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Nike Just Stole Valor From The Naval Academy For A New T-Shirt
Look, I only spent two years at the United States Naval Academy, but a lot of lessons stuck with me. Like that whole "Honor Concept" thing, which says midshipmen do not lie, cheat or steal: They "ensure that work submitted as their own is their own, and that assistance received from any source is authorized and properly documented," and they "respect the property of others and ensure that others are able to benefit from the use of their own property."
But when it comes to cheatin' and stealin', Nike apparently holds true to its own credo: "Just do it."
That's about all I can say regarding the megalithic apparel hawker's new t-shirt collab with Los Angeles-based shoe company Undefeated, which rolled out this attempt at a regal streetcore logo on Monday:
If you're a big fan of brands getting scorched in social media replies, then you'll love the thread under that tweet, where alumni and supporters of Canoe U. immediately smelled a rat:
Needless to say, reporter Danielle Ohl from Annapolis's hometown newspaper was on it:
"Similarity" is a polite way of saying what's pretty obvious: Nike & Undefeated snatched the Naval Academy's very recognizable seal and jammed a swoosh on it.
The one thing we don't know is: why? Perhaps Oregon's favorite running-shoe giant is still butthurt from losing their USNA football-jersey contract to Maryland-based Under Armour. (I sympathize, as Under Armour's designs are cornily jingoistic and ugly as hell.)
But whatever the reasons, the appropriation is clear. And the nautical school on the Severn is likely to be as protective as any military agency is of its trademarked logos.
USNA told Ohl that its staff is "studying" the similarity with Nike's "new" design, and "a representative for Under Armour, the top Nike competitor and apparel provider for Naval Academy sports teams, said their legal team is reviewing the use." But that Under Armour rep "deferred to the academy, as the seal is not an Under Armour trademark." (Ohl didn't specify whether the Under Armour rep was doing a dance at Nike's self-own during the interview.)
Nike never got back to Ohl; we'll reach out, too, today, and see if we get a response on their act of piracy against Navy.
Say, that makes me wonder: Who makes Army's jerseys?
It's all a conspiracy, man.
Update, 2:45 pm EDT: 😂
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.