In light of the successful out-figuring of a nickname for Robbie "Robimus Prime" Schremp, I present to you a list of some of the greatest sports nicknames of all time, derived through memory and the internet. It's hardly a scientific list: these are just names that have most always piqued my interest, either because they're unique, clever, or particularly timeless.
If you have others, please add them. Oh, and we still need to figure one out for Pouliot. Perhaps Coshy can do some more sleuthing to drag up an interesting tidbit from MAP's childhood.
Anyway, in no particular order except for alphabetically by nickname:
Allen "The Answer" Iverson
Harry "Apple Cheeks" Lumley (this is, I admit, mostly because I share Lumley's red-faced condition)
Andre "Bad Moon" Rison
Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion
Jerome "The Bus" Bettis
Georges "The Chicoutimi Cucumber" Vezina (Wouldn't it be at least 40 times more awesome if goalies competed for the "Chicoutimi Cucumber" trophy? We should start a petition or something.)
Paul "Daffy" and Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean
Red "The Galloping Ghost" Grange
Larry "Grandmama" Johnson
Moe "Kid Presentable" Syzlak
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Rudolph Walter "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone Jr
Daron "Mookie" Blaylock
Andre "Red Light" Racicot
Walter "Refrigerator" Perry
Charles "The Round Mound of Rebound" Barkley
Willie "Say Hey" Mays (alternatively The Say Hey Kid)
Janne "Spaz" Niinimaa
Bill "Spaceman" Lee
Eddie "Too-Tall" Jones
"Wake Up" Walt McKechnie
And, of course:
Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra
Bonus fun fact entirely unrelated to hockey, or sports for that matter: Apparently, Attila the Hun, in addition to being known as "The Hun," was also known as "The Scourge of God" by his enemies. I believe I have a new dream, and it is to be called "The Scourge of God" at least once before I depart this mortal coil.
Kris Russell, A Molehill.
3 weeks ago