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jAZ
04-23-2001, 05:41 PM
From time to time, when I read or hear about a player that I know nothing about, my inital reaction is to judge him by his name.

I don't know why and I can't tell you exactly what goes into a good-player name, but for some reason I will occasionally hear a name and think, "I bet that guy will be good some day."

Examples...
Eric Downing and Derrick Blaylock both of those names sound like NFL players

where as Billy Baber and (flash from the past) Paul Palmer don't...

in college basketball....
Richard Jefferson sounds like an NBA player
Shane Battier sounds like a chef

MitchC
04-23-2001, 05:47 PM
Does the name Rashawn Sheehee ring a bell. From the moment I heard his name, I had a pretty good idea he wouldn't make it in the NFL with a last name like that.

jAZ
04-23-2001, 06:04 PM
Based upon their name, they should be...

Football player(s)
* John Tait
* Casey Wiegmann
* Gary Stills
* Mike Maslowski
* Marvcus Patton

Track Athlete(s)
* Willie Jones

Comedian(s)
* Gus Ornstein
* Dante Hall
* Steve Martin (too easy)

Character Actor(s)
* Larry Parker
* Pat(rick) Dennis
* Donnie Edwards
* Carlton Gray

News Anchor(s)
* Todd Collins
* Frank Moreau
* Kendall Gammon

Weatherman
* Todd Peterson
* Mike Cloud (too easy part 2)

Politician(s)
* Tony (Anthony) Richardson
* Donnie Edwards

Baseball Player(s)
* Derrick Alexander

Porn Star(s)
* Derrick Ransom
* Ray Crockett

Country Singer(s)
* Larry Atkins
* Bracy Walker

Zebedee DuBois
04-23-2001, 06:09 PM
Those profession and name combos got a big grin from me. :D
Waiting to hear the jobs for the rest of this draft!

Phobia
04-23-2001, 07:04 PM
Well, you certainly can tell it's the offseason although, I'd have never expected to see this type topic as close to draft weekend....

Well done!

milkman
04-23-2001, 07:30 PM
I've always said that the name is really important for the QB.
Joe Nammoth, Lenny Dawson, Dan Marino, John Elway.
Those are good QB names.
Some names that never had a chance.
Matt Blundin.
Had construction worker written all over him.
Mike Livingston.
English teacher.
Pat Barnes
Farmer
Trent Dilfer
Restaurant manager

DaWolf
04-23-2001, 08:06 PM
Yeah, a name is very important to me, especially at QB. That's part of the reason I didn't want to trade for Matt Hasselbeck. That sounds like an offensive lineman for me.

Then again, one of the coolest names I heard, Heath Shuler (whose hero was George Brett, by the way) never did make it... :)

RJ
04-23-2001, 08:19 PM
Could Joe Montana or John Unitas have done anything in life other than play quarterback? With names like that it was a matter of destiny.

milkman
04-23-2001, 08:19 PM
With a name like Heath Shuler, he should have been writing Gothic Romance.

milkman
04-23-2001, 08:20 PM
Montana could have been a rancher or a Rodeo cowboy.

Archie F. Swin
04-23-2001, 08:29 PM
this sounds like a question that would be asked by one of Phil Hendrie's callers

milkman
04-23-2001, 08:31 PM
Who's Phil Hendrie?

Johnny Unitas could have been a union boss.

Archie F. Swin
04-23-2001, 08:46 PM
the Phil Hendrie radio show features distasteful humor of the lowest denominator.

www.philhendrieshow.com

DaWolf
04-23-2001, 09:26 PM
Just imagine if Joe Montana was Babe Laufenberg. Now that would have sucked. The greatest QB of all time... Babe Laufenberg!

NaptownChief
04-23-2001, 09:53 PM
Originally posted by DaWolf
Just imagine if Joe Montana was Babe Laufenberg. Now that would have sucked. The greatest QB of all time... Babe Laufenberg!

The Babe now has a connection to KC football....

Any guesses?


He, like Trent Green, are a very rare breed.....Former IU QB's to make it in the NFL......

Zebedee DuBois
04-23-2001, 09:56 PM
I thought Lake Dawson had a great football name.
Too bad he didn't last, but he did have some great moments for us.