Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fun with sports names

You know you've made it to the pinnacle of celebrity when you are only referred to by one name, like Bono, Madonna, Charo and Sinbad(the latter two of whom prove that fame and talent can be mutually exclusive). Nowhere is one name celebrity status more commonly celebrated than in soccer - especially Brazilian soccer, which said "ate logo" to one of its best yesterday when Ronaldo announced his retirement. Ronaldo won two World Cup championships while sharing the spotlight with such distinguished teammates as Ronaldinho, Cafu, Romario, Bebeto and the unfortunatey named Kaka, who suffered in one name the humliation it took former pro athletes Dick Pole, Harry Colon and Chubby Cox a first and a last name to acquire. Kaka aside, the Latin-based Romance languages lend themselves to credible and sonically-pleasing single names to a much greater extent than Anglo Saxon languages like English or German. Tom, Dirk and Helmut just don't have the same acoustic appeal as Pele, Zidane and Maradonna, either as soccer players or as attorneys or chartered accountants. Face it: to whom would you rather entrust a complicated litigation case or tax file - Neymar, Sandro and Ederson or Jimbo, Al and Gordie? So, as we can see, "what's in a name" is more than just a rhetorical question. I'm Ted, K103 Sports (see, that's what I'm talking about, right there.)

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