Hard to go past Fabulous Flournoy for this week’s Most Valuable Name. What must it be like being growing up as an African-American boy in the Bronx with a first name like Fabulous? One would think: less than Fabulous.
It’s the ‘l’ in the surname that elevates this name to something beyond brilliant. By the time your mind has processed that someone is called Fabulous, you establish that the surname also begins with ‘F’. As your tongue moves on from the ‘F’, it encounters that second ‘l’ – after the ‘f’ and ‘l’ from the first name, this repetition is just delightful. Trying saying it yourself: Fabulous Flournoy.
Oh, it’s fabulous.
This week’s names:
Potito Starace, Italian tennis player and bettor
Sara Serpa, Portuguese/American jazz singer and wordless improvisor
Spencer Paysinger, American footballer and eternal sports encircler
Ryker Killins, Canadian ice-hockeyer and in-game thinker
Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and food crisis observer
Preston Dial, American footballer and romantic matchmaker
Uffa Fox, boat designer and canoe-riding English Channel crosser
Chucky Leroy Laster, Naperville (IL) resident and alleged panderer
J.R. Sweezy, American footballer and 65-year-old bus driver alleged assaulter
Barry Blitt, US artist and offensive cover explainer
Fabulous Flournoy, British-based US basketball player/coach and ghetto escaper
Quan Sturdivant, American footballer and drug charge non-facer
Kerwin Swint, American political scientist/author and Cobb County commentator
Kermit Bloomgarden, Broadway producer, former accountant and limb loser
Randy Bullock, NFL player and Gatorade video subject