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TOYS AND GAMES: Ragnar Screws the Pooch, Tim Wallach Cards, Odd Job (Again), and Snoring

Talk about pricing yourself out of business, how about former Minnesota Vikings’ mascot, Ragnar?

Joe Juranitch — Ragnar out of Vikings clothing — has dressed like a Viking and rode a motorcycle while leading the team on the field for the past 21 years. According to reports, the Vikings paid him $1,500 per game for that service. So what did Juranitch do? He asked for a pay hike to $20,000 per game for the next 10 years, or a deal worth approximately $2 million. Needless to say, the Vikings balked.

Ragnar should have known better. Guaranteed money is rare in the NFL.

Tim_Wallach_on_April_20,_2013 “Tim Wallach on April 20, 2013” by Keith Allison on Flickr

Good luck trying to buy a Tim Wallach baseball card these days, a scarcity has been created for cards featuring the former major leaguer and current Dodgers coach. Why?

According to the Los Angeles Times, there’s an attorney living in Farmington, New Mexico, who wants to eventually own every Wallach card ever printed (there are 373 different versions, which equates to countless cards) and has come up with different strategies and angles to procure the cards.

Is this man’s pursuit any stranger than, say, collecting hand puppets or shot glasses?

I brought up Odd Job in yesterday’s blog prompting a memory of the “Goldfinger” villain when he visited Plant High School in 1974. While time definitely distorts memory, I recall him being there as part of a promotion for a movie called “Impulse” — a disaster of a film that starred William Shatner as featured Harold Sakata — the man who played Odd Job — as Karate Pete.

My friend, Rene Gatliff, couldn’t resist making the observation to Sakata: “I’ll bet you throw a mean Frisbee.” Sakata was non-plused, but you had to hand it to Rene, all of us would have loved seeing Odd Job toss a Frisbee.

Finally, Patti to me over our morning coffee on Monday: “You snored so bad last night I wanted to stab you in the head.”

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