Thursday, April 21, 2011

2011 NOTY: Sithole Regional, Part 2

Media round-up!

New York magazine approves. Brilliant, we humbly agree. But lowbrow? Clearly they're not regular readers.

NPR's Monkey See blog--shouldn't it be Money Hear?--praises our "subtle brilliance" but also misunderstands. We really, really, really aren't about "mocking schoolyard humor." As we've noted before, onomastics is about human behavior and cultural norms. And so is NOTY. Johnny Dickshot! Tee-hee!

Joshua Kurp of Splitsider, The Awl's humor site, asked us some very fine questions and we answered them. A good time was had by all.

Friends of NOTY Drew Magary of Deadspin and Spencer Hall of Every Day Should Be Saturday podcast the bracket. Here's pretty much how it goes, for 45 minutes and 30 seconds:

Drew: Uh, [Name].

Spencer: [Intelligent joke about Name].

Drew: Guffaw, guffaw, guffaw.

Spencer: Har, har, har.

Drew: Uh, [off-color joke about Name].

And, finally, this "extension of a (moderately) successful campus radio talk show from The University of Western Ontario’s Radio Western in London, Ontario, Canada," is doing round-by-round bracket analysis of the tournament.

We are, as ever, humbled. Two votes below.

No. 5 Flamur Kastrati: Norwegian footballer.
No. 12 Quardrophenia Taylor: Louisiana woman. Google her yourself.

No. 4 Delorean Blow: North Carolina DWI offender.

No. 13 Basil Smotherman Jr.: Purdue basketball recruit.


  1. Holy God, you're telling me Delorean Blow is a DWI offender? That HAS to win. There is no more perfect name/crime combination in the world.

  2. @the answer: I agree 100%. Sometimes we just HAVE to consider the background, and this is one of those situations.

  3. Yes. DWI + Blow = Winning. Game over.

  4. Huge upset if Flamur Kastrati goes out in the first round. That name is gold!

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