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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Video of the week: Uruguayan Goalkeeper has to Borrow Shirt From Fan

What sounds like a story from your local Sunday League team has actually happened last week in Uruguay’s Premier Division: While warming up for the game against Progreso, Penarol keeper Kevin Dawson realised that somehow there was no match short for him. Either himself or someone from the staff must have forgotten to pack it for the away game.

Luckily, a supporter in the stands was wearing a replica goalkeeper-shirt and went on borrowing his kit to the goalkeeper, receiving a Penarol jacket from the bench in return.

After the referee allowed this  unusual shirt swap, the game was set to go. And apparently the fan’s shirt proved to be a lucky charm for Dawson and Penarol, as they were able to keep a clean sheet and ed up winning the game 1:0.

Penarol is still well positioned in the fight for the national crown, being ranked 2nd after 14 rounds.

In order to maintain this position after the clash with Progreso, they really had to count on their „12th man“ this time.

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Video of the Week: Only in Russia – a Brown Bear Being Used as Ball Kid.

Nastrovje! This week’s video of the week is proudly presented to you by mother Russia. To be precise, by the third Russian football division and the game between Mashuk KMV and FC Angusht Nazran where probably the most Russian thing ever has been pulled off.

Instead of having the referee or some lucky kids presenting the match-ball for this football game, they came up with another idea and used a tamed brown bear for this job instead. Wow.

In footage that is going viral currently, the bear can be seen walking into the stadium simply accompanied by one brave guy. Obviously he doesn’t need anything like a leash, as that would obviously be not what you’d expect from your average fierce Russian dude. After arriving in front of the seats the bear starts to act like a proper mascot and claps with the crowd. It is then handed the ball and passes it on to the referee.

See for yourself: The Russian Bear Ball Kid in Action

YouTube / Fontanka Ru

The scene is, however, rather unfunny after all and doesn’t only upset animal right activists. Also I believe that this isn’t the treatment this animal deserves and that the whole project is highly questionable and should – obviously – not be done. I mean, if the bear would be in his natural, free spirit he’d never act tame like that.

Still, I decided to pick this scene as video of the week, since I do find it absolutely strange and hence noteworthy. Especially, when you take into consideration what unconfirmed reports spread through the internet about this scene. According to them, this scene could have been a rehearsal for the World Cup opening ceremony in Russia this summer. And that’s what makes it even more strange. A brown bear opening the World Cup? Only in Russia.

What do you think? Is this a funny way of changing the ball kid game or is it animal abuse that should be stopped immediately? Share your opinion in the comment section below!

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Pun of the Year: Scottish Football Team Names his Mascot „Lionel Nessi“

Is there anything more Scottish than Irn Bru and the Monster of Loch Ness? I hardly doubt it.

Now when you see a picture that contains both, the legendary fizzy drink that will cure the worst hangovers you could imagine (just a little advice from me) and the legendary creature supposedly living in a deep, black lake in the form of life size football mascots, you know the story is gonna be lit.

And this one definitely is. The story is coming straight out of Inverness, the city next to the world famous Loch Ness and the castle from which MacBeth brutally used to rule his kingdom. Inverness also has got a football team: Inverness Caledonian Thistle, currently ranked 7th in the second Scottish division. And Inverness Caledonian Thistle just happened to get a new mascot.

A Mascot that has been named after a suggestion from season ticket holders Bob and Kath Fraser and that has been introduced at last week’s final of the Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup against Dumbarton FC.

The mascot that resembles some sort of reptile has received the brilliantly punny name of Lionel Nessi, combining the local mystical creature and the mystical creature from Argentina that is known as the best footballer to ever be seen on earth.

Gotta love the Scottish humor. And it’s not even entirely unrelated, as the shirt of Inverness Caledonian Thistle somehow reminds us of the one worn by the players of the blaugrana from Barcelona.

Up until now, Lionel Nessi seems to have brought a slight touch of Messi-magic into the stadium, leading Inverness to a cup victory against Dumbarton and a streak of four undefeated games (3 victories).

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Hogwarts United: Secret Siblings of Harry-Potter-Characters in the world of football (Wednesday Shortlist #24)

Hello Boys and Girls. Dumbledore NeinSports has prepared a new Wednesday Shortlist for you.  Here are some footballers from around the globe that could have starred in the latest Harry Potter movie too.

And to emphasize musically, how bad this shortlist is, there will be – for the first and only time – a Wednesday Shortlist Soundtrack to go with it:

Here they are: The players of NeinSports very own Hogwarts United FC

Alfie Potter (Mansfield Town, England)

Harry Granger (Partick Thistle U20, Scotland)

Dean Riddle (Sheffield United, England)

Dean Thomas (Retired)

Paul Black (Nort Carolina FC, USA)

Will Longbottom (Kidderminster Harriers, England)

Dean Crabbe (Tynecastle FC, Scotland)

Benjamin Delacourt (Cercle Brügge, Belgium)

Tom Tonks (Stourbridge FC, England)

Hedwiges Maduro (Omonia Nikosia, Cyprus)

Tobi Adebayo-Rowling (Sligo Rovers, Ireland)

Coach: Peter Snape (Currently without club)

Hit the comment section in order to tell me which one was your favourite, who I missed in my list and what subjects you’d like to see covered in an umpcoming edition!

Have a great week, everyone.

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Farcial scenes in Portugal: Huge flag blocks VAR during goal review

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all fine and having a good time.

I surely have, because right now I’m filled with glee. And there’s hardly any better joy than that, is there?

As you hopefully remember from my other posts, I’m not really a fan of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in modern football. I think it’s rather destroying the game than actually adding value to it in its current form and stories from every league where VAR is installed seem to prove me right for once. Kind of a big deal for me, you know.

But what I’ve read the other day exceeded my expectations so hard, I felt it was inevitable to share this gleeful joy with you.

What I’m talking about is a scene from a Portuguese league game between Desportivo das Aves and Boavista Porto, which the home side won 3:0. So far, so unspectacular. But the last goal in this game was probably one of the most bizarre I’ve ever whitnessed.

Not because of the goal itself, but because of the ridiculous VAR failure that went along with it. When the referee wanted to review the goal to see if there has been an offside or not, he simply wasn’t able to do so. Why? Because a huge flag swung by the away supporters blocked the f*cking camera. Can you believe that?

Watch the hilarious incident here:

They spend millions and millions in order to install a high tech system with cameras and even more officials that slow the game down and kill emotions in order to make it fair for everyone and still manage to get blocked by a single peace of fabric. Ooooh, the irony.

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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