Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Round Two of Dugout Screennames

Ah, the complicated inner life of a blogger. See, sometimes it's hard to tell if your post is going to hit the mark or sail way, way wide to the humiliating sound of crickets. My Dugout post was one that kept me worried for a while, but there has been enough positive feedback that I feel that the entire endeavor has been a success, rather than a brutal failure that alienated my readers. As such, the great experiment continues! with round two of the 07 Irish's screen names. Many of these were suggested by the readers in the past comments, so I've used footnotes to give credit where it's due. It's a big roster, so you can probably expect three or four more of these over this long, brutal offseason (the coaching staff will be quite interesting, and I'm quite looking forward to it).

As a sidenote, will the commentator "Hulk" please shoot me an e-mail at houserockbuilt@gmail.com? Your contributions were, to put it lightly, completely inspired (particularly your Junior Jabbie screen name), and to reward your creativity I'm going to send you a free copy of The University of Notre Dame: Fighting Irish Collector's DVD Set as a humble thanks for your tireless efforts.

And off we go to round two:

Chris Stewart

Travis Thomas

Maurice Crum Jr.

Raeshon McNeil

Junior Jabbie

Darrin Walls

Ray Herring

Leo Ferrine

Ambrose Wooden

Bartley Webb

Emeka Nwankwo

Aaron Nagel

Credit where credit is due: Irish Oustider (Chris Stewart), Hulk (Raeson McNeil, Junior Jabbie, Darrin Walls, Bartley Webb), Jay from BGS (Emeka Nwankwo), Anonymous Poster (Aaron Nagel).

Thursday, May 10, 2007

You're All So Ripe for Parody

If you've never visited The Dugout, you've probably noticed a vast emptiness in your life. It's a hilarious website that posts fictional Instant Messenger conversations between baseball players, but the true genius of the entire site is the fake "screennames" they come up with for the players. Some are obvious (Ian Snell is "OohThatSnell"), while some require a bit more thinking (Ken Griffey, Jr. is "Elijah_Prince", for Samuel L. Jackson's injury-prone character in "Unbreakable"), but all of them are quite hilarious.

This year's Blue Gold game served as an inspiration for the House Rock Built, as well as several drunken companions (namely Irish Outsider) trying to come up with maximally-humorous screen names for this year's team. Some were funny, some weren't, but the entire exercise left us quite entertained for the duration of the rather boring game. For your enjoyment, I've put together the greatest hits of that drunken afternoon. Any other suggestions? Leave them in the comments. It might be a good idea to remember these, as there's a pretty good chance I'll refer to these players almost exclusively by these names throughout the rest of the season.

James Aldridge

Joe Brockington

Evan Sharpley

George West

Konrad Reuland

D.J. Hord

Dan Wenger

David Grimes

Asaph Schwapp

Will Yeatman

Luke Schmidt

Jimmy Clausen

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