Monday, October 01, 2007

All-Name Team: Atari Bigby

The Packer/Vikings game was about what you'd expect if you had spent time watching these two teams in the weeks leading up to the match-up in the Metrodome.

What I wasn't expecting was someone named Atari Bigby to make the game-ending interception (controversially, in the minds of the Vikings).

I kept hearing his name, and started waiting for a graphic to confirm his name was in fact "Atari". It didn't happen, so it wasn't until this morning that I saw his name in print. Wonderful! Atari Bigby!

You just don't get too many players named after gaming companies. Keep in mind, that when the human, future-Packer Atari was born in 1981, the Atari 2600 console was at its height, and just a year from being relegated to old-generation status in 1982, when the Atari 5200 and Colecovision made their debuts. Now Human Atari was born in Jamaica, and perhaps the wonders of the 2600 hadn't yet reached that distant shore in 1981.

Of course the Packer's website claims that (and I am quoting here) "'Atari' is Japanese for a form of the word 'attack.'" Which I'm sure is true, technically. But if I name my kid Nintendo, is anyone going to believe it is because I like the phrase "Leave Luck to Heaven"? I am about to call horsepucky on this definition.

The only thing that leads creedence to this origin is this fact: "Named Atari by his grandmother, who liked the name." Grandmas in 1981, all over the world, were blissfully ignorant of the power and joy of the Atari. This one nugget is enough for me to retract my initial horsepuckey call. But just barely.

For comic book nerds such as myself, the last name Bigby brings great joy, as it is the hidden-in-plain sight first name of the human form of the Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf) in one of the finest monthly publications currently going, Bill Willingham's Fables.

Video Game Nerd First Name + Comic Book Nerd Last Name = Top 5 Names in Sport.

Congratulations Atari Bigby! The eyes of a football lovin' nerds everywhere are on you.

1 comment:

Andrew Wice said...

Atari is the front-runnner for best name in the league. Is there a lesson, somewhere, in the fact that "Pac Man" on the 2600 was so lame it was unplayable?