The Big Game
The DugOut rarely complains about football, and the NFL. We love the Big Game everywhere. However, this is just plain stupid. The NFL is trademarking the phrase, 'The Big Game.' I am confused as to how they can do that. Because I played in the Big Game just last Sunday: shirts 20, skins 21. A few weeks ago my friends battled it out in a really Big Game for the city league championship. Can you honestly say that the Big Game is the Cleveland Browns vs. the Houston Texans? Hell no, the Big Game is Duke-UNC, the Big Game is Ohio State-Michigan, the Big Game is Germany-Brazil, and you better believe when Jesse and I play for the Ping Pong Championship of the universe it is the Big Game. Sports fans everywhere should be concerned that one day their big game will be bigger then your big game. And that is when sport becomes lifeless...
The National Football League is so popular, it can get away with applying Roman numerals to its championship game. It is a corporate colossus that vigilantly protects its trademarked terms, like the words "Super Bowl,'' "Super Sunday," "NFL'' and the names of teams.
Each year it sends out cease-and-desist letters to businesses and advertising firms demanding that such terms not be used for commercial purposes.
But now the NFL is pushing into Cal and Stanford territory.
The NFL wants to trademark the phrase "The Big Game."