The Croatian soccer team is chock-full of dudes with names that most people can’t pronounce. That is EXACTLY why they keep winning games. They are doing it on purpose. They do it so that the whole world can watch as the SportsCenter guys try to pronounce names that just should not be pronounced by native English speakers or even Spanish-speaking soccer/futbol announcers. It’s just not natural.
That’s how it is with Croatians. When it comes to making last names, they are fond of putting a lot of consonants together without the help of a lot of vowels (i.e. Niko Kranjcar, Darijo Srna, or Nikola Pokrivac).
holySmith! has a strong Croatian heritage from the maternal side of the family – pretty much all of them are Croatian. And they have the consonant-laden surnames and the tamburitzas to prove it.
And no, tamburitzas are not what you think they are.
So anyhoo – go Croatia! I am playing my “Croatian Card” and hopping on the bandwagon even though most people think of Croatia as one of those non-countries that only really exists when the Olympics are happening. I am on the bandwagon since ASU got booted from the NCAA baseball tournament last week and the frackin’ Royals swept the Cardinals. Even stupid Chipper Jones dipped his batting average below .400, and I don’t even like Chipper Jones.
I just need something to believe in.