Move over Curtis Painter, Bruce Gradkowski, and Christian Ponder: there's a new backup QB in town!
"The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team's name and trademarks disparage Native Americans. The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place," Jesse Witten, the plaintiffs' lead attorney, said in a press release. "We presented a wide variety of evidence – including dictionary definitions and other reference works, newspaper clippings, movie clips, scholarly articles, expert linguist testimony, and evidence of the historic opposition by Native American groups – to demonstrate that the word 'redskin' is an ethnic slur."
The team will appeal the case, according to a statement from its attorney, and it will be able to keep its trademark protection during appeal. Further, losing the trademark would not force the team to change its name.Here's one suggestion:
At least we don't have to listen to the phrase "Johnny Jacksonville" for the next decade...
Johnny Manziel expected to be drafted at least in the top 10 during the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Tampa Bay, Minnesota, and Oakland all needed QBs, and they had spots 8, 9, and 10. Even if he didn't get picked in the top 10, it was okay: the Dallas Cowboys would certainly pick him at 16, right? Right? Nope. The top 10 came and went, Dallas picked OT Zack Martin at 16, and Johnny Football was left wondering if he'd be this year's Geno Smith.
To add insult to injury, #BeforeManzielGetsDrafted and #SadManziel cracked the worldwide Twitter trends before Manziel got picked, further confirming that you always count on Twitter to dump salt in a wound.
Brandon Spikes and the New England Patriots had a less-than-civil end to their partnership earlier this offseason. After the Buffalo Bills signed Spikes to a one-year contract, Spikes added fuel to the growing fire by guaranteeing not one but two beatdowns courtesy of the Bills this upcoming season.
4 years a slave— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) April 9, 2014