The voice of Arizona Athletics, Brian Jeffries, who does all of Arizona’s live football and basketball radio broadcasts has one of the toughest gigs in the business thanks to Wildcat coach Mike Stoops and his staff reopening the Polynesian Pipeline that former Cat coach Dick Tomey made famous in Tucson.
Arizona's Mike Stoops should be able to help with player-name pronunciations.
I can see Jeffries following Arizona’s loss to Oklahoma State sitting back in his chair and thinking, “Whew, I won’t have to fight to pronounce names like Conan Amituanai or Lolomana Mikaele anymore.”
Most around campus or those who follow Wildcat football refer to Amituanai and Mikaele familiarly as “Conan” or “Mana.” However, during a live broadcast, Jeffries does not have that luxury as he not only has to refer to all athletes by their last names for his listeners, but must do so in the heat of the moment without batting an eye.
Well, unfortunately for Jeffries, although the Wildcats do lose two tongue twisters from its roster to graduation, both outstanding contributors to the program, the team gains four new ones as part of its 2011 recruiting class.
Today, Arizona signed three recruits with Polynesian ties. They also add a Class of 2010 commit who grey-shirted last year and formally signed and enrolled in classes at Arizona at the beginning of the current spring semester.
Here’s the player rundown:
Sanielia Fuimaono (2010 Grey Shirt)
6-feet-2 inches, 280 pounds
Name Pronounced: Sanee-ay-ee-lee-ah Foo-ee-mah-oh-no
6-feet-5 inches, 295 pounds
Name Pronounced: Fah-ee-tay-lei Fah-ah-foh-ee
6-feet-5 inches, 254 pounds
Name Pronounced: Len-yay Mah-ee-ah-vay
6-foot-3 inches, 252 pounds
Strong Side Defensive End
Name Pronounced: [b]Oh-why Day-ree-go
When you consider that Arizona also added several other class of 2011 signees with not-so-easy to pronounce last names such as Dame Ndiaye, Patrick Onwuasor, Tra’Mayne Bondurant, Kyle Dugandzic and even Jacob Arzouman it is easy to say that the “Voice of Arizona” has some homework to do before Arizona 2011-2012 season opener in Tucson on Sep. 3 against Northern Arizona.
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