Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The MAN Keepin' the Ferrets Down...

Poor Frenchy the Ferret!

Apparently, the USOC didn't want anyone to confuse the ferrets with the weasely French.
Especially after they got beat out for hosting the 2012 Olympics.

Ha ha!

USOC Forces 'Ferret Olympics' Name Change

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- After nine years of slippery, slinky competition, the Ferret Olympics is being forced to change its name - the U.S. Olympic Committee has threatened to sue.

An estimated 75 ferrets will vie for medals at the Ferret Agility Trials on Sunday in events including the tube run and the paper bag escape. Only "they are not Olympians anymore," organizer Melanee Ellis said with a laugh.

Ellis started the Ferret Olympics in 1996, the year of the Atlanta games, as a fundraiser for a local ferret shelter.

Ellis, 44, said she could hardly believe the woman on the phone was serious about the threat of a lawsuit for unauthorized use of a trademark.

U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said the committee's legal department on average asks about 50 groups per year to stop using the name Olympics.

"No one is being singled out," Seibel said. "But the accumulated effect of letting that go unchecked would hinder the ability we have to do what we do."

Hat tip to Gall and Wormwood for showing me this.

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