Saturday, January 28, 2006
I now hate Texas A&M.
Prior to this I had no real like or dislike of the Aggies, but they have moved to my "list" with their ridiculous attack on the Seahawks' fans.
They filed for the trademark for "the 12th man" in 1990 to prevent any other football team from using the phrase.
The Seahawks retired the number 12 in 1984 in honor of their fans and have been hoisting a flag with "12" on it to celebrate the impact the fans have on the team.
So, "Athletic Director Bill Byrne wrote on an Aggie Web site Wednesday that the university would tackle 'the Seattle Seahawks' brazen use of the 12th Man theme at their home playoff games.'
The university has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Seahawks."
Therefore I now despise the Aggies.
First of all, they trademarked "the 12th man" not the theme or "12" or anything like that. Second, they didn't have a problem with things until the 'Hawks got to the Superbowl; it's been twenty-two years that the No. 12 jersey has been retired. This didn't just happen. Finally, "Aggie" is a stupid mascot (ok, I didn't really have a third point, but I felt like three would round out the rhetoric nicely).
So, in summary: The Aggies have made the list alongside the other teams that I hate (Lakers, Yankees, Cowboys, Fighting Irish, you have a new friend). May the freaking Aggies choke on their court orders and their cease-and-desist letters and their trademarked fans.
Update: The Seattle Times has a great comment on this issue. Here are a few quotes that made me laugh:
"Surely there are things more important in this world to worry about than whether the Seahawks have ripped off your trademarked "12th Man" idea.
Things like the decline of education in this country, the unrelenting problems in the Middle East and the fact you guys can't beat Texas."
"And while you're at it, why not patent some cheers like "Hold that line," or "Block that kick." Or "Hit 'em again. Hit 'em again. Harder. Harder." And sue any cheerleading team that dares to use them."