A big ol’ tip of the hat to Becky Gabo Mayhew for introducing us to this fabulously-named cricketer (or cricketeer? I really don’t know).
(Dave’s note: Sorry for the late post, but I’m just returning from tea time after a 4-day cricket game. While on the pitch, the third innings went too slowly and the wicket stump got bowled over the popping crease. Life happens. That’s my excuse.)
Some of our readers might be surprised by the amount of research we put into Blog of Funny Names. For most posts, we pick a name from our venerable funny names list (established 2006) and then search all over the place to dig up some fascinating factoids that we can hopefully turn into something entertaining, and we like to make sure we get the details correct. This is serious bidness, folks!
However, there is one exception. Whenever I post about European sports (or Arto posts about loudly whooping mathematicians), the humor tends to come from the fact that we neither know nor care enough to research what we’re talking about.
With that in mind, I present Graham “Bunny” Onions, who plays possibly the world’s most absurd sport: cricket.* Being an American who genuinely tries to be worldly and open-minded, I’ve tried to figure out cricket many times, but I always come to the same conclusion: the game makes no sense to me, and it’s probably because they intended it that way. I work with a Welshwoman with a Ph.D. in neuroscience and she has the exact same sentiments about cricket, so it’s not just an American observation.
Look, I love the British, but sometimes British diction just reeks of ostentatiously unnecessary verbiage. How else can you explain pronouncing Worcestershire as “wooster,” and having the sound “wooster” not rhyme with “rooster”?
But instead of being dismayed by its cryptic nature, I’m adopting the more mature approach of appreciating British English for its funny-name inducing qualities.
What was I talking about again? Oh yeah, cricket, whose origins were described as “a club striking a ball (like) the ancient games of club-ball, stool-ball, trap-ball, stob-ball.” We didn’t make that up.
There’s also evidence of an earlier game creag being played by king Edward Longshanks in the 1300’s.
Which all led to the great Graham “Bunny” Onions, a right arm fast-medium bowler and a right-hand tail-end batsman. Now why don’t you all be a doll and tell me what that means? Kthxbai!
(*Pesäpallo, the national sport of Arto’s home country, is an equally baffling baseball-derived game, except it involves “one guy holding a multi-colored pole and going “wooolooloooloolooloooo””. That’s a direct quote from Arto’s wife, who he took to a pesäpallo game on a trip to Finland last year. What a romantic, that guy!)