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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Inventor of Gatorade dies

Yes, it is true. Gatorade will never be associated with Baseball, perhaps because it does not go well with hot dogs, peanuts and/or Cracker Jacks. But as the “Official Sports Drink of Major League Baseball”, it is right that we honor it’s creator, the now late Dr. Robert Cade.

Besides, the story behind it’s creation is still a classic in my book.

His death was announced by the University of Florida, where he and other researchers created Gatorade in 1965 to help the school’s football players replace carbohydrates and electrolytes lost through sweat while playing in swamp-like heat.

A question from former Gator Coach Dwayne Douglas sparked their research, Cade said in a 2005 interview with the Associated Press. He asked, “Doctor, why don’t football players wee-wee after a game.”

“That question changed our lives,” Cade said.

Using their research, and about $43 in supplies, they concocted a brew for players to drink while playing football.

“It sort of tasted like toilet bowl cleaner,” said Dana Shires, one of the researchers who sampled the first batch.

“I guzzled it and I vomited,” Cade said.

The researchers added some sugar and some lemon juice to improve the taste. It was first tested on freshmen because Coach Ray Graves didn’t want to hurt the varsity team. Eventually, however, the use of the sports beverage spread to the Gators, who enjoyed a winning record and were known as a “second-half team” by outlasting opponents.

Gamingboy Posted: November 27, 2007 at 10:02 PM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. BeanoCook Posted: November 28, 2007 at 12:49 AM (#2626627)
Brilliant!
   2. Sean Forman Posted: November 28, 2007 at 12:54 AM (#2626630)
I just got some Keith Jackson nostalgia.
   3. James Darnell's #1 Fan Posted: November 28, 2007 at 12:56 AM (#2626632)
R.I.P.
   4. Guapo Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:14 AM (#2626642)
Relatives of the bereaved will sneak up behind the priest and dump a bucket of the deceased's ashes over his head as the final seconds of the funeral tick down.
   5. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:20 AM (#2626647)
Yeah, the story just sounds better when Keith tells it.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:20 AM (#2626649)
Anybody remember Gatorade gum?
   7. Dock Ellis Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:38 AM (#2626663)
Maybe he's just dehydrated.
   8. BeanoCook Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:42 AM (#2626668)
Anybody remember Gatorade gum?


Yes. I think it was called Gator gum. It was great, tart in the first bite, then it got tough.
   9. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:53 AM (#2626673)
"Wee-wee"? Really?
   10. NJ in NY (Now with Baby!) Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:57 AM (#2626674)
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaater sucks, it really, really sucks!
   11. Dan Szymborski Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:59 AM (#2626676)
Gatorades not just for athletes, it's also for thirsty dudes.
   12. Honkie Kong Posted: November 28, 2007 at 02:00 AM (#2626678)
Gatorades not just for athletes, it's also for thirsty dudes.


Gatorade makes beer now?
   13. AndrewJ Posted: November 28, 2007 at 02:04 AM (#2626683)
Any truth to the idea that Gatorade after a bout of heavy drinking reduces the chance of a hangover?
   14. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: November 28, 2007 at 02:06 AM (#2626684)
Any truth to the idea that Gatorade after a bout of heavy drinking reduces the chance of a hangover?

It will increase your efficiency at absorbing alcohol while you're drinking.
   15. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: November 28, 2007 at 02:07 AM (#2626685)
"Wee-wee"? Really?


Really
   16. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: November 28, 2007 at 02:20 AM (#2626691)
When I was about 4 or 5 years old, my mom got furious with me for saying "loo-loo." True story.
   17. Nasty Nate Posted: November 28, 2007 at 02:20 AM (#2626692)
. . . tastes better than Brawndo: the Thirst Mutilator
   18. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: November 28, 2007 at 02:23 AM (#2626695)
In my experience, Gatorade after a bout of heavy drinking mostly leads to vomiting, but Gatorade the next morning helps get rid of the hangover.
   19. Dan Szymborski Posted: November 28, 2007 at 02:25 AM (#2626698)
Gatorade makes beer now?

Why can't thirsty dudes drink it? The lightning bolt doesn't really mean no.
   20. clarenceweatherspoon Posted: November 28, 2007 at 04:39 AM (#2626780)
By the way, you don't have to be sweaty and holding a basketball to enjoy a Gatorade.
   21. CFiJ Posted: November 28, 2007 at 10:12 AM (#2626861)
I like how they basically say, "We made the stuff and it tasted awful! I, myself, vomited it was so bad! So we added a little lemon juice and sugar and gave it to the freshman. Who cares about them?!"
   22. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: November 28, 2007 at 11:45 AM (#2626871)
I enjoy Gatorade
   23. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 28, 2007 at 12:43 PM (#2626885)
"loo-loo"

I have no idea what this means.
   24. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:25 PM (#2626901)
When I was about 4 or 5 years old, my mom got furious with me for saying "loo-loo." True story.

As well she should have. Those are your formative years--you shouldn't be talking gibberish.

Seriously--"loo-loo"? That's gotta be a regional thing.
   25. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: November 28, 2007 at 01:35 PM (#2626909)
. . . tastes better than Brawndo: the Thirst Mutilator
It's got what plants crave.
   26. SandyRiver Posted: November 28, 2007 at 03:29 PM (#2627018)
Gatorade makes beer now?

Shortly after Gatorade was developed, SI (IIRC) had an article on Dr. Cade. The article said that Dr. Cade, who considered alcohol to be the best of tranquilizing drugs, combined Gatorade with beer to form a drink he (or someone) named "Hop-n-Gator."
   27. aleskel Posted: November 28, 2007 at 03:34 PM (#2627025)
Gatorade the next morning helps get rid of the hangover.

Yup. Hangovers are mostly a combination of dehydration and vitamin B deficiency. Gatorade (or any sports drink, really) takes care of both.
   28. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: November 28, 2007 at 03:36 PM (#2627028)
Yup. Hangovers are mostly a combination of dehydration and vitamin B deficiency. Gatorade (or any sports drink, really) takes care of both.


My home brewed beer takes care of the latter all by itself. It is unfiltered, and brewer's yeast is a great source of vitamin B. I never get a hangover from my homebrew.
   29. TFTIO sings Medieval Agrarian History Posted: November 28, 2007 at 03:45 PM (#2627041)
And, as a not inconsiderable bonus, you don't have to drink any Gatorade.
   30. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 28, 2007 at 03:47 PM (#2627045)
The article said that Dr. Cade, who considered alcohol to be the best of tranquilizing drugs, combined Gatorade with beer to form a drink he (or someone) named "Hop-n-Gator."

I don't know if it was the good doctor his own self who did that; the commcercial brand of Hop'N'Gator was from Iron City Brewery in Pittsburg
   31. Randy Jones Posted: November 28, 2007 at 03:49 PM (#2627048)
I never get a hangover from my homebrew.

That just means you aren't drinking enough at one time. And I second those that said Gatorade is good the next morning for getting rid of a hangover but bad right after you stop drinking.
   32. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: November 28, 2007 at 03:53 PM (#2627050)
That just means you aren't drinking enough at one time.


Oh, I have. I can tell because I usually make a lot of wee wee after.

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