Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Dick Butkus is no Alex Karras, but it's a great commercial

Check out this great Miller Lite ad posted to YouTube last week:

Now, there are several possible reasons to share this video with you. We can rejoice in the humor of the ad. We can enjoy the nostalgia of seeing all those celebrities, many now departed, in the same spot.  We can enjoy the acting of Mickey Spillane. We can marvel at the relative placidity of Billy Martin.

We could go on and on--we haven't even mentioned Dangerfield--but the real reason we share this clip is to try to find an answer to this nagging question: WHAT THE HECK IS ON DICK BUTKUS' HEAD?

As we ponder that, keep in mind this quote from an old ESPN Sportscentury profile:

Teammates and opponents alike marveled at Butkus' ferocity. He intimidated players like nobody else. "If I had a choice, I'd sooner go one-on-one with a grizzly bear," former Green Bay Packers running back MacArthur Lane said. "I prayed that I could get up every time Butkus hit me."

Butkus is not just the star of My Two Dads, he's a vicious Hall of Fame Chicago Bear! Was everyone afraid to tell him the truth about this look? Did he lose a bar bet?

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