Post Raisin Bran: Haters of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran

The first raisin bran introduced in the United States was called Skinner’s Raisin Bran, in 1926.  It was made by the same company, U.S. Mills, that made Uncle Sam’s Cereal.  You can still buy Uncle Sam’s Cereal, but I find that cardboard with honey tastes much better.

Nowadays, when most people think of Raisin Bran, they are thinking of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran.   You know, the one with the “two scoops.”  Not surprisingly, Kellogg’s raisin bran is the most popular raisin bran in the United States, regardless of whether the flakes are small, the raisins are dried out, and it’s loaded with sugar, I mean, high-fructose corn syrup.  Enter “raisin bran” in google, and Kellogg’s Raisin Bran will be the first listing that pops up.

Post Raisin Bran, on the other hand, has bigger flakes and the raisins are a lot fluffier.  In their mind, and rightfully so, they feel they should have a larger share of the raisin bran market.  They’re better than Total Raisin Bran or some of the other knock offs or late comers to the Raisin Bran Wars.

So what does Post Raisin Bran do?  They make their cereal box eerily similar to the Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Box.  Same purple themed tone.  And, as you can see in the picture below, they even put Kellogg’s — in the same distinctive “Kellog’s” font no less — front and center on the box, right above a smaller label for “Post.”  If you were to look at this quickly, you would think, “Oh, it’s a Kellog’s Post Raisin Bran Cereal.”

Seems to me that this looks a lot like false advertising.  Decide for yourself.


Post Raisin Bran: Notice the purple themed box and the "Kellogs" right above the "Post."



Kellogg's Raisin Bran: It tastes worse than Post, but it's the original



Alberto Contador: The Man, The Myth, The Idiot

As most of you know, I am not a fan of Alberto Contador.  That said, I never denied his talent.  For the last few years, he has dominated the peloton with his climbing skills, time trialing ability, and the endurance to wage, as well as respond to, attacks.  But despite this, history has shown time and time again that Contador is an immature rider.  It is primarily this reason why he will never be as great as Lance Armstrong.  Many will say that Lance Armstrong is an egotistical rider who cares only about himself.  Maybe that is the case, but he was political about it, and knew how to manage those feelings and instincts outwardly.  That is an intangible factor that only comes with maturity.  Armstrong recognized that during his first bid for the Tour De France.

Contador, on the other hand, has regressed every year, and has expressed his egotistical instincts outwardly, like a little child, not like a champion professional bike racer that he should be.  Professional bike racing is forty five percent talent, forty percent your team, and fifteen percent politics.  Contador has not mastered the latter, and has pissed on the second.

It is thus with no great surprise that many pros are outwardly supporting Contador with his recent positive drug test, in the sense that they urge a fair review of Contador’s samples.   But inwardly, they are laughing, in that, “That mother*&^%^& had it coming” kind of way.  It’s the fate of professional bike racing.  You act immature, the professional bike racing god will piss on you.  The most successful bike riders who are now legends praised and respected the god.  For that reason, Armstrong will never get caught in a doping scandal . . . that sticks.  All the haters can cry all they want, but nothing has stuck.  Nothing.

Contador, on the other hand, got his hand in the cookie jar.  Not simply an allegation, but a suspension based on a test.

Anyway, good luck, Contador.  I’m really sure it was a piece of meat that caused the spike in your system.