Friday, May 14, 2010

The Names in the Games

There have been a lot of great nicknames in sports throughout the years; "The Sultan of Swat"/"The Bambino" (Babe Ruth), "The Galloping Ghost" (Red Grange), "The Mailman" (Karl Malone), "The Splendid Splinter" (Ted Williams), "The Kansas Comet" (Gayle Sayers), "The Round Mound of Rebound" (Charles Barkley), "The Yankee Clipper" (Joe DiMaggio), "Zeke From Cabin Creek" (Jerry West), "Bambi" (Lance Alworth), "Broadway" Joe Namath, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, "Bullet" Bob Hayes, etc.. I mean, just the stuff that ESPN's Chris Berman used to come up with; Wade "Cranberry" Boggs, Lyman "He Ain't 'de Rabbi He" DePriest, Tony Gwynn "One For the Gipper", Rick "See Ya' Later" Aguilera, and Jose "Can You See" Canseco - those alone are damned frigging awesome!....................................................................................................But, I'm telling you, in my humble opinion, the greatest nickname in sports history doesn't even go to a ballplayer. It goes instead to a coach. And it goes to a coach who wasn't even coaching when he got the name. He was broadcasting! Yeah, that's right, folks, the greatest (in my opinion) nickname in the history of sports goes to former Hawks and Grizzlies coach, Mike Fratello. According to his sometimes partner in the broadcast booth, Marv Albert, Mr. Fratello shall now and forever be referred to as (drum-roll, please), "The Czar of the Telestator". I mean, seriously here, how frigging good in that?

2 comments:

Beach Bum said...

It is a cool nickname. Does Erin Andrews have a nickname?

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I'm sure that you could come up with one or two, double b. Hey, how 'bout Colonel (as opposed to Major) Hottie?