Image ImageImage Image

OT: best nicknames in sports history

Moderators: HomoSapien, Ice Man, AshyLarrysDiaper, Tommy Udo 6 , GimmeDat, dougthonus, DASMACKDOWN, Payt10, kulaz3000, fleet, RedBulls23

User avatar
Mr. Tibbs
Head Coach
Posts: 6,289
And1: 339
Joined: Jun 25, 2006

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#21 » by Mr. Tibbs » Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:25 pm

These aren't at the level of any of the above, but I always liked The Rifleman (Chuck Person) and the dunking Dutchman for Rik Smits.
RIP Johnny Red Kerr, Norm Van Lier, Pdenninggolden, Bullsmaniac
CBS7
Retired Mod
Retired Mod
Posts: 25,550
And1: 2,481
Joined: Jan 21, 2005
Location: Dallas

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#22 » by CBS7 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:51 pm

Even though he's somewhat of an obscure player, The Polish Rifle has stuck with me through all these years.
CBS7
Retired Mod
Retired Mod
Posts: 25,550
And1: 2,481
Joined: Jan 21, 2005
Location: Dallas

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#23 » by CBS7 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:52 pm

Another obvious one I haven't seen mentioned that has replaced their first name entirely... Muggsy.
User avatar
JohnnyKILLroy
RealGM
Posts: 11,459
And1: 3,703
Joined: Jun 18, 2008
Location: Fountain Valley- A nice place to live
       

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#24 » by JohnnyKILLroy » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:18 pm

CBS7 wrote:Even though he's somewhat of an obscure player, The Polish Rifle has stuck with me through all these years.


Soooo good Piatkowski !!!
What is happiness? It's a moment before you need more happiness.” — Don Draper
dice
RealGM
Posts: 36,556
And1: 9,767
Joined: Jun 30, 2003
Location: chicago

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#25 » by dice » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:48 pm

troza wrote:I agree with the ones talking about Magic Johnson and I will add another Laker to the discussion: Black Mamba. It didn't stick as much as the Magic but it sure builds the image of Kobe Bryant as a player and his "killer instinct".

one of the worst nicknames ever, made worse by the fact that it was given to himself
"all those muscles ain't gonna help you tonight. i'm gonna bust you up" - larry bird to rookie anthony mason before going for 29/18/11
dice
RealGM
Posts: 36,556
And1: 9,767
Joined: Jun 30, 2003
Location: chicago

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#26 » by dice » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:55 pm

CBS7 wrote:Another obvious one I haven't seen mentioned that has replaced their first name entirely... Muggsy.

surprised that didn't remind you of another really short player w/ a unique nickname...

Image
"all those muscles ain't gonna help you tonight. i'm gonna bust you up" - larry bird to rookie anthony mason before going for 29/18/11
Dresden
Head Coach
Posts: 6,675
And1: 3,471
Joined: Nov 02, 2017
       

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#27 » by Dresden » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:57 pm

waffle wrote:No Splendid Splinter?

For me it starts and ends with the Human Highlight Reel - Just wonderful

But Sweetness? Just perfect

And I didn't see WORM

Budda was a good one

The Answer was pretty good - and an underrated player



I agree- Splendid Splinter is a cut above, almost poetry.

Round Mound of Rebound would be a close second.

Wilt the Stilt was pretty good, too.

Don Nottingham, "the Human Bowling Ball".

The Nigerian Nightmare (Christian Okoye).

"Dizzy" Dean

Ellroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch
User avatar
Mr. Tibbs
Head Coach
Posts: 6,289
And1: 339
Joined: Jun 25, 2006

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#28 » by Mr. Tibbs » Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:16 am

CBS7 wrote:Even though he's somewhat of an obscure player, The Polish Rifle has stuck with me through all these years.


I can't believe I never knew that was a nickname of his. Fond memories of Johnny Red Kerr calling him Pike though..few other Red Kerr favorites of mine..the Mayor and Chandelier. Corny, but reminds me of Red more than the players themselves.
RIP Johnny Red Kerr, Norm Van Lier, Pdenninggolden, Bullsmaniac
CBS7
Retired Mod
Retired Mod
Posts: 25,550
And1: 2,481
Joined: Jan 21, 2005
Location: Dallas

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#29 » by CBS7 » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:20 pm

dice wrote:
CBS7 wrote:Another obvious one I haven't seen mentioned that has replaced their first name entirely... Muggsy.

surprised that didn't remind you of another really short player w/ a unique nickname...

Image


Can't believe I didn't think of him either.

Another obscure one.. Smush Parker.
User avatar
Michael Jackson
RealGM
Posts: 15,051
And1: 1,774
Joined: Jun 15, 2001

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#30 » by Michael Jackson » Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:13 pm

Jellybean Bryant.

I still loved AK47 just because it really was apropos. It wasn’t that great but it was perfectly on the nose it was hard not to like. Of course then you can never have a number can.
Southpaw
Bench Warmer
Posts: 1,379
And1: 452
Joined: Jul 23, 2011
 

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#31 » by Southpaw » Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:32 pm

This is probably because he's one of my favorite players ever but I really like the Big Ticket.

Some of my other favorites nicknames are Magic (the best imo), Black Cat / Jesus / Superman, The Glove, The Admiral, Round Mound of Rebound, AK47 and Bad Porn, to name a few.

Nicknames were really good and creative back then whereas now it all just initials and some number. Some of the great ones today are Greek Freak and Stifle Tower.
Favorite Team: Bulls and Timberwolves
dice
RealGM
Posts: 36,556
And1: 9,767
Joined: Jun 30, 2003
Location: chicago

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#32 » by dice » Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:07 am

Southpaw wrote:Some of the great ones today are Greek Freak and Stifle Tower.

good calls

"the process" for embiid is excellent as well. and "the claw" for kawhi ain't bad, although i'd prefer something like the "the jovial robot"

Image

"the unicorn" for porzinigs is a'ight, though he's not accomplished enough to earn it yet. "jimmy buckets" is good in an understated way...
"all those muscles ain't gonna help you tonight. i'm gonna bust you up" - larry bird to rookie anthony mason before going for 29/18/11
User avatar
Jello Biafra
Analyst
Posts: 3,632
And1: 260
Joined: May 28, 2003
Location: At a 12 step meeting near you
Contact:
         

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#33 » by Jello Biafra » Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:41 pm

Some not mentioned for your consideration:

Golf

The Big Easy - Ernie Els
The Boss of the Moss - Loren Roberts
The Great White Shark - Greg Norman
The Walrus -Craig Stadler
El Nino - Sergio Garcia
The King - Arnold Palmer

Boxing

The Greatest - Ali
Evander The Real Deal Holyfield
The Hitman Tommy Hearns
Marvelous Marvin Hagler

White Sox

The Big Hurt
Wimpy - Tom Paciorek
Hawk - Harrelson

Blackhawks

The Golden Jet - Bobby Hull
Savvy - Denis Savard
Edzo - Eddie Olcyzck

FYI, I hate the Greek Freak nickname because being of Greek descent, that was a common schoolyard insult growing up in the 70's.
User avatar
Jello Biafra
Analyst
Posts: 3,632
And1: 260
Joined: May 28, 2003
Location: At a 12 step meeting near you
Contact:
         

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#34 » by Jello Biafra » Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:58 pm

ChettheJet wrote:Pistol Pete
The Iceman
Dr. J
Hondo
every player named Lou, Sweet Lou
Mr October
The Snake Kenny Stabler
Bubba Smith
Broadway Joe
Deacon Jones

this could go on for hours


You forgot Chet "the Jet" Walker
User avatar
OldSchoolNoBull
Head Coach
Posts: 6,624
And1: 1,627
Joined: Jun 27, 2003
Location: Ohio

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#35 » by OldSchoolNoBull » Sat Aug 1, 2020 4:39 pm

A big NBA one that I don't think has been mentioned yet is Nate "Tiny" Archibald.

I think that one is arguably in the category of nicknames that are used in lieu of real names. Not to the degree that Magic is, but I'm sure I've seen people just call him Tiny.
waffle
RealGM
Posts: 10,699
And1: 1,322
Joined: Jun 07, 2002
Location: Don't question the finger and do respect the black box. That is all.....

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#36 » by waffle » Sat Aug 1, 2020 5:00 pm

oooooooh

The Big Hurt is one of the best ever
Madheki
Freshman
Posts: 60
And1: 0
Joined: Jun 28, 2008

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#37 » by Madheki » Sat Aug 1, 2020 5:27 pm

How y'all gonna forget Black Jesus?!

-scout
2018C3
Junior
Posts: 439
And1: 291
Joined: Jul 14, 2018
   

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#38 » by 2018C3 » Sat Aug 1, 2020 8:25 pm

in retrospect, E-rob was not bad.

"He-Rob-Ed", The Bulls pretty good.
Dresden
Head Coach
Posts: 6,675
And1: 3,471
Joined: Nov 02, 2017
       

Re: OT: best nicknames in sports history 

Post#39 » by Dresden » Sun Aug 2, 2020 1:47 am

"Sudden" Sam McDowell.

Return to Chicago Bulls