Daily Dirt: Baby names and Bowl games


This baby was named James Alexander in 1995, but he was almost named James Bartholomew. Bart Simpson's popularity pretty much nixed that. J. Robert Gough family collection

Daily Dirt for Dec. 28, 2021

We’re getting closer and closer to a new year, and I can’t say I’ll miss 2021 that much … welcome to today’s three thoughts in Vol. 171 of the Daily Dirt.

1. My first thought was, “Really?”My second thought was, “Whatever happened to Bob, Dave … or Steve?”

Those responses were to some lists of baby names expected to be popular in 2022. Some are quite cool, others just downright bizarre. I’ll let you decide.

Boys names expected to be popular in 2022:

  • Reeve
  • Zion
  • Wood
  • Creed
  • Galilee
  • Revere
  • Drummer
  • Chord
  • Bastian
  • Ames

Girls names expected to be popular in 2022:

  • Horizon
  • Reign
  • Stellan
  • Roux
  • Kali
  • Sasha
  • Daphne
  • Koa
  • Cressida
  • Revel

2. This may be the absolute strangest tweet I have ever witnessed on Twitter.

It was posted under New Year’s resolutions for 2022: “I hope to wash my bras more often.”

Well, we all need goals, I guess.

3. New Year’s Six bowl picks:

Cotton Bowl (CFP semifinal): Alabama 42, Cincinnati 14. Hopefully, this will not get ugly early.

Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal): Michigan 24, Georgia 17. If it comes down to coaching, Michigan might be in trouble. Otherwise, the Wolverines seem headed for a date with the Crimson Tide. (PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Big Ten blinders…activated! JRG #KINGSEC)

Rose Bowl: Ohio State 49, Utah 21. Buckeyes likely to open the 2022 season as No. 1 team in the nation. (See previous PUBLISHER’S NOTE. JRG)

Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss 33, Baylor 31. This could be the best of the New Year’s Six games. I’m anxious to see Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral against that Baylor defense.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State 24, Notre Dame 21. Marcus Freeman begins Irish coaching career with a defeat.

Peach Bowl: Michigan State 31, Pitt 10. First of all, Pitt is an ACC team — strike one. Secondly, Pitt’s quarterback, Kenny Pickett, has opted out of the game — strike two.

Steve Fact O’ The Day

Steve named his son, Geoff, after the lead character, Sir Geoffrey Thorpe, in the 1936 Errol Flynn swashbuckling epic “The Sea Hawk”.

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. We are going to create a new skit for him called “Da Buckeyes!” He will be dressed as Woody Hayes.

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