LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Now, thanks to Google Search, I know that there at least two other gentlemen named Willie Sawyers in the world. Googling oneself may be considered a touch narcissistic, but I encourage everyone to do it because it’s fascinating to see the amount of stuff that turns up. There is no privacy anymore, people.
My narcissistic side was a little surprised when I learned I am not the most celebrated and popular Willie Sawyers on the planet, based on Google searches. That distinction belongs to a good looking, athletic young soccer player in Scotland. He consumes almost the entire first page of the search, darn him.
It’s fun to read the headlines generated by that Willie Sawyers. He’s a pretty good player who’s made quite a name for himself in world-class soccer.
“Maryhill hitman Willie Sawyers eyes chance with Clyde,” reads one headline. “Sawyers is sure to go West,” reads another. “Willie Sawyers completes hat trick.”
I must admit I have nothing in common with this namesake, because I don’t like soccer. What’s the point of watching people run up and down a field for three hours and never seeing anyone score?
The other Willie Sawyers lives in Pennsylvania and is notorious for another reason, according to Google. He allegedly got into trouble and was suspended while hauling manure with a forklift as part of his job with the state department of agriculture.
As I aspire to make positive contributions to our common name, perhaps the best I can do is to land somewhere between the popular, good-looking soccer player and the manure spreader. ( I know, many of you think I already spread manure with this column).
I’ll bet that my namesakes around the world have jumped on the Kentucky bandwagon and are cheering this remarkable run to the national championship.
Yes, the Wildcats need to Win it for Willie. Every one of us.