Single named athletes aren’t the only famous people with mononyms.
Throughout history, singers, politicians, philosophers and spiritual leaders impacted societies to such a degree that a single name identified their fame.
These single named icons were instantly known by a reference to their first or last name. A full name became unnecessary.
Spiritual leaders like Jesus and Mohammad never required a last name. Neither did famous philosophers like Plato and Aristotle or a pacifist like Gandhi.
Similarly, political dictators like Stalin and Hitler never needed a first name. Last names were all we needed to identify them with the atrocities they committed.
Modern day entertainers reach the pinnacle of success when only one name is necessary for fans to equate them with their talent.
For example, hardly anyone can recall their last names, but everyone knows that Shakira can make you dance, Cedric can make you laugh and Kanye and Kim can, well, can you annoyed.
And when it comes to Elvis, Madonna, Beyonce or Bono, all we need is one name. We can instantaneously identify these entertainers and belt out a few bars from one of their hits.
In the world of sports, it’s no different.
A simple name, first or last, constitutes celebrity. A single name signals to sports fans everywhere that an athlete has arrived.
Mention his or her name and people will start to rattle off statistics, count off career highlights and recall favorite all-time performances of the lone named individual.
For example, say Serena or Marta, and talk of women’s tennis and soccer will surface.
Reference last names Tebow and Bolt, and fans will likely break out into a Tebowing stance or Lighting Bolt pose.
Sports fans know that Sweetness is not a candy bar, Magic is not a trick, Babe’s not a cute girl. They also know that Bird’s not a winged creature and Kobe is not Japanese beef.
You don’t need to audible like Peyton or get locked in a double-choke hold by Hulk to enjoy this book.
Like the previous athletes mentioned, we all know the drill. There is only one Shaq, LeBron, Kareem, Wilt, Yogi, Messi, Tiger and Pele.
Their personal stories and clever comics are found in my sports comic book Favorite Single Named Athletes. It’s available for safe download on Amazon for only 99 cents.
Check it out. Sports fans of all ages will enjoy the read.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!