I watched the NBA All Star “festivities” last week. They had a “rising stars” game that featured first and second year players. They divided the teams by players born in the United States and those born in “foreign” countries. It’s a “we” versus “them” game. “Them” was the “World” team. The most challenging part of the game was hearing the announcers try to pronounce the foreign born players names. By the time they announced all the names of the World players it was half time.
The names of the World players had like 8 syllables, and that’s in the first name only! “Forward, from the San Antonio Spurs, Andrukylitis Staseepopulous Beecherenko Radmonivac.” The name on the jersey ran in a horse shoe shape up, down, and around his back. “Point guard, from the Ukraine, Vladimir Tychowsky Demetrioff. They call him V.D.” I hear women groupies avoid him.