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Thursday, September 3, 2015

"Rutgers football in shambles as five arrested for brawl, break-in"

A NY Post article this afternoon detailed how five current members of the Rutgers football are now probably out for the season:

Safety Delon Stephenson, cornerback Ruhann Peele, fullback Razohnn Gross and defensive back Nadir Barnwell, as well as former Scarlet Knights player Daryl Stephenson, have been charged with assaulting four people, including a 19-year-old male who suffered a broken jaw…

Dre Boggs, a sophomore who had been expected to be a starting cornerback this season, faces charges of robbery, burglary while armed and conspiracy to commit an armed robbery after allegedly breaking into three homes on the Piscataway campus...

What struck me about the story was Mr. Barnwell's given name. Here's the definition of "nadir" from Google: 

The lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization.

Wouldn't Mr. and Mrs. Barnwell have done better to name their son "Acme" or "Apogee" or "Peak?"

"Nadir" just sounds a little negative, that's all. 

Odds are Nadir's parents, or parent, didn't know it was an actual word, and just liked the sound of it. Maybe they figured it was sort of a male version of Nadine. 

Paying so much attention to names probably seems silly to some. After all, as Shakespeare said, what's in a name? 

(Well, there actually does seem to be a signifier in Mr. Barnwell's case.) 

It hardly seems coincidence that all of the arrested players have such creative names. As Rutgers coach Kyle Flood might tell you, guys with names like Bill and Henry and Andy tend not to have the requisite athletic ability. 

To stay competitive, you must recruit better athletes. Only problem is, all that strength and speed and agility are occasionally accompanied by some campus low points.

8 comments:

Mark Caplan said...

"Nadir" was a compromise to keep peace in the family. The mother wanted "Acme," but the grandmother insisted on "Kroger."

John Craig said...

Mark --
Sorry, I don't get it. (The only "Kroger" I know is the supermarket.)

Anonymous said...

Well, it seems that Rutgers football has some definite criminals on their football team. Too bad these players haven't been kicked off the team.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
According to the article, they've all been "suspended." Given that all of them have criminal charges pending against them, it's doubtful they'll be reinstated.

Anonymous said...

Being a player on a college football team (plus getting a college education) should be an honor, something that you don't blow. I don't feel sorry for these players - what they did was stupid.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
I don't think anyone who read the NY Post article felt sorry for them. I feel sorry for the guy whose jaw they broke.

Mark Caplan said...

Acme/Kroger -- Acme is a chain of supermarkets too, but evidently not as well-known as I thought. The chain is centered in the Mid-Atlantic states.

John Craig said...

Mark --
Ah, okay, gotcha. Ha.