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Verizon Center switching to Pepsi

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Verizon Center to switch from Coke to Pepsi products – DC Sports Bog, The Post
The best news out of Ted Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment since Game 7 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs is that Pepsi products will soon be the official soft drinks of Verizon Center. Coke drinkers are not taking the news well which isn’t surprising.

Of course, it is going to be a while before I get my first Verizon Center Pepsi. I’m boycotting the teams there because Leonsis is presiding over his third lockout – second in hockey and second in consecutive years (Capitals now, Wizards last year). Hard to cheer for a team and sport when ownership doesn’t want to play.

Pepsi was sold at Washington Nationals games when they were at RFK Stadium. I think that is still true for DC United. Nationals Park and FedEx Field both sell Coca-Cola products.

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Pepsi State: Penn State and Pepsico set to extend contract 10 more years

PepsiCo awarded exclusive Penn State contractCDT
The official soft drink of Penn State will remain Pepsi for another 10 years if a contract between the university and Pepsi is completed in July as expected. The details are still being worked out, but Pepsi would have continue to have exclusive pouring and vending rights on all Penn State campuses.

When I was a student, there was a lot of grumbling about “Pepsi State” from Coke drinkers. I wonder if that is still the case. As of last year, there was a rouge Coke machine on campus (Onward State). From that link, I was directed to an 1992 article from the Times detailing the original Penn State-Pepsi agreement which is quite interesting. Apparently, Penn State was just trying to secure advertising for what was to be the Bryce Jordan Center, but it grew into more. There were concerns that the university was selling out with the deal. I always wondered if people would have felt the same way if it was Coca-Cola instead of PepsiCo and I suspect they would not.

Unless there the contract goes completely off the rails, seven or eight generations of Penn State students will have only been able to buy Pepsi products.

H/T Black Shoe Diaries

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Pepsi Throwback will be sold on a permanent basis

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Pepsi, Frito-Lay capitalize on fond thoughts of the good ol’ daysUSA Today
Excellent news, Throwback will be a permanent part of the Pepsi product line. Pepsi Throwback was was introduced in 2009 and has been brought back several times since, including this winter. I horde the stuff.

Pepsi Throwback (there is a Mountain Dew version as well) uses sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Given the growing concerns about HFCS, I’m quite pleased that I can get my favorite beverage without it. The taste is a little different — I think Throwback has a little less kick and is much more addictive than regular Pepsi.

Also, Frito Lay is making a version of the Doritos that taste like they did in the 1980s. Several years ago, I noticed a change in the taste, for the worse, of regular Doritos, so maybe these retro ones will taste right. I don’t eat Doritos that much any more, so I don’t care that much.

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Review: Pepsi Throwback

Pepsi Throwback can
A while back my brother told me about a version of Pepsi flavored with sugar instead of corn syrup. Last week, I saw that version, Pepsi Throwback, in the stores for the first time and I picked up several packs. Part of me was hoping it would be better than regular Pepsi, but since it has a limited release, I was worried that if it was I would be spoiled by something that would soon go away. Having now had 3 or 4 cans, I can say that I do taste a bit of a difference. Throwback is not quite as sweet as regular Pepsi — it is a little more nuanced, if that is even possible in carbonated sugar water. I’ve gone back and forth between Throwback and the regular stuff and not had a strong reaction either way, so I say the difference is not very significant. That being said, I’ll probably stock up on the Throwback just because regular sugar isn’t as bad for you as corn syrup.

I think I’m going to have to do the Pepsi Throwback Challenge though and blog the results.

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Pepsi fixes what wasn’t broken

Old logo, new logo
My favorite soft drink, Pepsi Cola just changed their logo. Why, I cannot say. Looking at them side-to-side, it is clear to me the old “Pepsi ball” is better and the new one is just weird. I do like the new script though, especially the “e” which has a wave like the old Pepsi logo, but that reinforces that I don’t like the new Pepsi ball. Why “fix” was is not broken?*

Pepsi has a flash presentation about the new and old designs on their Web site.

At least the product still tastes good. I might have to save an old can.

*Of course, by blogging about the change, I fell into the trap they set by creating a new logo.

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Pitching3; bad cola choice; single-game tickets

Nationals to Start the Season With a Better Feel for PitchingThe Post
The Nats pitching situation isn’t the free-for-all it was last spring training (when 37 pitchers arrived vying 37 spots) but it isn’t set in stone or even wet cement. Shawn Hill, John Patterson and Jason Bergmann all have the “if they could stay healthy” cloud hanging over their heads. Matt Chico lead the team in innings pitched last year and was decent. There are also “a young group of arms that includes John Lannan, Collin Balester, Tyler Clippard, Garrett Mock and eventually even Ross Detwiler, last year’s first-round pick, is developing with varying degrees of promise. The talent, the Nationals believe, is more concentrated.”

As much as we would like ¡LIVAN! back, I understand why the team isn’t apparently that interested.

The Post’s spring training preview, a mere one page plus the aricle linked above, is available only in PDF form online.

Also, Nats320 reveals that Nationals Park will be serving Coca-Cola products instead of Pepsi. Boo!

Details on single game ticket sales (Chatter) will be announced tomorrow.

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