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Great or curious sports names & nicknames

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15 Nov 2012 18:44 #732680 by Cesar Rodriguez

NBA player Travis Outlaw - A gunslinger or a country music artist perhaps?


Indiana freshman "Yogi" Ferrell - SNL meets Hanna-Barbera.

Retired rugby player Austin Healey - now what strange soul with the surname Healey would name their son after a car?

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15 Nov 2012 19:48 #732696 by ursus arctos

There's also Barkevious Mingo:



He won the 2009 Name of the Year , an OTF favourite championed by Inca, and is expected to go high in next year's NFL draft.

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15 Nov 2012 20:01 #732700 by Incandenza

There was a category of college football player names on a recent Jeopardy. Hugs Etienne (Wisconsin) and Godspower Offor (Wake Forest) were mentioned, as well as Wave Ryder...who plays for Navy.

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15 Nov 2012 20:43 #732717 by Janik

El Tel wrote:

Retired rugby player Austin Healey - now what strange soul with the surname Healey would name their son after a car?

The stadium announcer at Welford Road mused on that once when going through the teams, back when Healey was still an Orrell player. Something along the lines of "Odd name that... I wonder where his parents where when he was conceived?"

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15 Nov 2012 20:52 #732719 by Wyatt Earp

Orel Hershiser. That's a great name.

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15 Nov 2012 21:00 #732721 by Janik

There is Sir'Dominic Pointer from college basketball.

It's going to take something special to displace my personal favourites, both from Indian cricket; Farouk Engineer and Nari Contractor. They just about overlapped in terms of international careers, and given that Contractor was the captain must have played together.
Durham have recently fielded teams that included Phil Mustard and Graham Onions. Close, but no cigar. Even with Mustard being a wicket keeper, leading to dismissals of caught Mustard bowled Onions.

Thinking of food, one would have to go some to beat the translation of Jan Suchopárek's name. sucho - dry, párek - frankfurter. That is Mr Dryfrankfurter to you, sir.

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15 Nov 2012 21:05 #732724 by Janik

Peter Winterbottom

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15 Nov 2012 23:27 #732763 by Cesar Rodriguez

Janik wrote:

Durham have recently fielded teams that included Phil Mustard and Graham Onions. Close, but no cigar. Even with Mustard being a wicket keeper, leading to dismissals of caught Mustard bowled Onions.

I bet they relished the opportunity of playing together, badoom tishhhh.

Then of course theres this guy, World B Free:

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15 Nov 2012 23:33 #732767 by multipleman78

my favourite sporting nickname is the name bestowed upon Michael Holding. WHISPERING DEATH.

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16 Nov 2012 07:19 #732803 by ad hoc

Janik wrote:

It's going to take something special to displace my personal favourites, both from Indian cricket; Farouk Engineer and Nari Contractor. They just about overlapped in terms of international careers, and given that Contractor was the captain must have played together.

English surnames (and indeed most languages) are peppered with jobs - Taylors, Smiths, Carpenters etc - but these two sound weird to our ears. Is that because these jobs are more modern? And is there anywhere that new jobs get made into names. Derek ITConsultant? Colin Barista? etc?

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16 Nov 2012 11:25 #732836 by Sits

A great name, and a great nickname all in one.

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, the Tashkent Terror:

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17 Nov 2012 18:20 #733146 by Antepli Ejderha

Wasn't he the Tashkent Express?

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17 Nov 2012 22:10 #733230 by Sits

Maybe he was both! I thought I remembered Phil Liggett on SBS referring to him as "The Tashkent Terror" but brain cells start dying from 21 so I could easily be wrong.

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17 Nov 2012 22:35 #733234 by Cal Alamein

d'brickashaw ferguson has to be one the most impressive made up name in sports.

Lineman for the NY Jets.

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17 Nov 2012 23:09 #733238 by Sits

Cal Alamein wrote:

d'brickashaw ferguson has to be one the most impressive made up name in sports.

Lineman for the NY Jets.

Along with Metta World Peace of the Lakers, obviously.

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17 Nov 2012 23:18 - 17 Nov 2012 23:22 #733239 by Cal Alamein

Ron Artest is an utter dickhead. Copied World B. Free. Artest has some serious skill, but is a thug and the world peace bit is a good laugh.

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18 Nov 2012 16:12 - 18 Nov 2012 16:14 #733357 by Vulgarian Visigoth

El Tel wrote:



Indiana freshman "Yogi" Ferrell - SNL meets Hanna-Barbera.
I take it you're not very familiar with Sottish football...


Yogi Hughes Mk I



Yogi Hughes Mk II

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18 Nov 2012 16:53 #733369 by Cesar Rodriguez

Pfffft, not even original.

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18 Nov 2012 18:23 #733386 by Vulgarian Visigoth

Of course. Facepalm and all that.

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