Probably one of the most bizarre cases of alledged copyright infringement is the case of who owns the term “Who Dat?”
Some T-shirt makers are asking that question after they were hit with cease-and-desist letters from the NFL demanding that they stop selling shirts with the traditional cheer of New Orleans Saints fans.
The National Football League says the shirts infringe on a legal trademark it owns. Separately, two brothers and longtime Saints fans claim they own the phrase, which was around before the long-downtrodden team’s inception in 1966.
The league said Friday it’s not trying to exclude all uses of Who Dat and the fleur-de-lis logo — just when either is used in combination with other Saints trademarks, like their fleur-de-lis logo and uniform designs.
I hope the NFL says it’s OK if I report this story without paying them a fee. Sheesh!
Meanwhile, take a look at this video I dug up. And Geaux Saints!!
NFL claims trademark infringement (PFT)
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There will be millions of stories about the New Orleans Saints going to their first Super Bowl in a couple of weeks, but no matter how many stories you will read, you have to love it when a team as storied as the Saints gets to the big game for the first time in history. This team was destined to be here.
There were 42 years worth of demons, 42 years of mostly struggles, 42 years of waiting until next year.
Not anymore. This, the 43rd year of the New Orleans Saints, will be different.
The Saints are going to Super Bowl XLIV. It just seems magical. It seems like destiny.
While the Saints’ defense forced five turnovers and routinely hit Vikings’ 40-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre hard, the Saints could never gain much separation from the Vikings.
Brees, the Saints’ prolific passer who typically has his way against opposing defenses, never could get the Saints’ offense rolling the way it had for much of the season.
Brees completed 17 of 31 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. He did not throw an interception, but the offense sputtered for much of the second half and the Saints finished the game just 3-of-12 on third down.
“It wasn’t pretty, ” Saints running back Reggie Bush said. “It was ugly as matter of fact. But we got the win. I’ve never seen a field goal look so pretty in my entire life.”
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has been on a mercenary mission the last two seasons, while Saints signal caller Drew Brees, who was dispatched from San Diego, has been a steady guiding hand in New Orleans.
The NFL season is now down to four teams and the champions of the NFC and AFC will be crowned in what promises to be some great games this weekend.
In the NFC game, I like the Saints’ chances this week. I feel that as much as the home field advantage helped the Vikings in their blowout win against Dallas, the same home field advantage works in the Saints’ favor. I just feel like it’s the Saints’ destiny to win the Super Bowl this year.
In the AFC game, I know the experts are predicting the Colts to win, but I like the feel of the Jets’ chances in this one. I just have a gut feeling the Jets come through in an upset. I also believe the Colts are still going to pay for resting their players at the end of the regular season.
And since we are talking the NFL, Chan Gailey gets the head coaching gig in Buffalo, and according to Pro Football Talk, Dan Reeves may be joining Gailey.
I’ll take my crow with no salt please.
OK, so I called the game for the Cowboys, what did you expect from a life-long Cowboy’s fan?
Just as the Cowboys exorcised some demons last week with their first playoff win in years, the Minnesota Vikings exorcised some Cowboys demons today. The Vikings and Brett Favre finally beat the Cowboys.
I’m still trying to wrap my mind around what went wrong exactly, because I’m still confused exactly what went wrong. The bottom line is the 2009 version of the Dallas Cowboys are done. There were marked improvements of the 2008 version, but it still looks like we have a ways to go before we can compete with the elites like Minnesota et al.
My initial thoughts are the Dallas defense is a top-tier team where the offense needs the majority of work. I guess I can say for certain Roy Williams is a serious bust. I can also say Miles Austin is a pleasant and unexpected surprise, so I suppose one offsets the other. Jason Garrett? I’m still wondering about him. In some games he looked absolutely brilliant, like in the 3 Philly wins, but then in some games, it just looked like there was no rhyme or reason to the madness.
So we have the final four set for next weekend. New Orleans vs. Minnesota, and the Jets VS. Colts in the AFC. Let me go ahead now and predict your Super Bowl winner. The Super Bowl winner will come from the NFC. I’m now predicting the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl. I’ll break that down why, later. But there is just too much offense for the Jets to hold them down in Super Bowl 44. It should be a great game.
I’m sure everyone in the free world knows by now how the Cowboys managed to make their season by beating the Saints last night. It was a fun game to watch as a Cowboy’s fan for a change. But having lived in Louisiana for a time in my life and even attending college there, I like that team too. So for me, even though the Cowboys needed this win more than the Saints, I was kind of amazed at the general take on the Saints’ season by the general populace.