Recently I have been doing some thinking and trying to come up with the best nicknames in sports. There are a few really sweet ones that I know so here they are. I know I'm going to be missing some, but let me know which other ones deserve to be on the list.
Derek Boogaard AKA "The Boogey Man" is arguably the NHL's best fighter. His job is to just go out there and pound whoever he sees. I respect Boogaard because he doesn't back down from anyone and fights a lot of other heavyweights throughout the league. This wouldn't be as good of a nickname if he wasn't a fighter, but since he is, it's great.
Shane Victorino AKA "The Flyin Hawaiian". Nobody on this planet hates Victorino more than me but he has an awesome name. It's not to often you see Hawaiian baseball players. The only one I can remember is Benny Agbayani and he could never pull off a sweet nickname like that.
Rich Garces AKA "El Guapo". I realize that he is no longer playing, but El Guapo means "the handsome one" and by no means did this fit his description. The Boston Red Sox reliever who was almost 300 pounds will never be forgotten.
Eric Mangini AKA"Mangenius". This just makes me laugh every time I hear this. By no means is this guy a genius, yet he goes about himself like he is.
Gilbert Arenas AKA "Agent 0" AKA "Hibachi". Arenas has said some things in the past that make me shake my head, but the guy has two solid nicknames. Not only that, but when this guy is healthy he can put up points in a hurry.
Jerome Bettis AKA "The Bus". Another retired athlete, I couldn't keep him off this list. This is a guy who definitely lives up to his nickname as he ran through defenders his whole career.
HP Pavilion at San Jose- Home of the San Jose Sharks. AKA "The Shark Tank"
Mellon Arena- Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. AKA "The Igloo"
Kevin Garnett- The Big Ticket
Felix Hernandez- King Felix