Tuesday, December 2, 2008

So Long, Grangerfords and Shepherdsons; Welcome the Middlebrooks, Smiths

Regardless of the fact that the House of Georges newsroom teems with dozens of scoop-hungry reporters, we're not going to spend much time covering the still-unfolding details of the Plaxico Burress case. We do, however, want some reader input on one item in particular.

When Burress finally made it to a hospital, he gave the staff at New York-Cornell the fake name of "Harris Smith."

He certainly was not the first to attempt this gem of shenanigans.

This ancient piece of news shows one T.P. Harty claiming third place in the 1915 Pennant A.C. open novice road run. Turns out Harty entered the race as "M. Oelrichs", but was discovered by the shrewdness of George Mathews, chairman of the registration committee, and subsequently disqualified.

More recently, Tennessee State fired its track coach (Stanford Strong in 1999) for running two redshirt athletes under fake names.

Then there was everybody's favorite lil' "Spidey," Andre Rison, who, upon being arrested for participating in a Chiefs training camp bar fight in River Falls, Wisconsin, gave authorities the name Brock Middlebrook.

The most famous, perhaps, would be Mike Vick calling himself "Ron Mexico" when he sought treatment for herpes at a health clinic a few years back. This story has a few more fellas who've done something similar, like Evander Holyfield calling himself Evan Fields when he allegedly tried to buy testosterone and HGH from a Florida clinic.

And finally the Giants wide receiver opts for Harris Smith.

Do tell, then, readers. Using the handy poll on the right, let us know which fake name is your favorite.