Originally posted Feb 15, 2015, 4:40 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Feb 16, 2015, 1:55 PM ]
Ashfield- Breadsall tamed Banbury Bulldogs 6-0  in the 4NCL on Valentine's Day. The opposition didn't live up to their name. Adopting team or individual names is a bit of fun but if you adopt a name to inspire fear in your opponents, this should carry some obligation to back this up. In Rugby League Wigan Warriors, Huddesrsfield Giants and Castleford Tigers, my team, mostly live up to their name.
Players in internet chess  chose their own names e.g. on one site I have come across Vlad the Impaler. It's a good name and possibly his real name, but he doesn't seem to do too much impalling. I could call myself Phil the Giant-Killer. The problem with this is that it requires me to slay the occasional giant. In Darts, Phil the Power and Mighty Mike live up to the boast within the name, but if your form dips, the name can become a mill-stone round your neck. Andy the Hammer Hamilton this year has received more hammerings than he's dished out. 
 Some names are based on puns not boasts. Dart player, Mark Frost, who seldom appears on T.V. is known as Frosty the Throw Man. A few 4NCL teams have also opted for a pun tag e.g. The Full Ponty and Throw In The Tal. I'm sure Neil with his penchant for puns would have pondered on a few before the team settled for our 2 clubs tag. Or if we were from the one club  we might be playing now as the Ashfield Avengers or Breadsall Butchers.