Yinzer Games, not Yinzerlympics

I was amused by Brian O'Neill's PG column this morning about the Yinzerlympics and even more amused when I read Kevin Gorman's Trib column, featuring the same idea last Thursday.

Meanwhile, the person behind the Yinzerlympics meme has already set up a website (here) and a Cafe Press site to hawk Yinzerlympics schwag (here). How long do you think it will take the killjoys at the U.S. Olympic Committee to come down on this business (now that it is a business) like a ton of bricks? Our wise Congress has given the USOC the exclusive right to use the word "Olympic" and the five-interlocking ring Olympic symbol "or any combination or simulation thereof tending to cause confusion, to cause mistake, to deceive, or to falsely suggest a connection with the corporation of any Olympic activity." That's from title 36 of the U.S. Code, section 380. And it may not matter to the USOC that Yinzerlympics doesn't use the full "Olympics" title or the actual Olympics rings, that there are no real Yinzerlympics, or that the whole thing is just a silly way to spend a time waiting for the snow to melt.

Yinzer Games (Gorman's lede) should be fine, just as "Gay Games" is fine while "Gay Olympics" is not.

And while we're thinking about the Yinzer Games, let's think about the *summer* games. Thoughts on what events should be included? I'm particularly interested what might be included in the Yinzer Decathlon and the Yinzer Modern Pentathlon.


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