Random Thoughts: What's In A Name?

Yesterday I was perusing the Miami Dolphins team shop and saw some great deals on autographed pictures.  Mercury Morris, Earl Morral, Larry Little, and others.  I added them to my cart and then looked over at a few other autographs I have around my computer desk.  It amazes me what people will pay for a signature.  A simple signature.  A name.

On Sunday, I watched the entire three hour memorial service for the 9-11 remembrance.  I watched as family and friends ran pencils and chalk over paper to capture their lost loved ones names.  A tradition that started with the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Again, it’s a name.  Yet, a name in and of itself brings so much more than simply a persona or identity.

I have a lot of Miami Dolphins memorabilia and autographs and pictures.  Some mean more that others and some I honestly don’t know why I have them at all.  I still can’t quite put my finger on why someones name or signature has such meaning.  A child will get a rush of excitement when a players signs his card or hat.  I still get excited at times when I get an autograph of some great former player.  But it’s still just a name.

So what is it?  What drives many fans and even non-fans to ask someone for an autograph?  I suppose the etchings from a memorial make more sense.  It’s a final way to reach out and touch that person that is no longer here.  In a way you are not touching their name, you are touching them personally even if only in your mind.

This is really irrelevant to anything other than a simple random thought that for some reason or another I felt compelled to share.

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