Monday, June 28, 2004

Telemundo, meet TBS - The Superstation

"A Texas couple who named their son ESPN after the cable sports network will soon get a visit from the toddler's namesake.

"An ESPN film crew is coming to the Panhandle town of Pampa next month to interview the family of 2-year-old ESPN Malachi McCall for a feature on children around the country with the unique name.

"ESPN (pronounced Espen) McCall is one of at least three youngsters in the United States known to be named for the sports network. A couple in Corpus Christi named their son Espn Curiel in 2000, the same year Espen Blondeel was born in Michigan.

"Rebecca and Michael McCall said their son's name started as a joke after they heard on the radio about another couple naming their son 'ESPEN.'

"'He looked at me and said, 'That's a cool name,'' Rebecca McCall said in Saturday's editions of the Amarillo Globe-News."