Today’s #TBT sports blog is a chapter excerpt from one of my sports comic books. It focuses on a tiny Olympic weightlifter who could effortlessly throw weights around in the gym.
Half of this clever nickname comes from Hercules, son of the Greek mythological god Zeus, who was known for his feats of strength.
The other half of this nickname comes from the tiny size of this amazing Olympic and World Weightlifting Champion.
Pocket Hercules showed uncommon strength for a person of his short stature. In addition, his interesting personal life story makes him one of the sports world’s all-time best personalities.
I’m absolutely crazy about clever nicknames! That’s why I penned Favorite Sports Nicknames. Who isn’t? You see, I grew up with Tiny – ironically the biggest kid in class. I played sports with Frankie “K” – short for his Polish … Continue reading
Naim Suleymanoglu, otherwise known as Pocket Hercules, ranks as one of my favorite all-time undersized athletes.
This Turkish Olympic weightlifting champion, along with nine other vertically challenged athletes, is featured in my sports comic book that allows me to refute a common misconception that “bigger is always better.”
It’s not always true – especially in sports. That’s why I wrote the book specifically touting my all-time favorite Undersized Athletes.
If we used the same logic that “bigger is always better,” then we’d want bigger headaches, bigger holes in our pockets and even bigger cases of jock rash.
I’m absolutely crazy about clever nicknames! Who isn’t?
I grew up with Tiny – ironically the biggest kid in class.
I sought help on my math home work from Digits – who 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 moment, a movement or even a city.
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.