No Dirty Names: Albert Pujols, Dick Trickle and the 10 Dirtiest Names in Sports

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIMarch 10, 2011

No Dirty Names: Albert Pujols, Dick Trickle and the 10 Dirtiest Names in Sports

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    NEW ORLEANS - MAY 19: 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame member and legendary Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus takes time to sign footballs for fans in the Fox Cable Networks' booth at the The Cable Show in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on May 19
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    There is nothing more enjoyable than watching straight-faced ESPN analysts cringe with an uncomfortable sense of bewilderment.

    It is perhaps just as enjoyable to attempt to guess the story behind the name.

    While many parents are thrilled by the opportunity to create a name for their offspring, this doesn't give them the right to destroy any potential or hopes of popularity.

    Hopefully these unique-sounding athletes didn't get tortured as much as one might expect; being a fly on the wall when professional coaches read the scouting report would be particularly entertaining.


10. De'Cody Fagg

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    MIAMI - September 10: University of Miami Hurricane Decody Fagg #81 stretches prior to the game against the Florida State Seminoles.  The Hurricanes won in overtime 16-10 on September 10, 2004 at the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Robert
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    Once named the most physical receiver in the ACC by Sporting News, Fagg has struggled to make it in the NFL.

    It's curious as to why his parents never changed their surname, albeit irrelevant.

    By struggling to make it in the pros evidently means he is unemployed.

    On the other hand, potential employers certainly won't forget the name of the former Florida State Seminole.

9. Gregor Fucka

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    25 Sep 2000:  Gregor Fucka of Italy in action during the Mens Basketball at the Sydney Showground Dome on Day Ten of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. \ Mandatory Credit: Darren McNamara /Allsport
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    As a young Fucka, he always dreamed of playing in the Olympics.

    He starred for Italy at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney and Ms. Fucka was very proud.

    He then won the 2003 Spanish National Cup with FC Barcelona.

    Once he settles down it will be time for Little Fuckas.

8. Albert Pujols

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    JUPITER, FL - MARCH 06:  First baseman Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals plays against the Florida Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on March 6, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Albert Pujols is the most dominant baseball player in the world and his name makes this list with ease.

    Not only is his name pronounced poo-holes in Spanish, but he is set to be a free agent in 2012. Teams will be salivating at the opportunity to sign this slugger.

    Somehow this picture is uncomfortable.

7. B.J. Johnson

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Wide receiver B.J. Johnson #82 of the University of Texas Longhorns runs downfield during the game against the Washington State Cougars in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on December 30, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif
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    A premiere receiver at Texas, Johnson signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent and never played a NFL game.

    His name speaks for itself.

    Would've been great to hear his teammates criticizing him.

6. Irina Slutskaya

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    TURIN - FEBRUARY 24:  (US TV OUT)  Russian figure skater Irina Slutskaya poses for a photo after appearing on NBC's Today Show during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games February 24, 2006 in Turin, Italy. Slutskaya won bronze in Women's figure skating.  (
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    While the figure skater's name is most likely pronounced differently in Russian, Slutskaya did win European championships in 1996 and 1997.ย 

    In the 1998 Nagano Olympics, she couldn't finish strong and came in fifth place.

    Another name that gives announcers slight discomfort.

5. Ron Tugnutt

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    15 Mar 1997: Goaltender Ron Tugnutt of the Ottawa Senators looks on during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at The Forum in Montreal, Quebec. The game was a tie, 2-2.
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    Playing for six different teams in 16 successful seasons, it seems as if his coaches couldn't keep straight faces with him on the team.

    With a name referring to male self-pleasure, Tugnutt made the NHL All-Star team once and represented Canada in the 1993 Hockey World Championships.

4. Dick Butkus

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    373444 03: NFL Hall of Famer and legendary Chicago Bear linebacker and actor Dick Butkus ponders a reporter's question during a press conference July 19, 2000 in Chicago, IL. Butkus was announced Head Coach of Chicago's XFL football team, and will begin p
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    If it wasn't for the next three names, Butkus would easily be the dirtiest name of all time.

    The Hall of Fame linebacker brought intimidation and viciousness on every down and is arguably the best linebacker ever (cough.. Lawrence Taylor... cough).

    The former Chicago Bears star was as dirty as his name and was the most feared linebacker of his time.

3. Dick Pole

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    MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Dick Pole #39 of the Chicago Cubs poses during Spring Training Photo Day at Fitch Park on February 25, 2005 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    A pitcher for the Mariners and Red Sox in the 1970s, Pole was recently the pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

    His name is almost too perfect to examine more closely.

    Only a baseball player could have this name.

2. Dick Trickle

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    9 Feb 1999:  Driver Dick Trickle #13 poses for a studio portrait during the NASCAR Daytona 500 Speedweek - Winston Cup Series at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida.
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    He was known as "America's Winningest Driver" with his 1,000 feature race wins and has the second most epic name in sports history.

    Trickle was rookie of the year in 1968 and continues to hover over the sport with his comical name.

    He was a weekly joke on SportsCenter during the '90s.

1. Rusty Kuntz

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 08:  First base coach Rusty Kuntz of the Kansas City Royals participates in the Angels' annual cow milking contest before the game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 8, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by
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    We reach No. 1.

    Kuntz played outfield for the White Sox, Twins and Tigers from 1979 to 1985.

    With the dirtiest name in sports, he compliments the other No. 1 considerationโ€”basketball player Chubby Cox.

    Unfortunately there was no picture of Cox.

    Kuntz takes the victory.