Mike Lantry, 1972
Inspired by this thread. So what do you think are the best nicknames in U-M sports history? What are some of the ones you grew up with? What were the worst/lamest? Any and all sports, of course.
Obviously, we have nicknames like Shoelace (awesome), Tractor (RIP), and the Butterfly (ugh). Graham Brown was known as Moose. I remember whenever Jerod Ward scored, they'd put up the "Hot Rod" graphic in Crisler.
This is also an education in Michigan sports history for me, as I was pretty much clueless about it until I started attending U-M in the mid-90s. Before that, I was all about the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta pro sports, having been born and raised in the ATL.
Although it's difficult to step away from this enticing Cincinnati/Pittsburgh matchup on ESPN, I decided to pause for a second, and really debate Dave Brandon's upcoming decision. Do we keep Rich Rod, or go after Jim Harbaugh?
And while coaching records, past performances, Michigan Man status, etc etc all fall into the "debate bucket," I think the one, TRUE factor that will make or break this decision comes down to the all-important matter of nicknames.
While Rich Rodriguez has been blessed with such catchy nicknames as "Rich Rod," "RR," and even the infamous "Dick Rod" by our rivals (as well as many bitter alum), Jim Harbaugh's name brings about no such catchy/witty nicknames....
Unless we can come up with a better nickname for this potential future head football coach, I think Dave Brandon has no choice but to go with the coach that's the easiest to refer to without going over 2 syllables.
Is anyone else sick of people throwing nicknames around all the time when referring to other programs? I have no problem calling people positive or creative names like shoelaces for Denard, otter for Will, and stuff like that. However; I think alot of people use these as an attempt at making a rebuttal or a clearer point but it ends up coming out as a poor attempt at an insult. Also, I think it takes away from the mutual respect that should be present between programs.
Here are some of the names I have seen around different message boards:
MSU- LiL brother, Sparty (apparently this pisses off a lot of Spartan fans), Pizza Boy (Dantonio), and then usual references to farmers/hillbillies due to agricultural roots such as moo U
UM- scUM, Weasels, Dick Rod, RedNeck (RichRod), lil Sister, and Walmart Wolverines
OSU- tOSU, Tre$$el, O$u, Ohio Taint, pOSU, and Ohio Choke
ND- Notre Lame, Notre Shame, Cheeseburger Charlie, Domers, Chunky Charlie
Apparently the diminutive Vincent Smith's nickname is "Scooby". That's right, we've got Scooby Smith.
Eat it, osu. Ree hee hee!
Rivals headline: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette labeled him “Mr. Two Sack”
Very awkward IMO.