Friday, June 19, 2009

Great Sports Name Hall of Fame Nominees - Jung Bong and Brandon Puffer

Their shared card is referred to in collector's circles as the "Bong Puffer" Card. Nice one Topps.

I actually had heard of Jung Bong before I ever heard of this card. He played in MLB from 2002-2006 with both the Braves and Reds as a RP, but sadly a 5.17 career era doomed him and now he's playing in Korea. I remember finding him in a version of All Star Baseball and immediately making him a starter (he was actually more of a Long Reliever) because he had a funny name. But opposing players kept getting hits off Bong, and he was just as bad in real life. Too bad, because seeing Bong on the back of a player's jersey is a pretty hilarious thing.

Brandon Puffer has a pretty innocent name if not for his connection with the Bong Puffer card, but he's not all that innocent actually. Aside from 4 years in the Majors with the Astros, Padres, and Giants, he also has a criminal rap. In September of 2008, Brandon "Duane" Puffer assaulted a woman in a home that he intended the burgle. He tried to flee but the cops found him on foot, so now Puffer faces up to 99 years in jail and up to a $10,000 dollar fine. Looks like spending too much time with Bong got Puffer in some trouble.

These two names are the newest nominees to our Great Sports Name Hall of Fame. Take a look and see who else has been nominated!

To see the best sports names of all time, visit the Truly Great Names page.
To see some good sports names that were voted out, visit the Good Names page.
To see the current voting ballot, visit the Ballot page.

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