Ryan Miller was on hand along with representatives from PLB Sports and area merchants to introduce his new line of "Kick-Save Krunch" (It's a toasted oats cereal but don't use the word "Cheerios"!). Part of the proceeds go to Miller's charity, the Steadfast Foundation. Fans can also order a terrific New Era cap showcasing the Uncle Sam logo from Miller's widely-hailed Olympic mask or get an electronic trading card of Miller by e-mailing/texting the "jag tag" from the back of the box. Pretty neat stuff.
The cereal, made by the same company that brought you "Flutie Flakes," is available at Wegmans, Tops and Wilson Farms. His Olympic experience in February in Vancouver has certainly given Miller far more exposure and he's interested in using it to help Steadfast, which will stage its annual Catwalk for Charity event Sunday night in the Town Ballroom.
"I'm definitely trying to tailor (the attention) to something I feel is important," Miller said. "Steadfast Foundation is in its fifth year. As it's evolved and progressed, we're trying to find unique ways to raise money and awareness. This kind of goes along with it. I'm happy to have an opportunity to get people to pay attention and this is something that's fun."
We went outside the cereal box, so to speak, and also asked Miller about his "Caddyshack" impression, which is being showcased on ESPN.com and in ESPN the Magazine (check out their gallery here). Specifically, Miller was Carl Spackler, the Bill Murray groundskeeper character who basically everyone can do impressions of. The bit was photographed and shot on video a couple weeks ago at Park Country Club.
Miller was pretty good too. "It's in the hole" and "great big gobs of greasy, grimy, gopher guts" rolled right off his tongue. Great outfit too. Check it out below.