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Re: Best sports nicknames

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Re: Best sports nicknames

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Georges Carpentier - The Orchid Man

Boxers may prefer epithets such as 'Bonecrusher', but I approve of the floral elegance. More boxers should be noted for the choice of their buttonhole.
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Arsenal's inspirational captain from the 1930s Charles 'Charlie' Charles.

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The Brockton Blockbuster - Rocky Marciano
The Manassa Mauler - Jack Dempsey
Marvelous Marvin Hagler (he actually changed his name legally to this!)
Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns
Hands Of Stone - Roberto Duran
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
"Sugar" Ray (Robinson or Leonard)
"Iron" MIke Tyson
James "Bonecrusher" Smith
"Homicide Hank" Henry Armstrong
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti

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Re: Best sports nicknames

Postby PENK » 18 Apr 2018, 11:03

It does seem like most football nicknames are variations on the "Wrighty" or "Lamps" school but if you look around there are some more interesting or amusing ones - not least almost any Brazilian player, many of whom go by nicknames rather than their real names (Pelé, Garrincha etc).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - The Baby-Faced Assassin
Benoit Assou-Ekoto - Disco Benny
Gabriel Batistuta - Batigol
Peter Crouch - Crouchigol
Franz Beckenbauer - Der Kaiser
Carlton Cole - Can't Control
Julio Baptista - The Beast
Ron Harris - Chopper
Norman Hunter - Bites Yer Legs
Ronaldo - El Fenómeno
Kevin Keegan - Mighty Mouse
Fernando Torres - El Niño
Tomas Rosicky - The Little Mozart
Gheorge Hagi - The Maradona of the Carpathians
Saeed Owairan - The Maradona of the Desert
David N'Gog - Wash
Roberto Baggio - The Divine Ponytail
Stuart Pearce - Psycho
Papa Bouba Diop - The Wardrobe
Sergio Agüero - Kun
Ashley Cole - Cashley
Gerd Müller - Der Bomber
Lev Yashin - The Black Spider
Nicolas Anelka - Le Sulk
Javier Zanetti - The Tractor
Phillip Lahm - The Magic Dwarf
Alessandro Costacurta - Billy
Cesar Azpilicueta - Dave
Jonathan Woodgate - Village
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Re: Best sports nicknames

Postby Toby » 18 Apr 2018, 11:15

Of course many goalkeepers were just named "you're shit AHHHHH".

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Toby wrote:Of course many goalkeepers were just named "you're shit AHHHHH".


Or, as chanted n Newcastle (Oz-version) when the away -goalkeeper takes a goal kick: 'haaaa, POOFTA., goal-keepahhh'!

Re: Dipper... Well, if your last name is DiPierdomenico. I can forgive any commentator swallowing about 5 syllables.
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Re: Best sports nicknames

Postby Goat Boy » 18 Apr 2018, 16:07

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sloopjohnc wrote:More. . .

Basketball
Rafer Alston - Skip to My Lou
Greg Anderson - Cadillac
Giannis Antetokounmpo - the Greek Freak
Darrell Griffith - Dr. Dunkenstein
Kyrie Irving - Uncle Drew
Allen Iverson - the Answer
Stephon Marbury - Starbury
Shaquille O'Neal - Diesel, the Big Aristotle
Hakeem Olajuwon - the Dream
Billy Paultz - Whopper
Billy Cunningham - the Kangaroo Kid
David Robinson - the Admiral
Jerry West - Zeke from Cabin Creek

Baseball
Reggie Jackson - Mr. October
James Thomas Bell - Cool Papa
David Ortiz - Big Papi
Lou Gehrig - the Iron Horse
Bill Lee - the Spaceman
Willie Mays - the Say Hey Kid
Mark Fidrych - the Bird
Walter Johnson - The Big Train
Paul and Lloyd Waner - Big Poison and Little Poison
Mordecai Brown - Three Finger
Mike Hargrove - the Human Rain Delay
Derek Jeter - the Captain
Dick Stuart - Dr. Strangeglove

Football
Walter Payton - Sweetness
Ted Hendricks - the Mad Stork
Jack Tatum - The Assasin
William Perry - the Fridge
Ed Jones - Too Tall
JeVon Kearse - the Freak
Reggie White - the Minister of Defense
Deion Sanders - Primetime
Craig Heyward - Iron Head
Lance Alworth - Bambi
Christian Okoye - the Nigerian Nightmare
Dick Lane - Night Train
Ken Stabler - the Snake


Some of these are dreadful John, are you sure you're not just making them up? :lol:
I can't imagine anyone saying " I can't wait to go to the game today to see The Human Rain Delay kick some ass!"



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Re: Best sports nicknames

Postby Darkness_Fish » 18 Apr 2018, 16:14

If "Diesel, the Big Aristotle" is one singular nickname, then that's awesome. From now on, I want to be known as Zeke, Emperor of the Northern Lands.
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Re: Best sports nicknames

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PENK wrote:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - The Baby-Faced Assassin


Boxer Marco Antonio Barrera also had that nickname.
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Re: Best sports nicknames

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Diamond Dog wrote:
PENK wrote:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - The Baby-Faced Assassin


Boxer Marco Antonio Barrera also had that nickname.


Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors too. A local broadcaster has tried to push his nickname for Curry, the Human Torch, for years, but it's never stuck.

He and his fellow backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, are known as the Splash Brothers.
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The Modernist wrote:
sloopjohnc wrote:More. . .

Basketball
Rafer Alston - Skip to My Lou
Greg Anderson - Cadillac
Giannis Antetokounmpo - the Greek Freak
Darrell Griffith - Dr. Dunkenstein
Kyrie Irving - Uncle Drew
Allen Iverson - the Answer
Stephon Marbury - Starbury
Shaquille O'Neal - Diesel, the Big Aristotle
Hakeem Olajuwon - the Dream
Billy Paultz - Whopper
Billy Cunningham - the Kangaroo Kid
David Robinson - the Admiral
Jerry West - Zeke from Cabin Creek

Baseball
Reggie Jackson - Mr. October
James Thomas Bell - Cool Papa
David Ortiz - Big Papi
Lou Gehrig - the Iron Horse
Bill Lee - the Spaceman
Willie Mays - the Say Hey Kid
Mark Fidrych - the Bird
Walter Johnson - The Big Train
Paul and Lloyd Waner - Big Poison and Little Poison
Mordecai Brown - Three Finger
Mike Hargrove - the Human Rain Delay
Derek Jeter - the Captain
Dick Stuart - Dr. Strangeglove

Football
Walter Payton - Sweetness
Ted Hendricks - the Mad Stork
Jack Tatum - The Assasin
William Perry - the Fridge
Ed Jones - Too Tall
JeVon Kearse - the Freak
Reggie White - the Minister of Defense
Deion Sanders - Primetime
Craig Heyward - Iron Head
Lance Alworth - Bambi
Christian Okoye - the Nigerian Nightmare
Dick Lane - Night Train
Ken Stabler - the Snake


Some of these are dreadful John, are you sure you're not just making them up? :lol:
I can't imagine anyone saying " I can't wait to go to the game today to see The Human Rain Delay kick some ass!"


All true. Some weren't used that much by fans, but more in print and broadcast. The shorter ones like, Primetime for Deion Sanders, who's a retired player and broadcaster, are used today.

If, for example, they came on TV and said, "Next, we're interviewing Primetime," I'd know exactly who they were referring to.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 18 Apr 2018, 17:07

He' left the Golden State Warriors a couple years ago, but my favorite player was Harrison Barnes, whose nickname was the Black Falcon.

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Re: Best sports nicknames

Postby John aka Josh » 18 Apr 2018, 19:50

How can it have taken me so long to recall The Welsh Xavi?




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Postby PENK » 18 Apr 2018, 21:03

That last post and sloop's about the commentator pushing his own nickname for a player remind me of the nutty Spanish commentator Andres Montes, who always used to refer to Xavi as "Humphrey Bogart" - even during games, which, given Xavi's tendency to dominate possession of the ball, meant that you'd hear him going "Humphrey Bogart Iniesta Humphrey Bogart Messi Pedro Humphrey Bogart Messi" about fifty times a game!

I think he thought they looked similar.

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Maybe "Humphrey Bogart" is easier for a Spaniard to say than "Robert Downey Junior"?
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Postby Violent Phlegm » 19 Apr 2018, 08:20

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I know or care precious little about the sport of AFL, however they once had a bearded, balding, sweatband wearer named Bruce "The Flying Doormat" Doull, which is just spectacular.
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Postby Harvey K-Tel » 01 May 2018, 17:43

Sprague Cleghorn, known affectionately as "The Unwashed Surgeon":

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