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STANZ: Busch Light mania is out of control

Sit down, Cyclones. We need to have a chat.

You all know I love throwing back an ice cold Busch Light (or more than one) on a Friday night. I do not want what I am about to say to get in the way of this fact because it is still the reality.

But, I am here to tell you Busch Light mania has gotten out of control.

It was awesome when we drank Memphis out of the stuff last year. It was completely organic and truly because it is a phenomenal beer, but it is bordering on ridiculousness now that some hoity-toity marketing folks have gotten ahold of our beloved alcoholic beverage.

I am starting to wonder why these people are exploiting our salt of the earth, down-home mentality just to make a few extra bucks. I mean, the company has created a freaking Busch Light response team.

That guy is really in San Antonio going around making sure bars do not run out of Busch Light, which I will admit is an admirable endeavor. I am glad someone has made it a point to make sure our beer supply remains stocked and we’re not forced into drinking Bud Light or (God forbid) Miller Lite.

Things really came to a head for me when Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard handed Alamo Bowl Director Derek Fox a case of Busch Light on stage at the conclusion of Thursday’s pep rally. Fox nearly redeemed the moment by promptly shotgunning one of the beers like a damn champion, but it still left a sour taste in my mouth.

It feels like some people are trying to boost their approval ratings with us by acting as though they too love Busch Light and have not been mocking us behind the scenes for years. I do not know whether or not Director Pollard has done that, but has anybody ever seen that man wearing a pair of jorts with a Busch Light tallboy in his hand on the Fourth of July, as a true American does?

I know I have not.

Do not get confused. I will continue to drink my Busch Light and I will do so proudly. I just wish us folks who truly enjoy the beer would get some more respect and be more than a money pumping ploy for some.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.