Still my personal favorite. Might as well mention A-Tank Aaron Shea as well.
Best nicknames in University of Michigan sports history
Apparently DickRod is still pretty popular, but I can't say that I'm a fan of it.
At least it's not popular around here. That other loser tried to "trademark" Cowhoke (the fuck?) and thankfully that got him banned. I hate nicknames like that.
Other nicknames for richrod include RichFraud, and B***chRod.
I'm personally a fan of Steven "God dammit!" Threet.
Super mario probably deserves some respect. Its reusable, too
just to post that. So I'll expand on it. Glenn Edward "George Patton" Schembechler.
There you go. No one was more electrifying that AC (with the possible exception of Denard). I am especially fond of Anthony Carter because he was there my four undergrad years. His 90+ yard punt return against Northwestern in the first game of the year had us all wondering "who is this guy?"
Didn't Ufer call AC "The Human Torpedo" during the Wangler to Carter touchdown to beat Indiana? I've always liked that one.
Also called 'the Darter' by Ufer.
Could be. That sounds a little familiar (and I can imagine Ufer coming up with it). I'd have to listen to that call again. I didn't hear the call live however; I was in the Stadium. Absolute bedlam.
Referred to AC as "Pelican Legs" or sometimes "Ol' Pelican Legs." And of course, Bo "George Patton" Schembechler . . . . (honk).
Bob was totally beside himself that day. He also came up with "King Carter" and said "he took off like a penguin with hot herring in his cumberbun". Best of all was his thought regarding M not attempting the extra point: "Who cares? Who gives a damn?" Not what you usually expected in a college broadcast at that time, but, well, who gave a damn?
Don't know if it's a nickname, but I always liked yelling out "SIR CHARLES" during Woodson's days at Michigan, always seemed fitting of someone who was a cut above the rest.
This is definitely Charles Barkley's nickname
Shoelace and A-Train are probably my favorites along with Incredible Hulk for Mike Martin. Hoke-A-Mania is a good one as well.
Graham Brown's real nickname (used by teammates/friends) was "Hambone." For some reason, the Maize Rage ignored it and stuck the less-original "Moose" on him (which he didn't like).
Antoine "the Judge" Joubert
Rumeal "Meal Time" Robinson
And of course, Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch.
Crazylegs is an awesome old time nickname.
Joubert had the best nickname in modern times, but as you pointed out, it's hard to beat Crazy Legs Hirsch, or Germany Schulz.
Agree. It's so damn dignified. But scary.
Who is the Butterfly? I have never heard this as a nickname for any athlete.
Big Ten Network invented nickname for Darius Morris.
I just came up with that. I think it will stick because Denard Robinson, our current quarterback, actually does not tie his shoe laces. Instead, he uses velcro, and I though that Denard "Velcro" Robinson didn't sound that cool.
What do you guys think?
EDIT: I just read the entire OP...guh
It's not quite a Fuck Lion, but it's solid. Baseball always has some good ones, including:
Wade "Lollypop" Killefer
Vernon "Slicker" Parks
Charlie "The Mechanical Man" Gehrigner
Dave "Soup" Campbell
Also, Erik "Soup" Campbell.
Corwin "Corn Flakes" Brown was my favorite Michigan nickname.
Mike "The Hulk" Martin
but here are a few ottomh:
The Guts and Glue of the Maize and Blue - Rick Leach
The Whirling Divirsh - Gordie Bell
Bo - Glenn E. Schembechler
AC - Carter
Dennis the Menace - Dennis Franklin
The Judge - Antoine Joubert
Captain Comeback - Jim Harbaugh - I think this name comes more from his NFL days than his Michigan career.
Fritz Crisler - Herbert O. Crisler
Hurryup - Fielding H Yost
Thanks for these. I knew that I was forgetting some Uferisms that had to be the best nicknames. I always loved "The Guts and Glue of the Maize and Blue" for Rick Leach. Hurryup Yost is, of course, classic.
We could also add to that the nickname for Yost's first couple of teams: The Point-a-Minute Teams.
I do think that "Bo" has to be number 1 on this list.
Bo will always be a "10".
Don't forget the Blonde Bomber from Fremont Ohio Rob Lytle.
"The General" Gary Grant, he's a PTP a prime time performer
Both great individually, but when you consider that Joubert and Grant played together as "The Judge" and "The General" in the same backcourt... that's class.
That is a backcourt that is commanding and strong. Damn.
Jesse "the House Cat" Johnson
"Steady" Eddie Davis
Desmond "Magic Man" Howard
Craig "Death" Roh
"President" Gerald R. Ford
"McCartney's Monsters" for late 70's defense
"Herrmann's Hermits" never caught on
But if we're going teams, how can we fifer the "Point-a-Minute" teams?
Ah yes, "House Cat" was one of the classics. Completely random for a football player, but that made it cool.
I thought for sure I would get the House Cat out first, good job guys. Apparently Jesse got that nickname for his less then stellar work ethic, at least that is my memory...
Also wasnt Greg Skrepenak 'The Barge'
I want an All-American DT that dominates the interior line. I think he should be called "The Dreadnought", for a couple of reasons. He would have a big set of guns and fear no one. Extra bonus if he actually had Dreadlocks.
Fumble Fingers Hucklbe
Didn't some folks call Mandich "monster" mandich, also?
30-odd posts and no mention of the Red Baron? tsk tsk!
I couldn't believe that 46 posts and I was almost the first to mention Gordon "Red" Berenson, also known as the Red Baron. Of course, JMFJ and Tiny "Shawn 'Mothafuckin'' Hunwick" Jesus aren't bad names either and I'm pretty partial to Cammy, Patches, etc. as well...
Shawn Hunwick's the Magic Midget as far as I'm concerned.
but in terms of true universal use, I have yet to hear the stadium vibrate from people chanting "Shoelace" the way it did when people chanted "AC".
Aka Pelican Legs
From Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabatuka
313 yards vs. tUofOSU 1995...good times
His actual nickname was touchdown Tim. Far cooler.
His actual name
Scott Steiner a.k.a. "Big Poppa Pump"
Albert aka "Ox"
Alvin aka "Moose"
Francis aka "Whitey"
Oh man. + 1 billion mgopoints for Shane Morris
RoJo - Ron Johnson, 347 yards vs Wisconsin - 1968
That record still stands.
Edit: if I were told he put up those numbers just trying to stay warm, I would not argue it.
Eric "Easy E" Riley
David Cone AKA Febreze
Harold E. "Butch" Woolfolk
Cripe, I forgot that Butch wasn't his actual name. I have to be reminded about "Bo" also. Some nicknames are hardwired in.
There's also Butch Wade, whose real name, I guess, was Mark.
Here's one other I don't think has been mentioned: John "Jumbo" Elliott.
"Air Canada" Jevohn Shepherd
It's mostly football nicknames that have been posted, so I decided to peruse Baseball Almanac for a few U-M baseball player nicknames. There are a few that seemed worth mentioning (years at U-M):
- Chris Sabo was sometimes called "Spuds"
- George Sisler (1913-1915) was nicknamed "Gentleman George" or "Gorgeous George". He's also a hall of famer.
- Vernon "Slicker" Parks (1919-1920). Cool nickname, although he only played one season in the bigs. Capt of the 1920 team, per wikipedia.
In other sports, swimmer Eric Namesnik (winner of 2 olympic medals) was nicknamed "Snik".
And of course in hockey, we can't every forget Jack "M***** F******" Johnson
I think in some sectors Rick Leach is known simply as "Number 7"
Or, Ricky the Peach Leach.
But just to be clear, I am not Rick Leach
I'm going to be Captain Obvious and say "The Fab Five" hands down.
1902 Captain Harrison "Boss" Weeks
Ricky The Peach Leach (although Guts and Glue gets my vote for best MICH name)
El Diablo - Jim Mandich
Magic Man - Desmond Howard
Leroy "The Turtle" Hoard
Zoltan the ___________
to name a few. Fab Five, The Magic, Old 98, Touchdown Tim, and Super Mario to name a few more of my favorites.
..."Little Brother." I love watching a Sparty blow a gasket when this one is used. It's like my first car when it would vapor lock and not start, but sort of convulse and not know what to do. Priceless.
Since I see no requirements that you're looking for the nickname of people. I think I have to say "The Big House".
tony pape as "fat elvis." my favorite of all time.
Elvis Grbac as the "thin tony"?
Mister Simpson.......oh wait.....
As if he needed one, Harlan Huckleby was known in some parts as 'Huckleby Deep' So much so that I once had a handpuppet of a Michigan player with 'Huckleby Deep' stitched in as a name tag of sorts. (Some parts here may strictly refer to my home, but I think the web cast a bit further).
(Ufer voice-over) "Leach is under center with a balanced line, it's Davis close and Huckleby Deep...".
him referred to as "H-Bomb"
gotta love ELVIS (as in Grbac).
..thank you very much
Jim Mandich - R.I.P. Although, I'm not sure if that nickname came from college or later with the Miami Dolphins.
I was always a fan of Eric "Zeus" Mayes, one of the 1997 captains.
"So you're the Ass-man." Great Seinfeld episode.
Campy Russell comes to mind. Don't know how John Navarre felt about "Lurch" but it was pretty funny.
The Space Emporer of Space....
Ricky "The Peach" Leach.
I was in band when he was there and he was dating someone in the band for a bit...she always called him "poom poom"...I know it was never public...and lord knows it's a good thing it wasn't...but my wife and I still call him that, even in the mid 00s when he always seemed to wind up on at least one fantasy football team I had....
"Woo" for Lamar Woodley. I have a cousin whose last name is also Woodley, and everybody used to call her Woo. Lamar made a big play during a Steelers game once and the crowd was yelling "Wooooo!" One of my friends asked me why were they booing and I told them they were yelling his nickname.
Mike "The Geeter" McGee
Rumeal "Remedial" Robinson
Antoine "Slowbert" Joubert
We always referred to him as Uncle Charles.
I'd also like to add:
Adolf "Germany" Schulz 1904-1908
I also remember reading one time that Yale Van Dyne was referred to as Harvard by his teammates.
"Crazy Legs" Hirsch played two seasons for Michigan; he had also played for Wiscy, but transferred to meet some military base obligations during WW2.
I wasn't born when he was in college, but got to see him play pro ball for the Rams in the 50s when I was a little kid against the Lions at Briggs Stadium. When he touched the ball, even Lions fans cheered. People around here absolutely loved the guy.
I think his nickname had something to do with it.
Also..."Whizzer" White, who later became a Supreme Court justice, was a great nickname.
I'm pretty sure people were calling John Thompson "The Machete" for a while
Also coming soon, Sugar Shane Morris!
H20 "I run like water" Mike Hart
Tate"r tots" Forcier
Tom "The Comeback Kid" Brady
Darryl "Stonehands" Stonum (this is what he team called him before he figured the drops out after his freshman year).
Ed Shuttlesworth. His last name *is* the nickname.
Chris "Brick" Graham
"Minor Rage" and "Prison Abs"
Tony "Smokin'" Boles
Fat Elvis is a nice one for Tony Pape.
"Smoke a" even though it was grammatically uncouth.
who was butterfly? I only remember Tyrone Butterfingers Butterfield.
Darius Morris, thanks to Tim Doyle and nobody else.
This thread has been going for hours with no Fab 5 nicknames?
isn't exactly a nickname worth mentioning. (It's the kind of nickname the NYTimes article was complaining about--but maybe this is another trend the Fab Five started?)
Eso Akunne is called 'Tank' in my house for obvious reasons.
Devin, the Creator [Gardner]
Sweet Lou - Bullock
Peedi - Deshawn Sims
Manny - Copperyale Harris
JUNIOR - Timmmmy
All-American wrestlers who are better known as. . .the Steiner Brothers.
Their best nicknames were for their finishing moves--I only remember three of 'em, and I'm too lazy to google it--but the steinerizer, the frankensteiner, and the steiner recliner were all backyard favorites when torturing my little brother.