While William Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet that a rose would smell as sweet by any other name, Homer Simpson took a different view on the power of monickers when he changed his name to Max Power in a memorable episode of "The Simpsons."
For better or worse, sports fans tend to take a view closer to Homer than to the Bard when it comes to athlete names. If you doubt it, just check on how many James Thrash jerseys sold relative to other wide receivers with equally modest production. Whether it's a name that sounds like it was taken from a hair dryer, an alliterative handle or just something very unique, a player's surname can go a long way toward getting our attention.
Some athlete names stick with us because they lend themselves easily to headlines ("Who's The Manning?"), sneaker slogans (Bo Knows) or catchy abbreviations (A-Rod, RG3). And, it just takes a name like Dick Butkus to bring out the giggly grade schooler inside of all us.
The names that seem incongruous with the men and women they are attached to are also always easy to remember. How about a hulking 6-foot-3-inch guy with the handle Incognito? Or a short-tempered ballplayer with the same name as a company famous for making family friendly board games (Milton Bradley).
Here are some of the more memorable name that you'll hear called out during the 2012 college football season.
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