Photo lifted from With Leather
In case you haven't heard, Hollis Thomas is fashionable. That's him up there wearing custom-made Spongebob Squarepants pajamas and sleeping cap. And yes, that is a jewel-encrusted Patrick hanging from his neck. Apparently he has all the characters in jewelry (we've noted before that Thomas has a slight obsession with Spongebob).
What fans may not know, however, is that Thomas is also one of the most vocal players in the Saints locker room and one of the funnest players to interview. He's also a bit of a smart ass who thinks he knows how sports reporters should dress.
"I like that hat!" he boomed at me before I could ask my first question. "You're going places with that hat."
Was he being sincere? Was he teasing me? I've had multiple compliments on the fedora that accompanies me to every sporting event (as well it should considering how much I spent on it) but there was something in the way other reporters were reacting to Thomas that I began to wonder if he was trying to lead me on. Then it happened. Thomas looked at my feet, saw that I was wearing sandals and went off.
"Oh you wearing man sandals?" he asked. "You can't be wearing sandals with that hat. I'm dealing with a surfer over here. Look at them sandals! They're mantastic!"
"Mantastic" is apparently Hollis' favorite word. I say that because he continued to call several reporters "mantastic" because of the various ways that they dressed. He had a little fun with the Biloxi Sun-Herald's Larry Holder for finally wearing a shirt that didn't "expose his mid-driff" (For the record, since I've got to know Larry at the beginning of training camp, I have never seen his exposed stomach). Thomas also called Larry's sandals "mantastic".
All this coming from a man who wears cartoon pajamas out in public.
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