Archive for October, 2010

What’s In a Name? Saints Lose to Browns!


2010
10.24

“’Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I can still quote some of the passage I memorized in 9th grade English. I love the whole exchange. Juliet goes on, “Romeo, doff thy name; And for that name, which is no part of thee, Take all myself.” Romeo responds, “I take thee at thy word. Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptiz’d; Henceforth I never will be Romeo.”

It’s strange how a football game can bring back such a memory. Today’s game could definitely remind us of the Aint’s and paper-bag fans. I could think of a few QB’s that have had better outings. But Shakespeare? “What’s in a name?”

October 19, 2010, day 292 of the year (293 on leap years):

  • Texas Rangers defeat New York Yankees 10-3, game 4 ALCS
  • San Francisco Giants defeat Philadelphia Phillies 3-0, game 3 NLCS
  • Thomas Edward “Tom” Bosley, best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on Happy Days, dies of lung cancer
  • Bowen Christopher Brees is born

I’m sure that the 03-04 college football season presented a challenge for the LSU quarterbacks coach. To summon the right personnel he had to choose between two Matt’s (Mauck and Flynn – who BTW were the last two national champion QB’s for the Tigers). However, the squad also included Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell. Not too weird, but a bit strangely similar in sound.

The Saints defensive backfield shares a Sharper and a Harper. The Saints top two quarterbacks both were undersized Texas high school prospects overlooked by major Texas schools. Both were incredible college QB’s and Heisman finalists. But possibly stranger than that, they both wore black and gold in college.

Sometimes strange things happen with a perfectly good explanation, but still just make you smile a bit and ponder. Have you learned the definition of a word only to hear it used by someone in a conversation that same day? Maybe it was a different scenario for you, but I would guess that we all have had times where we asked, “Did anyone else think that was strange?”

Drew Brees had one of his tougher days as a quarterback today. He gets no complaint from me. He could throw 4 INT’s a game for the rest of his career and will go down as probably one of my favorite people and NFL players of all time. However, I can’t help but notice that his first game after a new son was born, Bowen – a name he had admittedly wrestled with his wife over and sent tweets requesting unique “B” names – he had not one but two INT’s returned for scores by Linebacker David Bowens. In fact, Bowens doubled his previous 12 year interception total which none had been returned for touchdowns. Is that unusual? Not incredibly, but why on this day, this timing?

What effect do these semi-strange things have, if any, on our lives? Do they possess any meaning? Could some be a result of our own intangible reasons? Maybe preparing for the game, Drew Brees noticed the name on a jersey or list and his preparation was simply thrown off. Could he have not made the connection until the game and his mind drifted to his new born child causing his concentration to be altered? What if there was a subliminal desire for his new son to be successful and in turn put the ball right in Bowens’ hands twice as a symbol of great things to come. Or, I guess it could have been VooDoo.

Yeah, these ideas are absurd and have no merit, but I can’t help but notice. By the way, my wife just got home with a movie rental… Letters to Juliet.