Spanish numbers come to American football

In 2008, Chad Johnson, a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals football team, legally changed his last name to Ochocinco to reflect the fact that his uniform has the number 85 on it. According to Wikipedia, Hispanic Heritage Month in 2006 provided the impetus for the name change.

Aficionados of football may not have noticed that 8 and 5 are Fibonacci numbers, but the MathWorld article on the subject includes a comic strip that manages to connect the Fibonacci numbers to football (though not to Chad Johnson).

And speaking of fútbol, a word that Spanish borrowed from English to designate ‘soccer,’ the Mexican soccer team América has a portero ‘goalkeeper’ named Guillermo Ochoa, though there have been no reports, nor are there likely to be, that his uniform has a large 8A (Ocho A) on it.

(For an earlier posting that included ocho, see the article on octubre.)

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman


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