Sports stars are some of the most visible and well-renowned celebrities on the planet. Just ask children in small, far away countries. Names like Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth resonate far more frequently than Tom Hanks or Stephen King. These names, LeBron James and Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning become household names, frequent parts of the fan-vocabulary.
Some names, though, are better than others. Whether they roll more smoothly off the tongue, are more context-appropriate or simply more fun, something about Jordin Tootoo is just more spectacular than Sidney Crosby (maybe not on the ice...).
A friend of mine and I compiled a list of the top-10 names in the history of sports. We worked with a 10-point scale, a possible four points coming from fame (because the more famous the name, the more impact it has), and a possible six coming from a mixture of context, fun, and overall hilarity. Only one name eclipsed the eight-point mark.
There will be two honorable mentions throughout the list: before the fifth and first entries.