Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway spent sixteen seasons picking on safeties and cornerbacks, now he’s picking on punk rock bands. Given his new job title of Executive Vice President of Football Operations, I’d say John has alot more on his plate than to be worried about a small-time Colorado rock band named “Elway” using his name.
The band issued a statement that read:
Last Thursday we got an email from a lawyer who represents Mr. Elway in his various legal and business excursions. The letter basically said that John had become aware of our little punk rock band and, though we make no reference to him in our songs or artwork, he saw fit to dispatch his legal team to demand that we (again) change our band name. It is important to note that this letter is not a cease and desist and does not imply that we are being sued, it reads more like a flexing maneuver mired in legalese. Of course, any Coloradoan worth their salt might point out the absurdity of Mr. Elway’s insistence on legally strongarming a virtually unknown punk band rather than focusing his attention on mending the badly broken Denver Broncos, but that’s a whole different issue.
We have no intention of changing the name again. We love the name, regardless of what connotations are inferred by the listener. Surely, if the Dead Kennedys could become one of punk’s most popular bands without incurring litigation, Elway can keep their moniker and continue making so-so music for our dozens of fans to enjoy.
With the Broncos set to take an early summer break, according to the Denver Post, I guess Elway is getting a early start on his to-do list.
John Elway’s To-Do List
1. Get band to stop using my name
2. Fix defense that gave up NFL-worst 390.8 yards/game & 29.4 points per game
3. Coordinate meeting between Dick LeBeau and Dennis Allen
4. Devise a plan to get to over .500 for the first time since 2006