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A sports name you long mispronounced

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by CD Boogie, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Losing the N.C. short tracks (especially The Rock), the gradual disappearance of drivers with N.C. roots (particularly when Richard Petty retired), and the death of Gerald Martin definitely all played huge factors in what Cary-ed NASCAR to the Apex (!) of its popularity in the Triangle. Back in the 1990s, even my wife knew which drivers drove which cars, based on their photos on products in Food Lion or Harris Teeter.

    When we moved there, I was totally blindsided by the fact that Raleigh-Durham is the common reference, but the two towns couldn't be less similar. I know many folks in Wake County who have never set foot in Durham or Orange -- and just as many who've never been east of RDU. I had the unique position of interacting professionally with extremely bitter rivals Wolff and Steve Bryant, owner of the Mudcats and staunch Wolfpack alum (I made the mistake of wearing a light blue sweater to a Mudcats game only ONCE, and took it off in the first inning). They'd always ask me how the other was doing.

    If there's a commonality now, I credit three things: Research Triangle Park, I-440 and the Hurricanes.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Anyone mention Jim Thome or Garth Iorg yet?
  3. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    As I mentioned upthread, that is generally the wheelhouse of news anchors, often female.
  4. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Is Iorg pronounced like Mulliniks?
  5. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    I was at a breakfast this morning and they spoke about a fundraiser for an ill firefighter where a Golden State Warriors jersey would be raffled that was signed by "Steven" Curry.

    Is that Steph and Seth's brother?

    And as an aside, I just Googled Curry and learned his full name is Wardell Stephen Curry II.
  6. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    What about Chone Figgins?
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  7. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Not dead on but for about 40 yrs I thought the Expos cap had “ELB” on it not “M”.
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  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    My guess was "ello"
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  9. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    FWIW, Nguyen is the most common last name in Arlington, Texas.
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I thought it said "elb" as well, then realized it was an M, then realized it "stood for" Expos Baseball within the the M - see also the Canadiens sweaters.
  11. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Put me down for ELB as well. And while we’re at, I never got the TC on the Twins hats until...wait for it...I read it on this board years ago.
  12. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Mike Hunt.

    Watch out, folks:
    That one is dangerous.
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