Monday, November 16, 2009

Patenting a sports strategy?

Now that the issue of patenting a sports move is back, perhaps someone will advocate patenting a sports strategy.

The failure of the New York Giants to hold the San Diego Chargers seems to have "inspired" the Jacksonville Jaguars:

Instead of running into the end zone for a 10-yard TD run on first down with 1:48 left in the game, Jones-Drew alertly fell at the 1-yard line to keep the clock moving. Two kneel-downs later, the Jags brought out kicker ... [from yahoo.sports, discussing the Jags victory over the Jets on 15 Nov 09] Note Jones-Drew later said: "We knew they were pretty much going to let us score. So the coach said to just take a knee. Sorry to my fantasy owners, I apologize."

**Also of "Belichick's Blunder" in the Patriots/Colts game-->

from espn: Belichick also knew the Flying Elvii defense was exhausted, sucking air from defending against the Colts' no-huddle attack. Playing defense is more tiring than playing offense, and the Pats were tired. On the previous Indianapolis series, the Colts' offensive line had been shoving the New England front seven around. Even second-year middle linebacker Jerod Mayo, who ought to be bursting with energy, looked exhausted and was jogging during plays rather than sprinting.

Belichick correctly calculated that if he punted, the hot Indianapolis offense was likely to beat his tired defense -- while if he went for the first down, New England was likely to win. (...) Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, now an ESPN analyst, denounced Bill Belichick for "failing to show faith in his defense."

IPBiz separately asks: did the Patriots get a bad spot on the catch?

See also

Patenting Sports Moves

**In passing

IPBiz notes the $250,000 fine levied on Nov. 16 against Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams for a certain gesture (flip) at the Bills-Titans game on Nov. 15, won by the Titans.

Marcus Stroud of the losing Buffalo Bills noted: “He owns that team (the Titans) and Mr. Wilson owns our team. That’s about the gist of it, as far as it goes with me. It’s not like he can come down and strap up and put on any pads or anything like that. It doesn’t bother me. If that’s what he wants to do, go for it.”

Adams is 86-years-old.

Goodell fines Titans owner $250,000 for gesture

The New York Times covered the incident in a story also noting that the Supreme Court decline to hear the Washington Redskins trademark case. Owner of Titans Is Fined $250,000 for Crude Gesture : Of Harjo v. Pro-Football Inc., No. 09-326--The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Native Americans who said trademarks associated with the Washington Redskins should be canceled because they were offensive. [the dispositive issue at the DC Appeals Court had been delay, not offensiveiness]


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