It's eck-pray, not ex-spray
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Sometimes names can be tricky, and working in sports media, it's of the utmost importance to get those pronunciations correct.
When Marcus Mariota took the world by storm at the beginning of the 2012 season, there were so many different ways people were pronouncing "Mariota" that the Eugene Register-Guard created a video schooling Oregon fans and media members on the correct way to say "Mariota." (Phonetically, it's "marr-ee-oh-tah" in the 2013 Oregon football media guide.)
But the Oregon quarterback wasn't alone Friday at 2013 Pac-12 Football Media Day at Sony Pictures Studios in having a tricky name. In fact, all he had to do was look to his left when he took the podium for Oregon's turn with the media, as cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has run into the same trouble.
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A name like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu prompted one fan to ask the 2012 Pac-12 co-leader in forced fumbles via Facebook what is the worst someone has butchered his name.
"I would have to say Eye-fo Ex-spray something, I don't know. I don't understand," ee-fo eck-pray-olo-mu said. "Sometimes people call me Ex-spray; I don't understand where they got the “Ex” from."
And if you didn't know, now you know.