Thanks to NOTY friends Deadspin, the D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Shanoff, Awful Announcing and others, the opening day of the 2008 Name of the Year Tournament was a blockbuster. But if we're going to crown a champion before the country elects a president, we need to do some serious voting. We'll be posting two to four matchups daily for the next two weeks. Check back often.
2008 NOTY First Round: Bulltron Regional
No. 8 Thankgod Amaefule: Nigerian footballer. Bested a slew of excellent African soccer names for spot on ballot. Say his last name out loud.
No. 9 Gorgeous Morgan: Cousin of 2007 NOTY 13th-place finisher Yourhighness Morgan. Another cousin, Handsome, and brother Prince didn't make the cut.