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.
Munchie Legaux - Cincinnati
Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux (4) is pushed out-of-bounds by Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore (3) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Barkevious Mingo - LSU
Barkevious Mingo #49 of the LSU Tigers celebrates a tackle for a loss of yards against the North Texas Mean Green at Tiger Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Spiffy Evans - Boston College
Boston College wide receiver Spiffy Evans (7) reacts as he scores a touchdown on a punt return against Maine during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Alumni Stadium in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. At right is Kevin Pierre-Louis (24).
Wonderful Terrific Monds II - Buffalo
Steele Jantz - Iowa State
Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz runs away from Iowa's Steve Bigach, rear, and Tanner Miller for a first down during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Sirgregory Thornton - Arkansas State
Bacarri Rambo - Georgia
Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo (18) sits the bench on a multigame suspension against Buffalo during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.
Booboo Gates - Bowling Green
Bowling Green's Jeremy Booboo Gates, left, and Anthon Samuel (6) celebrate after beating Idaho 32-15 in an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Moscow, Idaho.
Star Lotulelei - Utah
Star Lotulelei #92 of the Utah Utes rushes against Chris Watt #66 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on November 13, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana.
Sterling Lovelady - Florida State
Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker (14) tries his luck on a golf video game as teammates Philip Doumar, left, and Sterling Lovelady (53) watch during a break in the Seminoles' football media day on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla.
Godspower Offor - Wake Forest
Chi Chi Ariguzo - Northwestern
Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray (5) is sacked by Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo (44) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Evanston, Ill.
Bookie Cobbins - Kentucky
Fritz Rock - Illinois
Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, left, laughs with wide receiver Fritz Rock during a practice for Saturday's Fight Hunger Bowl college football game against UCLA at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.