Apparently, when you write about sports and see his name enough, it’s pretty easy to spell the name of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. I also have the fact that I cover a lot of international sports going for me — my tennis coverage exposes me to hard-to-spell names with regularity.
As it happens, other players on the 49ers’ roster don’t have that experience. No, they’re paid to play football, something I couldn’t do if I tried, so we’ll call it even. Because they can’t spell Garoppolo’s name when asked, at least not on the first try. Well, not all of them, anyway.
Pinion asks for the name to be used in a sentence. We see all kinds of different misspellings — folks going with the double ‘R’ at the beginning, and even someone starting out ‘Go.’ Matt Breida starts with ‘Gra,’ and says “What? Grappolo,” when called out on it. Most of them get tripped up by the two ‘P’s.
Joe Staley, though, gets it perfect, and then gives us a “That’s my quarterback.”
Surprisingly, Kyle Juszczyk, whose name I still screw up with regularity, couldn’t spell Garoppolo’s name. You’d think he’d be sensitive to that kind of thing!