So, Oregon State University is forcing Riverside high school in suburban Cleveland to stop using their "Beavers" logo. "Under federal trademark law, if universities don't actively police (these kinds of things), they can lose their trademark. We're in a position where we have to protect it or risk losing it," university news Service Director Mark Floyd said. You know, that’s fine; I can understand why they wouldn’t want every high school in America with the nickname "Beavers" (because we all know there are just assloads of them, right?) to be stealing their logo without permission. But Riverside asked for permission, and even offered to pay a fee for a license to use the logo. Both requests were turned down. You know, you can license your damn logo out without losing the trademark, dipshit. Now you just look like an asshole. Fuck you, Mark Floyd.
Speaking of total assholes, I am hoping that this will be the first and last reference on this blog to the NHL’s labor dispute. I can’t say anything about this that hasn’t already been said, except that I don’t see how the hell Goodenow can survive this mess. His entire sticking point for months is that the players refuse to have a salary cap, and then at the last minute he just gives it up? And they don’t have enough time to agree on a feasible cap number? If I’m a player, I’m sitting here going "If we were gonna cave on the cap issue, why the fuck didn’t we do it, I don’t know, THREE OR FOUR MONTHS AGO?!?" Well, the bottom line is, it’s probably better that they cancel the season. The economic structure of that league is broken and I happen to agree with the owners’ position that any remedy other than the one they wanted would only be a band-aid on a friggin’ compound fracture. Take some time off, and figure out how to work this think right. Or we’ll be playing Taps for the NHL in a few months. And ... no one cares. Figure it out and do something. You assholes.
Oh, and on the subject of NASCAR: shut up.