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9/08/2008 03:49:00 PM
Athletes Who Should Wear Their Nicknames
Chad Johnson is hoping to wear his Icho Cinco jersey in a game this season.
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The fearsome marketing wing of the NFL rose up this weekend and brought the smack down on the receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson. If you missed it, Johnson legally changed his name to become Chad Ocho Cinco, a jarring collision of English, Spanish and poor grammar, no matter which language you prefer. Naturally, Ocho Cinco wanted to wear a jersey with "Ocho Cinco" on the back, but the League refused, saying Mr. Cinco had a "financial obligation" to Reebok, which probably doesn’t want to be left with a few thousand irrelevant "JOHNSON 85" jerseys sitting around their warehouse.
It's all light and fun, until you consider that Señor Ocho Cinco may no longer even be good enough (he had a whopping 1 catch on Sunday) to warrant a (self-imposed) nickname on his jersey. Here are my top five players who should have been allowed to wear their nickname on their jerseys ...
1. MAGIC -- These days he goes by Mr. Johnson, but a Laker jersey with MAGIC across the back would be a huge seller.
2. TO -- After watching him on Hard Knocks all fall, I fell like we’re seeing a different Terrell Owens than the one who fractured teams and had to have his stomach pumped. Maybe he should celebrate by rocking a nickname on his shirt.
3. HUSTLE -- Pete Rose was commonly known as Charlie Hustle -- imagine the popularity of a jersey with HUSTLE across the back, particularly in hip-hop videos.
4. REFRIGERATOR -- William Perry came along about two decades early.
5. THREE FINGER -- Mordecai Brown was better known as "Three Finger" Brown, one of the coolest and strangest nicknames ever.
Who else deserved their nickname on their jersey? Let us know below ...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
First one that comes immediately to mind is LEGEND. Larry Bird was exactly that and would better support it on his back since BIRD didn't exactly describe his game. Other great ones might be DR. K, Dwight Gooden and THE BOZ, Brian Bozworth.
"The Vaccinator" for Terell Buckley. Back in his days with the Packers we jokingly called him this because he would claim that he would give the opponent "a shot they would never forget". Of course he was always a non-factor on the field.
Two comments: 1. Why would someone suggest names for wrestlers? For starters, the last i checked, a)Wrestling isnt a sport, it's a glorified soap opera. b) wrestlers dont wear team jerseys. c) Last i checked, Triple H is not a person's real name, so that would make it a nickname, making "The Game" a nickname of a nickname, which is just ridiculous.
2. Ichiro is not a nickname, it is the guy's actual first name. Plus, it is already on his jersey, making it completely pointless to mention it in this section.
Other than that, i like a lot of the people's suggestions in this post.
While Chad Ocho Cinco may be interesting for awhile, let's remember Dolphins receiver Mark "Super" Duper, who changed his name so that Super was his legal middle name. Did you remember him? No? That's what will happen with COC. He'll get tired of it or get traded and change back to Johnson.
I second "Pistol" Pete Maravich and Walter "Sweetness" Payton