The 15 Worst Sports Nicknames of All Time
The 15 Worst Sports Nicknames of All-Time
Everyone has been given a nickname at one time or another in their lifetime. A nickname usually depicts something about you, something that you did once that stuck with you, something that your parents called you growing up or maybe even a nickname that you decided to give yourself for some reason.
Sometimes people are even known by their nicknames, guys such as NBA Hall of Famer “Magic Johnson”, western gunslinger Billy “The kid” and former Baltimore Orioles third baseman “Boog” Powell. But you don't have to be famous to have a nickname. Parents give nicknames to their children all the time. Kids and teens often give nicknames to friends. You probably know guys at work that either have a nickname or have given a nickname to someone else. Sometimes they are cool, sometimes they are funny, and sometimes they are even offensive depending on how they are used.
If you are not careful a nickname will stick with you whether you like it or not. I can't imagine guys such as NBA legend Larry Bird enjoyed being “The Hick From French Lick” or X Games marvel Shaun White likes to be referred to as “The Flying Tomato”, but the names stuck.
I am going to take a look at 15 of the worst sports nicknames of all time. These are names given to players and coaches by their peers, their enemies and even … their parents, believe it or not. Let’s just say that former professional boxer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker did not give himself that tough guy nickname.
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd
In the mid-80's Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd was a character on the mound. Apparently he was a character during his beer drinking days too, as that is where he picked up the nickname "Oil Can".
Willie "Flipper" Anderson
Not sure if being named after a dolphin from a TV series is a suitable nickname for a professional football player.
Harold "Baby Jordan" Minor
Ya he actually played like ... well, a nine-month old Michael Jordan.
No, I didn't say Poo ... I said "Pooh". But I do not think being nicknamed after a teddy bear cartoon character is much better.
Chris "Spuds" Sabo
Solid player, but dude was named after a dog from a beer commercial.
Chris "Ice Queen" Evert
I've heard of an "Ice Princess" but Chris Evert took it a step further by being appointed the "Ice Queen"
Anthony "Booger" McFarland
Not sure I want to know where this nickname came from.
I guess this nickname can go for male or female.
Rod "He Hate Me" Smart
I guess when he got to the NFL "He" didn't hate him anymore.
Wilt "Big Dipper" Chamberlain
It wasn't until well after he retired that we found out why he was referred to as "Big Dipper".
Manny "ManRam" Ramirez
Couldn't have been popular in the locker room.
David "Golden Balls" Beckham
Why not, right?
Adam "Big Donkey" Dunn
Yes, he does have the that nickname for the reason that you are thinking.
Lester "The Molester" Hayes
Just inappropriate on all levels.
Randy "Big Unit" Johnson
Yes, it is the nickname that every man wants, but it is not a good sports nickname.