Since signing day is apparently one of the hallowed days on the sports calendar, I figure I should acknowledge it in some way. And with help from colleague Alan Goldenbach, I realized the most Bog-worthy acknowledgement possible: by the names.
Best homage to the Golden Girls: OL Bearthur Johnson, Maryland
Best Biblical reference (tie): WR Genesis Cole, Tulsa; WR Zion Babb, Michigan; C Sampson Genus, South Florida
Best knight imagery: S Sir DeMarco Bledsoe, TCU
Best-named son of a former NFL QB: C T-Bob Hebert, LSU
Best Scrabble player: DT Xzavier Stewart, Kent State
Best color imagery (tie): DE Gelo Orange, Wake Forest; WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
Most generous: WR Co-Eric Riley, Mississippi State
Best future Maryland basketball player: RB Daniel "Boom" Herron, Ohio State
Player who really ought to have signed with Virginia: RB Jamarion Cavness, TCU
Most redundant: RB Jock Sanders, West Virginia
Best hotel imagery: OT Windham Rotunda, Troy
Best first name that features none of the typical five vowels (tie): QB Tysyn Hartman, Kansas State; S Cyhl Quarles, Wake Forest
Best use of the apostrophe (tie): LB J'Courtney Williams, Virginia; WR D'Amon Merkerson, Syracuse; QB A'Jami Guyton, Central Florida; DT Donte'e Nichols, South Carolina; DE Sa'Coby Carter, Middle Tennessee St.
Best homage to a former Heisman winner: OG Simpson Rushing, UTEP
Feel free to contribute your own.
And also, this at long last gives me a reason to link to one of the greatest Web sites in the world, Name of the Year, whose Hall of Name includes such understated classics as Assumption Bulltron, Crescent Dragonwagon, Doby Chrotchtangle,
Licentious Beastie, Mummenschontz Bitterbeetle and, of course, Nimrod Weiselfish. This year's winner was Princess Nocandy, although I have no idea how that beat out Wolfgang Winkelmayer or Gay Straite.
Although I still like Texas football phenom Phyre Quickly Burns.