Q&A: Matt Bonner

Posted by Unknown on Sunday, December 21, 2014 with No comments
Courtesy of Slam

SLAM: Big Red says that you are a “deliciously different” addition to their team. How are you “deliciously different”? Is that an apt description for you?
Matt Bonner: Aside from the time I fell into a barrel of maple syrup when I was eight, I can’t vouch for the delicious part. As for being different, I don’t know? I just try to be myself.
SLAM: Wait, you once fell into a barrel of maple syrup?
MB: [Laughs] That never happened. I was just joking!
SLAM: Big Red says they are America’s best-selling “red soda,” are there any other bestselling red products you can see yourself endorsing?
MB: Manu always gives me grief for putting a ton of ketchup on everything. So maybe that? Or maybe I could endorse stop signs. I’m a big fan of traffic laws. They are important. Other possibilities: Redbox, Red Robin, Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Reddit, Red Lobster, Red Rider BB Gun, Red Cross, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
SLAM: Since you are the Sandwich Hunter, what is the ideal sandwich to eat and then wash down with a glass of Big Red?
MB: Any sandwich goes well with a Big Red. But if I had to pick one, I’d say a pickled cow tongue sandwich. The sweetness of the Big Red compliments the overall bitterness of the cow tongue quite nicely.
SLAM: You are now affectionately known as the Red Mamba and the Red Rocket, but growing up did people ever call you Big Red? Or was there another affectionate nickname?
MB: Actually, I was indeed often called Big Red. I grew up in Concord, New Hampshire where everyone is a Celtics fan. Since Dave Cowens’s nickname was “Big Red” and I was a tall kid with red hair, it was only natural that I inherited the moniker.
SLAM: On a more serious note, with the whole push across the country to cut down on sugary drinks, like with Michelle Obama’s Drink Up campaign—why did you partner with Big Red? People may say that you should be promoting healthy choices, so are you afraid of any backlash?
MB: I’m not trying to perpetuate a Coo-Coo Cola situation; yes, I just referenced Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers. As a parent and role model, teaching kids to make healthy choices is important to me. That being said, I think it’s perfectly okay to have a soft drink on occasion. For example, I love getting popcorn and a soda when I go to the movies. Why not make that soda a Big Red?