That's young Steele Sidebottom, Dragonwagon Regional No. 4 seed, Aussie rules footballer extraordinaire.
Steele was drafted by the Collingwood Magpies, who play in Melbourne. He used to be on the Murray Bushrangers, who play in Wangaratta -- Wang for short. In either locale, Steele is "used to copping a few comments about his name. And Sidebottom says that hasn’t been any different at Magpieland."
Magpieland! We love us some Aussie sports journalese.
“I’ve got a few nicknames like BlueScope and stuff,” Sidebottom said.
We looked it up. BlueScope is an Australian steel company. We love us some Aussie humor.
“They’re coming strong already … every time you sort of leave a room, they’re always [yelling] ‘Steele!’ and you turn around and they’re not looking.'
(Sidebottom sort of leaves the room.)
Steele has his Facebook posse (167 members). No. 1 seed Spontaneous Gordon has hers (66 fans). Unlike the earlier regional semis, this should be a close one. As should the region's other tilt, No. 3 Starzanne Stipes v. No. 15 Pamela Balls Organista
Both match-ups below. Vote.
No. 1 Spontaneous Gordon: Wilmington, Del., woman who drove into a bus.
No. 4 Steele Sidebottom: Medium defender with neat disposal by foot.
No. 3 Starzanne Stipes: Plays soccer in Zanesville, Ohio.
No. 15 Pamela Balls Organista: University of San Francisco psych prof.