During this time of year SNY seems to run Mets Classics nightly. This got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be so much cooler if they would just slip a classic commercial into Mets Classics once in a while? It would freshen some of them up. Who wouldn’t want to see Giuseppe Franco one more time?
And then there is our real old-time classic sponsor, Rheingold Beer. In the team’s early years you would get bombarded by Rheingold ads. Who could forget “The Ten Minute Head?” No, younger people, I am not making that up, that was the slogan. Here is a Rheingold spot featuring none other than Bob Murphy, shilling for the “Cub Pack,” an eight pack of beer. Or as Bob says in the commercial, “Enough to last through any game!” Remember, those teams were bad, six was just not going to get it done.
So, to stay with the theme of classic (which sounds so much better than old) I’ll finish up with a classic post (as in old) I wrote well over ten years ago when Rheingold made a comeback.
Thanks so much to our frequent 2Guys contributor Alan K. for digging it up.
I remember drinking Rheingold. It’s not that fond a memory. And let’s be honest, most Rheingold drinkers are not drinking anymore. Or breathing.
People drank Rheingold because they were poor and it was cheap. It was the castor oil of beer, you didn’t like it but it was good for you. Try knocking back a case of castor oil, I dare you. And poor people have moved on to crack.
It bragged about being “Dry.” Sand is dry. Dirt can be dry. Try drinking dirt. That’s what Rheingold was like, dirt with a kick.
There is no way, no way, that current New York beer drinkers are going to drink anything that remotely tastes like Rheingold. Half the people in NYC now drink “hard” lemonade. Rheingold did not taste like hard lemonade. Rheingold tasted like hard time.
And if it isn’t going to taste like Rheingold, what’s the point? Anyone crazy enough to be nostalgic for the original will be disappointed. And everyone else won’t care to begin with.