Posts Tagged ‘football’
Dan Snyder can easily solve his naming controversy AND add to the legacy of his brand with one simple change. Rename the “Redskins” to the “Americans”. Keep the iconic logo of a strong Native American, along with the burgundy, gold, and white color scheme and font. Color scheme and font are just as important to branding as an actual name. Snickers is the best resent example of this where they didn’t use the name “Snickers” in print advertisements but just the font and color scheme that are distinctly Snickers. Washington has the same level of recognition of it’s logo, color, and font.
Snyder has made it clear that he believes the Redskins name honors a heritage of Native Americans, despite numerous Native American tribes’ claims to the contrary. By keeping the logo and changing the name to Americans, Snyder would truly be honoring the native forefathers he believes his current team name honors. It would be a tremendous recognition of the original Americans, and I highly doubt that it would harm the brand in anyway. I’m willing to bet that it would strengthen the brand considerably. Snyder appears to be adamant about NOT being forced to change his team’s name, but the Washington Americans is a stronger brand than what he has now.
Earlier today I was joking with someone about how the worst team from the NFC West should play the worst team from the AFC West (easily the two weakest division in the NFL). After further review… Wouldn’t it be a great thing for the NFL to commission The Loser Bowl?!!?
Think about it. The lousy teams need the most financial support. When a team goes 1-15, there aren’t a lot of seats being sold at those games. If you create the Lower Bowl, it would give those teams an added incentive financially as well as a kick in the pants to play better next year. First, nobody would want to actually qualify for The Loser Bowl. Second, nobody would want to LOSE The Loser Bowl!!!
Now, some might think that I’m trying to create a shame game… Heck! That’s a brilliant idea: The Hall of Shame. We all joke about it, but this could make it reality. However, that’s now what I’m trying to accomplish here. I’m betting that the two teams in The Loser Bowl would play with just as much heart and soul as the two teams that make it to the Super Bowl. They would put everything into it because they don’t want to be the Loser Bowl LVP (Least Valuable Player). Additionally, we’re talking about ratings here! Maybe the first year or so wouldn’t be such a great year for ratings, but I’m guessing that it would start ranking up there with some of the best playoff games eventually.
Of course, what I’m really shooting for is the ultimate showdown! Super Bowl Champions vs. the Loser Bowl Champion! Could you imagine the Loser Bowl Champion beating the Super Bowl Champion??!!!? Now, we’re talking some serious ratings!!! NFL, feel free to use my idea at no cost 🙂
Few people have one of the December 2007 editions of Gadget Universe with Reggie Bush on the cover. There weren’t that many printed, and after The Saints’ 2007 season, most of them were probably thrown away… But I kept mine!
With a possible Saints win on Super Bowl Sunday, Reggie Bush has a very good change of being the Super Bowl MVP. The President just might be smiling in a couple Sundays. I think I’ll keep mine rather than selling it on eBay even if the Saints do win.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog about what has now become a clear mistake by AJ Smith in his recruiting for San Diego. Like is always the case with professional sports, you have objective opinions and opinions of fans. My final sentence of the blog:
The ultimate smack to AJ Smith’s Eli deal would be for the Giants to win the Super Bowl.
Start writing? I’ll keep writing. This Sunday has shown once again that AJ Smith did a fair job with the hand he was dealt with Eli Manning not wanting to go to San Diego but got the short end of the stick. The top bid that NY put for Eli has shown to have been worth it for them, as he has now driven them to Super Bowl immortality. There is no 19-0, and New England will become just the second Super Bowl losing team anyone remembers (the other team being the 4 consecutive Super Bowl loser Buffalo Bills, who were back officed by AJ Smith, BTW).
Would Eli have been worth San Diego keeping? Absolutely not. AJ Smith would not have surrounded Eli Manning with an incredible defense and offensive players. Oh, and Eli ends up as Super Bowl 42 MVP.
This might just make the Patriots the only loser from Boston, since the Red Sox have already won, the Celtics are likely future champions, and Mitt Romney will possibly be on ballots in November.
It was fun while it lasted for AJ Smith (the GM for the San Diego Chargers) and San Diego fans. Pick up three of your current top stars for an Eli Manning who didn’t want to play in San Diego. For years, it looked like a great deal. Philip Rivers appeared to be a quarterback on the rise. Shawn Merriman is one of the best in the game right now. To top it off, the Chargers were kicking the Giants and Eli Manning around every time they squared off against each other. Unfortunately, Eli and the Giants are having the last laugh all the way to the Super Bowl.
For years, San Diego looked like it had the better end of the deal. After all, one quarterback couldn’t possibly be as valuable as three Pro Bowl players, right? Well, if we use the Super Bowl as the measure of success in the NFL (which for some strange reason most people seem to do except for AJ Smith) then the Eli trade was one of the biggest mistakes the San Diego Chargers made this century. Sure, AJ Smith had years to talk about how great his decision was because Eli was struggling, and the Chargers were on the rise. But time has shown that AJ’s bet did not payoff.
The Chargers (and all the talent they picked up in the Eli trade) are not going to the Super Bowl, largely because of Rivers’ 2 interceptions and his inability to capitalize on three interceptions the Charger’s defense had against Tom Brady. On the other hand, Eli and the Giants are going to the Super Bowl. The ultimate smack to AJ Smith’s Eli deal would be for the Giants to win the Super Bowl.
Nearly a week into 2008, and I am long overdue for a post. What better way than to recap my favorites of 2007:
Favorite blog on my blogroll: 800lb Gorilla
Favorite color: Powder blue from the San Diego Charger jerseys
Favorite day: Day before my birthday (My brother and I ran the LA Triathlon Sprint)
Favorite city: Many to choose from, but gotta love Chicago (even during February)
Favorite SkyMall gadget: Gotta love the Gravity Defyer Shoes
Favorite conspiracy theory: Tom Cruise was cloned by Xenu and the clone is the crazy one we’ve seen in recent years
Favorite moment at work: There are so many to choose from. While the Montel Williams show was interesting and The Talking Show was a first, neither of them is the top choice. Not quite the top either, the GBK Oscars Gift Suite was certainly enjoyable, as was the Scriptwriter’s Showcase. I even learned about how bad the strike would be months before it happened. Even though having Reggie Bush on the cover of the magazine was nice, that too was not my favorite moment. My favorite moment at work definitely has to be when I realized I had a great advertisement.
Favorite dance event: 2007 US Open. The Moorpark College Swing Dance Team received second place in their very first team competition at the US Open. I was one of the founding members of the college club at Moorpark, so it was particularly enjoyable to see them do so well in their first competition.
Favorite radio moment: When I was doing the Gadget Panel Radio show while on the road, heading to a Dodgers game. My phone cut out and Gadget Panelist Vadim was unable to get himself on the phone circuit. Great radio!
Favorite blog I didn’t write: The blog recapping my trip to New Zealand with the 20GB of pictures and photos I took while down under.
Favorite Movie: Ratatouille. The little ones teach us so much in life.
The city of Miami has thrown it’s support towards Tuna with Dolphin starting the 19th of December. Just before the most horrible fishing season in Miami history ends, local fisherman Wayne Huizenga finds himself catching the biggest tuna of all. “Let the feast begin,” said Huizenga after nabbing The Tuna.
Many environmetalists are outraged that the Dolphins of Miami, Florida are no longer safe from The Tuna catchers. A meeting of several environmentalist groups provided insight into how the groups were planning to protect the dolphins from The Tuna slaughter. “We’ve devised a method by which we will strap protective helmets to the heads of the Dolphins in order to protect them from the impending attack of The Tuna.” They even provided an illustration of what these protective devises might look like. Some say it might be too late from the one Dolphin known as Cam, but groups are watching intently to see how things unfold in this delicate environmental battle.
Fearing riots from upset Raiders fans after the Oakland Raiders lost to the San Diego Chargers 28-14, California Governator Ahnuld Schwarzenegger declared a “State of Emergency” on Sunday. Well known for burning cars, smashing windows, and steeling booty, Raiders fans were closely watched from San Diego to Northern California.
Los Angeles was a particular location of interest as investigators are looking into whether the Interstate 5 big rig pileup and explosion was possibly caused by disgruntled Raiders fans trying to make it to San Diego in time for the game. The investigation continues.
After suffering from a near NFL record of 12 sacks in a single game, the State of Pennsylvania forced Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles to change his name to Mr. Potato. “I’ve only had to worry about my own sack. I can only imagine what it would be like to have to worry about 12 sacks,” exclaimed Donovan’s new Neighbor Mr. Potato. The US Postal Service is having a few problems with the new Philadelphia neighbors. Having Mr. Potato next to Mr. Potatohead has caused a bit of confusion with the mail delivery, prompting Mr. Potato (the athlete formerly known as Donovan McNabb) to mistakingly cancel Mr. Potatohead’s subscriptions to Hotcakes and Round & Brown: Idaho Style.