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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 01/13/2011

High school football team uses Nats logo

By Dan Steinberg

(By Matt Dayhoff -- Peoria Journal Star)


A few months ago, my up-and-coming colleague James Wagner wrote a tremendous story about high school sports teams borrowing the logos of big-time universities and professional teams, or at least using them as inspiration, and the legal quandaries that might follow.

The graphic featured football helmets, and the football programs were almost always borrowing the logos of big-time DI teams, or NFL franchises.


Here, though, is a different case: it's the Washington Community High Panthers from (outside) Peoria, Ill., using the dang Curly W. When the Nats decided to emphasize the Curly W above all else, I'm not sure this was what they had in mind.

I came to this via the great Uni Watch blog, which linked to a 2009 photo gallery of the Panthers. The image above comes from the Peoria Journal-Star, which has many more Nats-logo-football-helmet pics that are from 2010.

And yet when you go to the school's Web site, you're greeted by a logo that is not at all similar to the Curly W.

Credit to Uni Watch reader William Barrett for the find, and man, is this bizarre.


(Peoria Journal Star)

By Dan Steinberg  | January 13, 2011; 9:35 AM ET
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Comments

Shout out to Walgreen's, IMO.

Posted by: tha_prophet | January 13, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Wilson has been rocking the Curly W since before the Nat's were even in DC.

Posted by: bouncinggorilla | January 13, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

th_prophet - Darn, that is where I was heading to. Are you sure it isn't Walgreen's football team?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | January 13, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

gorilla, So they've been using it since the 60's? The senators had the same curly W

Posted by: JDB1 | January 13, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Sue them!!!!

Sue the school, the school district, the city, the state, SUEEEEEE THEEEMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


SHOW NO MERCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: vmrg1974 | January 13, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Are they terrible, too?

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 13, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I heard they're going to be contenders in 2013.

Posted by: Section104 | January 13, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Just an FYI Washington is located in Washington, IL which is basically a suburb of sorts by Peoria..they are not actually in Peoria :)

Posted by: ChiCaps | January 13, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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