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All-Name Teams #25

10/31/2018

Featuring names from across the world of sports

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful, you say. Yes, to be sure, but He does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners.
― Soren Kierkegaard

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In case the timing of this post isn’t clear, I’ll state what is perhaps obvious … this All-Name Team marks All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) and Halloween (Oct. 31):

All-Saints Team 3
John Abraham — football
Joel Caleb — football
Isaiah Crowell — football
Ezekiel Elliott — football
Isaac Redman — football

All-Horror Team 3
Amazombie (horse) — horse racing
Ken Bone — basketball
Matt Hackett — hockey
Tomas Pekhart — soccer
Phil Savage — football

Procedural Note — If you’re wondering why there are five members per team: Basketball was my favorite sport as I grew up, and since the rules of basketball (last time I checked) allow five players per team on the court, I’m going with five-person All-Name Teams.

— Bruce William Deckert

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All-Name Teams #24

09/30/2018

Featuring names from across the world of sports

Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame;
Each to his passion; what’s in a name?
— Poet and writer Helen Hunt Jackson

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All-Book Team
Bio Kim — golf
Matt Read — hockey
Jarrad Page — football
Chad Pennington — football
Rick Story — mixed martial arts

All-Literature Team
Connor Hamlett — football
Junior Hemingway — football
Marco Huck — boxing
Dontari Poe — football
Dante Scarnecchia — football

All-Word Team
Tyler Chatwood — baseball
Danny Gabbidon — soccer
Boris Said — motorsports
Tris Speaker — baseball
Ed Werder — sports reporter

Procedural Note — If you’re wondering why there are five people per team: Basketball was my favorite sport as I grew up, and since the rules of basketball (last time I checked) allow five players per team on the court, I’m going with five-person All-Name Teams.

— Bruce William Deckert

All-Name Teams #23: Wedding Day

05/31/2018

Featuring names from across the world of sports 

“I like your last name. Can I have it?”
— a bride to her husband

“Don’t forget your spouse’s name. That will mess up the love.”
— an 8-year-old girl’s marriage advice

In honor of my son and his wife, who were married May 19, 2018, this All-Wedding Team has only two members:

All-Wedding Team
Malia Deckert née Marstaller — basketball, soccer, softball
Luke Deckert — baseball, basketball, soccer

Normally, each All-Name Team has five members because my longtime favorite sport, basketball, allows five players per team on the court:

All-Wedding Day Team
Malia Tate-DeFreitas — basketball
Luke Kuechly — football
Vagner Love — soccer
Jamie Lovemark — golf
Lovemore N’dou — boxing

— Bruce William Deckert

All-Name Teams #22: Welcome, Springtime

04/29/2018

Featuring names from across the world of sports…

The following All-Name Teams are in honor of the arrival of springtime, sunshine and the growing light of the lengthening days.

Some say God is the author of creation, the One who sculpts the beauty of the changing seasons. Some say there is no God, and thus nature’s beauty is essentially random.

To summarize: “Chance or the Dance?” Which is the title of a classic book by Dr. Thomas Howard, one of my college professors and mentors.

Others say life is a hybrid — God and nature are one and the same.

What do you say?

And what are the pros and cons, the consequences, the risks/rewards of your take on life and faith … and of these varying faiths and philosophies?

If you’re keeping score at home, the above three worldviews are theism, atheism and pantheism — perhaps obvious, but for the sake of academic clarity, there you have it.

P.S. The Christian faith, of course, adds the incarnation to theism — Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God and Son of Man, the One who (as God incarnate) experiences the beauty of spring on the earth He created, endures brutality in death, and rises again with new life and the promise of a stunning new creation … a new springtime that, we’re told, will endure for eternity.

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
— William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

All-Flower Team 1
Jaron Blossomgame — basketball
Tyler Flowers — football
Jantel Lavender — basketball
Kristine Lilly — soccer
Jalen Rose — basketball

All-Light Team 3
Aaron Bright — basketball
Torah Bright — snowboarding
Al Leiter — baseball
Ryan Raburn — baseball
J.J. Watt — football

All-Sun Team 1
Helio Castroneves — auto racing
Paul Soliai — football
Sam Soliman — boxing
Odlanier Solis — boxing
Rick Sund — basketball

Procedural Note — If you’re wondering why there are five people per team, it’s simple: Basketball was my favorite sport as I was growing up, and since the rules of basketball (last time I checked) allow five players per team on the court, I’m going with five-person teams.

© Bruce William Deckert 2018

 

All-Name Teams: A to Z

08/27/2017

Featuring names from across the world of sports…

Welcome to a special edition of the All-Name Teams:
In alphabetical order from A to Z, here is a list of athletes whose first and last names begin with the same letter.*

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High … he was named Jesus.” — the Gospel of Luke

Andre Agassi — tennis
Benjamin Becker — tennis (the opponent in Agassi’s last match)
Cal Clutterbuck — hockey
David DeJesus — baseball
Ezekiel Elliott — football
Fabio Fognini — tennis
Gail Goestenkors — basketball
Hozumi Hasegawa — boxing
Israel Idonije — football
Jussi Jaaskelainen — soccer
Kyle Korver — basketball
LaRon Landry — football
Majestic Mapp — basketball
Natalie Novosel — basketball
Orion Outerbridge — basketball
Paul “The Truth” Pierce — basketball
Quint Kessenich — lacrosse
Roger Rinderknecht — cycling
Sammy Sosa — baseball
Tim Tebow — baseball, football
Ugueth Urbina — baseball
Victor Valdes — soccer
Wes Welker — football
Xander Bogaerts — baseball
Yamileska Yantin — volleyball
Zinedine Zidane — soccer

* But there are two exceptions — their first names begin with the proper alphabetical-order letter, but not their last names. If you know of any athletes for these two categories — Q and X — please let me know!

All-Name Teams #21: Wedding Day

07/11/2017

Featuring names from across the world of sports

“I like your last name. Can I have it?”
— a bride to her husband

“Don’t forget your wife’s name. That will mess up the love.”
— an 8-year-old girl’s marriage advice

In honor of my daughter and her husband, who were married July 1, 2017, this All-Wedding Team has only two members:

All-Wedding Team
Kayla Tyson née Deckert — soccer
Andrew Tyson — lacrosse

Normally, each All-Name Team has five members because my longtime favorite sport, basketball, allows five players per team on the court:

All-Wedding Day Team 1
Kayla Day — tennis
Andrew Gaze — basketball
Jameill Showers — football
Diamond Stone — basketball
Destiny Vaeao — football

All-Wedding Day Team 2
Hap Day (aka Clarence Henry “Happy” Day) — hockey
Ereck Flowers — football
Adoree’ Jackson — football
I.J. Ready — basketball
Vincent Valentine — football

— Bruce William Deckert

 

All-Name Teams #20

02/28/2017

Featuring names from across the world of sports

And now we’re grown-up orphans … never knew their names.
We don’t belong to no one, that’s a shame.
… And I won’t tell ’em your name.
— “Name” by Goo Goo Dolls (the band)

All-Construction Team 2
Kristin Carpenter — volleyball
Na’il Diggs — football
Derrick Mason — football
Robin Soderling — tennis
Nail Yakupov — hockey

All-Farm Team 1
Gareth Bale — soccer
Kenjon Barner — football
Pat Tillman — football
Zacharias “Buck” Wheat — baseball
Rayfield Wright — football

All-Heart Team 2
Shasta Averyhardt — golf
Su’a Cravens — football
Matt Hartline — football
Tysyn Hartman — football
Michael Hartvigson — football

All-Name Teams #19

10/31/2016

Featuring names from across the world of sports

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” — Nelson Mandela

All-Holy Team 2
Jahvid Best — football
Vontaze Burfict — football
Eric LeGrand — football
Mike Singletary — football
Jayson Werth — baseball

All-Horror Team 2
Danny Gorrer — football
Igor Olshansky — football
Deaysean Rippy — football
James Skelton — baseball
Casper Ware — basketball

All-Saints Team 2
Isaiah Canaan — basketball
Ezequiel Lavezzi — soccer
Paulus Moses — boxing
Joakim Noah — basketball
Elijah Qualls — basketball

Procedural Note — If you’re wondering why there are five people per team, it’s simple … basketball was my favorite sport as I was growing up, and since the rules of basketball (last time I checked) allow five players per team on the court, I’m going with five-person teams.

Bruce William Deckert

All-Name Teams #18

09/30/2016

Featuring names from across the world of sports

All-Fire Team
Ricky Burns — boxing
Mike Fiers — baseball
Jakub Kindl — hockey
Justin Smoak — baseball
Shona Thorburn— basketball
“I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already
burning!”

All-Time Team
Austin Daye — basketball
Briann January — basketball
Brandon Morrow — baseball
Jeff Saturday — football
Kevin Weekes — hockey
“And remember that I am always with you, until the end of time.”

All-Way Team
Wayne Hedgpeth — boxing
Mollie Pathman — soccer
Tuffy Rhodes — baseball
Huston Street — baseball
Wayman Tisdale — basketball
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.”

• Related quotes — Jesus of Nazareth

All-Name Teams #17

04/30/2016

Featuring names from across the world of sports

The first team in this post — the All-Art Team — is in honor of the Master Artist as springtime displays its splendor here in New England and elsewhere. Yes, I’m referring to the One who is known as the Maker of the universe and whose museum is that very universe.

Of course, not everyone agrees about whether a Creator exists. Yet while I tend to find God tough to discern, the art of springtime gives evidence of His goodness and reality … in the midst of other evidence that calls His goodness and existence into question.

The key, it seems, is following the sometimes conflicting clues to an accurate conclusion. With God’s help, I hope and pray that you and I reach the correct verdict about springtime beauty — and the less-beautiful realities of life.

Bruce William Deckert

All-Art Team 1
Jeff Brushie — snowboarding
Robert Gallery — football
Curtis Painter — football
Matt Painter — basketball
Nate Potter — football

All-Bird Team 3
Jennie Finch — softball
Sylvia Fowles — basketball
A.J. Hawk — football
Brad Peacock — baseball
Frank Wren — baseball

All-Construction Team 1
Bobby Carpenter — football
Skylar Diggins — basketball
D’Brickashaw Ferguson — football
Mason Plumlee — basketball
Kevin Towers — baseball


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