Thursday, August 26, 2004

Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season...

A line from a Jimmy Buffett song just went through my head, which is the above-stated title of my third blog in an endless series that really have nothing to do with one another, except they sprang forth from my twisted mind.

The other day at work, some of my fellow Rahal employees wondered what would happen when whoever it is that names the newest tropical storms and hurricanes (wow, what a job that must be) runs out of names, what will they do? I mean, I'm sure it will take a while to run through every spelling of a name (i.e. Shaun, Sean, Shawn, etc...), but eventually it could happen. What next? I believe I may have the solution...

Corporate sponsorship of the hurricanes. Hey, if ball parks & stadiums around the country can do it, why not sponsor a deadly storm? It makes every news page & will most assuredly be front page at one point or another. But even that could get silly...just picture if Denzel Washington's movie from a few years back of a wrongly-imprisoned boxer were to sponsor the storm, it would be a hurricane brought to us by "The Hurricane". People would get confused.

At the opposite end of the spectrum (or should I say Wachovia Center, for those of you familiar with Philadelphia), a perfect sponsor would be the University of Miami, whose team name happens to be the Hurricanes. It would be very fitting and I'm sure some t-shirts with catchy slogans would be hot sellers for a few weeks at the student store.

Maybe, though, companies don't try to profit from these storms because they ultimately result in a loss of human life, which would rule out MetLife, Mutual of Omaha, or any such life insurance provider due to conflict of interest. But, I do see that newspapers across the country will shout news of war, violence, murder, and all other such pleasant happenings in order to sell copies. To them, a hurricane would be an easy sell...as long as they get the exclusives.

Just something else for everyone to think about. As always, I'm open to comments.

3 comments:

Gretchen said...

Maybe, besides the usual TV plugs, sponsors could print up flyers or banners and set them loose in the 100+ mph winds? It would look sort of the same as a NASCAR with a sponsor logo whizzing by at 100+ mph, wouldn't it?

"The Enforcer" Shaun Stambaugh said...

I was picturing something like the top view on a weather map, where the logo would be centered over the eye of the storm, but swirling in the winds may work, too. Although, I doubt too many people (other than Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel) would be getting too close.

Gretchen said...

True, but if you were to use flyers, wouldn't they scatter into your yard and be a sort of advertising-through-debris? Hurricane Frances is on her way up here, and if she gets close enough (which she's supposed to), maybe I'll set a few sheets of paper loose, just to see if it would work.