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This is my dude. He's sort of a dinosaur I guess. I found him around 20 years ago when I was writing for Here's his story...

When David Dodds started a website dedicated to fantasy football called he incorporated three small characters from a font into his logo. There were three guys that started mrfootball. Another was Tony Holm (the prognosticator). I can't remember the third dude. I fondly remember my blue mrfootball "because losing sucks" Tshirt. It had the three logos on the left chest.

The font was called Tombats. There are several tombat font packages. I'm not sure who the artist is, but the guy liked putting his little cartoon figures into font packages. Wild guess, his name was Tom? One of those characters has moved onto footballguys and has the name black-eyed Joe. That's him in yellow above.

I'm not sure of the details, but the Tombats creator didn't mind or had an agreement with Dodds and Bryant.

Why comment on this? It's weird to me the things we attach ourselves to at times. Why this logo? I guess I think it's sort of cool looking. It's cute, but still a dinosaur. Dinosaurs are pretty freakin awesome. I think maybe I've attached myself to the little dude because I know Moira would like it. I think of her often when I see it. It's the small sort of doodle that I've watched her drawn through the years. Anywho, I hope you've enjoyed my random thought for the day.

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I've always wondered about that avatar of yours and your signature ! after Shick. I actually thought the avatar had a footballguys connection, so that is cool.

Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
Nov 24, 2022
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When I was doing YB the teacher mug shot page had to have Mr. Shick! under Dave's picture or it was considered a misspelled name... and when I was doing YB you could do almost anything except miss a deadline or spell a name wrong... over the years a few names got misspelled (I did it ONCE! f*&k) but we were never late on a press deadline... I had truly amazing kids!!!

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