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Hello. Thanks for contacting us.
You raise an interesting question -- how to protect clever ideas. The two pieces of intellectual property law
that apply would be copyright
As a base rule, copyright protects only the expression of an idea, not the idea itself. It also requires, with expression involving words, that the idea not lock up expression of an idea. Because two words will often amount to a lock on expressing an idea, they usually don't qualify for copyright protection. The design of a logo
that uses those words would get copyright as a visual or graphic expression, but not the words. There may be longshot arguments that one could spend a lot of time or legal fees researching -- but it would be longshot to succeed.
Trademark functions differently. It can actually cover anything, as long as a consumer understands that a product or service is connected with a certain expression. Sometimes these take time to develop -- as in the use of a color for certain products. Words usually work better -- but it is necessary to show that the name was used in "actual commerce" to have any chance at a trademark claim. The reason is the focus is on consumers in a particular market and geography.
In a sport, if a particular player is known (even by a small coterie of fans, followers or contacts), then those tings involving his or her name can arguably be trademarked. But if someone simply had clubs inscribed with certain words and was not somehow involved in some way with a commercialization that involved potential customers associating a product with the name, then it is very hard to prevail on a two word claim, especially when one of the words, like go, is a generic cheer or chant in support of a team of player.
I am sorry that I don't have more favorable information to share -- but I can tell you are an educated person and would rather have the information straight rather than sugar-coated.
I wish you every success for many matches under par!