Taken from : ESPN.com
BOSTON -- A Red Sox fan angry that Johnny Damon defected to the New York Yankees has fought off an attempt by his high-powered agent to stop her from selling baby bibs with a very grown-up insult.
Tucked among the "I Love My Mommy" bibs and "Pregnant Princess" maternity clothes, Ann Sylvia also offers bibs and onesies adorned with the ballpark epithet "Damon Sucks." Last month, eBay pulled the listings after the Scott Boras Corp. complained that they violated Damon's right of publicity, a legal claim that allows celebrities to control the products they endorse.
Sylvia hadn't sold any of the Damon items at the time, but the complaint threatened to blemish her eBay rating and jeopardize her PowerSeller status.
"I'm just a stay-at-home mom. I just want to raise my children, sell my stuff," said Sylvia, who works part-time at The Standard-Times of New Bedford, which first reported on her struggle. "It's all a little nerve-racking, a little scary."
If so, she didn't show it in her negotiations with Boras' staff. During an hourlong phone call, she pointed out to attorney Ryan Lubner that there are other baseball players named "Damon." How did he know, after all, that she wasn't the world's biggest critic of Tampa Bay's Damon Hollins?
"Then I knew I had him," she gloated. "So I said, 'Let's make a compromise.'"
Lubner agreed to lift his objection -- and clear her eBay record -- if Sylvia agreed not to use "Johnny," "Boston," "Red Sox," "New York," or "Yankees" in the listing.
Now Sylvia's bibs are back on eBay.
"This is one of the more ridiculous cases we've seen arising out of eBay," said Greg Beck, an attorney who helped Sylvia with her case. "If a sports figure could sue for infringement of the right of publicity every time a fan criticized him, we'd have chaos in the court system."
And the ballpark.
Asked about the dispute at Yankee Stadium this week, Damon said he was unaware of it and referred questions to Boras. Calls seeking comment from Lubner were not returned.
"Sports figures like Johnny Damon are important people in our society, and the First Amendment protects the right of the public to freely comment on them," said Beck, who works for the Public Citizen Litigation Group. "Johnny Damon doesn't get to control what people say about him."
Damon's role in Boston's 2004 World Series title made him one of Boston's most popular athletes; that ended when he jilted the Red Sox for a four-year, $52 million contract with the Yankees. Red Sox fans reacted by converting their "Damon" jerseys to "Demon" jerseys and booing him lustily when he returned to Fenway Park in New York's pinstripes.
Sylvia's protest was equally subtle.
"What Damon did is just the ultimate betrayal in baseball," she said in a telephone interview from her home in New Bedford. "I don't see how it could not be considered that."
A mother of two whose online store, "Owen and Emma," is named after her children, Sylvia has operated an online store since 2001 so she can spend more time at home with her kids. She makes more than $1,000 a month from eBay sales.
Though she hadn't sold any "Damon Sucks" merchandise before the controversy, she's sold two items since.
But not everyone is happy.
"Here's the thing," she said slyly. "My husband is a Yankees fan, and his whole family is Yankees fans; my whole family is Red Sox fans. So the whole New York-Boston thing is contentious.
"But we have fun with it."
We at BurnTees applaud Ann. As t-shirt designers, it seems like everytime we poke fun at something, we are ordered to stop selling the design for some reason. When BurnTees first started we had an "A Rod Swallows Jeter" which we thought was brilliant, but that got taken down pretty quickly. Who knew that by fighting it we could actually win and maybe even receive national press while doing it? Ann stood up for herself and proved once again that David can defeat Goliath.
Make sure to check out Ann's website OwenAndEmma.com to see all the products she sells. In addition, she provides even more detail about the "Damon Affair" on her site showing the emails she received and wrote back...interesting stuff.
And while you're there, make sure to buy some stuff and support our friend Ann.
This isn't a joke, I swear. We won an auction on ebay and won the right to advertise www.BurnTees.com on this guy's toilet. Pretty freakin sweet huh?!
This guy Jon runs a site called BidMySpace.com in which he auctions off the right to advertise on his personal property. He auctions off such things as his toilet, the bumper of his car, a sign in his lawn and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I'm bidding to have www.BurnTees.com tattood on Jon's face.
I just thought I'd post the picture here because I think it's awesome. Now let's see if we get any publicity with it.
I know, it's been quite a while. I mean, I could have just written a bunch of crap but that's just not my style. In the meantime, however, thought I might just fill up this space with some of my favorite stuff right now:
This is the pilot to a show called Nobody's Watching...take a few minutes out of your day and watch...semi funny stuff:
most people have seen this, but in case you haven't, check it out....and teach yourself...it's easy.
Some recent favorite t shirts:
hm, what else do i wanna show you...
the video and our shirt:
ok, so i promise that sometime soon i'll write an actual blog and i'll even try to be funny.
oh yea, and don't forget to check us out on myspace and become our friend!!!:
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The First ever CafeClash is currently taking place and BurnTees needs your help. Unlike most design competitions, this competition is a one on one design contest that had to relate to July 4th. Please click the banner above and vote for our design in the contest - "Make Drinks Not War"
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First, I want to announce that the annaul summer sale is taking place right now at Threadless.com - make sure you check it out cause there's some awesome stuff there.
Also, not sure if we've told people, but you can check us out on myspace here: BurnTees MySpace profile
Well, I think that's it....so...it's not really a few things...it's just two things.
We'll have more info in the next day or two about the upcoming T Shirt Showdown that we're participating in.
I watched another episode of this last night on Dateline NBC and I'm just shocked everytime I see this. In case you don't know the premise, an online site called Perverted Justice basically goes online posing as underage boys and girls and chats with older men who then engage in conversations with these fake kids. The conversations are pretty dirty and explicit, and in the end, they make arrangements, get an address, and go off to have sex with minors. When they arrive at what they think is the child's house, a Dateline reporter comes out, shocks the hell out of them, and asks why they've come here to solicit sex from a minor. Most don't know right away they're on camera and are more than happy to sit down and chat. When they learn they're on camera, few try and stick around. Oh yea, and most importantly, when they leave, they're arrested.
This show is amazing on so many levels. To begin with, it's absolutly AMAZING how many men show up. Last night's episode was in some small town in Ohio and men were just filing in. One after the other, men were coming from all over the place in the hopes of having sex with a minor. One guy drove 2.5 hours to get there, and he's married with two kids. The volume is so great that Dateline could probably do this every week and have enough material to be on air for the next three years. It's quite scary when you start thinking about how many of these creepy men are out there. I'd say that I hope that I never have a daughter, but some of these men were coming to have sex with underage boys, so that really doesn't help.
The other amazing thing is that a bunch of these guys admit to having seen prior versions of To Catch a Predator on Dateline! If watching this show doesn't deter themto not do something like this, I really don't know what will. Watching this show is one of the most uncomfortable things to do. Part of you almost feels bad for these men because you know that as of that second, their lives are over...completely done. Then you snap back to it and realize...good...these men don't deserve to have lives. But at the same time, it's never easy watching someone's life fall apart in front of you.
When confronted by the reporter, each man says the same thing: "I wasn't going to actually go through with it." One man said that and even showed up with condoms, and then admitted that he doesn't use condoms when having sex with his wife. They come up with all sorts of excuses. On the last episode, some guy said that he was worried because the little girl said that she was home by herself. Another said that he wanted to teach the girl a lesson, that she shouldn't be soliciting sex from older men because it was dangerous. Most show up with beer and wine coolers in hand and still just try to claim that they all they were going to do was watch a movie and hang out. What 40 year old comes with alcohol in hand just to watch a movie with a 13 year old...is that normal?
I always feel a little dirty after watching this show. It's never easy watching someone's life unravel before your eys, wondering what that call to their wife, father, mother, kids must sound like. It's disturbing. You sit and wonder what's happening in our society.....is it falling apart?.....maybe, but I guess watching it happen makes for good TV.
So, I just went to make some coffee and I had the option of Sugar, Equal, Splenda, and Sweet n Low. So, someone tell me...exactly which one am I supposed to be using? Lets say I'm not using sugar...I have apparently the following options:
Sweet N Low
Can someone please let me know? thanks
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Talk about pressure! Make sure to check back often for updates regarding this.
I love when people's MySpace picture is a picture of them in their car, or just a picture of their car. Nobody cares for a few reasons:
1) If I lived at home, I'd be able to afford a really nice car also. But the fact remains, i'd still be living at home...so even if you have your great car...just imagine the girl's reaction when you say "no, it's cool, my parents are cool with it" as you try to take her "home" with you.
2) Your parents bought the car for you.....nobody is impressed by that.
3) Chances are, if you're one of these people, your friends are either 1)porn stars who you've definitely NEVER talked to 2) other guys with cars in their picture 3) other guys wearing no shirts in their picture 4) girls who tan so much that by the time they're 30, they'll look like they're 60. You can have those girls
until next time....
I hate this man with a passion. I'm sorry. I know he's the host of a show that does wonderful things for people, but I really just can't stand him.
First of all, please wear some sleeves. Nobody wants to see you wearing those button downs that you bought at Sears with the sleeves cut off. You look like a douchebag.
Second of all, do you know how to NOT SCREAM!?!?!?! It's like you and Jack Bauer have the same problem but opposite extremes. He only wispers, you only scream. And then to scream into a loud speaker? What the hell is wrong you with you?
Third of all...what do you have to do to get on this show? You used to just have to be poor. Now, you need to be poor, a husband who was killed in Iraq, 2 kids, one of which is disabled...oh...yea...and you need to run a charity that's in pretty bad shape as well. It's almost as bad as Queer Eye....in order to be on that show now, you already have to be semi famous...it's like they just got tired of searching for deserving people and started saying..."hm...he's famous, but he could really use a haircut...he's perfect!"
Let's see...what else.
I don't know...there's just so much shit that bothers me these days. How bout this...why won't you leave a comment on what's bothering you, and I can rant and rave about that as well.
Until next time....
Don't get me wrong. By no means am I an expert in etiquette, but when it comes to urinal etiquette...I know a thing or two.
About 30 seconds ago, I walked into the bathroom at work (I had to pee pee). In the bathroom at my office, there are three urinals up against a wall. When I walked in, there was one guy at the urinals, but he was using the middle urinal! Now wait just a minute!!! Unless each outside urinal is being used, there should never be a time when you need to use the middle urinal. If he's using the middle urinal, that means that no matter which one I choose, I'll still be peeing right next to him. That just ain't right.
People...If you walk in and there are three open urinals, you use one of the end ones...always...no matter how many urinals there are. If you walk in and someone is there (and using an end urinal properly), you take the other end urinal, whether there's 3 or 20. If you walk in and there are two guys on each end, you take any urinal in the middle making sure to always leave a urinal in between you and the closest other guy. If there are only 3 urinals (listen up people), cough, wash your hands, hold it in, exit, and wait a few minutes before returning to the urinal. There is no need for everyone to be that close to each other at the urinals. There should always be a urinal between you and everyone else to act as a buffer. Please follow the rules.
Please see the following links for more information:
The International Center for Bathroom Etiquette
Thank you for reading
Just wanted to point out that I've added some new links on the left. I've discovered some great t shirt blogs out there that you should DEFINITELY check out. Enjoy!!!!
(if you have a cool site that you think should be on our list, leave us a comment and let us know about it)
(Note: I know this post is a little gay, but I don't care...this city needs help and I am going to try and provide that help)
I've noticed a pretty big problem in New York City. What makes the problem even worse is that New York is a fashion mecca and New Yorkers pride themselves in being trendy, hip, and find it important to look good. The problem? Men wearing pants that are too short. That's right....there's just too much sock showing in New York.
I was starting a new job about 2 years ago and it was the first job that required me to dress semi-nicely. That meant a shopping spree for me. Shopping for me is hard for two reasons....I'm picky as hell, and I'm taller than most. Finding my size in your average store is almost impossible because...well...i'm not gonna lie....I'm tall and fat. Stores like banana republic usually don't carry a 38x34 and that's what size I wear.
I didn't know what to do so I bought a 38x32 which most stores DO carry. However, I was quite self conscience about it. I know from watching "What Not To Wear" that my pants should reach the bottom of my shoe and I know from "Queer Eye" that there should be a nice break in the front by the ankle as well. Well, my 38x32 certainly didn't reach the bottom of my shoe and there was definitely no break. When I looked in the mirror I thought I looked retartded...which I did. Result? I bought size 38x34 pants online (I had to buy like 10 pairs so that I could try on the different styles and see what fit...I spent like $1,000...not cool at all. Luckily I returned most that didn't fit and got a lot of that money back).
Point? Since then, I just seem to notice the length of mens pants more...and I gotta tell you...I've been quite disappointed in my fellow New Yorkers. And just to be clear, I'm not talking about 80 year old men who wear their pants slightly below their man boobs. I'm talking about 21-45 year olds who wear their pants below their belly button and who should know better. People...Pee Wee Herman was not a fashion icon...please stop wearing your pants like he did!
Oh yea...and if you're going to wear pants that are WAY too short...please don't wear white socks with your dress slacks.
Success with CafePress.com Published
The first book of its kind teaches readers to maximize their earning potential using the CafePress.com online service.
ORLANDO, FL (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) March 6, 2006 -- Orlando-based author Daniel M. Clark has published his first book, Success With CafePress.com, a work that aides consumers in finding their own success designing and selling merchandise using CafePress.com, a marketplace offering sellers complete e-commerce services to independently create and sell a wide variety of products. The book is available for purchase exclusively through CafePress.com, at www.cafepress.com/swcp
Inspired by his own success selling items on CafePress for nearly two years, Clark set out to write a book loaded with tips and advice for selling items ranging from personalized t-shirts to mugs, framed prints, compact discs and more than 80 other customizable products.
"I decided to write this for the CafePress community and the future Shopkeepers who will affect the shape of the Company in years to come. I wanted to share the experience and knowledge I have; the things that have made me a success with CafePress," Clark said.
As a shopkeeper Clark's shop Hectic Studios ( www.cafepress.com/hecticstudios ) focuses on humorous items like his "I AM NOT A TERRORIST" design, and items for gamers, geeks and kids. After experimenting with marketing his own shop and products Clark focused his efforts on educating others on how to reap success with CafePress.com.
"As a moderator and very active member of the CafePress online message boards, I see many new Shopkeepers coming in with the same questions about how they can make their shops successful," explains Clark. "This book aims to gather all the knowledge I've gleaned from various sources, including CafePress itself, into one place.
"Success with CafePress.com is the first book of its kind approved and authorized by CafePress.com. Highlights include a Q&A chapter with CafePress co-founders Fred Durham and Maheesh Jain, a complete walkthrough of shop setup, product creation, and customization options for Premium Shops.
"Daniel's book is quite an accomplishment, and the first book written to offer a step-by-step manual for using CafePress," adds CafePress.com co-founder Maheesh Jain. "It's sure to help new and existing Shopkeepers on their way to success on CafePress.
"Highly anticipated since its announcement in the CafePress online message boards last year, this is Clark's first published work. Future editions of the book are planned as the service grows and expands.
Success with CafePress.com has 15 chapters, over 239 pages, and is available in both spiral binding and perfect binding (both paperback).
About Daniel M. Clark
Daniel M. Clark has been a CafePress.com Shopkeeper since early 2004. A native of Rhode Island, he now lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, new daughter and two cats, Pete and RePete.
CafePress.com is the leading online marketplace that offers sellers complete e-commerce services to independently create and sell a wide variety of products, and offers buyers unique merchandise across virtually every topic.
Launched in 1999, CafePress.com has empowered individuals, organizations and businesses to create buy and sell customized merchandise online using the company's unique print-on-demand and e-commerce services. Today, CafePress.com is a growing network of over 2.9 million members who have unleashed their creativity to transform their artwork and ideas into unique gifts and new revenue streams.
(c) copyright 2006 Daniel M. Clark. CafePress.com, CafePress, the CafePress.com logo, and related trade dress are registered trademarks or trademarks of CafePress.com in the United States and other countries and may not be used without written permission. Other product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their owners.
Daniel has been a HUGE help for BurnTees.com so I can honestly say that I know his book is going to tell you what you need to know to have a successful CafePress shop.
As some people may know, Saturday March 4th was the great St. Patrick's Day celebration in Hoboken, NJ. In case you don't know anything about it, it's 2 weeks before the real St. Patty's Day and really just an excuse for people to start drinking at 8am. (you can find more info about the day here: Hoboken St. Patrick's Day Visitor Guide .
Anway, I arrived in Hoboken at about 9 and there were already lines at the bars...I couldn't believe it. After a hearty breakfast of kegs and eggs (really jello shots, bagels, red bull and vodka, and beer) we headed out to promote BurnTees. We came prepared with 100 buttons to give out to people on line at the bars and some flyers as well. While we were out, the greatest thing on the planet happened...we ran into someone wearing one of our shirts. Granted all my friends and myself were wearing BurnTees shirts...but this was a RANDOM person. Greatest thing in the world. And what could possibly top that? Running into someone else about 30 seconds later!!
So, thank you to everyone who bought a BurnTees St. Patty's Day shirt and wore it on Saturday in Hoboken...you're all awesome. And to those of you who I didn't see...please send pictures if you have them! I hope to see everyone out on the real St. Patrick's Day sporting your shirts again.
And don't forget, it's not too late to get your St. Patrick's Day shirt from BurnTees.com. Just check out the selection here
So, we've been at this for a while, but we just hit a new milestone here at BurnTees.com that I just HAD to share with everyone. This month, CafePress featured our Jesus Saves design (found here) and it's been really great for us...we couldn't be happier and more appreciative towards CafePress for featuring us. A day after the CafePress newsletter was sent out to the mailing list, we received the following email. Note that I have not modified this in ANY way:
I know everyone has a right to do as they please, so I'm exercising my rights to stop getting any advertisements from CafePress because of your Tee shirts. The one about Jesus was offensive and I do believe that people like you that make fun of Jesus and little jokes like that will one day have to pay. I'm not perfect and I have done a lot of things that I'm sure God didn't approve of but one thing I have NOT EVER done is to poke fun of Jesus or use him in a joke. Please don't bother to respond to this email.
From Ray and Shirley "Live Life to the fullest.
My first reaction? Write back to them, tell them they're fucking crazy and get into a great argument in which I KNOW I'd be amused. Instead, I took the higher road and just posted the email in the CafePress forum :) The reaction to the email from everyone was pretty much the same as mine but the thread was soon shut down for reasons beyond me. Since that's the case, I thought I'd post the email here in the BurnTees blog where as far as I'm concerned...I run the show...and I can do WHATEVER THE FUCK I WANT.
So, let's begin....I know everyone has a right to do as they please, so I'm exercising my rights to stop getting any advertisements from CafePress because of your Tee shirts". If my t shirt was the first one to offend you, I really don't know where you've been. Why don't you look around the CP marketplace and get back to me on where this design ranks.
"The one about Jesus was offensive and I do believe that people like you that make fun of Jesus and little jokes like that will one day have to pay." First off...where did i MAKE FUN of Jesus? Did I call him Jebus? Did I call him Big Daddy J? Second of all....I'll one day have to pay?! ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?!? By saying this, you're basically calling yourself an ignorant bigot who doesn't respect what anyone else believes in.
"I'm not perfect and I have done a lot of things that I'm sure God didn't approve of but one thing I have NOT EVER done is to poke fun of Jesus or use him in a joke." Well, I guess you're just a better person than me....but I'm sure you know that already. However, if you were so great, you would know not to ever write out G-d's name....minus one for you. And what kind of things have you done that G-d won't approve of? Do you and your husband have your weekly ass rape sessions? We all know how Jesus would probably frown upon sodomy. And for your information, I would never make fun of Jesus...he was a quality Jew.
"Please don't bother to respond to this email." I won't...instead, I'll post it in my blog and share with the world what an idiot you are. I hope that your email leads to a ton of publicity for my shop and I end up selling thousands of these Jesus Saves designs.
"From Ray and Shirley "Live Life to the fullest." I doubt you're living life to the fullest when you secretly think that everyone who doesn't follow the same ideas as you will one day have to pay.
Oh, and by the way Ray and Shirley....I'm Jewish and not really concerned about what Jesus thinks of me. I love gay people, I'm pro choice, and I'm all for stem cell research.