By Eric Sondheimer
From the land of high school football weirdness comes this tale:
One of the top defensive players at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame is senior linebacker Anthony Gutierrez, the identical name of last year's top linebacker.
They're brothers. And that led a reporter to ask the question: What's going on?
Their father is also named Anthony Gutierrez and he decided to name his first son Anthony. No problem there. But then he started feeling guilty.
"He didn't want to name the oldest Anthony and not the others," the second Anthony son said. "He didn't want to be unfair."
So the second son was named Anthony, then the third son also became Anthony. He's 3.
"People think it's weird," the mother, Gloria, said.
Last season, Notre Dame players called them "The Anthonys."
... To avoid identification weirdness, everyone has been given a nickname. Big Anthony is the father. Anthony is the first born. Tony is the second. Antonio is the third.
The Anthonys are just two boys away from equaling boxer George Foreman's five sons, all of whom are named George.
At Long Beach Poly, there's Rodney Shorter II and Rodney Shorter III. They're brothers. One's a senior linebacker and the other is a sophomore running back. One is known as Bama and other Little Bama. Their father is also Rodney Shorter.