Nancy Armour USA TODAY Published 1:19 PM EDT Aug 14, 2019 Not content with having Urban Meyer teach a class on leadership and character, Ohio State is upping its game on stupid ideas. I’m sorry, that would be THE Ohio State University. Ohio State has filed an application to trademark the word “the,” which just happens to be the most commonly used word in the English language. What’s next? Charging campus guests for the air they breathe? Imposing a sunshine tax for games at The Horseshoe? Asking anyone with a buckeye tree in their yard for royalties? “Like other institutions, Ohio State works to vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks,” spokesman Chris Davey told The Columbus Dispatch. Uh-huh. The trademark application is for the use of “The” when it’s used in conjunction with “Ohio State University,” formalizing what athletes, NFL players in particular, have been trying to make happen for years. They will proudly announce they’re from “THE Ohio State” or “THE Ohio State University,” with an emphasis on the “The.” As if there is some other Ohio State or Ohio State University that is creating great confusion, and we are all crying out for some way to… Read full this story
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