Woohoo! More Roman Numerals in the NFL!

This is great! After years and years of listening to NFL commentators whine every year about the difficulties of having to deal with Roman numerals every time some major NFC AFC final comes around, we read today that one of our Latin-loving-recent-draft-picks will be the first to sport Roman numerals on the back of his jersey:

… a bit more detail on why this is a big thing (on the NFL side of things):

Of course, it’s a pretty simple set (Griffin III, just like he had at Baylor). The real triumph, of course, would be if he could have a big X on his jersey, rather than the fabrically-inefficient 10.

On RGIII’s Latin skillset:

Whatever the case, I’ll now happily refer to him as RGIII rather than RG3 and for those sports commentators (and others) who struggle with Roman numerals, there is a Dictionary of Roman Numerals available. Now if I can only figure out what the significance of MCLXIX might be (some English/Irish thing?)

More Classical NFL ~ Jonathan Martin

Looks like another Classicist got drafted last weekend … an excerpt from the Boston Herald:

[…] The Dolphins need to do a better job keeping their quarterbacks up, so

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they took Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin in the second round. They’ll need to coach up University of Miami defensive end Olivier Vernon, whose college production doesn’t exactly match his third-round selection. They took tight end Michael Egnew, a 6-5 former high jumper and basketball player, in search of another player who can go up over defenders.

The Dolphins picked up an extra draft pick when they traded out of the No. 73 spot back to the No. 78 spot held by San Diego and picked up a sixth-round pick from the Chargers in the process. Though Martin couldn’t say what career he would be headed for if not for football — “I haven’t really thought about that. My goal all along has been to get to the NFL.” — he doesn’t break the Stanford mold of actual student-athletes. Martin majored in “Classics,” as in ancient Greek and Roman history. Martin’s maternal great-grandfather graduated from Harvard in 1924.

Both of Martin’s parents, Gus Martin and Jane Howard-Martin, graduated from Harvard. […]

Love the quotation marks around “Classics”, as if that were a subject they ‘made up’ …

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