While looking through the weekly Target ad for the new PS2 and DVD releases, I came across this item in the bottom corner of one of the pages:
Ben Wallace Inflatable Defender
Oh what a great day in bertflex-land. This may be the target.com item of the millennium before it's all said and done. We can finally play basketball with a plastic, blow-up version of Big Ben Wallace! The price tag is a hefty $49.99, but think of all the fun you will have with this in your driveway.
Not sold yet? Here is the official description from target.com:
Fear the Fro! (*side note: YES!) If you play hoops, or just watch them, you know the Fro—Ben Wallace, 3-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, NBA All-Star, and member of the NBA championship team in 2004. Designed for indoor or outdoor use, this life-size (84" tall!) Ben Wallace inflatable can help you pump up your basketball skills practicing jump shots over him, dribbling around him, rebounding and shooting near him, and more. Made of thick PVC material, the inflatable has 2 handles for easy movement and comes with a repair kit. For ages 6–14 yrs. maximum weight limit of 200 lbs. Assembly required (tools not included).
There you have it. This is officially the best gift ever. Be sure to buy a bunch of these for all your friends at Christmas, including myself. Taking it a step further, I'm considering buying one for Beth and Thomas' wedding this Saturday. Cookware and bed sheets are lame gifts, Ben Wallace is the way to go!
If this couldn't get any better, there is a second photo of the Ben Wallace Inflatable Defender "in action" on target.com. It features the real Ben Wallace going up against the plastic one! I know he's not known for his offensive abilities, but look at the confusion on the real Ben's face. He seriously has no clue what to do without Chauncey Billups around. Poor guy, you'd think he'd dribble around himself or something.
I think it's only a matter of time before video of suburban white guys posterizing Big Ben pop up on youtube. I cannot make any promises that it won't be us.