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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Football Facts

Have you ever noticed that NFL coaches have short first names? This is the list of Super Bowl winning coaches with one-syllable first names:

Vince Lombardi, Weeb Ewbank, Hank Stram, Don McCafferty, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, John Madden, Tom Flores, Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, Mike Ditka, Bill Parcells, George Seifert, Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, Dick Vermeil, Brian Billick, Bill Belichick, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, Tom Coughlin, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton.

24 in all. The list of Super Bowl winning coaches with names longer than one syllable: Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Tony Dungy.

So it's clear. If you want to win the Super Bowl, you need a one-syllable name, or at most two syllables ending with a "y". It doesn't look good for Raheem Morris or Marvin Lewis. Romeo Crennel never had a shot.

Reading List

  • Man Is Wolf to Man, by Janusz Bardach
  • Don't Swallow Your Gum! by Aaron Carroll & Rachel Vreeman
  • Instant Replay, by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap
  • New York, by Edward Rutherford
  • The Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson

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