Thursday, October 04, 2007

Not in MY Kansas

It's a big football rivalry weekend here in Kansas. The talented and battle-tested K-State Wildcats will host the untried and cream puff-filled KU Jayhawks in Manhattan on Saturday in a contest for bragging rights and a share of the divisional lead.

Obviously, I'm not fan of KU. The longtime reader of this blog is aware of that.

But I'd like to put all rivalry aside for the moment and focus on this tragic story from the local NBCActionNews affiliate.

It seems a callous, low-class businessman from Lawrence has been blatantly undermining the fragile economic state of the University of Kansas.

Larry Sinks, owner of Joe-College, a sports apparel store in downtown Lawrence, has been giving KU the bird for years, systematically ripping off the University's trademarks and copyrights.

The university has finally had enough and has rightly filed a 109-page lawsuit against the t-shirt bootlegger.
"Hawk Basketball," "Kansas Swim Team," or simply "Kansas" is printed on jerseys singled out by the University of Kansas in the lawsuit as examples of trademark infringement.

“We don't believe the word Kansas is a registered trademark,” said shop owner Larry Sinks.

Sinks has papered his store with signs warning don't shop here for licensed merchandise.

“We don't use the word Jayhawks. We don't use rock chalk Jayhawk. We don't use the bird. We don't use anything that KU has claimed they own,” said Sinks.
Sinks' attempts to slither through loopholes in the trademark laws haven't impressed the band of overworked lawyers from the small university. According to the story, the victims in the heinous crime hope that common sense will rule out in the end against the Big T-Shirt business interests.
KU has claimed even if the shirt does not have the Jayhawk or say Kansas University they can still make an argument that it's their property saying, "anyone with a mind knows what it means, and that's why we have it federally trademarked."
The little college on the hill is desperate to defend its trademarks because of the fiscal damage Sinks is causing.

Already Sinks' actions have cut into the budget so much, that KU has had to lay off three students who were being paid to take tests for KU football players. One of the students was at a loss for what to do next.
"That job was the only thing that allowed me to shop at J.Crew every weekend. I guess now I'll have to go work at the McDonald's with some of the KU alumni."
Sinks actions are also draining funds from the KU athletic budget. Last week, KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins announced a $40,000 cut in football coach Mark Mangino's food per diem. Already, Mangino has lost 150 pounds, drooping from 450 to 300.


Given these facts, I'm calling on all college football fans everywhere to band together to boycott Sinks' business with its diabolical practices. This must not be allowed to continue.

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  1. Do they teach a specific class in smart-assery at State? Or is this just an inherited trait in your case? Because if they DO, in fact, teach a class in smart-assery at the big purple shiny star in Manhattan, then perhaps more of you alumni would be easier to handle.

    Unless you AREN'T an alumni (I haven't read back in your archives, so I haven't any idea...I, myself, am a fan of KU, but never went to school there), in which case you probably have more superior driving skills than I would give you credit for otherwise.

    And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, just take a look at the license plate holder of the next person in front of you that's driving like they're drunk or on drugs or very, very tired, and you'll know what I mean.

  2. Actually Faith, the Kansas Board of Regents mandates a sophomore-level class in Assery at both of the state's primary universities.

    At K-State, it's a class in Smart-Assery. At KU, it's a class in Dumb-Assery (which makes sense, if you think about it).

  3. Query: Are you KSU people equally emotionally invested in hatred of Mizzou as much as the Lawrencians? I mean for us, yes we know KSU exists, and I suppose there is some residual anti-State of Kansas feeling, but we really reserve our loathing for the red-legs. Just wondering.


  4. Emawkc,

    Why don't all of these nay-sayers go ahead and Google smarts at KSU? I mean with K-state ranked as the number one educator, in the public realm, of Rhodes scholars, and Fulbright scholarship recipients not to mention the dozens of other National and international scholarships winners, it just proves that not only are we a smarter school, but we also play a little football too.

  5. Nightmare, It's probably a severe strain on the mental capacities of most KU grads to ask them to use google.


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