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The Hot Dog Has An Unusual History In Kansas City

Of all of the sponsors we've had over the years - Sprint, Samsung, Priolsec and those sweet, sweet, Beer Gloves - Sonic is one that I'm not intimately familiar with. Sure, I've been to Sonic before, had their tots and burgers. But for some reason, Sonics are few and far between in DC, which means fewer fast food runs. In fact, I've got a bowl of Kale Pesto and Quinoa sitting next to me now for lunch (Commence making fun of Chris...).

So, to connect this Sonic Hot Dog campaign to Kansas City, let's review one of the most famous sports hot dog incidents in recent memory: When Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr (or however many Rs he has in his name) nearly blinded a fan when he threw a hot dog into his eye.

in September 2009 at Kauffman Stadium, Sluggerrr was doing his usual shoot hot dogs into the crowd with an air gun routine when he decided to drop the gun and go free hand. A couple of tosses later, BOOM! A fan gets hit in the eye and suddenly Sluggerrr's schtick isn't so funny anymore. 

Here's how the Star described it: 

"While doing so, (Sluggerrr) attempted to throw a hotdog into the stands with a throw behind his back," the lawsuit alleged. "Instead of throwing the hotdog at an arch high into the stands, (Sluggerrr) lost control of his throw, or was reckless with his throw, and threw the hotdog directly into plaintiff, who was sitting a few feet away."

Retina. Detached. What's the lesson here? Eat your hot dogs at Sonic, not at Kauffman Stadium. 

Sonic has somehow magically come up with a new hot dog flavor combination and they're promoting it and a contest. Info is after the jump:


  • Log on to to enter for a chance to win the Sonic Flavor Touchdown Sweepstakes.
  • You could win a VIP football trip for 6 to the bowl game of your choice, including, 4 days/ 3 nights of luxury accommodations and Roundtrip airfare.
  • And drive into Sonic today and get any Footlong Quarter Pound Coney and Tots for just $3.99.
  • It's a plumper, juicier, longer hot dog topped with warm chili and shredded cheese and try our new Tex-Mex Footlong Quarter Pound Coney, piled high with intense flavor.

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