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Friday, May 05, 2006

Names

Brazilian soccer players have great one-word names like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Robinho, Bebeto, Adriano, Kaku, Cafu, Emerson, Denilson, etc. One of their former players was named Socrates. They're kind of like the Ramones of soccer. I used to think the one name thing was done to honor Pele, but my friend Dino (whom I call Dininho) told me that it's because Brazilians have really long names, so they shorten them. One of their former stars, Romario's real name was Romario de Suze Fario, or something like that. I think it's more of a rite of passage. If I played for the Brazilians, I'd call myself Gazpachio