RIP, Gatorade inventor

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If you haven't heard (in less tragic sports-world death news), Gatorade inventor Dr. J. Robert Cade passed away from kidney failure today.

"Naturally, we called the stuff Gator-ade."

While us YCSers have admittedly used his invention to recover from hangovers far more than fourth-quarter cramps in recent years, I think it's appropriate to honor the man who invented the drink that not only inspired the Florida Gators' 1964 Orange Bowl win, but also the "like Mike" commercials, the "Love Hurts" commercial spoofed by the SNL cookie dough sketch, and knockoffs like Powerade and the generic version, Sports Drink.

As a kid, the one saving grace in having the flu or recovering from anesthetic was knowing there'd be a cold bottle of lemon-lime Gatorade in the fridge to provide that minimal substenance or, at least, taste good.

Whether it's been by physical exhaustion or illness (God-given or self-induced), Gatorade has been a boon to us all. So in Dr. Cade's honor, I open the floor to any other odes-to-Gatorade we'd like to express.


Mike 11:10 PM  

Let's not forget All Sport!

Anonymous,  4:37 AM  

I sorely miss Gatorade, living overseas currently and all I can get is the horrible Gatorade imitation Lucozade. The biggest ingredient is carbonated water, followed by 26% glucose syrup(which the bottle calls the mind's natural energy source, a polite way of saying pure sugar). Also in the failed terror attacks that keep us from bringing fluids on planes now the terrorists were planning on sneaking the bombs on in Lucozade bottles. In short, I miss Gatorade.

Anonymous,  3:42 AM  

Hey, Anonymous... Lucozade may or may not be horrible, but it is certainly NOT a Gatorade immitation, as it has been around since 1927 (Gatorade is from 1965).

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