Oh hey, happy Friday SAFV readers! I hope you’re planning a fun filled weekend! It’s super hot and humid here on the east, so I plan on doing nothing but sitting in a pool of ice.
You’re welcome for that visual 🙂
Before we head into the weekend, let’s talk about what has been happening here and there, shall we?
I have to start with a story out of a small town in Vermont, one brought to my attention by our pop culture writer, Whitney. The U.S. Olympics Committee is, well, bullying a high school in Bradford Vermont. Specifically, the U.S. Olympic Committee is insisting that Oxbow High School change the name of it’s mascot, Olympian.
Yes, you read that right. And ok, fine. The U.S. Olympics Committee holds the trademark rights to the word “olympian.” But really? Do they have nothing better to do than going after a tiny high school in rural Vermont? I mean, shouldn’t the committee be focused on improving their reputation after the way they handled the Larry Lasser scandal?
Needless to say, Whitney and I are not the only ones who think this attack is petty and pathetic. Jack Fitzsimmons, a sports reporter from Burlington, VT., had one of the best responses to the situation:
Oh give me a break. I get not letting them use the trademarked ’96 logo, but this seems like a pretty big overreach on the part of the USOC.
I highly doubt there is any case of mistaken identity between the collective Team USA and a small public high school in Vermont. https://t.co/1iAnAkgt9q
— Jack Fitzsimmons (@WCAX_Jack) July 19, 2018
The sad thing is that no, the high school was not going to make money off of their mascot’s name. But it will cost them money to rename their mascot. Decals in their gym, letterhead, etc. Considering how little funding schools get these days, all I have to say is…really, U.S. Olympics Committee? Really?
What do you think? Is the U.S. Olympics Committee out of line?
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