Good morning and Happy Monday funny names fans!
NFL Draft news–In a major upset, The Player Formerly Known as Eli Woodard, Eli Apple, was the first to get drafted among TBoFN Funnies Names in the NFL Draft Poll, nominees. Poor Laremy Tunsil, his bonging antics on twitter cost him dearly in the draft and the poll. The early favorite to be the number one pick dropped all the way to unlucky #13 and he came in a dismal tied for fifth in our poll, garnering barely 7% of the vote. The winner and new champion? The mellifluously over-named Halapoulivaati Vitie won in a record landslide, garnering over 50% of the vote in a 9-way race that included three write-in candidates. Due to space limitations and the length of his name, I’ll leave it at that. See you next year.
Thanks Mark – that’s big shocker of a result, but I can’t be too upset with Mr. Apple’s victory. Well deserved.
Elsewhere in the news, BBC reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was deported from North Korea over the weekend for the crime of reporting what is going on in the country. After eight hours of questioning by local authorities, the fancily named newsman was released and is being expelled from the country. He will hopefully have a fine setting of tea and crumpets waiting at home.
Speaking of England, the soccer world witnessed one of the most unlikely champions this week, as 5000-1 outsiders Leicester City lifted the English Premier League trophy. Owners Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his son Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha joined the celebrations. Among the better named players in the squad is hard working midfielder N’Golo Kante, who also drives an adorable Mini. Our congratulations to the very unlikely winners.
Here’s what we know about football this week : Jaypee Philbert is among those fighting for game time for Iowa State Cyclones next year.
Finally, we have some horse news. The Hamilton Spectator tells us about Zippy Chippy, who in spite of his marvelous name managed to lose all 100 of the races he ran. His story is chronicled in a new book by Canadian author William Thomas. Presumably Thomas wanted to write about someone who had an even worse record than the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Zippy was pretty much it.
Thanks for reading, this was all…until the next edition.