CHRIS ERSKINE / FAN OF THE HOUSE

Fun-wise, national signing day is a signature event

There's so much to mock about a day with hours of breathless coverage as high school football players officially sign with their colleges.

What fun, this national signing day, colleges' version of the NFL draft. Story I'm following most closely is of the Florida mom who reportedly ran off with her kid's signing papers so he wouldn't leave home.

As Dave Barry used to say, I'm not making this stuff up.

So much to mock on this overblown, overripe event, with 12 hours of breathless election-caliber coverage of the day when high school players officially sign with their colleges. Or in the case of the missing Florida mom, do not.

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Also, so much to love. The names alone have a certain entertainment value, not a Grabowski in the bunch.

Here, for instance, is my all-apostrophe team, culled from Wednesday's signings:

A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama).

Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington).

John O'Korn (Houston).

Su'a Cravens (USC).

Or my all-Christmas team:

Ebenezer Ogundeko (Clemson).

Hodari Christian (West Virginia).

Godwin Igwebuike (Northwestern).

Noel Padmore (Indiana), Noel Thomas (Connecticut), Noel Ellis (Texas A&M).

My overall best-names-of-the-day team:

Will Likely III (Maryland).

Dee Liner (Alabama).

Hipolito Corporan (Utah).

Montavious Smoke (Troy).

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