As March Madness kicks off this week, the men's and women's fields of 64 (or 68) are not the only brackets popping up across the Internet. The Weather Channel is selecting the all-time favorite weather song, Grantland.com is determining the best character from HBO's The Wire and ESPN.com's Page 2 is asking fans to vote upon the players in this year's men's tournament with the 'coolest names.' In fact, this bracket features one of Notre Dame's own - junior forward Mike Broghammer. Here's a look at the quick writeup from Page 2's Thomas Neumann:
Page 2 is once again entrusting you, dear readers, to determine which player has the coolest name in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Our criteria for coolness are similar to how Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart described obscenity in 1964: You know it when you see it. A great basketball name should be fun to say, fun to spell, or funky and unusual. We've selected our 64 favorite player names from this year's NCAA tournament field for your balloting entertainment -- feel free to blame the selection committee if your school got snubbed. Last year, Purdue guard Bubba Day captured the crown, completing an unlikely run as a No. 15 seed. This year's tournament is wide open, especially because prohibitive favorite God'sgift Achiuwa missed out on participating when St. John's failed to qualify for the Big Dance. Without further ado, Page 2 presents the Coolest Name in the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket.The field of 64 is broken up into four regions honoring former college players with unique names, including Uwe Blab, Dallas Comegys, God Shammgod, and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje. Broghammer is the #11 seed in the Uwe Blab region, paired up with #6 seed Staats Battle from North Carolina State. Though his first name might suggestion otherwise, Battle unfortunately did not accumulate too many stats this season, as he only appeared in six games in his freshman season with the Wolfpack. Broghammer and Battle are just two of the 64 players with interesting names selected for this year's bracket. A few of my personal favorites:
- Peter Pappageorge (Long Beach St.): Peter Pettigrew of Harry Potter come to mind for anyone else?
- Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse): Of course he wears #25.
- Jordair Jett (St. Louis): With a first name like that, he was born to play hoops.
- Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt): Frank Costanza likes this one ... By the way, his full name is Ifeanyi Festus Ezeli-Ndelue.
- Dakota Slaughter (Alabama): Not to be confused with Notre Dame football's Jamoris.