Well, in case you haven't noticed, I am still in the process of changing the graphics and layout here. I decided to get rid of the "Power T
" Flag on the header for a couple of reasons.
First, while I do focus on the Vols of Tennessee, my goal is to also cover the SEC and beyond. Thus, in the interest of being a little less partisan, I decided to remove the implication that Gate 21
is about nothing but the Vols.
Second, in light of all of all of the "cease and desist
" letters that schools and teams have been sending out to bloggers over the last 12 months or so (See Busted Coverage's issues with the Big Ten, and MissouriTigers.com's issues with Mizzou
), I decided to remove anything that could lead the University of Tennessee to tell me to can it. While I am all about free and fair use, the fact is that Tennessee would have a pretty easy time demonstrating that I was, essentially, using one of their trademarks. Given the fact that Tennessee had to take Texas to court over the whole "UT Interlock
" logo and the "Power T
" logo, I imagine that they would be willing to take steps to defend their marks. Furthermore, I don't particularly want to get into an adversarial relationship with my alma mater. No, I'm not surrendering, I still plan on using the "Power T
" and other logos where appropriate, I just figured it probably shouldn't be in my header. Besides, it's always better to create your own identity rather than ride on the coattails of others.
Thus, I introduce my new "Gate 21 Volunteer
," which I designed, and who now lives in the header, and may undergo a little more plastic surgery until I get him the way that I want him. I hope you like him, and -- in case you care -- I'm naming him "Gus
" in honor of longtime ... media-type-guy ... at Tennessee, Gus Manning
. Why? Well, I'm not sure, except that I've never been clear on what Gus Manning does, but everyone at Tennessee seems to think his opinion is pretty important; in terms of age he's on the older side of "completely indeterminate
;" and he's a pretty comical character along with his buddy Haywood Harris
. Again, it was the only name I could come up with.
Anyway, say hello to "Gus
" and let me know if you like him, if you think he needs something else to make his placement in the Gate 21
header make sense. Also, if you'd be interested in having a logo designed for your, blog, website, organization, etc., shoot me an email
-- I work cheap.
Oh yeah, the BasketVols play Georgia tonight at 7:00. Let's hope for a win.
Given the topic of this post, it is obvious that I have little to write about today...
- Go Figure …
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