October 27, 2005


So as I mentioned earlier, I had the good fortune of eating at Cracker Barrel on Sunday morning before Hurricane Wilma came to visit.

Imagine my surprise when we walked outside and saw this:


Oh. Billy.

And it was for sale.

I turned to Salad Wife and said in my best Gomer voice, "Heyyy, hunny, lookie what I bought at Crak-er BARRell!"

Then a gentleman next to me said, "It's for sale."


That gentleman was Ray Brown, the owner of the truck. He said he switched jobs recently and doesn't need the hauling capacity that the 2004 Ford F250 Super Custom had to offer.

Ray said a friend of his in the graphics business did the Buccaneers logos for free, as a way of free advertising for his business.

"Pay off the loan and it's yours,'' Ray said. That amount: about $24,000.


The truck only has 40,000 miles on it.

He said he was going to put it up on eBay later that day, but that they charge such huge fees.

"How about I put it up on my Web site?" I offered.

And here it is now.


The showpiece of the truck is the rear detail, which includes:


Photo appliques of Mike Alstott and Joe Jurevicius...


...and of Simeon Rice and Derrick Brooks.


The back window features Coach Jon Gruden's Super Bowl trophy moment.


The truck also features (mostly faded) signatures by several Bucs, including Derek Deese, Shelton Quarles and this one by Derek Brooks.

Ray said he offered to sell it to the Bucs so that they could raffle it off for charity, but that he got no takers.

The truck set a'spinning the eyes of Salad Wife, who has developed into quite the fanatical football fan.

"I want this truck,'' she said. "Can you imagine, though, all the attention it gets?"

Ray said we wouldn't believe the way the truck attracts fans of all sorts.

The best part: he doesn't have season tickets. He goes when he can, but he just enjoys being a fan.

On behalf of fans everywhere, the Salad Bowl salutes you, Ray.

Those interested in the truck can e-mail him at eyesiceg40[at sign]cs.com or at ray_brown[at sign]mccullaghandscott.com.

Posted by Jeff at October 27, 2005 07:40 AM

Dude. You should start charging fees for your free want ads. ;o)


Posted by: Margi at October 27, 2005 10:55 AM


Posted by: tommy at October 27, 2005 11:46 AM

Oh, dear God. I'm a little scared right now.

'Course, it's better than a gun rack and confederate flag!

Posted by: kate at October 27, 2005 02:31 PM

Whoa, what a FAN! Get that man some season tickets! I'm a little surprised the Bucs didn't take him up on that offer, it would have raised good money for charity.

btw, Craker Barrel: yummmmmmm

Posted by: Laura at October 27, 2005 03:25 PM

I love the fact that he's parked in the handicapped zone, without the handicapped tag in the dash.

Posted by: Kat at October 28, 2005 06:04 PM

Actually, he had one. He took it down right before the photo.

Posted by: Jeff at October 29, 2005 09:15 AM
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