Anthony Davis eyebrows licensed: 5 strange pro sports trademarks

Anthony Davis, the presumed first overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, has trademarked his famed unibrow and phrases like "Fear the brow" and "raise the brow." 2012 has been  a big year for sports trademarks. Here are 5 of the best.

2. “That’s a clown question, bro.” - Bryce Harper

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    Washington Nationals batter Bryce Harper waits to hit against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning during their MLB interleague baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland, June 24, 2012. Harper owns the rights to the phrase "that's a clown question, bro."
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Regardless of your feelings on the Washington Nationals, baseball in general, or mohawk mullets, it’s hard not to have a blast watching Bryce Harper.  Since making his MLB debut on April 28, the 19-year-old rookie outfielder has entertained equally with his on the field hustle and his extracurricular antics. All signs point to him eventually becoming one of the best outfielders in recent memory, but his youth, unfettered enthusiasm, and temper have allowed us a few exasperated chuckles along the way. For instance, in the span of just one week Harper awed a home crowd by stealing home base, and also struck out and threw his bat against a clubhouse wall so hard that it bounced back and clocked him in the face, requiring 10 stitches. A few days before that, he high-fived teammate Mark de Rosa so hard that de Rosa re-aggravated an existing injury. Oh, Bryce Harper.

It was only a matter of time before such a huge personality had his own catchphrase. It came a few weeks ago, when Harper answered a reporter’s question he didn’t want to answer with the response, “That’s a clown question, bro.”

Just like that, a meme was born. Harper’s response became the top trending on Twitter. The Associated Press wrote their own briefing on the comeback. “Clown question” t-shirts materialized instantly. Senate majority leader Harry Reid invoked it to a reporter in response to a question about Mitt Romney and immigration. Harper, meanwhile, trademarked the phrase within 24 hours. It now appears on authorized Under Armour t-shirts.

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