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Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:40 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 12:09 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Sunday the Denver Broncos, and Tim Tebow in particular, were blowing the minds of football fans across the country while beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the NFL playoffs. It was pretty much a wonderful day to be a Broncos fan, but it was also a day that may find the team in court soon.

That's because after the Broncos beat the Steelers in overtime there was this tweet from Texas A&M's Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Jason Cook.

Yes, before the game a man parachuted into the stadium waving a flag that said "12th man" and the flag was waved during the game. Which seems completely harmless and pretty much commonplace, but Texas A&M owns the trademark for it and is planning on getting its money.

It's not the first time that the school has gotten involved in something like this, as it filed a lawsuit against the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 for the same thing. Now any Seahawks broadcasts that mention the crowd as "the 12th man" also has to mention Texas A&M's trademark.

Seems pretty stupid, right? Yeah, that's because it is, though there's also an easy solution. Instead of referring to your home crowd as "the 12th man" just start referring to them as "the 12th player." Then Texas A&M will have to find a whole new way to waste everybody's time.

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Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:04 am

Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

Dear Jason Cock, keep on wasting our time with your lame articles.  You seem pretty stupid and you look stupid in your stupid photo.  We'll start referring to you as the 12th douchebag...

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:43 am

Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

I'm sure of it now..... A&M is a joke and Jason Cook is a total loser as anyone that calls out someone over twitter is a moron.

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:18 am

Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

Allow me to climb up to your high horse and educate you for a second.  Though, TAMU has used the phrase since the 20's, they didn't file their trademark until 1990.  The Seahawks had been using the 12th man almost from the inception of the franchise, officially retiring the #12 in 1985, representing the 12th man.  By the time TAMU filed their lawsuit against Seattle, the Seahawks had been using the 12th man for over 25 years.  The two agreed out of court, and Seattle still uses the term 12th man.  As far as I know, Seattle is the only orginization that TAMU allows to use their "trademark."

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:10 am

Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

A&M has won 60% of its games going back to 1894.  They won 16 Southwest Conference championships and won national championships in 1919 and 1939, and they won the Big 12 championship in 1998.  But it's been a while since they have accomplished much.  They came up with that 12th man stuff in 1922 before it ever became a common term.  By the way, the Broncos lost one of these trademark battles when they had to quit calling their defense the Orange Crush.  There was a commercial product already using that name since 1916.  I figure next year, the Aggies will win 4 non conference games, and they'll only need to beat both Mississippis to be bowl eligible again. 

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:41 pm

Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

I am not a TAMU fan (far from it, actually), but you people calling them out are just plain WRONG!  The "12th Man" thing has been a Texas A&M deal since the 19-fricking-20s, people...NO ONE has EVER used that before, until a couple of times the last few years.  If you don't protect the things that rightfully BELONG to you, then everybody just flat out STEALS them, which is what the Seahawks and the Broncos did.  Don't dump on the TAMU people for trying to protect what's thiers, dump on the SOB's that tried to STEAL it from them.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:35 pm

Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

jason cook = loser

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:24 pm

And the winner for biggest douchebag goes to...

Yeah, I never had an opinion about Texas A&M before reading this, but now I'm sure they're a bunch of morons. I will very much enjoy watching them get their butts handed to them five or six times next year in the SEC. What immense turd burglars. They remind me of Michigan State fans, aka little brother.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:23 pm

Typical TAMU inferiority complex

It seems like TAMU's only claim to fame is their trademarking of the "12th man."  They certainly haven't done anything on the football field to deserve much in the way of recognition.  First of all, the trademark should be revoked, or they should have to prove the term wasn't already in use before they trademarked it.  Allowing common expressions to be trademarked is one of the most stupid things I have ever seen.   

Oh, well.  At least it gives TAMU something to distract them from how much of a tomato can they are going to be in the SEC.   

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:21 pm

Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

I think "John 3:16" is owned by the guy who wrote John.  Can somebody please sue Tebow for using this all through college?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:25 pm

Texas A&M going after the Denver Broncos

I seem to remember a tshirt with "saw em off" made by the aggies and the logo looked alot like the emblem copyrighted by the Texas Longhorns. UT sued and it was settled out of court. A and M changed the logo and gave UT 25,000 dollars. A copyright is a copyright and if you are making money off of someone else's copyright, you are breaking the law.

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