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Sirk’s Noteblog: Black & Gold name games

If you’ve ever wondered what separates a long-tenured, sporadically-productive pseudo-journalist from the common fan, it’s that I, for example, can watch a game and hear the name “Adam Jahn” and think of “Stern John” and then ignore much of the action on the field while contemplating other homophones in Crew SC history and then write about it. So because my brain is broken, here is a Noteblog about duplicate names and homophone names in Black & Gold history. With the additions of Ola Kamara and Jahn, the 2016 Columbus squad has added a name to each list!

DUPLICATE NAMES

When Kamara joined Crew SC for the 2016 campaign, he not only brought goals, but also the ninth duplicate name in Black & Gold history. In fact, he was briefly a teammate of his fellow Kamara, Kei, which was a first in club history.

Here are the duplicate names ranked by total regular season games by that name.

1. CLARK (314 games, 3 goals, 14 assists)

Mike (1996-2003 / 221 games, 3 goals, 13 assists)
Steve (2014-present / 93 games, 0 goals, 1 assist)

2. WARZYCHA (173 games, 19 goals, 61 assists)

Robert (1996-2002 / 160 games, 19 goals, 61 assists)

Konrad (2013 / 13 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

3. WILLIAMS (110 games, 5 goals, 19 assists)

Josh (2010-2014 / 71 games, 4 goals, 4 assists)

Andy (1998-1999 / 34 games, 1 goal, 15 assists)

Mark  (2003 / 5 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

4. FRANCIS (97 games, 0 goals, 20 assists)

Waylon (2014-present / 69 games, 0 goals, 16 assists)

Shaun (2010-2012 / 28 games, 0 goals, 4 assists)

5. KAMARA (95 games, 42 goals, 9 assists)

Kei (2006-2007, 2015-2016 / 77 games, 32 goals, 8 assists)

Ola (2016-present / 18 games, 10 goals, 1 assist)

6. GONZALEZ (65 games, 1 goal, 2 assists)

Marcos (2006-2007 / 48 games, 1 goal, 1 assist)

Giancarlo (2014 / 17 games, 1 goal, 0 assists)

7. WARD (23 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

Tim (2006-2007 / 17 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

Brandon (1996 / 6 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

8. WALKER (16 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

Jonny (2005-2006 / 16 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

Matt (2014 / 0 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

9. MILLER (6 games, 0 goals, 1 assist)

Todd (1996-1997 / 6 games, 0 goals, 1 assist)

Ryan (2008 / 0 games, 0 goals, 0 assists)

Note that the Clark, Francis, and Kamara names are currently active, so their stats are still growing. Now let’s move on to homophones, two of the three of which are also active.

HOMOPHONE NAMES

1. FINLAY/FINLEY (136 games, 29 goals, 27 assists)

Ethan Finlay (2012-present / 122 games, 28 goals, 26 assists)

Ryan Finley (2013-2014 / 14 games, 1 goal, 1 assist)

2. JOHN / JAHN (59 games, 45 goals, 7 assists)

Stern John (1998-1999 / 55 games, 44 goals, 7 assists)

Adam Jahn (2016-present / 4 games, 1 goal, 0 assists)

3. GLEN / GLENN (27 games, 4 goals, 5 assists)

Cornell Glen (2005 / 22 games, 4 goals. 4 assists)

Jimmy Glenn (1998 / 5 games, 0 goals, 1 assist)

So if you get a strong sense of ear-based déjà vu while watching Crew SC games in 2016, there’s a reason for it. This year’s club has three duplicate historical names and two historical homophone names on the same roster!

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