Sunday, March 2, 2014

'Gansett

"Hi Neighbor. Have a 'Gansett."
Well, Marchin, Annie's Mom and I took in the Class "A" Championship Basketball Game at the Cumberland County Civic Center last evening. It was sure to be a game for the ages as they say. You had the clash of the unbeatens. Both the Portland High School Bulldogs and the Hampden Academy Broncos entered the game with identical 21-0 records, with the Broncos on a run of 43 wins in a row, but after the 'dogs ran off 17 unanswered points mid-first quarter, it was all but settled. At the end, the scoreboard told the tale 54-40. The Bulldogs hoisted the Gold Ball and brought the curtain down on the high school basketball season. Before the game, Marchin and I took a rush down memory lane and raised a couple of Narragansett Lager beers. The brew has been away for many, many years, but now it has returned. Way back when I was just a tyke, my Dad would do yard work and the Red Sox were always blaring on the radio, advertised by this stalwart of New England. 'Brewed in Narragansett Bay, off the coast of Rhode Island' so the lady said, there were always a few of these cans in the frig at our place on Stevens Avenue. I remember a couple of times I'd crawl up on Dad's lap, and beg for a sip or two. Just a couple of the guys sharing a beer and me learning the nuances of a great game, as the radio cried...
"Hi Neighbor. Have a 'Gansett."
"Play Ball!"

14 comments:

  1. Your stories always seem to job memories for me too. My grandfather enjoyed his beer and would let me have a sip or too. Sometimes I'd sit on his lap while he listened to "The Lone Ranger" on the radio and sip his beer and smoke his pipe. Sweet memories.

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    1. He and my Grampa would have gotten along just swell, pipe tobacco in the air and that 'masked man' riding away.

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  2. I loved the Lone Ranger and his faithful sidekick, Tonto and his horse Silver. Listened to the show every Saturday morning during the War Years.

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  3. So it was like a victory Narragansett Birdman.. cheers and congrats on your team winning! They did win right :)

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  4. Wikipedia reports that Dr. Seuss had a hand in the beer's advertisement. Curious!

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  5. It will soon be "Batter up" time again!

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  6. Sounds like a home run to me. Never tasted one, so life still holds some mysteries.

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  7. Ah, the end of the basketball season and nearly the beginning of the baseball season! :)

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  8. When I was younger I collected beer cans from all around the world and a friend from the States sent me one of these, slightly different design. No idea where the precious can is now, I sold the whole collection twenty years ago!

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  9. Great memories! I remember begging my daddy for a sip of his ice cold beer when I was little too. It always tasted good to me then, but now I'm not much of a beer drinker at all.

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  10. I don't know if this brand makes it north of the border, or if I don't know about it because I don't drink in the first place.

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  11. 'Gansett! That brings back memories of Sox broadcasts from years past.

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