I might be some bleeding heart who thinks "radical" things like the rich shouldn't be allowed to avoid taxes or buy off Congress members, but I'm all for people making money. Do what you gotta do to make a buck and survive this cruel while you can. As long as your product is safe and not fucking people over, I say, do you. I think sex work should be legalized and regulated, but if your crotch looks like an Ellio's pizza, then you're gonna have to find another profession.
One thing I have no time for is unoriginal hacks; as an artist, I value creativity. I can't stand seeing commercials for the all black remake of Annie because it's fucking lazy and unoriginal (same with the Wonder Years). It's not progressive to remake a movie or tv show with an all female or different race cast; it's lazy, no new idea, bull shit. Let people have their own stories and identities! Nobody wants hand-me-down content. I might get no love on social media or with this website, but at least I'm fucking me and don't try to copy the same formulaic content to get noticed.
Patriots rookie QB Mac Jones is the current betting favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Now that the Pats are 8-4, the national sports media is starting to hop on the narrative bowl bandwagon that I called back in September. Whether it's fair or not, Mac Jones will get compared to Tom Brady for possibly the rest of time or at the very least, throughout his rookie deal. I didn't want Mac on draft night (I wanted Justin Fields), but man, am I pumped he's a Patriot. The dude throws a super catchable ball and only looks like a rookie when there's a free-runner. The future is BRIGHT!
As I said, make your money, but at the same time, I can't stand lazy, derivative bullshit, and what you're about to see falls directly into that category. Maybe Mac wants to have constant Tom Brady comparisons and live in his shadow? That would explain this trademark that D*rren R*vell tweeted this morning.
I know the NFL is a copycat league, but this is taking things too far. It's one thing to steal a formation, play, or possible walk-through footage, but to rip the "nickname"/ "branding" of the guy you're going to get compared to for the next five to fifty years is Lame Impala, bro. I don't have patience for this shit.
The days of great sports nicknames like Mean Joe Greene, the Nigerian Nightmare, or Broadway Joe are long gone. We've had multiple LTs, for God's sake. I know Julian Edelman stole Brady's swag with JE11, as did Bryce Harper with BH34, but I didn't think Mac would too. I blame Cam Newton and his horrible "Mac & Cheese" nickname for planting these seeds in young McCorkle's head.
If you want to sling some merch, I'm not against that, but at least come up with something more creative than MJ 10. It sounds like a Michael Jackson compilation album.
The best nicknames happen naturally (or are self-proclaimed at football practice your freshman year of high school). Don't be Lame Impala; just let it happen naturally and maaaybe wait more than 11 games into your NFL career to worry about branding.