover. Witness the Personal Pitching Coach from Hammacher.

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Toys for Tots needs your help …

by James

The Marines have been collecting Toys for Tots since 1947. Semper Fi!

Just a reminder that the US Marine Corps Reserve is in full swing with their annual Toys for Tots drive. Created in 1947 by Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a cadre of reservists in Los Angeles, Toys for Toys collected and distributed 5,000 toys for needy kids. Since then, the United States Marines across the nation and around the world have been collecting unwrapped toys worth at least $10 to distribute to needy kids at Christmas time. In the beginning, he Marines collected both new and used toys, but beginning with the Christmas in 1980, they have only collected new, unwrapped toys for distribution. And with time, the Marines courted famous names to further their cause, even Walt Disney has the honor of being the designer of the Toys for Tots train logo. But also big names like John Wayne, Doris Day, Tim Allen, and even former First Lady Nancy Reagan have devoted considerable time and clout to helping the Marines accomplish their mission of giving every needy child a toy for Christmas.

And it’s grown far beyond and extra curricular activity for off duty Marines. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved making the annual Toys for Tots drive an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Over the last 62 years, the US Marine Corps Reserve have distributed over 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation has added to the toy collections by purchasing nearly a half billion dollars in toys to insure that no child gets left behind at Christmas.

And this year, as with any year, the campaign needs your help. You know the mission – pick up an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and look for one of those dashing jarheads sitting next to a collection box near the entrance to the store. Or, you can Swing by to make a cash donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. While at the site, you can find more information on a toy collecting center in your area.

Semper Fi and Merry Christmas!

Table Tennis Anywhere set is a great idea …

by James

I love Ping Pong. What I don’t like is spending money on a huge foldup table and having it end up collecting dust (and space) in the garage with junk all over it. I mean, I play the game, but only when a friend is over. Otherwise, the table just ends up being in the way. What to do? Maybe Anywhere Table Tennis is the answer.

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Mizuno recalls over 130,000 baseball/softball gloves

by James

I love Mizuno gloves. I still have my 1st baseman mitt from back in the day of playing high school ball and it really helped my game (they called me the vacuum cleaner at 1st base). They’re just great gloves made by a great company. But every company has a hiccup from time to time and Mizuno is recalling over 130,000 of their baseball and softball gloves due to nasty little mold problem.

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Inflatable card table fun and games in pools

by James

Inflatable pool furniture is nothing new. People have been lounging around for years on them. But there’s a new addition to your summer pool furnishings … the Texas Hold’em Inflatable Pool Table.

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Water Hockey Rink will beat the summer heat

by James

Being that today is the 1st day of June, it’s the unofficial first day of summer. And as such, can there be anything cooler to beat the summer heat than the Water Soaked Knee Hockey Rink? Think slip in slide meets air hockey …

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