Favre's pronunciation argued for quite a spell

History of his name sends Packers passer into full scramble mode

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March 24, 2002|By Andy Knobel | Andy Knobel,SUN STAFF

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has no clue how his name came to be pronounced F-A-R-V-E.

"I asked my dad. He has no idea," Favre said. "I asked my grandfather, a full-blooded Choctaw Indian, a long time ago, and he said as far as he can remember, it was that way.

"Where I grew up [Mississippi], there weren't a lot of Favres, but there were some. Some spelled it Favre, others Farve. I don't know. Somewhere along the line, someone probably was on a little moonshine and wrote it down wrong."

Doubling his pleasure

Tim Graupe, a 10-year-old from Blairestown, N.J., who suffers with neurofibromatosis, a condition that produces tumors and abnormalities in the cranial and neck areas, got a chance to meet his hero, the Minnesota Twins' Torii Hunter, last season.

Because of the unusual way Hunter spells his first name, Tim has altered his spelling and now goes by Timii.

Letter-perfect

Hunter's spelling is unusual but easier to master than that of one of his teammates.

When Shakopee, Minn., native Sean Conley, 13, won the National Spelling Bee last year, Twins executive Patrick Klinger was asked how the team would honor him.

"We'll see," Klinger said, "if he can spell [first baseman Doug] Mientkiewicz."

Aurilia? Oh, really?

San Francisco Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia was walking toward Safeco Field for the All-Star Game last season when a youngster asked him, "Are you a player? Can you sign my baseball?"

Aurilia obliged and walked on, only to have the kid come running back.

"Can you tell me what that says?" he asked, pointing to the autograph.

Potatoe revisited

Former Vice President Dan Quayle played in the American Century Celebrity golf tournament last year in Stateline, Nev.

According to Tom FitzGerald in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jim Lowe, the press room scoreboard operator, said it was accidental when he put this designation next to Quayle's name: "ameteur."

Missed takes

Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., has a computer that phonetically interprets public-address announcements and puts them on the JumboTron.

"It's not a perfect system," says Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic, "considering those doughnut makers from `Crispy Korean' were thanked, along with `Fry's Food and Drunk Stores.' "

How about Shah Keel?

Bud Geracie of the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News notes that closed captioning turned Ray Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks into Rheal Len.

Geracie again: "The reason Jhonny Carvajal's name is always misspelled in this paper is that's the way he spells it."

The last word

Bill Peterson, when he was head coach of the Houston Oilers, told his players: "Men, I want you thinking of just one word all season long, one word and one word only: Super Bowl."

Compiled from wire reports and Web sites.

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