Thursday, February 12, 2009

And Away We Go


It's been quite a year. In the spring, we mourned Destiny Frankenstein 's unjust defeat. In the summer, we summited Denali. And Aconcagua. In the same week. In the fall, we ran for President (lost). We hoisted a Tony. We sailed around the world with nothing but a three cans of Spam, a box of Carr's table water crackers and our pet monkey, Hans. We got a government bailout. We celebrated the release of Reprobatus Bibbs from prison. We even tagged some subway cars. Check it out:


While we were gone, you flooded our inbox with hundreds of nominees for the 2009 Name of the Year Tournament, including links, photos and other naming goodness.* We've whittled that remarkable assemblage of onomastic talent to a list of 160 or so contenders. The NOTY Seeding Committee will meet soon to narrow the field to the final, precious 64. (We're still accepting nominations at nameoftheyear@gmail.com.)

*For their keen eyes, untiring service and outstanding contribution to NOTY, the High Committee would like to present its first annual Name of the Year Nominator of the Year Award -- the NOTYNOTY -- to Rob Daniels and Evan Goldfine. Congratulations, fellas!


It will take the Seeding Committee some time to prepare the ballot. But it would just be mean if we didn't share a few of the nominees. While it'll be hard to top 2008--and we mean Destiny-Spaceman not Obama-the other guy--the field is looking rather strong. Consider:

LSU football recruits Barkevious Mingo and Shavodrick Beaver, CNN internet reporter Casanova Love, George Washington University senior Infinite McCloud, Canadian construction worker Taco Vandervelde, Wall Street Journal reporter Tariq Engineer, Harvard fencer Moonlit Wang, Michigan high-school baseball player Quetzalcoatl Carrasco, exclamation-pointed Oregon lawyer Darren QX Bean!, Harvard professor Pepper Culpepper, Boise State basketball coach Calamity McEntire, Lodi, N.J., high-school runner Elvis Cake, Ohio doctor Shasta Kielbasa, Chicago high-school football player Jazzario Barrios, and Florida man God Lucky Howard, who sold cocaine to cops near a church.

Oh, and this guy:


See you in a few weeks.

17 comments:

  1. Early favorite: Calamity McEntire. You heard it here first.

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  2. I have just sent an e-mail with a nomination for Murray State women's golf coach Velvet Milkman. I think she can hang with even this year's obviously nametastic and formidable field. Milkman in '09

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  3. As much as I like Barkevious, Moonlit Wang has the edge of these published names. First and last name coordination? Check. Penis joke? Check. That's all you need.

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  4. The great thing about Moonlit Wang is that it's weird and wonderful enough to transcend "dumb dick joke"-ness. My early favorite, for sure.

    I gotta comment today to jock my nomination Valentine Handwerker. He better make the field. I hope all y'all get werked real good for V-day.

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  5. We also have a nominee named Precious Valentine. But yes, a Valentine Handwerker-Velvet Milkman regional semifinal would be one tough match.

    Keep those nominations coming -- we probably won't seed for at least a couple of weeks.

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  6. While Pepper Culpepper was an early favourite of mine, Taco Vandervelde's appeal is growing on me. There's something... delicious about it.

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