Saturday, February 02, 2008


The tricoleur has this certain je ne sais quoi

The French flag -- the "tricolor" -- is so simple in design that it can hardly be called a design, yet for some reason I find it to be a really good-looking flag. I'm not quite sure why. Maybe it's from the overwhelmingly cute illustrations in the Madeleine books I read as a child.

Or maybe the French, in their genius for design, figured out that the tricolor just looks good in front of the sandstone building facades of Paris -- a small but striking patch of color in a sea of beige, buff and gray.

The Musee d'Orsay.

Whatever the reason, it seems inevitable that Major League Baseball, with its almost bloody-minded obsession with protecting its various logos, will one day soon try to sue the French Republic for trademark infringement.

Major LeagueBaseball logo DSCN9984
How long before I receive a cease and desist letter demanding the removal
of the MLB logo, above left?

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