Welcome to another edition of Funny Names in the News, our weekly-ish feature where we read the news, spot amusing and unusual names, and then tell you about them. What a concept it is!
We start in boxing, where our resident fisticuffs expert Dave tells us, that [Dave’s edit:the absolutely amazing!!!!! seriously, she’s amazing and is already an Olympic gold medalist] Claressa Shields of Flint, Michigan beat Yenebier Guillen Benitez of the Dominican Republic in the women’s middleweight finals of the Pan American games last Friday. That makes her the first American woman to win boxing gold at the Pan Am games.
Hooray for Claressa!
Elsewhere in sports, we have this probing question from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation : Is Atiqtalaaq Uuttuvak the next Jordin Tootoo?
I know, it’s great. In case you’re “out of the loop” on Northern Canadian sporting matters, Tootoo (who naturally wears the number #22 on his jersey) was the first person born in the distant Nunavut territory to play in the NHL. Uuttuvak, who goes by just “Q” to make it easier for everyone, aims to follow in his footsteps, and the 9-year-old is playing against older opponents in Europe this summer to get his game going. His father Sheutiapik Peter says the young Atiqtalaaq (thanks copy-paste) is “a modest team player” . We think he’s a winner already.
Moving on to film, and the delightful news that longtime Martin Scorsese collaborator and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker is among the five people being honored by the Directors Guild of America this October in a ceremony in New York. In honor of her work in editing Scorsese pictures, she’ll cut her speech down to 3 manic hours of swearing, hitting attendees with baseball bats, and eating dinner with Marty’s mom.
Elsewhere, into slightly upsetting news. The rapper Earl Sweatshirt is considering changing his rap name. Don’t do it, Earl!
And finally, the town of Falmouth, MA is going to be new steward of the Nobska Lighthouse. Co-President of the Woods Hole Community Association, Catherine O. Bumpus, made the announcement earlier in the week. Falmouth is of course found in Barnstable County, right there next to Sandwich, Mashpee, and Buzzards Bay counties. Gotta get out there at some point and take pictures of all the great signage they must have.