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. Reference places like Little Havana, The Big Easy or The Windy City and our mental GPS coordinates are set. Mention the Brits, Aussies and Yanks, and different English accents come to mind. Here in the United States, Americans reference former presidents by numbers like 42 and 44 or by initials like F.D.R., J.F.K. and L.B.J. If Presidents misbehave, they’re assigned cheeky monikers like Tricky Dicky and Slick Willie, and everyone knows who and what we’re talking about. In the world of entertainment, pop icons like Madonna and Gaga will more than likely get your groove on. Other curious cultural luminaries like Snooki and Snoop might turn it right off. Nicknames are especially defining in sports, and there’s no shortage of them here in this book on my top 25 Favorite Sports Nicknames. I spotlight the storied careers of a Helicopter and a Thorpedo and cater to food fans with references to chocolate, spices and cheese. I entertain with recollections about basketball’s Human Highlight Reel and baseball’s Wizard of Oz. In addition, I delve into size differences and contrast a Big Unit with a Pocket Hercules. I appeal to those “spiritual” sports fans among you by recalling the prowess of the Minister of Defense. And, I write about our favorite appliances like a refrigerator, a vacuum cleaner and a microwave. Plus, I cover some not-so-well-behaved basketball players as well as hockey’s undisputed Great One. His unfathomable resume on the ice trumps all other great ones in all other sports. Remember, these are my top 25 Favorite Sports Nicknames. Enjoy them. Yes, this is my list with my opinions and my personal picks. MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports! ============================ About the book's narrator: MIKE - aka Mike Raffone: MIKE is destined to become the first ever animated brand in sports to be seen on television, the web and on Jumbotrons in stadiums and arenas. As narrator of the MIKE Sports Comic Books series, MIKE immediately connects with readers. The MIKE sports comic books are fun, witty and informative. Fans not only enjoy the sports humor, but also learn something new about sports history.. About MIKE's Creator & the book's Author - Jim Sweeney: Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Jim grew up with a passion for sports and fun. Sweeney played baseball, basketball and soccer as a kid and then wound up starting on the Boston College Eagles basketball team. He captained the Eagles from 1977 – 1980 and received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation’s top NCAA basketball player under six feet tall. He was seen in the 2014 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Playing For the Mob. After a 20-year-career in sales, Jim closed the computer agency he founded to pursue a lifestyle career in sports entertainment. He developed the Trademarked MIKE as an alter-ego sports personality and has penned a series of 35+ sports comic books under the MIKE name. Jim also launched the popular MIKE on Sports podcast in 2015 now available on both iTunes and Stitcher Radio. .