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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why aren’t the 2008 Phillies on the cover of the Wheaties box?

From 2004 through 2007, the World Series Champion was immortalized on the Wheaties box.  ... But the Phillies have apparently received the shaft from Wheaties.

HRD also made a couple of homemade Wheaties boxes honoring the 2008 Champs.

Bret the Jet Posted: February 11, 2009 at 08:24 PM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, cardinals, memorabilia, phillies, red sox, white sox

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   1. Benji Posted: February 12, 2009 at 02:38 AM (#3075157)
Perhaps GF has a perverse desire to sell product? Let's face it, they are the ugliest, least charismatic champion since the early 80's Islanders.
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 12, 2009 at 02:50 AM (#3075172)
I reject the idea that this team is less interesting than the 2005 White Sox, the 2002 Angels, the 1992 Blue Jays, or the Redskins led by the legendarily charismatic Mark Rypien, Art Monk, Darrell Green and Earnest Byner.
   3. nick swisher hygiene Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:01 AM (#3075184)
easy--because gay ballplayers measured A-Rod and found out that he was using desiccants with Robbie Alomar.

next!
   4. Lassus Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:04 AM (#3075186)
Yeah, I can't stand the Phillies, but I can't really agree with #1.

Ryan Howard is extremely likable, Cole Hamels is (when he isn't swearing in public), Jimmy Rollins is (when not whining to his manager), JC Romero is (when not doing steroids), and Brett Myers is (when not slapping around his wife).

No, I think the reason probably is more that most of the country just generally can't stand Philadelphia.


(I kid, I kid! Despite my good-natured trash-talk, someone somewhere didn't make a deal, didn't sign a paper, and couldn't pay the right people the right fees in this economy. I have little doubt that's the reason.)
   5. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:11 AM (#3075189)
Yeah, Howard is probably one of the 10 most charismatic players in the game today. I agree with #4's ... actual reason.

Also, yeah, the 2005 Sox were hardly oozing with charisma. Most of them seem like quiet guys who play the game the right way (i.e. boringly), and then there's AJ Pierogi.

I might go so far as to say that Jack Keefe was probably the most memorable player from that squad.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:32 AM (#3075202)
The 1990 Giants were not exactly the most charismatic Superb Owl winners either. Aside from the kid-friendly Lawrence Taylor, there were the captivating personalities of Jeff Hostetler, Otis Anderson, Mark Bavaro, Pepper Johnson and Everson Walls. General Mills was salivating at the opportunity to put those guys on the box.

As for #4, not even a Phillies partisan version of that paragraph would claim Brett Myers is "extremely likable". Brad Lidge, Victorino, Burrell, Coste, Cooch Ruiz, though...all likable.
   7. Lassus Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:41 AM (#3075210)
Burrell

Well, SOMEbody didn't like him.


(I'm sorry, the Mets have been stone-dull, I gotta do something.)
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:41 AM (#3075212)
Are you a Giants fan too? Most Mets fans are. You could talk about how charismatic Mark Bavaro and Dave Meggett were.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:45 AM (#3075220)
Well, the Rypien Redskins marched thru their league like Sherman thru Atlanta, as opposed to say, the Phillies.
Not that that matters on Wheaties endorsements, of course.
   10. Lassus Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:45 AM (#3075221)
Are you a Giants fan too? Most Mets fans are.

Jesus, I'm not THAT old.

In a related story, in.... I'm not gonna look it up, but I have to say in 1999, I think, I went with my Giants' fan friend to Candlestick to see the Phillies play the Giants. (Cold like the 7th circle of Hell, of course) My friend became nearly apoplectic because I was rooting for the Phillies only because it would help the Mets in the Wild-Card race.
   11. wickedwitch Posted: February 12, 2009 at 05:19 AM (#3075274)
Also, yeah, the 2005 Sox were hardly oozing with charisma. Most of them seem like quiet guys who play the game the right way (i.e. boringly), and then there's AJ Pierogi.
Chicago hadn't won in 88 years. Philly's been a little more successful than that.
   12. Greg K Posted: February 12, 2009 at 07:45 AM (#3075307)
That's an awfully high bar you're setting there wickedwitch
   13. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 12, 2009 at 08:42 AM (#3075327)
If the Wheaties deal is a no-go, Brett Myers would seem to be a natural cover boy for Honey Smacks.
   14. Jeff K. Posted: February 12, 2009 at 10:30 AM (#3075333)
Chicago hadn't won in 88 years. Philly's been a little more successful than that.

If any team can be said to have been a little more successful than the pre-2005 White Sox, it's the Phillies.
   15. Jeff K. Posted: February 12, 2009 at 10:31 AM (#3075334)
And they'll never be Honey Smacks to me. Sugar Smacks 4eva
   16. Gamingboy Posted: February 12, 2009 at 12:03 PM (#3075341)
They had all those Tampa Bay Rays Wheaties ready to go, to tell the children of America that you too can beat Goliath.

Then the Phillies totally ruined it, and so did the Wheaties plans.

Either that, or they DID make Phillies Wheaties, but Mets fans burned them to the ground and in this economy they couldn't make new ones.
   17. tribefan Posted: February 12, 2009 at 12:46 PM (#3075351)
And they'll never be Honey Smacks to me. Sugar Smacks 4eva


Huh, I never knew they changed the name at all, I had no idea what the hell Honey Smacks were. I'm with Jeff, I like the original name better although SMAK is kind of cool too.

Introduced in 1953, the cereal has undergone several name changes. It started out as Sugar Smacks. In the 1980s, it was renamed Honey Smacks. In the early 1990s, it had been discovered that the current mascot, Dig'em Frog, was just calling the cereal "Smacks", so the word "Honey" was dropped from the name, and the product was then simply called Smacks. In 2004, the cereal was given back the name Honey Smacks, which is now its current name. It is known in Mexico as SMAK.
   18. Jeff K. Posted: February 12, 2009 at 01:19 PM (#3075358)
Either that, or they DID make Phillies Wheaties, but Mets fans burned them to the ground

To be fair, the Mets organization, upon hearing this was happening, made a call to their bullpen to put out the flames to avoid being labelled classless. What started as a small kitchen fire turned into a blazing inferno that took 47 lives.
   19. Gamingboy Posted: February 12, 2009 at 01:45 PM (#3075371)
To be fair, the Mets organization, upon hearing this was happening, made a call to their bullpen to put out the flames to avoid being labelled classless. What started as a small kitchen fire turned into a blazing inferno that took 47 lives.


47. Its always 47. Only 42 is more ubiqituous.
   20. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 12, 2009 at 01:50 PM (#3075377)
Here's the most likely explanation, from one of the comments on the link. And it don't look good for the Phillies:

I’ve been collecting sports related Wheaties boxes for over 15 years and have almost 500 boxes in my collection. The Phillies aren’t the first team to be slighted in the past few years.

The Bulls from the ’90’s have boxes, but the Lakers of the early 2000’s were not on a box yet every other NBA champ since is.

The Steelers of 2003 were not on a box yet teams before and after were (except the Giants last year who were slighted as well).

By the way, in 2004 the Kansas University mascot was featured on a box issued only at the University. Your box is much cooler though!

Hope this helps.

Check out my website to see for yourself. It’s broken up by sport.

If the Phillies were going to get a box it would have been done immediately after the series and issued as a regional box.
   21. McCoy Posted: February 12, 2009 at 02:02 PM (#3075386)
Yeah, the Bulls boxes are awesome and I still got them somewhere. One of them actually unfolded into a basketball court and the others gave you posters of Michael Jordan.
   22. Lassus Posted: February 12, 2009 at 02:25 PM (#3075410)
Here's the most likely explanation, from one of the comments on the link. And it don't look good for the Phillies:

I’ve been collecting sports related Wheaties boxes for over 15 years and have almost 500 boxes in my collection.


That doesn't look good for ANYBODY.
   23. Bad Doctor Posted: February 12, 2009 at 02:35 PM (#3075428)
47. Its always 47. Only 42 is more ubiqituous.

Prime numbers are inherently comedic.
   24. DaMick knows what love is. A Boy Loves His Dog. Posted: February 12, 2009 at 02:39 PM (#3075432)
I thought the 80's Islanders were very likeable. Clark Gillies was like a huge Teddy Bear in front of the net. Bryan Trottier was the was the all around guy, excelling at offense and defense, Mike Bossy the Sharpshooter, darting in and out. All very likeable. 4 Stanley Cups in a row!

As for Battling Billy Smith and wife beating Denis Potvin, err, not so likeable.
   25. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 12, 2009 at 02:48 PM (#3075442)
One of them actually unfolded into a basketball court

That must have been the extra-large box.
   26. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:19 PM (#3075467)
Here's the most likely explanation, from one of the comments on the link. And it don't look good for the Phillies:

I’ve been collecting sports related Wheaties boxes for over 15 years and have almost 500 boxes in my collection.


That doesn't look good for ANYBODY.

Some things are more charitably left unsaid, Lassus.
   27. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:29 PM (#3075479)
I thought the 80's Islanders were very likeable. Clark Gillies was like a huge Teddy Bear in front of the net. Bryan Trottier was the was the all around guy, excelling at offense and defense, Mike Bossy the Sharpshooter, darting in and out. All very likeable. 4 Stanley Cups in a row!

They still ##### in Philly about the '80 playoffs -- I think it was Gillies who scored the deciding goal -- Steve "Coatesy" Coates' voice still goes up an octave and half whenever he says "But Gillies was over the line!"
   28. Jeff K. Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:44 PM (#3075503)
That doesn't look good for ANYBODY.

Something tells me he's not collecting other boxes, ifyouknowwhatimean.

(I wasn't going to go there, but once the door is open...)
   29. RJ in TO Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:48 PM (#3075508)
They still ##### in Philly about the '80 playoffs -- I think it was Gillies who scored the deciding goal -- Steve "Coatesy" Coates' voice still goes up an octave and half whenever he says "But Gillies was over the line!"


If you want to see some really good hockey reactions, you should try mentioning either:
a) The Hull goal in Buffalo, or
b) The Gretzky high-stick on Gilmour in Toronto

If you take the wrong side, you'll be lucky to escape with your life.
   30. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 12, 2009 at 03:51 PM (#3075509)
Something tells me he's not collecting other boxes, ifyouknowwhatimean.

(I wasn't going to go there, but once the door is open...)

Wheaties are pretty dessicated.
   31. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: February 12, 2009 at 04:15 PM (#3075537)
In the early 1990s, it had been discovered that the current mascot, Dig'em Frog, was just calling the cereal "Smacks", so the word "Honey" was dropped from the name, and the product was then simply called Smacks.


It had been discovered? Was Dig'em calling them Smacks without them knowing? Was he going rogue?

"Sir, I've tried everything and Dig'em won't budge. He insists on calling them just "Smacks." I'm beginning to think this is a battle not worth fighting."
   32. WillYoung Posted: February 12, 2009 at 04:32 PM (#3075553)
Ryan Howard is extremely likable, Cole Hamels is (when he isn't swearing in public), Jimmy Rollins is (when not whining to his manager), JC Romero is (when not doing steroids), and Brett Myers is (when not slapping around his wife).


There is nothing remotely likable about J.C. Romero.
   33. Greg K Posted: February 12, 2009 at 04:35 PM (#3075559)
Gretzky.......blarg!
Thanks for reminding me

Now I'll have to go look at the Leafs and Sens relative place in the standings to sooth my tortured soul.

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