What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Have you ever had one of those half-awake moments when you see something and you can’t immediately distinguish if it is a bizarre dream or absurd reality? Even after I fully awoke, I still couldn’t tell.
The 2 a.m. info-mercial for “The Trumpy Bear” was exactly one of those moments. This thing is fucking real, and it can be yours for just two easy payments of $19.95.
When I first heard the words “Trumpy Bear,” I had a sinking feeling I knew what I would see once I looked up. But before I did, I held out hope that maybe somewhere there was a really dedicated group of Cincinnati Bengals fans who wanted to immortalize their former tight end Bob Trumpy.
Even if that happened to be the case, it wouldn’t make sense to make a bear our of a big cat. But you probably can’t make the “Trumpy Tigger” because sounds too much like a word which might trigger “snowflakes” and get you called all kinds of names.
To make a long story short, once I de-slumbered enough to focus properly, I came to the realization this was now a part of reality.
Don’t get me wrong, as a small-business owner I’m a firm believer in free enterprise. Anybody who is willing to take a risk and put in the effort deserves a shot to see what the market will bear (pun totally intended). Having said that, even as goofy-looking as that thing is, the more I thought about it, the more, the more it made sense.
In order to understand that, you need to get past what a polarizing figure President Trump is, and more importantly, you have to get past what you’re own personal opinions of him are. Whether you love him or hate him, the fact is over 60 million people voted for Trump. Not only that, but most of them came from the socio-economic middle. Six months before the 2016 presidential election, I went on record predicting Trump’s victory in an episode of the now-defunct “Radio J-Dub” podcast.
It was then I said Trump was going to build his base from the middle, eschewing the polar extremes of the right and left. Even before Hillary Clinton made her ill-fated “basket of deplorables” comment, I knew that middle and working class America was tired of being blamed for everything wrong in this country, and taking that blame from those who are actually at fault…the aforementioned “polar extremes.”
You can scoff at this thing all you want, but ask yourself a question. How many of those Trump hats did they sell? I’m pretty sure it was a significant number. It can’t cost much to make “Trumpy Bears,” so one would assume it wouldn’t be necessary to sell millions of them to break even. If only one-half of one percent of Trump voters bought one, that would mean net revenues of roughly $12 million dollars.
If you think they can’t sell 300,000 “Trumpy Bears,” don’t forget you live in a country in which somebody sold millions of electronic talking fish.