F1 angers many Australians as it trademarks the “Shoey”

Well, well, well. Here we go again. As you probably know by now, I’m not really a fan of commercialization of sports. Because of this and because I have quite a few friends in Australia I felt really annoyed when I heard the news coming from the Formula One last week.

F1 decided that they felt the need to trademark the Shoey – the podium celebration of Australian F1-driver Daniel Ricciardo. Whenever he wins a race (which, now luckily) is not every other weekend, the man from Perth, Western Australia, enjoys a sip of champagne. From his boot.

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How could you possibly want to trademark something like that in a sport that decided only a few weeks ago to ban the grid girls, because the F1 wanted to improve their image and their family friendliness. Now, on the other hand, they start trademarking a word that represents drinking alcohol out of a shoe. In my opinion that is somehow hypocritical.

But it’s not only about that. Not at all. The reason why F1 decided to trademark the Shoey is not that they want to encourage people to start drinking from their shoes. It’s, obviously, money. They didn’t trademark the entire word, they also can’t ban anyone from doing a Shoey (good news for any Australian). What they’re eligible of doing now is to be the only one who can sell mugs, flaks, glasses, bottles, sculptures and figurines with the word “Shoey” on it.

As you can see, some people on Twitter really aren’t happy with that:

The Shoey has, since about 15 years, somehow been part of Australian (drinking) culture. When I explored the country as a backpacker a few years ago it was already a thing to do it among the locals and it was great fun. The term has mainly been branded by the Australian surfing and fishing brand “The Mad Hueys”. It’s also them who kept the term trademarked in the clothing category – so there probably won’t be any F1-Shoey-shirts for sale anytime soon. Who really invented the Shoey in the end remains kind of unclear, though.

Obviously, what the F1 did is perfectly fine from a legal perspective, I want to make this clear here. Yet, I also believe it’s questionable if they really had to take this term – that obviously means a lot to some Australians – and trademark it as theirs, just because Daniel Ricciardo celebrates like that and they feel like generating some extra bucks from selling a few Shoey mugs would really make that much of a difference.

To prove, how pissed of some Australians are about this: watch the hilarious (and obviously slightly overexaggerated) video of Australian comedian Frenchy reacting to the news:

 

 

What‘ s your opinion on the F1 trademarking the Shoey? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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A sign of life from NeinSports

Hello everyone,

I just wanted you to know that, unlike Liverpool’s title chances, I’m still alive. However, as you’ve hopefully noticed, I wasn’t able to post lately. This was mainly due to a really bad flu, some vacations I took right after that and my mandatory army service that I have to perform once per year since I’m a Swiss citizen.

This period was after all useful for me as a sports blogger, as I was really in need of a creative pause in order to regenerate and to find the vital motivation for running a blog like this again. As for most of us smaller bloggers, not really being able to reach out to as many people as we feel our posts were naturally supposed to reach, isn’t a fun thing. Yet, just hoping for the internet to magically discover an article that you wrote two months ago and making it go viral, is not how it works.

Now that I’m back, I will more actively try to get this blog, where I wish for it to be. In order to do that, I’d be in need of you and your reactions and experiences. Let me know what you do in order to reach out to people, how do you stay motivated even though your audience doesn’t seem to grow significantly? Also, if you come across any of my articles, let me know if you liked them in the comment section. What would you do differently? Constructive criticism is always much appreciated.

After all, I do blog for the sake of itself and mainly, because I love sports and discussing about it (and maybe a little bit forcing my opinion on people, too). Now that I was forced to stay away from my project for a few weeks, I’m confident of having found my motivation again and feel full of new energy that shall be used to provide more exciting content over the next few weeks.

So long, take care.

Julian

Darts player coughs on purpose to distract his opponent (WRGMG #16)

I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones and spent a great Christmas! To get you out of the peaceful and calm festive mood, I have a sports horror story to share with you. A story of the probably less sportsmanlike behavior that has been seen on live TV lately.

I want to tell you the story of Justin ‘The Force’ Pipe, a top 30 darts player from Taunton, England. He played his first round game in this year’s PDC Darts World Championship against Bernie Smith, a likeable qualifier from New Zealand. Smith fought hard and got to throw a match dart on the double 10 field. If he would have scored that one, the underdog would have advanced to the next round, whereas the World Championship would have been over for Pipe.

Not only would Bernie Smith have had the Chance to play against Phil Taylor, the greatest darts player of all time who’s going to end his career after this tournament but it would also have granted the New Zealander an additional 5500 Pounds in price money – money that players who aren’t in the top 50 of the world desperately need, as for them it’s not possible to entirely rely on their sport in terms of money.

But Smith missed the shot. And lost the match afterwards. The expected end of a little fairytale? Absolutely not. Because Smith was unfairly distracted just when releasing his dart. He was distracted by his opponent, Justin Pipe who went behind him and coughed out lout just in the very moment when Smith was releasing his dart. Coincidence? Definitely not.

Why am I so sure about that? Because Pipe actually took a good step forward and towards his opponent before coughing. Not only would a darts player, as darts is a high-concentration sport with players who despite their sometimes extravagant looks know how to behave like gentlemen, cough away from his opponent if he had to cough or even better just take a sip of water. Nope, a true darts player that has even the slightest bit of respect for his opponent and the sport in general, would simply never walk towards an opponent and distract him.

See for yourself:

What Pipe did was absolutely disgusting. Behavior like that should be banned from the world of sports. Still, Pipe was allowed to advance in the round of last 64 and got to play against the grandmaster Phil Taylor for one last time on a big stage. In front of the massive crowds of the Ally Pally. An unforgettable experience. One, that Bernie Smith would have deserved and not this cheater from Taunton, England.

Luckily, the crowds of the Ally Pally saw things similar. As you can see in the video below, Pipe got whistled and booed brutally in his game against Taylor. Taylor destroyed Pipe 4-0 in this game. What goes around, comes around, Justin Pipe.

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Now even managers dive in football – how far have we come? (WRGMG #15)

Hello everyone! First of all, sorry for not having been able to write any in-depth blog posts lately. I’ve had university exams and was also busy with work so the blog had to rest for a while. However, this doesn’t mean that I haven’t been enraged by the world of sports in this period. But I managed to maintain calm and not write my anger down.

Anyways, this week has been too much. So there will actually be two What Really Grinds My Gears this week. Both go into a similar direction: how sportsmanship has been trampled on in both football and darts. On live tv. Before the holidays. Too much for any sports-enthusiast to bare.

Let’s start with football. I know many people here in Switzerland who prefer hockey over football. And I really hat arguing with them, as I see things differently. But one of their main arguments has ridiculously been proven to be true this week. They keep saying that football players are huge pussies who can’t do anything but dive after the slightest touch.

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Diving is part of the game. But: Some players surely do overexaggerate. Source: Twitter

Now, if that happens between players on the pitch that’s one thing. During the game you might want to secure a free kick from a promising position or you want to have that opponent sent off who has already been booked before. I can understand that to a certain extent. It’s the heat of the moment and the spirit of desperately wanting your team to win. Two aspects that make football one of the greatest sports on the globe, but it’s also these two factors that generate space for cheating and behavior that we don’t want to see in the beautiful game.

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Last week, however, things have been taken too far. In the German cup, a coach has been caught diving trying to provoke a red card. I’m talking about Heiko Herrlich, the coach that took sleeping giant Bayer Leverkusen back to old strength in the Bundesliga. During the game against Borussia Mönchengladbach he produced the most ridiculous dive I have ever seen in my entire life. As a coach. As a role model. Heiko Herrlich just ruined his entire integrity and sympathy that he has build up with great managing skills this season with this one move.

I have nothing else to say but: Shame on you, Heiko.

After the ball went out and Gladbach player Denis Zakaria went to collect it, he slightly touched Herrlich with his hands. Neither was that a strong touch, nor did he intend any aggression whatsoever towards him. Still, Herrlich goes down like Zakaria stabbed him with a f*cking sword.

See for yourself:

Now I’m a big supporter of harsh rules towards diving players. Being able to ban them even after the game when video proves that they dived is one of the few really useful new rules that have been introduced to football. This time, this rule needs to be brought up against Herrlich as a manager.

At least, Herrlich apologized for his dive and takes full responsivbility. This proves, he can and should be forgiven. Still, if he won’t get banned for this ridiculous move many questions will have to be answered about the general state of modern day football. Maybe hockey is actually better after all.

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GIF me the highlights – Champions League Matchday 6

Seems like we’re getting a GIF overdose here on my blog. Anyways, it’s been a funny Champions League week with many highlights to point out – so I hope you enjoy this week’s GIF me the highlights. It’ll be the last one for a few weeks, I promise 😉

Who doesn’t love the Champions League anthem? This lit af tune was played at the Old Trafford instead ahead of the game:

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When you ask Daley Blind if he has understood the offside rules yet:

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A visual representation of every Bayern Munich fan following the game against PSG and building up hopes for a miracle:

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How we say goodbye to Atletico Madrid as they get knocked out after the group stage:

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Absolute SCENES in Rome as AS Roma wins its group and goes through to the round of last 16:

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However: Scenes in Naples as SSC Napoli failed to qualify:

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How to sum up AS Monaco’s campaign in one GIF:

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Spartak Moscow be like: „Is Liverpool still here?“

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And finally: Arsenal thinking that winning the Europa League would be easy peasy lemon squeezy – until they realize who came down from UCL:

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Mainstream media at its finest: Italy WON’T go to the World Cup, even if Peru should get expelled. Live with it. (WRGMG #14)

The other day, I finally went to get a haircut. Was about time as I started to risk looking like Marouane Fellaini with my curly hair slowly but truly. And quite frankly, I didn’t really want that. So I went to my local barber that I visit since I’m a kid, really nice guy. Why am I bothering you with this pointless tale?

Because in the barbershop it was one of the many times I’ve heard people talking about the possibility of Italy still heading to the football World Cup in Russia next summer. Since Peru could probably face suspension after all, there’d be a spot available. And football romantics would love to see Italy take that space.

Now, I’m a football romantic too, but I know that this is virtually impossible. And suggesting it might actually happen is either the worst kind of clickbait by mainstream media, who took up this topic around the globe and appealing to those who were disappointed that the squadra azzurri failed to qualify in their playoffs against Sweden, or just people jumping on the bandwagon.

As I didn’t want to end up bald, I’ve decided to shut my mouth and let my anger about this whole story – not the people at my barber’s in particular – out on my blog. 21st century style. But honestly, we will have to live without Italy going to the World Cup. No ifs, no maybes and no buts. It is how it is.

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But why were people suggesting that Gigi Buffon and his teammates might actually still end up at the World Cup? The answer lies somewhere around the Macchu Picchu region and is best known for pan flute music and great landscapes: Peru. The country that sealed the last World Cup spot in the playoff game against New Zealand. The country that went viral for their fan’s passion ahead of this qualifier and the unusual support by shamans trying to give their team a special power. Apparently it worked, the South-Americans qualified.

But now, they might still not end up going to the World Cup. Because a new law is set to be released in the country that would put the national football association directly under governmental influence. An absolute No-Go for FIFA, as the mentioned newspapers state.

Well, firstly we have to doubt how principle-centered FIFA actually is. Excluding a country from the World Cup and probably having to redraw the groups as there are continental quotas for the World Cup groups and everything? Much of a hassle. But more importantly, we’d have to go back a few years. To 2010 to be precise. That was when a rather famous country called North Korea took part at the World Cup. And my educated guess would be that their football association isn’t entirely independent from the national government either. But well, that’s just an assumption that you probably can’t really use to exclude the possibility of Peru being expelled.

Anyways, even if this would be reason enough to exclude Peru from the tournament, there still wouldn’t be any chance for Italy to take their spot. Normally it would have to be given to New Zealand who got directly eliminated by Peru or to Chile who come from the CONMEBOL region as well and finished one place behind Peru and hence missed the playoffs.

But FIFA has no clear rules on who would be given that spot either. So it might still be Italy after all, right? Nope. Because there is one clear rule: There can’t be more than 13 European teams at the World Cup. And Peru isn’t European.

So, unless England would retire voluntarily as they will probably go straight back home after the group stage anyhow, Italy won’t get a World Cup spot. As much as we all wuld love to see the Italians at the World Cup, we’ll have to live with it, no matter what clickbait articles say the opposite.

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5 things that make anybody squirm less than watching Liverpool try and keep a lead (Wednesday Shortlist #16 by guest writer Mark Malu)

For this week’s Wednesday Shortlist I’m glad to announce Mark Malu from The Kopville as guest writer. Make sure to check out his awesome blog too!

After three weeks of excellent form shown by Liverpool in both the Premier League and the Champions League, their defensive fragility shot their confidence right back down to earth. Starting with a ridiculous forfeit of a 3-0 lead against Sevilla in the Champions League, they gave up a solid 1-0 lead against current Premier League champions, Chelsea F.C.

Liverpool, historically, has notoriously been a force to reckon with going forward, always creating countless scoring chances, producing some truly world class attacking players, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Fernando “El Nino” Torres, Luis Suarez and so on. Nonetheless they have always had issues in the back, this started a long time before the high tempo Klopp era we have seen recently. In the last five years they have conceded over 40 goals each year in the Premier League. So, if you are a gambling person you always know to bet on them to concede a minimum of one goal. As a fan of the team you know to squirm whenever they take a lead in a game, no matter how long is left in the game.

So next time anyone watches a Liverpool game, here are 5 things that will make you squirm less than watching Liverpool F.C. try and keep a lead:

The Famous sound of nails scratching a chalkboard

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Watching a group of private school kids/band kids try and pull off the latest trending dance (the Whip/Nae Nae, Dabbing, Crank dat by Soulja Boy)

 

When you see someone think they were being acknowledged with a friendly wave, but it was meant for the person behind them. Awkward.

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When your grandmother or grandfather keeps calling your girlfriend your ex-girlfriend’s name, but nobody is brave enough to correct them in front of the entire family.

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Finally, any time Alberto Moreno is supposed to do anything defensively.

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Just writing this list brought a shiver down my spine.

Well, let’s hope Mark recovered well from that shock. Again many thanks for contributing to my Wednesday Shortlists! Here’s the link to his blog again. You’re gently invited to leave a follow there: https://kopville.wordpress.com/

Cheers and have a great week!

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