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SportsnautThe brand new Dallas Cowboys training camp locker room has a sign on the wall with three words that may seem familiar to a group of people in Foxborough.

Indeed, “Do Your Job” is a common phrase heard on the sidelines of the New England Patriots. After the Patriots win in Super Bowl XLIX, NFL Films even produced a movie about the team with that title.

Right again, Thornton.

I’ve been saying for a while now that there are two sets of rules in the NFL. One for the Patriots, and a different set for every other team. And, in case you needed it, here is more proof. Not only don’t the same NFL rules apply to the other 31 franchises, now they’re even immune from federal trademark statutes.

Since February of 2015, the Pats have been the legal owners of “Do Your Job.” The trademark is thus protected under 1946’s Lanham Act, which “protects a business’ commercial identity or brand by discouraging other businesses from adopting a name or logo that is ‘confusingly similar’ to an existing trademark.” And trademarks can consist of “a word, phrase, or logo … a slogan, a name, a scent, the shape of a product’s container, and a series of musical notes.”

But if a football team turns its own legendary coach’s signature, original catchphrase into a team slogan and gets legally binding federal protection for it, then some other football team is welcome to help itself to it. So long as the intellectual property in question belongs to the New England Patriots.

Sure, a lawyer could argue there’s no monetary damage to the Patriots, so there’s nothing to stop another organization from lifting it. But as always in cases like this, you have to do the mental exercise of turning the table. What if the Patriots put up a huge sign in Gillette that stole the Cowboys’ “America’s Team”? Or the Raiders’ “Commitment to Excellence”? Or the Jets’ “The Workplace Has Not Seen an Employee Physically Assault Another Employee in [12] Days”? Congress would be calling an emergency session and Roger Goodell would be taking the cap off his lucky Draft Pick-Taking pen.

Even if you want to take the Cowboys’ side, you have to admit this is cheap. Exactly the kind of thing loser organizations do. Completely unoriginal and sponging off the work of a superior franchise. Hell, why don’t they just plaster the walls of the facility with “Just Do It”? Or “Da-da-da-da-da … I’m Lovin’ It”? How about “The Ultimate Driving Machine”? Or a simple “Got Cowboys?” Because Jerry Jones knows he’d get his pruned, bony ass sued off, that’s why. But it would appear the Patriots don’t have the rights any other company has.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Mexico vs. Australia, 1 p.m (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Iowa vs. Tennessee, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Panama vs. South Korea, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: New York vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Revolution at Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Soccer: Champions League, Manchester City vs. Steaua Bucharest, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions League, Red Bull Salzburg vs. Dinamo Zagreb, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Soccer: Champions League, Rostov vs. Ajax, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

James Feigen

James Feigen

— U.S. Olympic swimmer James Feigen apologized Tuesday for his role in the incident at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro earlier this month, and he offered some clarity regarding exactly what happened.

“First and foremost I would like to apologize for the serious distractions from the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, and Team USA,” Feigen said in a statement released through his legal representation, The Hull Firm of Austin, Texas. “It was never my intent to draw attention away from the tradition of athletic competition and the symbolic cooperation of countries participating in the Olympic games.”

Added Feigen: “I am so sorry for the drama this has caused in everyone’s lives. I am very thankful to be home in the United States with my family and that this ordeal has come to an end.”

Feigen, who won a gold medal as part of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, was with teammates Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger when they were returning to the Olympic village after a night of partying. Around 5 a.m., their taxi stopped at a gas station so the swimmers could use the bathroom. Feigen explained that when they found the door was locked, they urinated on the grass behind the building. Lochte then pulled a framed poster off a wall. Feigen denied that he or his teammates damaged the bathroom door or entered the bathroom at all.

When the swimmers returned to their taxi, armed security guards made them get out of the cab and sit on the ground, accusing them of vandalizing the bathroom and ordering them to pay for the damage.

“This was the first time I have ever had a gun pointed at me and I was terrified,” Feigen said in his apology, adding: “It became apparent that the man with the gun was telling us to pay, and I was unsure if they were affiliated with the gas station. Gunnar Bentz and I gave the man some money.”

When Lochte started telling people the swimmers were robbed at gunpoint, local police showed up and took a statement. Feigen said he did not tell authorities that the swimmers urinated on the ground or that Lochte pulled down the poster.

“I realize that I made a mistake for omitting these facts,” Feigen said. “I was trying to protect my teammates and for this I apologize.”

Feigen’s passport later was seized and he was taken to a Brazilian court, where he was given the option of remaining in Brazil for at least a month while the investigation continued, or paying a fine of $31,250 and performing 15 days of community service. Eventually a deal was struck in which Feigen paid a $10,800 fine and was allowed to fly home.

— Josh Hamilton’s return to the Rangers ended with a thud Tuesday as the team placed the injured outfielder on unconditional release waivers. However, the move was made with the hope that Hamilton will attend spring training and attempt to regain a roster spot. As per MLB rules, Hamilton had to be waived by the end of August or else he would not be eligible to play for Texas until after May 15 next season.

Hamilton, who had knee surgery June 8 — his third on the knee since September — is rehabbing and is not expected to be cleared to work out until December. General manager Jon Daniels said he explained the situation to the 2010 AL MVP.

“I’m hopeful that if he’s healthy and our roster is in a spot where we’d still like to have him back, we can work it out,” Daniels said. “But that’s still a few steps down the line.

“We’ve talked about it for a period of time, and he understands why we did it.”

Hamilton overcame a battle with substance abuse to become a five-time All-Star with the Rangers. He led as a free agent after the 2012 season to sign with the Angels, but after struggling in Anaheim he was reacquired by Texas last year. After playing 50 games with the Rangers last season, Hamilton never made it onto the roster this year due to the knee issue.

— Three Chinese Olympic weightlifters face the loss of their gold medals after they and eight other medalists tested positive for banned substances, the International Weightlifting Federation announced Tuesday.

Cao Lei, Liu Chunhong and Chen Xiexia tested positive for GHRP-2, which stimulates growth hormone production, and Liu also tested positive for the stimulant sibutramine, the IWF said.

The other medalists who tested positive hail from Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Belarus.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 24, 2002, which Red Sox player reached base for the 14th consecutive plate appearance, coming within two of the team record set by Ted Williams, before his streak ended?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m glad it wasn’t the regular season and I learned from it, so hopefully won’t be operating any more scissors for a while.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on his pregame accident that knocked him out of last Thursday’s preseason game

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Earned runs Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz has allowed in his last five starts (spanning 33 1/3 innings) at Tropicana Field, after Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton races back about 120 feet and makes a fantastic diving catch against the Rangers.

Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes heads to the wall and makes a leaping catch against the Cardinals.

North Carolina freshman Seventh Woods dunks on a fellow student during move-in weekend in Chapel Hill.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Manny Ramirez

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mason Williams was born on this day in 1938.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We discuss the one game suspension for domestic violence for Giants kicker Josh Brown, and the can of worms it has opened up for the league with it's inconsistent suspensions, many for the same acts.
We discuss the one game suspension for domestic violence for Giants kicker Josh Brown, and the can of worms it has opened up for the league with it's inconsistent suspensions, many for the same acts.
Sox talk with Dale, Thornton and Tom E Curran as game 2 in Tampa comes up tonight.

[0:00:17] ... a 116 pitches. He didn't give up many runs he did fine. Matt Barnes game in gave up 202 run home run. Of which you had price holding things down from a pitching perspective. Gave the ...
[0:01:48] ... fair amount of time earlier this summer talking about the role of John Farrell on putting him on the griddle and the team was sloppy especially rep for the all star break. And then they've rectified ...
[0:07:29] ... some issues here on him try to make it sound like their World Series contender because I'm not sure they are if they don't get the bullpen straightened out they won't be. Of the bullpen to ...
[0:09:37] ... there's a guy that yet it's an area of needed three. That Jonathan Papelbon is on site it is and you made a shred of sense out of this I don't he wants to play. That's ...






We discuss the one game suspension for domestic violence for Giants kicker Josh Brown, and the can of worms it has opened up for the league with it's inconsistent suspensions, many for the same acts.
Sox talk with Dale, Thornton and Tom E Curran as game 2 in Tampa comes up tonight.

[0:00:17] ... a 116 pitches. He didn't give up many runs he did fine. Matt Barnes game in gave up 202 run home run. Of which you had price holding things down from a pitching perspective. Gave the ...
[0:01:48] ... fair amount of time earlier this summer talking about the role of John Farrell on putting him on the griddle and the team was sloppy especially rep for the all star break. And then they've rectified ...
[0:07:29] ... some issues here on him try to make it sound like their World Series contender because I'm not sure they are if they don't get the bullpen straightened out they won't be. Of the bullpen to ...
[0:09:37] ... there's a guy that yet it's an area of needed three. That Jonathan Papelbon is on site it is and you made a shred of sense out of this I don't he wants to play. That's ...






We discuss Brady's return to camp from his four day absence and what exactly people want Brady to do as far as mentoring Jimmy Garoppolo. Is he expected to always be by his side?
We discuss Brady's return to camp from his four day absence and what exactly people want Brady to do as far as mentoring Jimmy Garoppolo. Is he expected to always be by his side?