Essay: Win or lose, let's discuss the name of the game, LaceDarius Dunn

By Lonnae O'Neal Parker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 3, 2010

At first it was difficult to understand just what the announcers were saying.

That soft C in the middle of the kid's name made them pause, and made it sound like they were mumbling the rest.

I was surfing the Web as my husband watched the Duke-Baylor NCAA semifinal Sunday, but I looked up each time they said it.

After about four times, I got it.

But I couldn't believe it.


LaceDarius. Pronounced lace-darius.

"LaceDarius Dunn comes up with the ball," said the commentator.

"Wow," I said to my husband, Ralph. "Which team does he play for -- Baylor or Duke?"

My husband, who played football for the Blue Devils, just looked at me coolly. "It's gotta be Baylor," he said. "Duke does not recruit players named LaceDarius."

Turns out he was onto something (former Duke basketball standout Trajan Shaka Langdon notwithstanding).

For the rest of the afternoon, I couldn't let it go. Of all the urgent questions coming out of the tournament, mine felt the most pressing.

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