Monday, December 22, 2008

Best Nicknames in Sports

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.

Other Notables:
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"
Chris Paul-CP3
Kevin Garnett- The Big Ticket
Felix Hernandez- King Felix

93 comments:

  1. Babe Ruth - The Great Bambino
    Bryant Reeves- Big Country
    Pete Maravich - Pistol Pete (my favorite)
    Frank Thomas - The Big Hurt
    Dominik Hasek - The Dominator

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  2. How can you leave out pat the bat?

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  3. You forgot the best one..

    andres kirilenko - AK 47
    (Russian, wears number 47)

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  4. You forgot Thunder and Lighting of the New York Football Giants

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  5. Randy Johnson "the big unit"
    Mark McGwire "big mac"
    Matt Cain "sugar cane"

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  6. steve "the bandit" atwater retired safety from denver broncos

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  7. Walter Payton "Sweetness"
    "earth, Wind, and Fire" for the New York Football Giants runningbacks

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  8. willie mays "the sey hey kid" my fav
    pete rose "charlie hustle"
    ron cey "the penguin"
    dminique wilkins "the human hightlight film"
    andre dawson "the hawk"
    reggie jackson "mr october"
    rich goosage "the goose"
    thomas hearns "hit man"
    "marvelous " marvin hagler
    "smokin" joe frazier
    "shoeless" joe jackson

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  9. Best Teammates Nicknames: Seattle Mariners 1990's as follows:
    1 Randy Johnson "The Big Unit"
    2 Alex Rodriquez "A Rod"
    3 Jay Buhner "Bone"

    Notice a pattern here? :p

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  10. ernie banks "mr cub"
    leon duram "the bull"
    eddie "the eagle" edwards lol ski jumping in the i think 88 olympics. this one has to be the best
    if anyone remembers the story please share it.

    fred mcgriff "the crime dog"
    Ebby calvin luke lelush "meat" ..bull durham

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  11. ozzie smith "the wizard of oz"
    billy "white shoes " johnson
    ed "too tall" jones

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  12. What about "the juice" is loose baby

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  13. i wasn't gonna give him the time of day

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  14. Mark Messier "the messiah "
    Wayne Gretzky "the Great One"
    Lawrence Taylor the one and only "LT"
    Mark Fydrich "the Bird"
    Ervin "Magic" Johnson
    George Gervin "the Ice man"
    William Perry "the fridge"
    Carton Fisk "Pudge"
    Al Hrabosky "the mad hungarian"
    "Broadway Joe " Namath
    "Mean" Joe Greene

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  15. irvin "magic" johnson
    micheal "air " jordan
    clyde "the glide" drexler
    Carl malone "the mailman"
    dale earnhardt " the intimidater "
    tony stewart "smoke"
    richard petty "the king"
    steve garvey "popeye"

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  16. i forgot the most important one. guess because it dont even seem like a nickname just his name:
    Paul "Bear" Bryant

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  17. elroy "Crazy legs " hurst
    "night train" lane ..not sure of first name befor my time

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  18. "wrong way" bo jackson lol,lol,lol,lol

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  19. Roger Clemens "the rocket"
    Dennis Martinez "El Presidente"
    Otis "OJ" Anderson
    "Hacksaw" Reynolds
    "Roger The Dodger" Staubach
    Ken "the snake" stabler
    Ron "Jawz" jaworki...aka "the polish rifle"
    "Cool Joe" Montana

    Half of the UFC and WWE
    "Mercury" Morris

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  20. Bobby Knight "the general"

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  21. Larry Bird - The Hick From French Lick
    Jack Thompson - The Throwin' Samoan
    Jimmy Wynn - The Toy Cannon
    Walter "No Neck" Williams

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  22. labron james "king james"
    "the italian stallion" rocky balboa

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  23. the dr. julius erving
    chocalate thunder darryl dawkins
    the answer allen iverson
    the matrix shawn marion
    half-man half-amazing aka vinsanity aka air canada

    captain comeback jim harbaugh

    the swamp florida gators

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  24. Bill "the spaceman" Lee
    "smokin'" joe frasier
    "Iron" mike tyson
    The Glove- Gary Payton
    The Truth- Paul Pierce

    All Classics!

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  25. "Concrete Chuck" Chuck Bedranick, last NFL player to go both ways in the NFL (late 50's-early 60's)
    Johhny U John Unitas original Balt Colts
    "The Bull" Greg Luzinski Phillies
    "Bambi" I beleive his name was Lance Alworth of the old AFL San Diego Chargers
    "Chocolate Thunder" Moses Malone
    Wilt the Stilt Wilt Chamberlain

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  26. Can anyone say Neon Deion Primetime Sanders!!!!!!!

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  27. "the steel curtain" steelers 70's defense
    "the purple people eaters" vikings d
    " killer b's " dolpuins d 80s
    "greg norman " the shark"
    jack nickolous " the golden bear"
    phil mickleson " lefty"
    craig stadler "the walrus"

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  28. Oddibe "Young Again" McDowell

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  29. Ivan Rodriguez "pudge"
    joe dimaggio "the yankee clipper"
    george steinbrenner "the boss"

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  30. Dwight "Doc" Gooden
    Earl "The Tyler Rose" Campbell
    "Slammin" Sammy Sosa
    Ted Williams "The Slendid Splinter"
    Cal "Iron Man" Ripken

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  31. steve spurrier "the ball coach"
    miami(fl) "the u"
    mike (cant spell his last name) "coach k"

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  32. "iron "mike ditka
    "tuff" hedeman (rodeo cowboy)

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  33. Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon
    Larry "Grandma Ma" Johnson
    Raghib "Rocket" Ishmael
    Larry "Chipper" Jones

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  34. Rod Smart XFL
    "He Hate Me"

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  35. Anthony "Spud" Webb
    Dulymus "Deuce" Mcallister

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  36. Jevon "The Freak" Kearse

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  37. Eldrick Tiger Woods

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  38. Pervis "Never Nervous" Ellison

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  39. George "The George Foreman Grill" Foreman

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  40. Muhammad Ali "The Greatest"

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  41. "The Express" - Nolan Ryan

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  42. David "The Admiral" Robinson
    Dennis "The Worm" Rodman

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  43. David "Big Papi" Ortiz

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  44. "Hammerin' Hank Aaron

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  45. Maurice "rocket" Richard..... His brother..... the Pocket Rocket... Henri...

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  46. I'm pretty sure "hammerin' Hank" was Hank Greenburg

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  47. Jeffery "the Hackman" leonard

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  48. Black Jack Mcdowell

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  49. Shawn "The Reign Man" Kemp

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  50. Andre risen AKA Spiderman
    Lebron James AKA King James AKA the Chosen one
    Kobe Bryant AKA The Black Mamba

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  51. "the Jake" Jacobs field
    The Ted-- turner field
    The mistake by the lake--- cleveland's old stadium

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  52. "nomar" garciaparra

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  53. Andre "bad moon" rison :-)

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  54. "Phi Slamma Jamma" - U of Houston B-ball (early 80's)
    "Hammerin' Hank" - Hank Aaron
    "Yogi" - Lawrence Berra
    "Little General" - Johnny Bench
    "The Iron Horse" - Lou Gehrig
    "Catfish" - James Hunter
    "Flyin's Hawaiian" - Shane Victorino

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  55. Fab 5... Michigan state freshmen

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  56. glenn "big baby" davis

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  57. glenn "big dog" robinson

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  58. the king--- richard petty
    " world b. free" don't know real name...
    "chocholate thunder" was darryl dawkins
    "the nasty boys" reds bullpen-- rob dibble et. al.

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  59. rob "veg" dibble

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  60. "00"-jim otto
    "black hole"-raiders stadium

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  61. lou the toe groza big daddy lipscomb john henry johnson wahoo mc daniel

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  62. Clyde - Walt Frazier
    Earl The Pearl Monroe

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  63. we can leave the nascar names off this is supposed to be sports nicknames and nascar is an expensive hobby but not a sport

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  64. manny "the pacman" pacqiao

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  65. louisiana lightning

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  66. Kenny Smith "The Jet"
    Jason Terry "JET"
    Hassan Adams "Hot Sause Adams"
    Lute Olson "The Silver Fox"
    Andre Igoudala "Iggy, The Flying Iguana"
    Earl Monroe "The Pearl"
    Ray Allen "Suger Ray"
    Shaq "The Diesel Formerly, The DesertDiesel"
    Amare Stoudemire "STAT"
    Damon Stoudamire "Mighty Mouse"
    Ladanian Tomlison "Baby LT"
    Dwight Howard "Superman"
    Dennis Rodman "The Worm"
    Larry "Legend" Bird
    Stephon Marbury "Starbury"

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  67. Whoever put the fab 5 was from michigan state is retarded

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  68. Lionel 'Little Train' James - Charger running back

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  69. justin "the great" llanto

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  70. John "The diesel" Riggins"
    Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson

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  71. NOAMR was NOT a nickname. its his freakin given name. its his fathers name spelled backwards/ mistake by the lake refered to the whole city of cleveland, not just the stadium.

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  72. oops nomar.. bad spelling

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  73. nasty boys were dibble, charlton, and myers

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  74. never heard ray allen refered to as sugar ray. i'm from CT and went to uconn with RAY RAY. yet to hear sugar ray, but RAY RAY all day!

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  75. ALL DAY (adrien peterson)

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  76. not only was fab 5 lame, but the "genius" put michigan STATE freshmen.

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  77. fulton county stadium- "the launch pad"

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  78. christian Okoye- "the nigerian nightmare" (just plain nasty cheifs RB, carrer cut horribly short by injuries)

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  79. Dr. Dunkenstein anyone????

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  80. Jack "The Assassin" Tatum
    Gary "Wagon Wheels" Collins
    Dean "The Dream" Meminger (sp?)
    Bob "Big Cat" Lanier

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  81. What about Barry the great Sanders

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  82. Walter Payton, Sweetness

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  83. Jerry Quarry, The Bayone Bleeder

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  84. Larry "Grandmama" Johnson
    Jamal "silk" Wilkes
    David "SkyWalker" Thompson
    Chuck "Rifleman" Person......Nuff said!

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  85. El Cato Grande, Andres Gallaraga, E.T Magee, The White Rat, Whitey Herzog, Mr. Baseball George Brett. And Charlie Hustle need I say more

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  86. "Mr. Big Shot" Chauncey Billups
    Richard "Rip" Hamilton
    Tayshaun "Tay" Prince
    Rasheed "Sheeeeeed" Wallace
    "Big" Ben Wallace
    Antonio "Dyess" McDyess
    Will Bynum-- "Bynumite"
    Phillip "Flip" Saunders
    Mike "The Moose" Mussina
    Roger "The Rocket" Clemens
    Steve Yzerman "The Captain" "Stevie Y"
    Nick Lidstrom "The Swede"
    Kris Draper "Drapes"
    Henrick Zetterberg "Hank" "Z"
    "Hammering Hank" Aaron
    Johan "The Mule" Franzen *my favorite
    Darren McCarty "DMAC"
    Jiri "Happy" Hudler
    Chris "Ozzie" Osgood
    Johnathan "Big E" Ericsson
    "Big Ben" Roethlisberger
    Kirk Maltby "Malts"
    Niklas "Kroner" Kronwall
    Chris "Cheli" Chelios
    Gordie "Mr. Hockey" Howe
    Valterie "Flips" Filpula
    Pavel Datsyuk "Pavs" "Dats"
    Darren "Helmer" Helm
    Justin "Abby" Abdelkader
    Dan "Clears" Cleary
    Tomas "Homer" Holmstrom
    Ville "Billy" Leino
    Mikael "Sammy" Samuelsson

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