As part of a thing that goes way beyond the scope of this blog, the Washington Redskins were dealt a severe blow today when the U.S. Patent Office canceled team owner Dan Snyder's trademark on the team name. That's right, the trademark was canceled and that means we're all free to use the Redskins name however we please, with or without the NFL's consent. Can you hear it, the voice after a game telling us in no uncertain terms that we were merely allowed to watch the game and cannot do anything with it afterward? That voice is now resoundingly clear telling us that football in Washington has changed forever.
The team may continue to use the name for as long as they would like, but this decision hits them where it hurts us all the most, in their wallet.
The NFL salary cap is largely comprised of funds from sales of official merchandise by the teams in the league. Trademarks issued to NFL teams for their names and logos allow for each team, and the league, to hold the monopoly on replicating and distributing their brand. This ruling effectively strips Dan Snyder and the NFL of any recourse to stop fans and other companies from reproducing officially licensed merchandise for the Redskins and selling those reproductions at-will.
How many of you are willing to pay $85.00 - $170.00 for an official NFL approved Redskins jersey when other vendors are selling them for half price?
Of course, the team logo was not affected by the patent offices decision so we're still speaking hypothetically regarding non-NFL vendor sales, but there is still plenty of demand for designs for shirts, jerseys and hats that just feature the team name, without their logo.
We're a Dallas Cowboys blog so I've probably been asking nothing but rhetorical questions of you about buying Deadskin's merchandise, but we have to understand news like this because it affects all of the NFL.
I'd expect Snyder & Co. to react swiftly with an appeal, which would effectively retain their trademark until a ruling has been made. Then, if the appeal fails to secure their right to the Redskins name, a name change would be in order for the sake of retaining the revenue generated by the team for the NFL. Those profits are used to pay for everything from player contracts and broadcasting expenses to mopping around the toilet in the first floor men's room at the stadium.
[toggle title="A Brief Rant on Political Correctness - Skip it if you don't like it"]Because I brought it up and because I happen to be completely incapable of filtering my opinions on political issues – This ruling is complete bullshit. The bobble-heads in Washington got on a crusade to achieve a truly professional level of political correctness and the Redskins are paying the price for that. There has been just as much support from the Native American community for the team and its name as there has been opposed to them, but the opposition has the advantage of bending the right Liberal ears in Washington. Tyranny in the making folks, it truly is, and this is just one small step toward the ultimate goals of these anti-American nitwits on the left.[/toggle]
So, with that out of the way (and thank you for indulging my little anti-Statist rant) let's talk about what's next for the Washington Redskins. It's a fair bet that as long as the appeal is done before this time next year, when the upcoming November elects have been able to get settled and possibly make some changes that affect this whole deal, that the Redskins will lose their trademark indefinitely.
Let me hear your suggestions on possible names they could use. I appreciate the haters as much as the next guy, but let's hear some serious suggestions because this situation is far from anything football. It's serious.
I made a production-ready mock-up of the logo with the new name I propose - the Washington Indians. Since they still hold their rights to the logo it's obviously fitting that the name should stay in the Native American theme, or so I think.
But I want your opinions. Comments are now open.
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line
The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.
The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.
After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.
So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.
What exactly is that role, though?
I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.
Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.
Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.
If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.
This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.
New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF
On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.
Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.
In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.
This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb
Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.
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