Pizza Hut Street Ball

Pizza Hut has had some of the best premium items in the history of fast food, and maybe one of their coolest offerings was their Street Balls they rolled out during March Madness for a few years in the early ’90s. Kinda like I’m doing with this post…trying to capitalize on the season. The street balls were non-standard-looking basketballs with custom prints that reflected what Pizza Hut thought the culture on the streets was like.

I had the one featured in the video above and used it all the time in my driveway shooting hoops by myself or playing a game of Around the World with my neighbor. I somehow felt like it made me a better player, but it probably just made me look like an even bigger doofus than I already did as a skinny, pasty-white white boy in the rural Appalachians trying to dribble between my legs on the way for a layup.

While I actually did play basketball in school and was a really good shot from downtown, I just didn’t look like a real ball player. What made matters worse was the fact that every one of us lanky kids who got one of these balls would bring them to practice trying to look cool. That doesn’t work when everybody brings one.

But I’ll say again, these street balls were a great piece of promotion by Pizza Hut, and anyone who was around back then surely remembers them.

Pizza Hut Training Video from 1988

By now, you should certainly know how I feel about Pizza Hut from back in the day. It was one of the best dining experiences you could find in the late ’80s and early ’90s. I’m so nostalgic for that period of time at the Hut, that I’m always on the lookout for anything associated with it from then.

I came across this old training video from 1988 that I guess was what new hires had to sit and watch at the beginning of their employment. It’s a basic video on various pizza construction and some quality stuff, but things like this are like catnip for me. I could sit and watch this over and over. Well, at least a few times anyway.

But when you have 15-20 minutes to spare, give it a watch and it will transport you back to those good old days of Pizza Hut.