Monthly Archives: January 2010

Who Owns “Who Dat”?

Attention Saints fans! You must stop using "Who Dat" or the NFL will find you.

You can call the NFL the “No Fun League.”  Stores in the New Orleans area and South Mississippi are spewing out “Who Dat” t-shirts like hotcakes. But the National Football League (NFL) decided to be the party pooper and told the shops to stop printing and/or selling those shirts with “Who Dat” due to copyright reasons. Yes, the NFL claims they own that catch phrase.

I want to know who dat got the rights to use it? Another New Orleans-area company also says they own “Who Dat.”  Even rapper JT Money’s song is titled “Who Dat.” There are, perhaps, those who conclude it simply can never be owned. Take Robert Lauricella — a 50-year-old oil field sales representative — for example.

“How can they put a trademark on something that’s been around for 150 years? Just because the Saints have made the Super Bowl, why does everybody have to make a buck?”

Louisiana senator David Vitter wrote a letter to the NFL, calling that position “obnoxious” and “legally unsubstainable,” and insisted that they drop it. What’s next, the NFL is gonna own the colors gold and black? No thank you, the New Orleans Saints can count me out as a fan. This is a stupid action teh NFL has taken and “Who Dat” ought to be fair game.

Rays Coming to Connecticut!??!

Connecticut might soon have to choose among the FOUR baseball teams instead of three. According to Peter Gammons of MLB.com, the Rays baseball team is considering leaving Tampa Bay in order to move to either New Jersey or Southern Connecticut. The problem is: Connecticut is under the cusp of three different teams in the area, i.e. The Sox, the Yanks, and the Mets.

“Since nearly everyone in Connecticut has been locked in into Yankees, Red Sox or Mets fandom for generations, how much success would a new team have of developing a following?”

Let the bloodbath begin!

Pepsi Throwbacks are Back!!

It’s baaaaack! The Pepsi Throwback bottle made it into stores earlier this month, just like the Pepsi Company (or PepsiCo) did last year. And if I’m not mistaken, the Mountain Dew soda also has a throwback version. If you want to get your hands on these babies, you’ll have to run to your store ASAP — because once they’re gone, THEY’RE GONE.

Limited time only. Also available in Mountain Dew.

Made with REAL sugar. As opposed to what?!

Monday Madness

Do you like driving down the 91 while heavy rain pounds on your windshield? Wind gusts so strong that your poor umbrella doesn’t even stand a chance? Of course you don’t! Well, today, the mercury was well up in the 50s (not bad for a late-January day). That’s the good news. The bad news is: the rain caused water runoffs on already-frozen surfaces, flooding basements and turning streets into ponds. But this is New England. The weather here is unpre-fuckin’-dictable.

Alls I know is I will be forever pissed if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow come next Tuesday, Groundhog’s Day. I mean, didn’t winter come to Connecticut six weeks ahead of time?

That’s a Wrap for Conan

The end of an era. A ride on the comedy train cut short for one late night mogul. Last night, Conan O’Brien aired his final show as the host of The Tonight Show, serving for only seven months. As I told you earlier, Conan took the $40+ million deal to leave NBC provided that he does not badmouth NBC or its employees.

Jay Leno, the man whom he succeeded, will move back to his old time slot at 11:35 p.m. starting March 1. Fox has been eying CoCo since the Late Night Wars took light, but who knows, even the CW network wanted him. Conan O’Brien is allowed to move to another network, but he can’t start a new late-night show until September.  Check out Conan’s final farewell as Will Ferrell performs “Free Bird” in the video below.

Domino’s Gets a Facelift

“Worst excuse for a pizza I’ve ever had.”

Domino's Pizza

"There comes a time when you know you gotta make a change."

“Domino’s pizza crust, to me, is like cardboard.”

“Totally void of flavor.”

“The sauce tastes like ketchup.”

The customers spoke, Domino’s listened. The embattled pizza company broke down and changed its image to better suit customer demands after 50 years of poor pizza with ketchup-tasting sauce and processed cheese. And no, the ads weren’t produced by rival Pizza Hut.

Domino’s employees get their share of heart-wrenching critcism from a focus group who describes how awful Domino’s pizza is. Instead of using negative comments to get the company down, company president Patrick Doyle chose to use those comments to excite it. “There comes a time when you know you’ve got to make a change,” he adds. That’s why Domino’s is giving itself a bake-over. You heard me right — bake-over! The sauce is bolder and spicier, the cheese is made of pure mozzarella, and the pizza bears a golden crisp crust like a pizza should look like.

The company promises a full refund to customers who do not like their newly configured pizza.

Conan Ditches NBC

Conan O’Brien will no longer host The Tonight Show as of Friday. Sad to see him go. The original proposal from NBC was, after canceling the failing The Jay Leno Show, to move Jay Leno back to his old spot at 11:35 p.m. and push Conan’s show to 12:05 a.m., but Conan refused.

NBC will give Conan $40 million to leave the network. The catch is this: under contract rules, he is not to badmouth NBC or the programs it airs. Which is easier said than done. But the real question is this: is this truly the end of The Tonight Show as we know it?’