Attention: The Tampa Bay Rays Own The Heavens

Let it be known henceforth that if you produce a t-shirt with a starburst on it, the Tampa Bay Rays will hunt you down and sue you until you bleed from various orifices. Does the image on the right — which Tampa resident Billy Castro claims is his company logo — closely resemble the image on the left, which is the tiny starburst in the “Rays” logo? Well yes, it kind of does.

And that’s why the Rays and MLB have waged a two-year campaign to sue Castro for copyright infringement, noting that the Rays fan had a duffle bag with 10 or so t-shirts outside of Tropicana Field last year before Tampa Bay’s first-ever World Series game, which he was attempting to sell for $5 each (Castro denies this). Clearly a major crime and a threat to democracy and our very freedom as Americans. Can’t we just throw him in Gitmo? Read more…

Eddie Van Halen Not So Hot For Nike Shoe Design

When I think of “athletic,” pretty much the last thing I think of is Eddie Van Halen. Contrary to what he might claim, he didn’t get mouth and tongue cancer from having his guitar pick in his mouth: I can’t remember a picture of him from Van Halen’s glory days (i.e. pre-Sammy Hagar) that didn’t involve him sucking down a Marlboro. We’re talking the music version of Vlade Divac here.

Eddie Van Halen

So you might find it pretty surprising that he’s involved with anything to do with Nike. But KTLA-TV says that he’s suing the shoe company for copyright infringement. Specifically, he’s claiming that the design on Nike’s new “Dunk Low” sneakers is a rip off of his famous “Frankenstein” guitar (seen being played by Eddie Van Halen on a clip from “Late Night with David Letterman” from the 1980s):

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Really, No One Reads Blogs; Just Ask The Cubs

Remember our post yesterday about the Cubs’ ill-advised marketing material for Kosuke Fukudome? Baseball blog HOME RUN DERBY points out that the Cubs’ website graphic, however insensitive, looks a lot like the graphic it produced in early December:

Cubs Rip Off Website Graphic From Blog