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Quote of the Day: An absolute sick burn on the Braves and MLB

May 15, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Burn

You may have seen a month or two ago that someone started selling red and blue t-shirts with the word “Barves” instead of “Braves.”  As most of those kinds of things go, it was kind of clever and it became fun to call the Braves the Barves on Twitter and stuff.

And, as most of those things go, you knew it was going to cause MLB and its lawyers to get in the act. And they recently did, sending out a cease and desist letter.  The makers of the shirts are desisting, because who needs that kind of legal hassle?

But it was almost worth it, if for no other reason than it led the Indian Country blog — which focuses on Native American news, culture and issues —  to report on the cease and desist letter thusly:

… the Barves logo and shirts, it said, “dilute and/or tarnish the distinctive quality of the Braves Marks. Accordingly …(it) constitutes trademark infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin, and/or trademark dilution, in violation of federal, state and/or common law.”

Many Natives might concede that the MLB and the Braves have a point: You have to be careful when playing with logos and symbolism—you don’t want to dilute and/or tarnish anyone’s distinctive qualities.

That may be the sickest burn in the history of sick burns. I want to stand up and applaud the magnificent S.O.B. who wrote that right now.

  1. danaking - May 15, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The appreciation of irony is a skill much lacking in contemporary America.

  2. ugglasforearms - May 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Sizzling!!!

  3. The Common Man - May 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    That is fantastic.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Word to yo mutha, Barves.

  5. baseballisboring - May 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Ha……

  6. Lukehart80 - May 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    slow clap

  7. goawaydog - May 15, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I am sure Chief Wahoo would concur too

    • recoveringcubsfan - May 16, 2012 at 7:42 AM

      Right. Can we get “Injuns” or “Chef Wooha” shirts now, please?

      • recoveringcubsfan - May 16, 2012 at 7:44 AM

        In fact, could we just make a logo T with the Chief wearing a chef’s hat and leave it there until we get the cease-and-desist?

      • foreverchipper10 - May 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        If you are looking to exploit Chief Wooha you may have to talk to Busta Rhymes first as I believe, he may, just in fact have you in check on that one.

  8. natstowngreg - May 15, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    + an infinite number to the author of that quote.

    MLB and its Atlanta franchise have put themselves of the enviable position of fighting to protect a bigoted image. Well done, guys.

  9. biasedhomer - May 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    High quality irony indeed

  10. yahmule - May 15, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Well played. Thanks for the link, Craig.

  11. brianbosworthisstonecold - May 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    The tomahawk chop makes barve fans look like complete ignoramuses. Go to a real traditional pow wow and you’ll see.

    • recoveringcubsfan - May 16, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      I’ve always thought the Braves’s fans should do a fancy dance instead.

  12. hushbrother - May 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    I don’t get it.

  13. thebighern - May 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Barvo. Bar-fucking-vo.

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