Carolina Panther quarterback Jake Delhomme told Rich Eisen on NFL Network that he owns a filly named “She Hate Me.”
Delhomme said he was planning on another name, something with Carolina in it, until a friend suggested “She Hate Me.”
“As you know we have ‘He Hate Me’ on the team,” Delhomme said, referring to kick return specialist Rod Smart, who wore “He Hate Me” on the back of his jersey when he played with the XFL’s Las Vegas Outlaws.
“When I told him [about the name], the smile on his face was unbelievable. So I had to do it. She hasn’t run yet, but he’s fast, so hopefully he can rub off on her.”
Trivia time: What NFL team drafted John Elway in 1983?
No-name problem: The Panthers’ lack of marquee players presents a problem for New England Patriot fans.
“No one to hate,” writes Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe. “We hate that. We can’t even hate ‘He Hate Me.’ ”
This might work: Shaughnessy suggests a better target might be defensive tackle Brenston Buckner, adding: “New England fans have serious issues with players named Buckner.”
A different kind of hate: Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban, on a conference call with reporters and Sacramento King owners Joe and Gavin Maloof to promote today’s game on ABC, said of the Maloofs: “It’s funny. We can hang out together, we can talk together, but the minute they throw up the ball, I hate those guys.”
Name calling: Brooklyn developer Bruce Ratner, new owner of the New Jersey Nets, plans to move the team to Brooklyn. George Zoffinger, president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, isn’t fond of Ratner’s plan.
“I suggest Ratner name the team after himself: the Brooklyn Rats,” Zoffinger told the New York Times.
Enough already: Phil Mushnick of the New York Post notes that New York City continues its quest to land the 2012 Olympics despite the fact that no one bothered to ask New Yorkers whether they wanted the Games.
“Aren’t there enough drugs in town?” wonders Mushnick.
Trivia answer: The Baltimore Colts, who a few days after the draft traded Elway to the Denver Broncos for quarterback Mark Herrmann, offensive tackle Chris Hinton and the Broncos’ first pick in 1984. Elway had said he didn’t want to play in Baltimore.
The name fits: Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, envisioning the player introductions when Joe Jackson meets Pete Rose in the gambling wing of baseball’s hereafter: “Shoeless Joe, meet Clueless Schmoe.”
And finally: Bernie Lincicome of the Rocky Mountain News notes that Rose once said: “I am the best ambassador baseball has. My name is synonymous with the game.”
Adds Lincicome: “In the way that Lizzie Borden’s name is connected with hand tools, maybe.”
Larry Stewart can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.