When sponsorsips get ridiculous — a list of the various businesses that are the official *BLANK* of the Indianapolis Colts
Yesterday Stephanie and I decided to go out and face the elements of a good, old-fashioned Indiana Winter storm warning so that we could cheer on the then undefeated Indianapolis Colts. It was really nasty out, but we were excited to see the Colts lay the smackdown on the New York Jets as they became one step closer to getting their own spot in NFL history as one of the few teams that have had an undefeated season.
Well, after making it into Indy’s football mecca, Lucas Oil Stadium (the house that Peyton built), we unfortunately soon found that the game was going to be a little more boring than first expected after Peyton and the rest of the starters were yanked after the first half. At that point the Jets started to put the hurtin’ on our second-stringers who were being led by Curtis Painter and the boos started to fill the stadium as we lost our lead and our chances for an undefeated 2009 season.
But, when most fans decided to focus their energy on booing the Colts, I decided to shift mine elsewhere once I knew that the actual game wasn’t going to be enough to hold my attention. As a marketing guy, it’s hard not to notice all of the advertising that is now shown inside of Lucas Oil Stadium during the 3-4 hours of any given Colts game. As the game got more and more boring I began to really take a look at all of this advertising and more specifically I began to notice all of the various businesses that have paid enough money to become “the official BLANK of the Colts”. As the game went on and I began to point out more and more of these sponsorships out to Stephanie it became a fun game that helped us pass the time as Cutis Painter continued to get sacked and/or throw interceptions.
I began to jot down our findings on my BlackBerry and by the end of the game we had accumulated quite a list which I must admit is pretty ridiculous once you see them all grouped together. I promise that all of the following Colts sponsorships are for real and they are only the ones that either Stephanie and I saw displayed somewhere inside of Lucas Oil Stadium during the Jets game yesterday.
The official hair salon of the Colts cheerleaders (Tyler Mason)
The official data backup of the Colts (Venyu)
The official bread of the Colts (Bunny)
The official milk of the Colts (Fair Oaks Farms)
The official supercenter of the Colts (Meijer)
The official burgers of the Colts (McDonalds)
The official convenience store of the Colts (Speedway)
The official lawn mower of the Colts (Dixie Chopper)
The official courier of the Colts (Now Courier)
The official bank of the colts (Hunginton Bank)
The official away game airline of the Colts (Airtran)
The official document provider of the Colts (Sharp)
The official pizza of the Colts (Papa Johns)
The official hot dog of the Colts (Tyson)
The official resoration company of the Colts (Moore Restoration)
The official event production of the colts (Markeys)
The official catering company of the Colts (Jonathan Byrds)
The official air freshener of the Colts (Febreeze)
The official camera of the Colts (Canon)
The official car of the colts (Toyota)
Wow, what a list. If I have somehow missed one, please let me know in the comments.