I’m absolutely crazy about clever nicknames! That’s why I penned Favorite Sports Nicknames.
You see, I grew up with Tiny – ironically the biggest kid in class.
I played sports with Frankie “K” – short for his Polish last name Konstantynowicz – which no one could pronounce or spell.
I sought help on my math home work from Digits – who obviously was great with numbers.
I could never muster the courage to kiss Cali, short for Caliente, the hottest girl in school.
And, I refused to allow Booger, for obvious reasons, to ever touch me.
Clever, unique nicknames say so much about people. They capture the essence of a person, a team, a moment, a movement, a play or even a city.
Nicknames in Sports Need Context to Make Sense
Nicknames can make no sense at all, except when placed in context.
For example, no one ever really saw the former Soviet Union’s feared Iron Curtain and no one I know actually heard the sound of the original Big Bang. But, we all understand what the names mean.
Reference places like Little Havana, The Big Easy or The Windy City and our mental GPS coordinates are set.
Mention the Brits, Aussies and Yanks, and different English accents come to mind.
Here in the United States, Americans reference former presidents by numbers like 42 and 44 or by initials like F.D.R., J.F.K. and L.B.J.
And, if Presidents or politicians misbehave, they’re assigned cheeky monikers like Tricky Dicky, Crooked Hillary and Slick Willie, and everyone knows who and what we’re talking about.
In the world of entertainment, pop icons like Beyonce and Gaga will more than likely get your groove on.
Other curious cultural luminaries like Kanye and Snoop might quickly turn it right off.
Nicknames Are Especially Defining in Sports
There’s no shortage of them. Here in this book, I chronicle my all-time top 25 favorite sports nicknames. Some of the nicknames will even take you back a few decades.
I spotlight the storied careers of a Helicopter and a Thorpedo and cater to food fans with references to chocolate, spices and cheese.
I entertain with recollections about basketball’s Human Highlight Reel and baseball’s Wizard of Oz.
In addition, I delve into size differences and contrast a Big Unit with a Pocket Hercules.
I appeal to those “spiritual” sports fans among you by recalling the prowess of the Minister of Defense.
And, I write about our favorite household appliances: a refrigerator, a vacuum cleaner and a microwave.
Plus, I cover some not-so-well-behaved basketball players as well as hockey’s undisputed Great One. His unfathomable resume on the ice trumps all other great ones in all other sports.
Remember, these are my top 25 favorite nicknames in sports. Click HERE or the yellow book cover above to safely download for only 99 cents from Amazon.
Yes, this is my list with my opinions and my personal picks.
The players may have retired long ago, and some may have even passed away. However, their legacies have lived on, even flourished, because of their clever and unique nicknames.
If you want to share your favorite nickname in sports, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!