Is there any greater honor than having something named after you? Maybe not. People donate millions of dollars to get their names on buildings, and that is a lot of money to pay just so students can remember where their economics course is. College basketball coaches get courts named after them if they’re really good. Having something named after you is a physical manifestation of one’s legacy, and that’s why it’s such an award.
Or, a racehorse is named after you and it is hilarious. From the Saratogian:
Among the youngsters is a colt sure to be popular with local fans: Jimmer. The son of Elusive Quality is named for Glens Falls native and former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette, a top 10 pick in the NBA draft who is set to begin his career with the Sacramento Kings.
Pat Hammel, wife of Glens Falls basketball coach Tony Hammel, works on the barn staff for Bill Mott, who, along with Pletcher, is one of WinStar Farm’s top trainers. Pat Hammel suggested naming a colt after Fredette to WinStar president/CEO and racing manager Elliott Walden. WinStar liked the idea and chose this particular colt.
Congratulations, Jimmer Fredette, you’re a horse now. That is really something. Not sure what that something is, but it is definitely something. Somewhere in New York, there will be a tiny man riding Jimmer the horse, and that is a sentence I never thought I’d write. Neigh to go, man.
But here’s the funny thing: Jimmer is a pretty good name for a horse, even if it wasn’t inspired by a professional athlete. I don’t know what that says about Jimmer Fredette, but if he had gone by Jim and then you found out there was a horse named Jimmer, you’d just say, “Seems like a normal horse name,” because you’re an expert in horse names.
So basically, Jimmer Fredette inspired a horse name, even though his name is already kind of a horse name. All we can hope that Jimmer the horse is called a long shot in every race he runs, because that would be a fitting tribute to a guy with unlimited range. It’d be like doubling down on Jimmer horse puns, and gamblers love that sort of thing.