You Talkin' to Me? NFL (No Fun League) strikes again

Posted: February 02, 2010

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Ford, Bob; Fox, Ashley

Subject: Who dat?

Welcome back. I trust the two of you are well-rested after your respective vacations.

To business: This coming Sunday, the Saints will play in their first Super Bowl. Hooray for them, and the city of New Orleans. But the NFL - as it often does - is sucking some of the fun out of the event. Saints fans call themselves the "Who Dat Nation" (as in Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints?), and some aspiring entrepreneurs have put the slogan on T-shirts and other gear. The NFL, however, claims it owns the rights to the saying and is suing a number of people who have attempted to profit from it.

Don't you think it's a little dirty for a multibillion company to go after Saints fans who want to make a little money and celebrate their team's success?

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Ford, Bob; Gonzalez, John

Subject: Who dat?

Ah, how do you know your vacation is over? Johnny Boy pipes in with an e-mail. And no offense, but I didn't miss you at all.

You know, the NFL is very territorial about its brand, so I'm not really surprised to hear that league bigwigs are dropping the hammer on local entrepreneurs. They weren't always a billion-dollar industry. So while it sounds petty and ridiculous, it's pretty standard operating procedure for the league. Whatever. The locals just need to be more stealth about what they're doing.

More important, did you see that more than 2,000 men showed up at a Saints rally in New Orleans dressed as women? Yikes.

From: Ford, Bob

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: Who dat?

Please tell me how you know that all the people making T-shirts for profit are Saints fans and not just moneygrubbing sleazeballs? I mean, since you said it, you must have researched and reported this, right?

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Ford, Bob; Fox, Ashley

Subject: Who dat?

When did I say "all"? Check your bifocals. I think they've failed you once again.

From: Ford, Bob

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: Who dat?

OK, let's try another word. Let's try "any." How do you know that any of the people making the unlicensed T-shirts are Saints fans and not moneygrubbing opportunists?

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Ford, Bob; Fox, Ashley

Subject: Who dat?

That's closer, but it really isn't the point. The point here is that the NFL is trying to claim it owns a phrase that's been used by the New Orleans community for decades. Don't you find that even a little unsavory? I realize you generally side with the soulless  corporation - largely because you have no heart, Buttons  - but even you must think that's absurd ...

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Ford, Bob; Gonzalez, John

Subject: Who dat?

Can you two stop your bickering?

From: Ford, Bob

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: Who dat?

Aunt Bea is upset with us.

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