My name and I made one bettor some green one Super Bowl Sunday.
I worked at the Hilton for Super Bowl XLII, between the yet unbeaten New England Patriots and New York Giants in 2008. A boisterous man, upon check-in, clapped his meaty hands together – Gator style, although I don’t know where he matriculated – when he saw my nametag.
“I’ve been wanting to bet on the Giants all day!” he broke his happy white-boy clapping to say. “Your name is Eli? This is a sign! I’m betting on the G-men!”
Hours later, the Giants, a 12-point underdog, pulled of a classic upset.
What would this guy have done if I’d been named as my family tradition stated? Every generation, a boy is named Florencio or Teodoro. My father was Teodoro, so I’d have been Florencio – had my parents not been hippies who named me after a Three Dog Night song.
I’ve always been the only Eli in class, and got to playtime quickly when we learned to write our names in kindergarten. E-L-I … sweet! Time to play Mouse Trap. I always felt bad for my friend Rudolph, who stuck around twice as long. Why didn’t he just write R-U-D-Y?
Some mysteries will never be solved.
Pachecos love their Mexican roots (and grub)
Our last name is Portuguese, although the most culture we still foster from that heritage is …
Well, nothing. We do plenty in line with our Mexican roots, from cascarones to tamales to tanning easily. My kids are half white. Asked to name the heritage they most identified with, they answered like this:
ELISE | Hispanic
MARIE | White
GRACE | Mixed
Now, that’s a mixed bag.
Turns out the ancient surname from Portugal became a heredity surname in Spain. Still, we hardly even eat black beans, let alone paella.. A Roman general named Vivio Pacieco was decended from Lucio Viminio Pacieco, who served under Julius Caesar.
Yeah, that Julius Caesar!
Other notable Pachecos in history:
FERDIE PACHECO | He’s the Fight Doctor. Men of a certain baby boomer age would call me the Fight Doctor as a nickname. He served as corner man for a dude named Muhammad Ali.
JORDAN PACHECO | This baseball player hails from New Mexico, where my father’s people live. He kind of looks like a New Mexican Pacheco. He even played for the Rockies, but now is with the Reds.
JOHNNY PACHECO | This famous Domincan musician coined the term salsa for the music genre. Cool, huh? Leave it to a Pacheco to be thinking about food.
Butchering ‘Pacheco’ on the loud speakers
The sports world has some doozies for names.
Basketballers Scientific Mapp and his brother, Majestic, for instance. Hokie Gajan, the former New Orleans Saints running back turned broadcaster. And can you imagine having to discipline a kid you’ve named God Shamgod?
The sports world will have to learn how to pronounce Pacheco eventually.
For road soccer games, you never know what those girls will be called.
Pacheecho. Pachecho. Puh…(inaudible mumble.)
It’s okay, though. They’re rather be known as other things, such as …
That damn goalie with magnets in her hands! How does she do that?
Watch No. 6! You gotta stay on her!
No. 9! No. 9! I swear she just pushed that girl down!
Yep. Works for us.