Part 1 of a 2 part series
There are some names in sports that you have to double take while scanning a roster, or watching a sport event.
If you're a Penn State fan, there's one on the men's lacrosse team. Junior midfielder Tom LaCrosse has five goals and one assist in three games for No. 8 Penn State this season. And yes, his name is Tom LaCrosse.
In light of LaCrosse, I decided to create a list of the Top Nine most destined sports names. Why nine? Because I couldn't think of 10.
Honorable Mentions: Seven Costanza, Boobie Miles. If only they weren't made up in pop-culture.
9. Sonny Sixkiller
Born on Sep. 6, 1951, Sonny Sixkiller was given the No. 6 at the University of Washington. Sixkiller was the quarterback and threw up six points on the scoreboard. He tallied 35 career touchdown as a Husky.
8. Roland "Rollie" Fingers
One of the best relievers in baseball has the name Fingers...destiny.
The three-time World Series champ had a remarkable career with the Athletics and the Brewers, redefining the modern relief pitcher.
Fingers ended his career with 341 saves and 1,299 strikeouts. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1992 as the second reliever ever to be inducted.
7. Simon Gagne
Recently acquired Philadelphia Flyer Simon Gagne last name translates to win in French. Fitting for the left winger who just won the Stanley Cup last season with the Los Angeles Kings. Now Philadelphia fans hope Gagne can bring the same luck in his second stint with the Flyers.
6. Larry Playfair
"I remember my mom telling me 'You've got to learn to control your temper," Playfair told a Buffalo Sabres magazine. "I'd get mad really quick about stupid things, I mean anything. I remember once, [in midget hockey] we lost a playoff game, and we were going down the line, shaking hands, and I just drilled a kid right in the head, I was just so mad."
What a nice guy.
5. Hubert Green
Green is a former professional golfer who won 23 golf tournaments on the PGA and Champions tour. He must have landed the ball on the green quite often.
4. Homer Bailey
For a pitcher, "Homer" might not be the best name to have. Luckily for Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, homers don't bother him too much.
Last season he gave up 26 home runs in 33 starts. Not too shabby for a guy named Homer.
3. Quentin Jammer
A cornerback, who's goal is to jam a wide receiver, named "Jammer"? That's a match made in heaven.
San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer also had three interceptions last season. Think there's somebody with the last name "interception"?
2. Prince Fielder
It's a great name in general, but Prince Fielder was born to play baseball. He also has the genes from his father Cecil, a Detroit Tigers legend with 319 career home runs.
Prince isn't the best fielding first baseman, but he holds his own, posting a .992 fielding percentage in 2012.
He also belted 30 home runs last season for the 2012 pennant-winning Tigers.
1. Usain Bolt
The fastest man in the world [for a 100m, let's see him run a 5K] has the last name Bolt. If that's not fate, I don't know what is.
In case you forgot, Bolt holds the world record in the 100m with a time of 9.58 seconds set in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He also became the first sprinter ever to win the 100m and 200m in two consecutive Olympics this past summer in London.
After this list, I'm really debating naming my kid Forty. What do you guys think?
Come back tomorrow when I bring you the second part of the two-part series with the Top 10 list of the greatest names ever in sports.
Here's a preview, former New York Ranger Per Djoos. I kid you not, it's pronounced "Pear Juice."
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