"We aim to spread a little cheer," says Bob Golic, a 6'2", 260-pound Cleveland nose tackle and a mighty big elf. Says Doug Dieken, the Browns' left tackle and an equally outsized (6'5", 252-pound) Santa's helper, " 'Tis the season to be jolly."
Three weeks ago, Golic and Dieken began their annual I'm Dreaming of a Browns Christmas duel to come up with the tackiest locker decorations. Golic showed up with a giant Santa Claus head, a plastic wreath and yards of garland. "I shopped the K mart blue-light specials," he said. Dieken hung stockings and set up a three-foot artificial tree. "It's tastefully adorned with $1.99-a-strand lights that blink with the tones from a music box," he says. "It sounds like a dentist's office." A photo of coach Marty Schottenheimer's mug is affixed to the angel on top, and owner Art Modell's picture is pasted to the Santa ornament. "I know who pays my bills," says hands-down winner Dieken.