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Imitation Game

Yogi Berra had the coolest nonhuman namesake among athletes, but not the only one
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Yogi Berra

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Yogi Bear

The story that Berra sued Hanna-Barbera was buried by Allen Barra's book Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee. Got that?

Gordie Howe

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Gordie Howe Bridge

This not-yet-built crossing will connect Detroit to Canada, much like Mr. Hockey did.

Babe Ruth

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Baby Ruth

The maker claimed the candy bar was named after Grover Cleveland's daughter, who'd been dead for 17 years when it came out in 1921.

Kobe Bryant

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"Kobe Bryant"

This song on Lil Wayne's 2009 Tear Drop Tune 2 is not only named after the Lakers' star, it's a tribute to him.

Dizzy Dean

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Mastophora dizzydeani

Like the Bruins' goalie, this species of wasp wears black and yellow, and the females have glovelike grabbers on their front legs.

Arnold Palmer

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Arnold Palmer

The golfer was overheard ordering the half iced tea--half lemonade concoction, and it became known for him.

THEY SAID IT

"LUCKILY, THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY DOESN'T SORT OF MEAN MUCH TO ME ANYMORE."

Rory McIlroy

World No. 3 golfer discussing the $10 million he would get for winning the FedEx Cup. He finished 15th in the Cup standings.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Tottenham Hotspur honored Wayne Gretzky on Sept. 23 by giving him a jersey for someone named Gretsky.

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WALTER IOOSS JR. FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BERRA)

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HANNA-BARBERA/EVERETT COLLECTION (YOGI BEAR)

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MARK J. TERRILL/AP (BRYANT)

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HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES (HOWE)

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KIRK IRWIN/NHLI/GETTY IMAGES (RASK)

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TWITTER.COM (WASP, GRETZKY)

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WILLIAM C. GREENE/TSN/ICON SMI (RUTH)

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NBC/NBCU PHOTO BANK/GETTY IMAGES (PALMER)

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PATRICK SMITH/GETTY IMAGES (MCILROY)

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