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.
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?
Members of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, prepare a seven-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTRV) to be lifted by a CH-53E Super Stallion at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Clare J. McIntire)
If you are in the market for any size of military surplus vehicle, keep an eye on GovPlanet. The online auction house is about to start selling U.S. Navy and Marine Corps surplus M1161 ITV Growlers and seven-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement trucks.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A marble statue memorializing the founder of the U.S. Army Airborne was set on fire Thursday in North Carolina, and museum officials believe it happened because vandals confused it for a Confederate memorial, according to the Dunn Daily Record and other media outlets.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."