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MadTheSwine
12-28-2006, 10:31 AM
Watched the Dolphins play the Jets the other night and the announcers called Joey Harrington, Joey Blue Skies. Apparently he earned the nickname while playing in Detroit for being optimistic which irked the sportswriters there.Anyhow,I thought it was a cool nickname.
Others I like are-
Fred McGriff-The Crime Dog
St Louis Rams-The Greatest Show on Turf
Bill Mlkvy-The Owl Without a Vowel (Played Basketball for Temple U.)

What are your favorites?

robardin
12-28-2006, 10:57 AM
Best nickname ever: the now-impossibly un-PC nickname of "Chocolate Thunder" for Darryl Dawkins, the original backboard breaking dunkster who would name each of these dunks. Though there was an echo of this in the nickname of "White Chocolate" given to Jason Williams early in his career, when he was a very flashy passer.

And how could you not like "He Hate Me" as a nickname, especially when the player gave it to himself?

cardsfan1975
12-28-2006, 10:58 AM
My two favorites are:

The Freshest Man on Earth - Arlie Latham (http://baseball-reference.com/l/lathaar01.shtml)
Death to Flying Things - Bob Ferguson (http://baseball-reference.com/f/fergubo01.shtml)

They don't make nicknames like that anymore.

cf'75

ElvisL1ves
12-28-2006, 12:33 PM
Jim "Night Train" Lane always had my admiration.

Hal Briston
12-28-2006, 12:34 PM
...the announcers called Joey Harrington, Joey Blue Skies. Apparently he earned the nickname while playing in Detroit for being optimistic which irked the sportswriters there.On that same note, the guys over at profootballtalk.com (http://profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm) regularly refer to Joe Theisman as Joey Sunshine. Listen to the man call a game sometime -- nearly every play results in one of the best, most spectacular efforts he's ever seen. If a QB throws a duck, then it's because a D-lineman showed such incredible heart in getting penetration. If a RB fumbles, then it wasn't the RB's fault -- it was because that lineman made one of the greatest plays of his career in making to the runner and punching it out of his hands.

Use a little counting clicker and see how many times in 3.5 hours you hear the guy use the phrase "spectacular effort". You'll probably roll the counter.

ElvisL1ves
12-28-2006, 12:44 PM
ESPN (http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/footnickname/010614.html)'s list of the Top 10 Football Nicknames:1. Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch
2. "Broadway Joe" Namath
3. Lester "The Molester" Hayes
4. "Mean Joe" Greene
5. "The Mad Stork" (Ted Hendricks)
6. "The Assassin" (Jack Tatum)
7. "Sweetness" (Walter Payton)
8. Andre "Bad Moon" Rison
9. Lou "The Toe" Groza
10. Eugene "Mercury" Morris

The reader poll retorted with William "Refrigerator" Perry, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Rod "He Hate Me" Smart, Jeveon "The Freak" Kearse, Reggie "The Minister of Defense" White, Broadway Joe Namath, and Diesel John Riggins,
with Honorable mention to:
"Prime Time" Deion Sanders, "Ironhead" Craig Heyward, "The Snake" Kenny Stabler, "Bullet" Bob Hayes, "Galloping Ghost" Red Grange, Andre "Bad Moon"Rison, "The Assassin" Jack Tatum, "Bambi" Lance Allworth, Eric "Sleeping with" Bienenemy, "Night Train" Dick Lane, "Moose" Daryl Johnston,"Tombstone" Rich Jackson, and "The Nigerian Nightmare" Christian Okoye.

You can thank Chris Berman for more than one of those.

Skywatcher
12-28-2006, 01:20 PM
Doug "Eyechart" Gwodsz (http://baseball-reference.com/g/gwosddo01.shtml)

Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky (http://baseball-reference.com/h/hraboal01.shtml)

Luke "Old Aches & Pains" Appling (http://baseball-reference.com/a/applilu01.shtml)

Rick "The Red Baron" Sutcliffe (http://baseball-reference.com/s/sutclri01.shtml)

Mike "The Human Rain Delay" Hargrove (http://baseball-reference.com/h/hargrmi01.shtml)

Mark "The Bird" Fidrych (http://baseball-reference.com/f/fidryma01.shtml)

Frank "The Capital Punisher" Howard (http://baseball-reference.com/h/howarfr01.shtml)

Skywatcher
12-28-2006, 01:27 PM
Being originally from the Chicago area, I caught Cubs games on cable and watched The Red Baron in his prime. A few years later, I went to an Orioles preseaon game on a cold and somewhat wet day in '93 and, expecting Sutcliffe to start, brought along a banner that read "Shoot 'em down, Red Baron!" Didn't get a chance to use it because Mussina got the start instead.

Jeff Lichtman
12-28-2006, 01:55 PM
Some of the best nicknames are derogatory:

Leo "The Lip" Durocher
Dizzy Dean
Doctor Strangeglove (Dick Stuart)
Penitentiary Face (Jeffrey Leonard)
Losing Pitcher Mulcahy (Hugh Mulcahy)
Goofy Gomez (Vernon Gomez, AKA Lefty)
Old Tomato Face (Nick Cullop)

Some good non-derogatory nicknames:

Charlie Hustle (originally derogatory - came from a sarcastic remark by Mickey Mantle - but Pete Rose made people forget the sarcasm. Not my favorite ballplayer, but a great nickname).
Stan "The Man" Musial
Oil Can Boyd
Teddy Ballgame (Ted Williams)
Cool Papa Bell (James Bell from the Negro Leagues)
Sal the Barber Maglie
Iron Man McGinnity (Joe McGinnity)
The Toy Cannon (Jimmy Wynn)
The Wild Hoss of the Osage (Pepper Martin)

ElvisL1ves
12-28-2006, 02:00 PM
Frank Howard, all 6'8" and 275 lb of him, was also "The Washington Monument".

DigitalC
12-28-2006, 02:02 PM
Wasn't Charles Barkley called "the round mound of rebound" at some point in his career? I really like Dominique "the human highlight film" Wilkins also.

ElvisL1ves
12-28-2006, 02:32 PM
Barkley stole the nickname from obese country singer Kenny Price, "The Round Mound of Sound",

jackelope
12-28-2006, 02:54 PM
The greatest sports nickname I know of belongs to one "Stubby" Clapp (http://baseball-reference.com/c/clappst01.shtml). He played for the Memphis AAA team for about five years, and was a huge local favorite. He used to do a backflip as he ran out onto the field every day.

In addition, there have been at least six baseball players nicknamed "Dummy." (http://baseball-reference.com/player_search.cgi?search=dummy&Search+for+Player.x=0&Search+for+Player.y=0)

Trunk
12-28-2006, 02:55 PM
I think "He Hate Me" might be one of the greatest ever.

I'll tell you one thing. . .nicknaming has been a little problematic lately. A-Rod, K-Rod, etc. Shit style.

You have half the alphabet to work with with LaDanian Tomlinson, and the best you can come up with is LT? A nickname someone else already has?

What about these idiots calling Vince Young, "V.Y."? Let's put the kibosh on that before it sticks. How about Vinnie Touchdowns? V-Ten? Vinnie Flash? There's a lot to work with there.

Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor is pretty good.

Mason "The Line" Dixon. :)

Andrew "The Foul Pole" Golota is a great one.

Ellis Dee
12-28-2006, 03:25 PM
At 6'4" 285 pounds, the Giants backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen is rather large (http://widewordofsports.com/images/Football/lorenzen_jared1.jpg). He has three nicknames, some of which were given him by fans of opposing teams:

The Hefty Left
The Pillsbury Throw Boy
J-Load

pravnik
12-28-2006, 03:40 PM
I like this ESPN list of ten best boxing nicknames in history (http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/boxnickname/010620.html) (two lists, actually, staff and reader). The reader explanations of their choices are pretty good, with some dead on.

Moonchild
12-28-2006, 03:45 PM
Has anyone mentioned Darryl Dawkins? He has about 20, but the simplest and best is:

Chocolate Thunder

E. Thorp
12-28-2006, 03:49 PM
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych (http://baseball-reference.com/f/fidryma01.shtml)
My alltime favorite is Doug "The Fidrych" Bird.

Oakminster
12-28-2006, 03:57 PM
The Fabulous Freebirds--Michael "P.S." Hayes, Terry "Bamm Bamm" Gordy, and Buddy "Jack" Roberts.

"Cowboy" Bill Watts

Steve "Dr. Death" Williams

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

"The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff

"The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff

Tommy "Wildfire" Rich

Ed "Wahoo" McDaniel

"The Big Cat" Ernie Ladd

Jerry "The King" Lawler

RickJay
12-28-2006, 04:03 PM
Garry Maddox was known as "The Secretary of Defense" when Reggie White was still in college.

It's also hard to top Vlad "The Impaler" Konstantinov.

And who can forget Ilie "Nasty" Nastase? Clyde The Glide Drexler?

Unfortunately, many of the best sports nicknames I've ever heard were applied to Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies: "The King of Sting," "The Master of Disaster" and "The Count of Monte Fisto" are just terrific.

saoirse
12-28-2006, 04:09 PM
A couple from the Buffalo Bills:

Jim "Machine Gun" Kelly
Mark "Kazoo" Kelso
Doug "The Magic" Flutie
Anthony "A-Train" Thomas

From other teams:

Pete "Go-Go" Gogolak
Junious "Buck" Buchanan
George "Iceman" Gervin
Dave "The Ghost" Casper
Ted "The Stork" Hendricks

zamboniracer
12-28-2006, 04:19 PM
Unfortunately, many of the best sports nicknames I've ever heard were applied to Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies: ... "The Master of Disaster" ....

Supposedly Mohammad Ali was quoted as saying that he wished he'd thought of that one.

Back to nicknames:

Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson
Jerome "The Bus" Bettis
Downtown Freddie Brown
Automatic Otto Graham
Fred "The Hammer" Williamson

My family used to refer to Browns QB Brian Sipe as "Noodle Arm" but it never caught on beyond our house. :D

zamboniracer
12-28-2006, 04:25 PM
How could we (myself included) have gotten this far in the thread without mentioning Julius "Dr. J" Erving?

zamboniracer
12-28-2006, 04:27 PM
Magic Johnson. How could I overlook Magic Johnson?

Skywatcher
12-28-2006, 04:39 PM
Unfortunately, many of the best sports nicknames I've ever heard were applied to Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies: "The King of Sting," "The Master of Disaster" and "The Count of Monte Fisto" are just terrific.Which reminds me: John "The Count" Montefusco (http://baseball-reference.com/m/montejo01.shtml).

Chez Guevara
12-28-2006, 05:04 PM
William "Refrigerator" Perry.....Definitely the coolest so far.

want2know
12-28-2006, 05:43 PM
Frank Howard, all 6'8" and 275 lb of him, was also "The Washington Monument".
Or, more simply, "Hondo".

Don Mattingly: "Donnie Baseball"
Billy Paultz (NY Nets): "The Whopper"
"Super John" Williamson (also Nets)
Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto
Lance Johnson (Chisox): "1-Dog"

want2know
12-28-2006, 05:46 PM
Oh, and how can any list be complete without:

Ozzie Smith: "The Wizard"

Snooooopy
12-28-2006, 05:56 PM
Quarterback Chris Chandler was "Crystal Chandelier" because he was injury-prone.

Defensive back Elvis "Toast" Patterson kept getting burned.

Soccer player Jurgen Klinsmann was called "The Submarine Commander" because of his alleged tendency to DIVE! DIVE! DIVE!

brianjedi
12-28-2006, 06:11 PM
At 6'4" 285 pounds, the Giants backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen is rather large (http://widewordofsports.com/images/Football/lorenzen_jared1.jpg). He has three nicknames, some of which were given him by fans of opposing teams:

The Hefty Lefty
The Pillsbury Throw Boy
J-Load

Actually, all those nicknames, along with "The Battleship Lorenzen" and "The Round Mound of Touchdown" are from his days here in Lexington at UK.

Coolest current nickname: Cardinal fans, in homage to Stan "The Man" Musial, have dubbed Albert Pujols "El Hombre."

if6was9
12-28-2006, 08:15 PM
I can't believe no one has posted the best one.

Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson

Frostillicus
12-28-2006, 11:01 PM
My three favorites:

1) Walter "No Neck" Williams
2) Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd
3) Billy "White Shoes" Johnson

drm
12-28-2006, 11:21 PM
I've always been partial to simple ones like:

"Air" Jordan
"super" Mario (Lemieux - he had more, I know.)
"The Wizard" Ozzie Smith

The best of all time, just for simple matter of factness has to be, "The Great one" Wayne Gretzky.

Omniscient
12-29-2006, 12:15 AM
For pure simplicity you have to love Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks.

Clyde "The Glide" Drexler was pretty memorable.

Say what you will about Berman-isms but he had a few that were downright fantastic.

Bert "Be Home" Blyleven
Todd " Which Hand Does He" Frohwirth
Jake "Daylight Come And Me Wanna" Delhomme
Andre "Bad Moon" Rison
"Well Dressed" Amani Toomer

Revedge
12-29-2006, 12:32 AM
Clyde "The Glide" Drexler was pretty memorable.




As was his college team: "Phi Slama Jama."

Oakminster
12-29-2006, 12:43 AM
Other nominees:

Saints running back tandem Chuck Muncie and Tony Galbreth were known as "Thunder and Lightning".

Ted Williams--"The Splendid Splinter"

Saints O-lineman Stan Brock--"The Sheriff"

Roger "The Dodger" Staubach

Saints linebacking foursome--Ricky Jackson, Vaughn Johnson, Sam Mills, and Pat Swilling--"The Dome Patrol".

Saints RB Craig "Ironhead" Heywood

Fern Forest
12-29-2006, 01:40 AM
ESPN (http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/footnickname/010614.html)'s list of the Top 10 Football Nicknames:I always liked Drew Bled-so-much-he-needed-a-tranfusion. Even though it was only used once, in a commercial.

I Love Me, Vol. I
12-29-2006, 02:00 AM
Not a nickname but---- IIRC, (or partially correctly) there was a college basketball player-- maybe in the 80's--who my friend and I called "Ancient Love-a-Drama". His name was very close to that, but that's not quite right. I thought it was one of the best sports names ever but I can't remember it exactly. Anyone know who I'm talking about?

Ok, yeah, I fully admit this post is weak.... I'm just trying to remember this dude's name!

DataZak
12-29-2006, 02:23 AM
Most Brazilian soccer stars are known by their nicknames rather than their real names (Pele is actually Edson Arantes do Nascimento) and my favourite is this guy: Kaka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kak%C3%A1).

It is fortunate that he should be so good at what he does, otherwise he would have to find a different nickname.

grimpixie
12-29-2006, 03:49 AM
I've always enjoyed the nicknames of the Australian cricketing Waugh Brothers - Steve, the eldest was first on the international scene and was known as "Tugga", while Mark was overlooked for some time, and became known as "Afghan" - the forgotten war (Waugh) :)

Other cricketing nicknames - Mfuneko Ngam (a promising black South African fast bowler who never delivered internationally) was known as "Chewy" (Chewey'N gam), while England left-arm spin bowler Ashley Giles was known as "The King of Spain" after a commemorative mug was produced with a typo.

Favorite rugby nickname - John Eales was called "Nobody" (Nobody's perfect)

Grim

DigitalC
12-29-2006, 09:16 AM
As was his college team: "Phi Slama Jama."

Which included Hakeem "the dream" Olajuwon.

Trunk
12-29-2006, 09:50 AM
In the world of basketball. . .

"Agent Zero" is definitely catching on for Gilbert Arenas. That's pretty nice.

"King James" is not bad.

"The Answer" is good nickname, but I'm not much of an Iverson fan.

They called Robert Parrish "The Chief" which fit nicely.

Least Original User Name Ever
12-29-2006, 10:25 AM
I think "He Hate Me" might be one of the greatest ever.

I'll tell you one thing. . .nicknaming has been a little problematic lately. A-Rod, K-Rod, etc. Shit style.

You have half the alphabet to work with with LaDanian Tomlinson, and the best you can come up with is LT? A nickname someone else already has?

What about these idiots calling Vince Young, "V.Y."? Let's put the kibosh on that before it sticks. How about Vinnie Touchdowns? V-Ten? Vinnie Flash? There's a lot to work with there.

Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor is pretty good.

Mason "The Line" Dixon. :)

Andrew "The Foul Pole" Golota is a great one.


I'm right with you. A formula to make a nickname is bad nicknaming. It's also VERY lazy. Your first letter combined with the first syllable of your last name is NOT a nickname. There are a few exceptions, like the original ones, like Chris Webber and maybe Alex Rodriguez. Ivan Rodriguez already has a good nickname, ("Pudge") so we don't need to make it "I-Rod", which I've heard and hate. Tracy McGrady does not equal T-Mac. That's just damn lazy.

For Vince Young, "Vinnie" works for me. What about "Vinnie Intangibles" or something like that? Fuck, "Vince" is already a nickname, or at least a shortened version of a full name. He already HAS a nickname!

Least Original User Name Ever
12-29-2006, 10:26 AM
I always liked Drew Bled-so-much-he-needed-a-tranfusion. Even though it was only used once, in a commercial.


I remember this one and also love it. Thanks for mentioning it, even though as a nitpick, I think it was Drew "bled-so-much-he-needed-a-blood-transfusion".

Least Original User Name Ever
12-29-2006, 10:31 AM
In the world of basketball. . .

"Agent Zero" is definitely catching on for Gilbert Arenas. That's pretty nice.

"King James" is not bad.

"The Answer" is good nickname, but I'm not much of an Iverson fan.

They called Robert Parrish "The Chief" which fit nicely.


"King James", to me, was a bit early. You don't nickname a kid that coming out of high school. He's earning that nickname now, for sure, but he shouldn't have had it as a rookie.

pravnik
12-29-2006, 10:40 AM
Chuck "the Iceman" Liddell isn't completely original, but there's a good story behind it; he's notoriously unflappable before fights, like in this interview with his trainer GM John Hackleman:
Prior to the start of UFC 47, John was hanging on the Octagon fence talking to Chuck. After offering Liddell a drink of water, John drank the majority of the bottleís contents himself. "Well you know why?ÖI was more nervous than Chuck. Chuck didnít get nervous for that fight. I kept trying to psych him out, and he just kept laughing the whole time.

"Even walking into the ring - you watch it Ė he was laughing. He turned around to me, ĎJohn, Iím going to knock him out. I guarantee it.í Iíve never had that much confidence before a fight, much less have Iíve seen any of my other guys with that much confidence.http://knucklepit.com/mixed-martial-arts-john_hackleman.htm
Coincidentally, UFC 47 was his last fight with Tito Ortiz, and the rematch is tomorrow, December 30. Neither has lost a fight since then, so it should be a good one. :D

Ellis Dee
12-29-2006, 10:44 AM
Actually, all those nicknames, along with "The Battleship Lorenzen" and "The Round Mound of Touchdown" are from his days here in Lexington at UK.I hadn't heard those two before; they're both great.

Sorry if I wasn't clear, but I meant that some of his nicknames were given him by opposing fans during his college days. Surely fans of his didn't name him J-Load, right? He's barely been on the roster as a Giant, so NFL fans don't even know who he is, much less think about him enough to give him a nickname.

I was loudly calling for him to take the field during last week's debacle, that's for sure.

ElvisL1ves
12-29-2006, 11:03 AM
Chuck "the Iceman" Liddell isn't completely original,George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs guard, who was cool under pressure. Whenever his team came to town, the local sports headline writers would demonstrate their knowledge of Eugene O'Neill play titles.

saoirse
12-29-2006, 11:26 AM
I don't believe I forgot

Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain
"Tree" Rollins
Lew "Kareem-Abdul Jabbar" Alcindor




Oh. Wait a minute. Scratch that last one.

I did read that in high school, Alcindor was called "The Tower of Power," though.

ElvisL1ves
12-29-2006, 11:35 AM
Rollins' close involvement with Danny Ainge's finger in a Celtics-Hawks game permitted the classic headline "Tree Bites Man".

Marley23
12-29-2006, 11:53 AM
Daryle "The Mad Bomber" Lamonica!
"King James", to me, was a bit early. You don't nickname a kid that coming out of high school. He's earning that nickname now, for sure, but he shouldn't have had it as a rookie.
"King James" is better than LBJ (ugh) or Bron-Bron, though, so it's the best of a weak field. I hate initials nicknames and the A-Rod style.

I think Bermanisms shouldn't be considered in the same category as proper nicknames, but he's coined a few good in his day.

saoirse
12-29-2006, 11:57 AM
I think Bermanisms shouldn't be considered in the same category as proper nicknames, but he's coined a few good in his day.

I agree. Bermanisms were really just puns on the atheletes' names. Nobody saw Eric Bienemy walking down the street and said, "Hey, Sleeping With!"

I don't know how I could have forgotten Lamonica, either. Sheesh.

Marley23
12-29-2006, 12:01 PM
Oh, another one: Lenny "Nails" Dykstra.

Least Original User Name Ever
12-29-2006, 12:11 PM
Daryle "The Mad Bomber" Lamonica!

"King James" is better than LBJ (ugh) or Bron-Bron, though, so it's the best of a weak field. I hate initials nicknames and the A-Rod style.

I think Bermanisms shouldn't be considered in the same category as proper nicknames, but he's coined a few good in his day.


I agree. With everything, so far.

brianjedi
12-29-2006, 05:29 PM
I hadn't heard those two before; they're both great.

Sorry if I wasn't clear, but I meant that some of his nicknames were given him by opposing fans during his college days. Surely fans of his didn't name him J-Load, right? He's barely been on the roster as a Giant, so NFL fans don't even know who he is, much less think about him enough to give him a nickname.

I was loudly calling for him to take the field during last week's debacle, that's for sure.

Nah, we gave him J-Load. And "The Pillsbury Throwboy" is from a sign someone had at Commonwealth Stadium, if I recall correctly. "The Battleship Lorenzen" was started by Rece Davis of ESPN, "The Hefty Lefty" is from Kentucky fans, and "The Round Mound of Touchdown" was coined by someone in the Lexington media.

True story: he was almost 20 lbs. at birth, and he can throw a ball a legit 50+ yards from one knee (I've seen him do it in warmups.)

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