2022: "Sports Champions"

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2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby gmalivuk » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:59 am UTC

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Title text: For a long time, people thought maybe Usain Bolt was the one for running, until the 2090s and the incredible dominance of Derek Legs.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Howzers » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:07 am UTC

Any more real ones?

Alan Ball - world cup winner with England football/soccer team

I can also think of the cricketer Jake Ball, but you'd probably have to be his mum to call him a champion at the time of writing.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby leeharveyosmond » Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:20 am UTC

Hurrah! A Randall speling error!
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby leeharveyosmond » Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:21 am UTC

And the Belgian motor racer Bernard de Dryver, but again, not really a champion

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Eoink » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:17 am UTC

Is there a pun in disasterous I'm missing, or is it a typo?

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby sonar1313 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:54 am UTC

Baseball doesn't have to wait for Kevin Slurve. Bob Walk - an unfortunate name for a pitcher if ever there was one - was a member of the 1980 World Series champion Phillies.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:20 am UTC

Some candidates for ice hockey. All these have at least one Stanley Cup win.

Bladon, Tom – Philadelphia Flyers 1974-75 {2
Frost, Harry – Boston Bruins 1939 {1}

I'm guessing there's a curling champ somewhere named "Rock," but haven't looked.
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:22 am UTC

It occurs to me there's one , ahem, sport in which most of the famous players have names describing their, um, skills.
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Postby speising » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:46 am UTC

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Sableagle » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:24 pm UTC

In this sense Star Wars kind of got two names the wrong way round. Han went all over the galaxy and Anakin solo'd the entire Trade Federation fleet.
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:57 pm UTC

A notable miss with this guy! I mean, he should have taken up golf instead!

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby BrianK » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:28 pm UTC

Will Power from IndyCar seems like a good candidate.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Sonic# » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:59 pm UTC

A few sports close calls:

Bowling: Norm Duke, Lindsay Boomershine
Fencing: Francis Honeycutt, Louis Perrée
Quidditch: Oliver Wood
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby richP » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:04 pm UTC

Don't forget Mr. James Teacher... the Gym Teacher (among other subjects).

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Roijan » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:10 pm UTC

Is it me or should Sarah Goggles have been labeled '2040s' instead of '2030s'?

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby dushoff » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:51 pm UTC

sonar1313 wrote:Baseball doesn't have to wait for Kevin Slurve. Bob Walk - an unfortunate name for a pitcher if ever there was one - was a member of the 1980 World Series champion Phillies.


I came here, for the first time in years, just to say that. Glad I checked first.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Sandman81 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:48 pm UTC

the most famous is surely Tiger Woods for golf?

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby sonar1313 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:29 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:A notable miss with this guy! I mean, he should have taken up golf instead!

Or tennis.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby synfidel » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:58 pm UTC

Literally just created a forum account to point out some non-champions who also fit this bill, because it's some of my favorite sports trivia:

In addition to the unfortunately named Bob Walk, there is also a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds named Homer Bailey.

The NFL has seen the aptly named cornerbacks Reggie Corner (obviously) and Quentin Jammer (for the uninitiated, "jamming" is a technique in which a defender tries to disrupt a receiver at the start of a play).

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby J%r » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:18 pm UTC

Isn't it common for people with a profession in their surname to actually do it for a living?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scienc ... claim.html

I remember there was a hitman called 'The Shooter', that would certainly make it easier for cops.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby qvxb » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:24 pm UTC

Jebidiah was drunk and dropped "trou".

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby duckshirt » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:12 pm UTC

Multiple World Series of Poker champion Chris Moneymaker helped make the sport popular with his name.

Baseball pitcher Grant Balfour.

Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods, maybe those are a stretch.

There was an NCAA mile champion named Miles Batty.
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Mikeski » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:29 pm UTC

synfidel wrote:The NFL has seen the aptly named cornerbacks Reggie Corner (obviously) and Quentin Jammer (for the uninitiated, "jamming" is a technique in which a defender tries to disrupt a receiver at the start of a play).

He missed the whole first season with an injury from his last college bowl game, but Jake Butt is a tight end for the Broncos.

Ryan Longwell kicked field goals for the 49ers, Packers, Vikings, and Seahawks, and co-owns the record for the longest field goal kicked by the Packers.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby sonar1313 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:56 pm UTC

J%r wrote:Isn't it common for people with a profession in their surname to actually do it for a living?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scienc ... claim.html

I remember there was a hitman called 'The Shooter', that would certainly make it easier for cops.


This is of course how a great many surnames came into existence, only the other way round.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby sonar1313 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:00 am UTC

Mikeski wrote:
synfidel wrote:The NFL has seen the aptly named cornerbacks Reggie Corner (obviously) and Quentin Jammer (for the uninitiated, "jamming" is a technique in which a defender tries to disrupt a receiver at the start of a play).

He missed the whole first season with an injury from his last college bowl game, but Jake Butt is a tight end for the Broncos.

Ryan Longwell kicked field goals for the 49ers, Packers, Vikings, and Seahawks, and co-owns the record for the longest field goal kicked by the Packers.

Michigan's defense of the 1990s featured starters named Steele, Irons, Sword, and Swett. Unsurprisingly, it was a really good defense.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby gcgcgcgc » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:24 am UTC

cellocgw wrote:It occurs to me there's one , ahem, sport in which most of the famous players have names describing their, um, skills.
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WWE Wrestling?
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby jamesh » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:57 am UTC

It'd be nice if Margaret Court was only remembered as a sports champion. Unfortunately she turned out to be a horrible bigot.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby kpallist » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:18 pm UTC

Lance Armstrong really missed his calling in opting for Cycling over Javelin.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby gmalivuk » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:21 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:It occurs to me there's one , ahem, sport in which most of the famous players have names describing their, um, skills.
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I get that you're probably trying to allude to porn actors here, but it seems like you don't actually know the names of many adult film stars.
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Pfhorrest » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:27 pm UTC

April O’Neill probably does a lot of kneeling? That’s the best I’ve got.
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby rmsgrey » Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:46 pm UTC

J%r wrote:Isn't it common for people with a profession in their surname to actually do it for a living?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scienc ... claim.html

I remember there was a hitman called 'The Shooter', that would certainly make it easier for cops.


The concept of nominative determinism says that people are more likely to end up in jobs that relate to their names. There are two main mechanisms proposed: psychological and hereditary. The psychological one argues that people are more likely to take an interest in things related to their name, so tend to drift towards related fields. The hereditary one argues that descendants of, say, smiths, are more likely to be strong; tailors' descendants, good at fine manipulation; etc. (which could be a mix of nature and nurture). Since a swathe of surnames are based on ancestral professions, they reflect those hereditary aptitudes (or at least the hereditary aptitudes from your official direct male-line ancestry - though you could argue that people are more likely to meet people in related professions)

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Old Bruce » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:24 pm UTC

kpallist wrote:Lance Armstrong really missed his calling in opting for Cycling over Javelin.

Little known fun fact (or LKFF as the kids say);
Lance Armstrong started out as a Javelin thrower but ran out of javelin catchers and so had to quit the sport.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Bloopy » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:47 am UTC

A few in motorsport:

Darren Turner

Jenson Button - given F1 steering wheels have had buttons on them since the late 80s or so.

Jamie Whincup - not so specific to his sport, but he's well and truly lived up to his surname by winning the most Australian Touring Car Championship titles, and the most races.

Niki Lauda could be another non-specific one.

I wonder if Chris van der Drift gets tired of people suggesting he should switch to drifting.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Caffeine » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:57 pm UTC

Cyclist Ryder Hesjedal? He's won a few stages of grand tours and the GC in the Giro d'Italia.

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby red720 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:38 am UTC

John Walker is probably New Zealand's most famous runner. Is Wikipedia URL is funny too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Walker_(runner)

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby duckshirt » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:18 am UTC

Speaking of javelin, I noticed that America's only Olympic javelin champion (1952) was named Cy Young, same as the legendary baseball pitcher and namesake of the annual award. Maybe being named Cy Young at least influenced him to get good at throwing stuff?
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:26 am UTC

Crystal Spearman isn't a javelin champion. Or a man.

(I tried to find a good nominative determinism throughout the field, thinking that my chances with 90 riders on the start-sheet were fairly good, but obviously my imagination wasn't up to it.)

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby yakkoTDI » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:05 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
J%r wrote:Isn't it common for people with a profession in their surname to actually do it for a living?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scienc ... claim.html

I remember there was a hitman called 'The Shooter', that would certainly make it easier for cops.


The concept of nominative determinism says that people are more likely to end up in jobs that relate to their names. There are two main mechanisms proposed: psychological and hereditary. The psychological one argues that people are more likely to take an interest in things related to their name, so tend to drift towards related fields. The hereditary one argues that descendants of, say, smiths, are more likely to be strong; tailors' descendants, good at fine manipulation; etc. (which could be a mix of nature and nurture). Since a swathe of surnames are based on ancestral professions, they reflect those hereditary aptitudes (or at least the hereditary aptitudes from your official direct male-line ancestry - though you could argue that people are more likely to meet people in related professions)


And his is how my home town ended up with an OB/GYN named Dr. Clap and a proctologist named Dr. Hook. :shock:

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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby orthogon » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:16 pm UTC

In rugby union, there's Neil Back, who actually played as a forward.

ETA: James Hook, conversely, is a back (not a hooker).
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Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Postby suso » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:28 am UTC

It's not just in sports. I've worked with people in IT whose last names were Megahed, Hacker and Ping. Of course, those names may have existed before computers, but nonetheless they are cool names to have while working in computers.

Sometimes the sports term comes from the person. For instance, the pole vaulting term Volzing, which means to hold the bar in place as you pass over it, is named after an olympic pole vaulter named Volz. The practice has been banned now.
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