Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tom Osborne, Member of the Prohibition Party

First they take away the commercials. Then they take away the booze. Next thing you know, they will want our guns! A big push is about to start to ban beer advertising during NCAA-sanctioned events, and the pointman is former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne. He's now a Republican congressman in — you guessed it — Nebraska! He has introduced legislation to ban the ads, and he is going to make his biggest push Wednesday, on the eve of the NCAA basketball tournament, which will have an intoxicating number of advertisments for adult beverages. Osborne has clout behind him, with former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, the American Medical Association, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (certainly not in the Wizard's interest) and more than 180 national, state and local organizations, just to name a few. The idea here is that banning beer ads will stop people from drinking or even thinking about beer. Fat chance, we say. In fact, we'd be willing to bet a beer on it! And don't even begin to calculate what a huge blow this would be to college athletics, which get the trickle-down profits from beer advertising. (some registration)

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