Dave Joerger is the new head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.
In honor of all the jagermeister jokes swirling around the Bluff City, here are the Top 10 Sports Figures With A Name That Sounds Like An Alcoholic Beverage:
It is only fitting that we start with the new coach for the hometown Memphis Grizzlies, who shares a name with one of the most well known liquors in the world . He has big shoes to feel following the winningest coach in franchise history, but Grizzlies leadership is behind him 100 percent.
Leroux is a half Canadian/half American soccer star for the USA’ women’s team. She scored 17 goals in 16 international games during the 2012 Olympics, but more importantly she will be posing nude for ESPN the Magazine’s “The Body Issue”. Leroux is one of the cheaper brandies around, but when you look like this, you make my list any time.
Edward “Fireball” Roberts, Jr.
A legend in NASCAR, “Fireball” Roberts suffered a fatal accident at the World 600 in Charlotte in 1964. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1995, and has been named NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.
Jack Daniels is not just one of the best whiskeys around, he is also a renowned coach in track and field. He has multiple books on running, two Olympic medals (1956 silver and 1960 bronze), and continues to coach Olympic athletes to this day.
The current baseball commissioner shares a nickname with one of the most popular beer brands around. This Bud’s for you… Bud
Hall of Famer Reggie Miller has given an entirely different meaning to the phrase “It’s Miller time.” Miller was so good, that some New York Knicks fans still do not drink anything from the Miller brewery to this day.
His last name may not be spelled the same way as the fine Irish whiskey (Jameson), but he makes the list nevertheless. Jamison won every major award in college basketball during the ’97-’98 season including AP Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Award, and Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year. He is also a two time NBA All-Star, and probably enjoys an Irish Highball every now and then.
Morgan is one of the greatest second basemen in MLB history. He won back to back MVP awards in ’75 and ’76, and was also the captain of the ’75 and ’76 Reds teams who won back to back World Series. Is it possible that he had “A Little Captain” in him way back in the day?
Bud Grant, Jr.
The most successful coach in Minnesota Vikings history, Bud Grant was the first coach to lead teams to the Grey Cup Finals and the Super Bowl. He is 14th on the NFL’s all-time wins list and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Anheuser Busch would be proud of this particular Bud if he was a beer.
The last name Miller is synonymous with great shooting in basketball and great beer, as Mike is the second sharp shooter to make this list with the last name Miller. A two time NBA Champion, Miller won Sixth Man of the Year while playing for the Memphis Grizzlies.
CJ Hurt is a connoisseur of a variety of alcoholic beverages. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets.