Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Shadow Premier League Gets Its Second Team

This all started when The Offside received a Cease and Desist letter from the EPL's (suck it, Barclays) licensing arm, Football Data Co—and if that's not a sexy name, we're not sure what is.

Seems the EPL doesn't like people using their teams' logos and crests and such without their permission

Anyway UF's response was that of any sane entity: to roll out a giant wooden badger (Woot! Two posts, two Python references... it's going to be a good day).

So during some down time while watching the Montreal Impact in the CONCACAF CL last night (yes, we watched it, yes we need help—although 55,000 for a soccer match in Montreal is awesome; nice job Canada). Where were we? Ah, so that time produced the second in the series of EPL logos we might have to resort to using once we all get threatened.

We make a non-binding promise to roll out one of these for every Premier League club. Although we're kind of lazy and often times don't follow through. I don't think we ever even held the final of the FA Cup of Rock.

We understand the need for the EPL to protect their images and such. And we certainly hope we're not at the level of running enough afoul to attract attention but we just find this whole thing childish. Perhaps Football Data Co could instead come up with an agreement for the blogs. Allow limited usage. Specify terms under which it's copasetic.

If not you can see where this might head: A complete shadow league where Narcthistle United plays Pottymouth FC and Livelpool plays Assenal and the results are strangely always identical to the EPL results and it's just stupid.

Again, we'd like to thank Hull City for injecting some sanity into this. Almost solely on the basis of not being twits (and Phil Brown's awesome tan) we wish them enough points to stay up.


The NY Kid said...

George Hamilton thinks that Phil Brown might be overdoing it a little.

The Fan's Attic said...

Great, now we will get a C&D from Arsenal and the company that makes the trucker mudflaps.

Andrew said...

Mademoiselle Assenal would be sexier without that horn growing from her shoulder.

jape said...

Could you make one where she is facing us?

daryl said...

Love it, great stuff guys.

And The Offside joins you in supporting Hull City - our new favourite Prem team.

I see a future where your shadow Prem league of Livelpool, Assenal etc is dominated by Hull City, who - though good karma - automatically get two goals added to their tally in every game.

jjf3 said...

What's better than a cannon? Of course...

jjf3 said...

Oh, and on the presumption that Rovers aren't going down, I don't have an immediate suggestion for Blackburn's alternate-universe logo...maybe I can think about it while drunk a few times...give me two weeks, and I'll have something brilliant, I tell you!!