The Boston Red Sox languished for decades under the curse of the Bambino. For 24 years, the Hanshin Tigers of Osaka, Japan had their own hex: the curse of the Colonel. It seems a statue of the KFC icon was tossed into a local canal by unruly fans after Hanshin captured the national championship. The years that followed have been marred by disappointment and heartache, thus the curse. But earlier this year, the statue was discovered deep beneath the canal sludge and pulled to safety. “The curse is completely broken,” chief priest Tsunetada Mayumi declared last week after a full Shinto rite. Or maybe not. The Tigers are still near the bottom of their division. “I wish they would resurface as the colonel did,” said Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan president Masao Watabe.
Smooth move? Want to open a smoothie franchise? Now’s your big chance. Why? Because Jamba Juice has just been accepted onto the SBA’s official Franchise Registry, reports the San Francisco Business Times. This means potential franchisees will have their loans fast-tracked by the SBA. Jamba Juice, which is in the midst of a turnaround after several quarters of sluggish sales, plans to convert 150 company-owned locations into franchises. It’s also looking to add 50 new franchised locations this year. We wish potential franchisees the berry best of luck.
Hardee’s tasteless commercial. Last week, we spotlighted Burger King’s sexually explicit ad for its “super seven-incher” sandwich. This week we turn our attention to Hardee’s, which is running TV spots for a new breakfast menu item called Cinnamon Sugar Biscuit Holes. It’s not a very appetizing moniker, as Hardee’s is well aware. So, in the ad, random people on the street are asked to rename the treat. Their responses: “Goody Balls,” “Hole Munchers,” “A-Holes,” “Sweetballs,” “Dingleballs,” “PuffyNuts,” and “Biscuit-icles.” Just what we needed: yet another reason to never eat at Hardee’s.
McDonald’s drops the ball. The National Basketball Association has dumped Mickey D’s as its official fast-food sponsor. Instead, it has signed a four-year deal with Taco Bell effective immediately. Is that what’s called thinking outside the bun?