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A Message From God. Shammgod.

Subhed: A travesty of a mockery of a Shamm. And many regards if you get the reference.

In this God (Shammgod)-obsessed city of ours, any blog post about the man in question is worth highlighting, especially when it comes from the Bog-friendly Name of the Year blog.

The face of God.

The backstory: God S. was a sad loser in the 1996 Name of the Year contest, but a winner in all of our hearts, especially once he was immortalized in God Shammgod's Mixtape over in Wizznutzz land. NOTY blogged about the glut of Wall Street Journal content about God and his current travels in the Chinese Basketball Association; not having a WSJ account, I'll have to steal NOTY's work. For example:

If Shamm, as he prefers to be called, is in China and he's not playing ball, he's likely online, downloading NBA games or highlights, talking on Skype, emailing or IMing with his wife, kids and countless friends, including NBA stars Chauncey Billups and Kevin Garnett.

You can also read about the story on TrueHoop. Both blogs note that God tries to eat all his meals at McDonald's or Pizza Hut, and not to eat dog, his palindrome. Coincidentally, I feel the same way about my palindrome. More importantly, NOTY discovered that the author of the WSJ profile, Alan Paul, had earlier blogged about his meeting with God, and about the Name of God:

He has always been a bit of a running punch line because of his name and the story that he changed it when he arrived at Providence from Shammgod Wells to God Shammgod. It's not true; God Shammgod is his name and he changed it unofficially in high school after being teased mercilessly as a child. When he got to college, he was told he had to use his real name or legally change it, which would have cost $600, money he says he didn't have. He stressed this to me several times and really wants it in the story. He feels that misperception has really given him a bad rep and I'd say he's right. That's what I remembered first about him -- the guy who changed his name to God.

Well. But Shammgod Wells's Mix Tape really doesn't have the same ring, does it? Plus, if Bill Raftery ever covers Chinese basketball, you'd want him to say "With the kiss....from God," and not "With the kiss....from Wells." Either way, he has a great beard nowadays.

The God Delusion, Resolved (Name of the Year)
It's a God Eat Dog World (True Hoop)
God Shammgod and Hoops Journey to Shanxi (alanpaulinchina)
God Shammgod's Mix Tape (Wizznutzz)

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 14, 2007; 1:50 PM ET
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