Nominative determinism

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Nominative determinism

Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

January 22nd, 2018, 6:52 pm #1

Not sure if we've covered this in one of the various threads on strangely named players, but anyway:

Seeing that one of the Australian Open quarter-finalists is called Tennys Sandgren, which other players/athletes have suitable names for their sport?
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

January 22nd, 2018, 7:18 pm #2

Either you took inspiration from the BBC for this topic or this is a hell of a coincidence.

Personal highlight of that list is the former NFL quarterback Chuck Long...
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January 22nd, 2018, 8:50 pm #3

Yes, via a whatsapp from a friend. 
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

January 23rd, 2018, 4:40 am #4

A bit off on a tangent here, but from 1974 to 1977, Geoffrey Boycott elected to make himself unavailable for selection for England.  One could say he boycotted the England team.
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January 23rd, 2018, 7:18 am #5

Also from tennis, Margaret Court.
Now there is the "Margaret Court Arena" in Melbourne.  I can't believe they bottled the chance to call it the "Margaret Court Court"
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January 23rd, 2018, 7:24 am #6

A German article here, similar to the BBC link above.

It includes Alan Ball who I thought of immediately but considered too mundane to mention, as Ball is hardly an unusual surname.
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January 24th, 2018, 2:37 pm #7

Erik Fish won the Bronze Medal at the 1972 Olympic Games. Obviously in swimming....

It would be funny to discover a Chinese table tennis player named Ping Pong or a Korean judo champion named Kung Fu.....
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January 24th, 2018, 6:25 pm #8

There's USA's Tim Duncan (i.e. dunking), who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in basketball.
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January 27th, 2018, 6:57 am #9

Probably cheating a bit, but does it count when a player changes their own name? The XFL in american football apparently allowed players to put nicknames as their shirt names, leading to Rod "He Hate Me" Smart. Either unintentionally predicting the reception of the league itself, or just trying to be named after what he wants to happen:
"Basically, my opponent is going to hate me. After I win, he's gonna hate me. It is what it is. It's a saying I was saying when I'd feel something wasn't going my way. For example, (when) I was on the squad in Vegas and coach was putting other guys in, (if) I felt I'm better than them, you know, hey, 'he hate me.' See what I'm saying? Give me a chance. That's all I ask. It came from the heart. Within. The way I felt. I feel as if everyone hates me, from my mom to my dad and even my brothers and sisters everyone "Hates Me". My buddy Greg Kates always used to use it, so I took it from him."

And same sport but more official, NFL player Chad Johnson liked his shirt number so much that for a few years he legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco. Which is more like an inverse nominative determinism...
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January 27th, 2018, 9:57 am #10

Maybe he was just eyeing up a career presenting Sesame Street on Mexican TV.
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January 27th, 2018, 11:41 am #11

nfm24 wrote:Maybe he was just eyeing up a career presenting Sesame Street on Mexican TV.
Ironically enough he most recently appeared in the Mexican pro league... also tried his hand at proper football a couple years ago but only got as far as Sporting Kansas City Reserves, apparently wants to try again.
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January 27th, 2018, 11:44 am #12

He should click his ruby slippers together.
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 2:58 pm

February 3rd, 2018, 5:16 am #13

I don't know if this one fits, but Bob Huscher was a famous... bob-sledder in the 1960s.
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February 4th, 2018, 5:20 am #14

Another one... Manfred Winter of East Germany competed at the 1976 Winter Olympics.
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February 6th, 2018, 2:53 pm #15

I was wondering... wouldn't it be funny if some British jockey's surname was Hoof...?
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February 6th, 2018, 3:45 pm #16

Tony Dobbin was a jockey  (Dobbin is a slang name for a farm horse)
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February 6th, 2018, 3:46 pm #17

Paddy Driver is a good one.
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February 21st, 2018, 8:17 am #18

There's a Namibian football player called Manchester United Macgyver. Manchester United are a football team.
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April 10th, 2018, 3:30 am #19

In 1899 Paris-Roubaix was won by the French cyclist Albert Champion. Paris-Roubaix is one of the toughest races in cycling, so only a true champion can win it.
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