And The Name Is….

As some of you might know, one of my pet peeves is the way million dollar athletes sign their name now. Worse than doctors.

Personally, I think it’s inexcusable, and yes, you could say that they sign so many it’s only natural that they would get sloppy. Anybody would.

Players of old didn’t, but whatever.

It seems that scribbling like a toddler is normal and completely acceptable now. Is it because of computers and smart phones and the fact that no one writes anymore, or are they just lazy?

Below is a signature of a big star, signed on the back of a Team Canada jersey. Can you recognize it?

The answer is underneath.


Roberto Luongo

14 thoughts on “And The Name Is….”

  1. Doctors, actors and hockey players signatures NEED to be hard to replicate. The reasons are obvious. Besides, for hockey players, with all the damn stuff they have to sign, can you imagine the writers cramp?

    By the way, that signing is not sloppy, it is an acquired skill. I know. I was married to someone who signed that way.

  2. Thanks, but in my mind, it’s sloppy. And no one has signed more than guys like Beliveau or Howe or Hull, who have great and legible signatures.

  3. Dk, I think they sign that way as to impede you & I when we steal their pay cheques & are unable to duplicate their chicken scratch so we can sail off to a south sea island & do purple double domes & drink Old Sailor!

  4. I think this is completely ridiculous. It’s at the stage now that if someone passes you something that’s signed, you have to go research to even see who it might be. That’s annoying.

    Without the answer at the bottom I’d have no clue who signed this. It kind of looks like a J at the end so I’d probably be looking at hockey players with last names that start with a J.

    If this is what most signatures look like today, anyone can sign anything and pass it off as legit. Most people buying signed stuff probably won’t notice the difference anyway.

    I just would not buy anything unless the official certificate of authenticity was with it. It’s not worth the risk.

  5. I’m with you Dennis. I like the signatures of the old guys like Jean Beliveau. Some of the old signatures are so beautiful, they seem to mirror the graceful skating style of the player. And you can actually read them. It just seems so much more respectful towards the fan.

    But I guess respecting the fans is just too old fashioned for most of today’s stars.

  6. To me is it really any different to copy a legible name or something like in the picture? It’s still just swirls, loops, and angles. With practice you should be able to replicate one or the other. Which still leaves the question of why the change over the years. Maybe someone just needs to ask one of the more approachable players why. Dennis remember the shirt my niece gave me with all the hab’s signatures and I sent you a picture to try and figure out who they were? In the end it was often their number that was the best clue just like Luongo’s #1.

  7. It’s only because of the numbers now, DJ. Something’s changed, and I think the best reason is that they’re lazy. They also forget that when they were kids, maybe they got autographs they could read.

  8. That’s good advice to people, Darth. Get a COA. Although they’re not always the answer either.
    I hate the scribbling. Bugs me.

  9. Not ideal, but I give players a pass on this one.

    When I was younger my signature was much more legible than it is now. When I started signing my name for credit card purchases it got worse. It was almost impossible when paying for gas in winter with a frozen hand. Even in other stores I didn’t care to spend the extra two seconds when I knew the cashier didn’t care.

    Of course the players should care better when they’re signing for their fans. But I think players nowadays know that they’re not signing for fans but for investors. Much of what they sign ends up on eBay with the money not going where it deserves.

  10. That’s true, Christopher, but it’s never affected the older guys who still sign nicely. Their signatures can wind up on eBay just as easily as new players. So what makes a guy like Luongo feel that he’s different from the Howes and Hulls and Beliveaus of the world? I’d also be curious to know if new players sign nicer for little kids. I’m thinking they don’t, and that has nothing to do with eBay. All it takes is two more seconds, which isn’t a lot to ask.

  11. Leafs Felix Potvin used to sign his autographs with an X until Don Cherry called him out for doing it on Coaches Cornor. There is a Radio Show out of Buffalo’s WGR 550 on Saturday morning which deals with sports collecting/memoriablia but mainly sports cards If you go to the station’s website they archive the shows. Anyways on one show they interviewed Martin Biron concerning autographs & at one point he & other players used to sign in different coloured ink/pens & Then go to Ebay to see on their down time (Travelling/Hotel Rooms/Air Planes etc.) if their unique coloured signatures made it to Ebay & if They did & The Player recalled the autograph seekers (he or her was cut off). That is why some Kids ask for autographs for autograph sellers cause most NHL Players can not say No to a Kid. The Kid gets paid off by The Autograph Seeker/Dealer. But if a Kid gets to familiar to a NHL Player that kid will eventually will get cut off as well…

  12. Thanks Martin. Signing an x is as bad as it gets. For me, the bottom line is they make so much money they should do a good job signing regardless of their paranoia about reselling on eBay. I don’t think it’s that much of hardship.

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