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(The New York Times)   Babe. Dr J. Chocolate Thunder. Wizard of Oz. The Kid. Big Hurt. Are nicknames a dying art?   (nytimes.com) divider line 83
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2011-05-16 10:55:10 AM
Derrick Rose used to be called "Pooh".

Oh bother.
 
2011-05-16 10:56:05 AM
Dying art? No, they're even better now. You see, you just take the first letter of your first name, and combine it with an abbreviation of your last name. it's awesome, and always creative because people have, like, all kinds of different letters in their name.
 
2011-05-16 10:59:43 AM

doubled99: Dying art? No, they're even better now. You see, you just take the first letter of your first name, and combine it with an abbreviation of your last name. it's awesome, and always creative because people have, like, all kinds of different letters in their name.


I agree w/D-9.
 
2011-05-16 10:59:58 AM

doubled99: Dying art? No, they're even better now. You see, you just take the first letter of your first name, and combine it with an abbreviation of your last name. it's awesome, and always creative because people have, like, all kinds of different letters in their name.


R John? I like it. Cool. I have a nickname now.
 
2011-05-16 11:00:21 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: Derrick Rose used to be called "Pooh".

Oh bother.


A good shot could be called a "Pooh stick"
 
2011-05-16 11:10:35 AM
Mixed martial arts ruined it by going in the opposite direction, where every fighter insists on an original nickname and pretty much destroyed the concept.
 
2011-05-16 11:13:45 AM
Just because players don't have nicknames in the mainstream sports press doesn't mean they don't have nicknames.

Chris "Cop Speed" Johnson
Rex "Dragon" Grossman
Jay "Emo Jay" Cutler
Calvin "Megatron" Johnson
Ndamakong "Donkey Kong" Suh


Yeah, players don't have nicknames like "Lefty" anymore because "Lefty" is a retarded nickname and with increased urbanization players aren't the only person in their hometown who is left handed.

You can't refer to Calvin Johnson as Megatron in the NYT because Hasbro will sue you, but if you say you're drafting Megatron in your fantasy football league, everyone knows who you're talking about.
 
2011-05-16 11:15:02 AM
We have one at the office for Jose Bautista. We call him "Joey Bats".
 
2011-05-16 11:18:06 AM

Mike_LowELL: Mixed martial arts ruined it by going in the opposite direction, where every fighter insists on an original nickname and pretty much destroyed the concept.


True, but some of them are pretty apt. Like Rich Franklin's nickname

doubled99: Dying art? No, they're even better now. You see, you just take the first letter of your first name, and combine it with an abbreviation of your last name. it's awesome, and always creative because people have, like, all kinds of different letters in their name.


Garret Anderson too it to another level with "GA"
 
2011-05-16 11:18:37 AM
You can usually tell how big of an asshole someone is if they gave themselves their own nickname. (See: Situation, The)
 
2011-05-16 11:19:18 AM
Recching Ball:

multimedia.heraldinteractive.com
 
2011-05-16 11:19:39 AM

RandyJohnson: doubled99: Dying art? No, they're even better now. You see, you just take the first letter of your first name, and combine it with an abbreviation of your last name. it's awesome, and always creative because people have, like, all kinds of different letters in their name.

R John? I like it. Cool. I have a nickname now.


S Pon. Could sound like spawn which is kinda cool... Sure beats "booger-eating bed-wetter"...
 
2011-05-16 11:22:49 AM

Ponzholio: S Pon. Could sound like spawn which is kinda cool... Sure beats "booger-eating bed-wetter"...


Spoon?
 
2011-05-16 11:23:32 AM
Matty Ice and Breesus unavailable for comment due to the lockout.
 
2011-05-16 11:25:01 AM
Pronk unavailable for comment...busy hitting walk-off home runs.
 
2011-05-16 11:25:14 AM
Maybe, but repeats aren't.
 
2011-05-16 11:31:59 AM
www.vintagecardtraders.com
 
2011-05-16 11:34:48 AM
Scam Newton
Rapey Ben Roethlisberger
Law firm --Ben Jarvis Green Ellis
 
2011-05-16 11:37:49 AM

hurdboy: Matty Ice and Breesus unavailable for comment due to the lockout.


I hate the nickname Matty Ice. Because I think Matt Ryan is one of the best young quarterbacks, where as Natty Ice is like the worst thing ever. It almost seems like an insult.
 
2011-05-16 11:37:54 AM

Ham Sandvich: You can usually tell how big of an asshole someone is if they gave themselves their own nickname. (See: Situation, The)




I knew I guy in college who gave himself the nickname "Thumper."

"Call me Thumper."
"No."
 
2011-05-16 11:46:27 AM
The reason that there are no nicknames left is that this man has taken them all.

www.deliberationroom.com

Every last one.
 
2011-05-16 11:49:05 AM

OhMyTVC15: I hate the nickname Matty Ice.


Not going to get an argument from me; it sounds stupid, IMO.

Because I think Matt Ryan is one of the best young quarterbacks, where as Natty Ice is like the worst thing ever.

But he went to BC, and plays for the farking Falcons.

It almost seems like an insult.

I'm sure Mr. Class, Roddy White, uses it with the greatest affection.

/Saints fan with Virginia Tech ties
//It's still a nickname; whatever happened to Robert "Pig" Goff? Why isn't Jumbo Eliot in the Hall of Fame?
 
2011-05-16 11:50:23 AM

varmitydog: Scam Newton
Rapey Ben Roethlisberger
Law firm --Ben Jarvis Green Ellis


The Law Firm is easily my favorite nickname recently bestowed.

OhMyTVC15: hurdboy: Matty Ice and Breesus unavailable for comment due to the lockout.

I hate the nickname Matty Ice. Because I think Matt Ryan is one of the best young quarterbacks, where as Natty Ice is like the worst thing ever. It almost seems like an insult.


I disagree. Nicknames SHOULD be kinda insulting. It's what makes them endearing.
 
2011-05-16 12:02:58 PM
Cam Wake = The Kraken

www.vancouversun.com

/I know, kinda lame
 
2011-05-16 12:05:44 PM
Started with cars. Acura Legend was a cool name. What is it now, the RL? Chevy Impala SS.... G4.
 
2011-05-16 12:09:34 PM

drewsclues: Nicknames SHOULD be kinda insulting. It's what makes them endearing.


The Hefty Lefty, Round Mound of Touchdown comes to mind.

/Actually kinda like the 'Battleship Lorenzen' one, though.
 
2011-05-16 12:10:20 PM
www.mopupduty.com
 
2011-05-16 12:12:47 PM

mansonozz: Recching Ball:


"Dammit" Pronger:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2011-05-16 12:22:44 PM

Misplaced yat: The reason that there are no nicknames left is that this man has taken them all.

Every last one.


The Big This. You don't get to pick your own nickname, Mamba.
 
2011-05-16 12:27:55 PM

Jubeebee: Ndamakong "Donkey Kong" Suh


I prefer the "Chaos N. Suh" nickname proposed by Bill Simmons' friend.
 
2011-05-16 12:38:54 PM

bikerific: Ham Sandvich: You can usually tell how big of an asshole someone is if they gave themselves their own nickname. (See: Situation, The)



I knew I guy in college who gave himself the nickname "Thumper."

"Call me Thumper."
"No."


Good call. Just look at what happened when George wanted to be T-Bone...
 
2011-05-16 01:08:39 PM

mansonozz: Recching Ball:


Sadly, even the people in his hometown aren't clever enough to call him that - he's Recchs here.

Which is how nicknames are formed these days, by putting an S or an R or a Y at the end of a part of a guy's last name.

Last name is Callahan? His nickname ain't Dirty Harry, it's Cals!

Last name is Smith? Well, the nickname is Smitty, instead of something original and clever, like uhhhhhhhh . . . Darryl.
 
2011-05-16 01:08:47 PM

FreakinB: Jubeebee: Ndamakong "Donkey Kong" Suh

I prefer the "Chaos N. Suh" nickname proposed by Bill Simmons' friend.


Invalid due to association with Bill Simmons.
 
2011-05-16 01:12:20 PM

doubled99: Dying art? No, they're even better now. You see, you just take the first letter of your first name, and combine it with an abbreviation of your last name. it's awesome, and always creative because people have, like, all kinds of different letters in their name.


Or you can take your name, add a pop culture reference, but make it a pun:
Albert "Winnie the" Pujols
Amani "It's Not A" Toomer
"Ground Control to" David Toms

/fruit "of the" loop
 
2011-05-16 01:17:59 PM
COOOOOOOOCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
EDGE (when he played there)
The BRAD LIDGE EXPERIENCE (tm)
 
2011-05-16 01:35:14 PM

Mike_LowELL: Mixed martial arts ruined it by going in the opposite direction, where every fighter insists on an original nickname and pretty much destroyed the concept.


Some fighters get their nicknames from their opponents like Jeff "The Snowman" Monson. I'm pretty sure Frank Trigg didn't name himself "twinkle toes" either.
 
2011-05-16 01:40:46 PM

Old Huntstein: mansonozz: Recching Ball:

Sadly, even the people in his hometown aren't clever enough to call him that - he's Recchs here.

Which is how nicknames are formed these days, by putting an S or an R or a Y at the end of a part of a guy's last name.

Last name is Callahan? His nickname ain't Dirty Harry, it's Cals!

Last name is Smith? Well, the nickname is Smitty, instead of something original and clever, like uhhhhhhhh . . . Darryl.



Goalies usually have all the good nicknames in hockey, with Brian "Soupy" Campbell and Johan "The Mule" Franzen being exceptions.

The Bulin Wall - Khabibulin
The Flower - Andre-Fluery
Nemo - Niemi
King Henrik - Lundqvist
Herosave - Halak
 
2011-05-16 02:15:35 PM
Big Time Timmy Jim, aka the Freak, aka the Franchise, aka the Freaky Franchise

Kung Fu Panda

Pat the Bat, aka The Machine, aka hide yo' wife hide yo' daughter

Dirty Sanchez

The Beard

"Buster" Posey

/That's 6 on the Giants alone, although admittedly not all are awesome.
 
2011-05-16 03:00:03 PM
Big Baby Davis
Paul 'The Truth' Pierce
Kevin 'The Big Ticket' Garrnett
Ray 'Jesus' Allen
Delonte 'Mother farker' West
 
2011-05-16 03:16:45 PM
The Cuban Missile - A. Ramirez (White Sox)
Turkish Delight - O. Asik (Bulls)
Peanut - C. Tillman (Bears)
 
2011-05-16 03:17:00 PM
Evocative:
lyricsfever.net
The Tashkent Terror

Humourous:
www.topnews.in
"Tugger" Waugh

Accurate:
www.celebrity9.com
Shrek

Before:
www.thepca.co.uk
After:
www.cricketworldcup2011.pk
Doug The Rug


You probably couldn't get away with calling Sandy Koufax "SuperJew" these days.
 
2011-05-16 03:21:06 PM
And why are no Baseball players called "Pee-Wee" anymore?
 
2011-05-16 03:35:05 PM
espndeportes-assets.espn.go.com

The Blake Show
Quake Griffin
DaWhite Howard
The Bi-racial Facial
 
2011-05-16 03:49:15 PM
I'm kinda sad that Drew Bledsoe "Much That He Needed a Transfusion" never caught on.
 
2011-05-16 03:54:59 PM

saintstryfe: And why are no Baseball players called "Pee-Wee" anymore?


We're waiting for a ballplayer to be caught fapping in a theater, and sticking him with the name.
 
2011-05-16 04:01:27 PM
Shockingly, the nicknames that have stuck in our minds for decades upon decades are more likely to be "good" than most nicknames created today.
 
2011-05-16 04:10:56 PM

Doctor Jan Itor: Misplaced yat: The reason that there are no nicknames left is that this man has taken them all.

Every last one.

The Big This. You don't get to pick your own nickname, Mamba.


An ugly trend that started with Deion "Primetime" Sanders
 
2011-05-16 04:12:20 PM
Once per year, MLB should pay one of the surviving Negro League greats to spend one day in the clubhouse of each team, for the sole purpose of nicknaming as many of the new players as possible. Those guys had like 10 nicknames each, and they were all better than "A-Rod/I-Rod/K-Rod"/etc. We should take advantage of that knowledge while those guys are still around.

The recipient of a nickname would have no say in the process-- if "Mule" Miles decided that your nickname was "The Tabasco Tarantula" even though you were from Maine and the topic of spiders never came up, tough cookies. Lance Berkman didn't ask to be called "Fat Elvis" either, but dammit that's his nickname.

bikerific: I knew I guy in college who gave himself the nickname "Thumper."


Yeah, that's right out. Usually the best way to handle that is to immediately give him a related nickname of your choice, like "Bumpers" or "Lumpy".
 
2011-05-16 04:22:38 PM

IAmRight: Shockingly, the nicknames that have stuck in our minds for decades upon decades are more likely to be "good" than most nicknames created today.


The Big Hurt is a semi-recent favorite. Big Unit also worked. Sandman is fitting. The Crime Dog. The Flyin' Hawaiian. Da Meat Hook.

Kung Fu Panda needs to get his career on track so that nickname can thrive. (If he starts hitting .330 again, Fat Ichiro is a good second nickname.) Otherwise it's like Doug "Eye Chart" Mientkiewicz-- a good nickname wasted on a player you've otherwise wouldn't remember.
 
2011-05-16 04:40:41 PM
I was always disappointed that "The Serbian Nightmare" never caught on for Milan Lucic...
 
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