In the Oklahoman’s seemingly interminable notes of everything conceivably connected to last night’s OKC Thunder/Memphis Grizzlies game, I found this little squib without the least bit of snark, which tells me that this is no laughing matter:
Seldom does a day pass when bull rider Ryan Dirteater isn’t asked if that’s his real last name.
“They think it’s fake,” he said. “It’s ironic that I’m a bull rider. You don’t want to eat dirt. But it is my real last name. I grew up with it.”
Dirteater might be a cool last name for a cowboy, but it was ripe for getting picked on when the Oklahoma native was a boy.
“I’ve heard it since I was a kid growing up, especially in high school,” said Dirteater, . “Some of them made fun of my name back then, and now most of them want my autograph.”
The best revenge, as the phrase goes. To which I say: “See what the gentleman is drinking.”