16 July, 2009

Most Ironic Sports Names

I am an avid reader of Sports blogs and lists, but all of the other blogs out there keep posting the same 20 ridiculous sports names over and over again. Sure, Rusty Kuntz was hilarious the first time I heard it... but not so much the 50th. This is not one of those raunchy, lame Sports names lists. I have searched for the most ironic sports names out there, and this is what I found:


Scott Speed.

With a name like Speed, he was born to be a race car driver. Speed started his racing career on the F1 circuit but has more recently been driving Red Bull cars in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. The only way his name could be better is if his parents named him 'Racer'; get it? Speed, Racer... OK so it's lame, but not for a race-car driver.

Honorable Mention: Michael Waltrip.

Major League Baseball

Roland "Rollie" Fingers.

This Hall of Fame pitcher has easily the best name of anyone to ever take the mound, not to mention the most memorable mustache. With a name like Fingers, he was either destined to become a famous Pitcher or a not so famous Painter...

Honorable Mention: Seth Schwindenhammer.


Sheryl Swoopes.

Swoopes was the first woman signed into the newly formed WNBA, and it was probably because her name sounds like 'nothing but net'. Regarded by most pundits as the female Michael Jordan, Swoopes holds three Olympic Gold medals.

Honorable Mention: Swin Cash.

National Football League

Mike Quick.

Quick is the perfect name for any athlete that needs to run away from his opponents as fast as he can, and this is more true in Football than most American sports. The only sports better than this for Mike would have been Track & Field... but more on that later.

Honorable Mention: Mac Speedie.

National Hockey League

Lindy Ruff.

While his first name is rather weak, his last name does justice to the type of game that Ruff played.
He gained a reputation as a player for his toughness, character and hard work on the ice. On May 10, 1980 in a playoff game against the New York Islanders, opposing goaltender Billy Smith struck Ruff with his stick as he passed in front of his net. Ruff got up, skated back to the goaltender and tackled him.

Honorable Mention: Radek Bonk.


Usain Bolt.

Officially the fastest man in the World, until someone runs faster than him, Bolt was blessed with a great name to go with his blazing speed. The Jamaican sprinter set records in the 100m, 200m, and 4 X 100m relay at the 2008 Summer Games in China. Bolt was the second man to win gold in all three events, but he became the first to set World Records at a single Games.

Honorable Mention: Tiger Woods.

This is just a small list of great sports names, feel free to leave a comment with your favorite Ironic Sports names and I may include them in a later Snow on Sports post.