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Spurs lost to the Knicks...
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stifle tower is a great nickname.

It just isn't.
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also, here's a sobering and short-ish article about diana taurasi and russian women's basketball. taurasi is the 1st player to sit out the WNBA season this year completely and just play in russia. she's making 1.5M there, 110k here. she seems like an interesting woman.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/sports/basketball/diana-taurasi-focusing-on-playing-in-russia-where-the-money-is.html?

 

Good article.  She's basically the female Steph Curry.  Great shooting stroke and really high bball IQ.

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Good article.  She's basically the female Steph Curry.  Great shooting stroke and really high bball IQ.

I remember she was one of the baddest players in women's college bball. I actually watched the women's NCAA tournament to see her play. She lost like 5 games while at UConn over 4 years.
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It just isn't.
1. You're the worst.
2. I would looooooove to hear you and your horrendous sense of humor come up w/ a nickname for any player you thought was better than stifle tower. I'm kind of giddy thinking about it. Your singular form of joke is "deadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gif max player? deadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gifdeadhorse-a.gif"
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Almost every sports nickname sucks these days. This has been true for at least the last 10-15 years, since thinking up a nickname for everyone (or for yourself) became a thing -- probably not unrelated to the explosion in television and internet coverage of everything sports-related and the corresponding explosion of commentators desperate to say something memorable or unique.


"Dr. J" , for example, was a cool nickname because it wasn't the result of someone trying to hard to come up with a nickname. It just happened (I'm totally making this up, but I suspect it's true enough) organically and for whatever reason suited him perfectly.

I think the tipping point was probably right around (I guess this is a bit more than 10-15 years ago) when Allen Iverson was "The Answer". Nicknames have generally gone to shit since then.
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Originally Posted by Brothersport View Post

1. You're the worst.
2. I would looooooove to hear you and your horrendous sense of humor come up w/ a nickname for any player you thought was better than stifle tower. I'm kind of giddy thinking about it.

1. I'm not stupid enough to try.
2. I'm still not stupid enough to try.

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I think the tipping point was probably right around (I guess this is a bit more than 10-15 years ago) when Allen Iverson was "The Answer". Nicknames have generally gone to shit since then.

All this agreeing is awkward.

It went south for me with Shaq Diesel. Other notable idiocy was/is J-Smoove, K-Mart, White Chocolate, Starbury, Vinsanity, and Swaggy P.

Sugar Ray, The Admiral, Magic Johnson, The Juice, Goose Gossage, Oil Can Boyd, Too Tall Jones, Mean Joe Green, those are good nicknames because they mostly emerged as part of an organic process of admiring the guy.

Now nicknaming is a "thing", and like most things labelled a "thing", it ends up sucking.
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stifle tower is a great nickname.

hawks play the jingle from the office whenever mike scott scores.

also, here's a sobering and short-ish article about diana taurasi and russian women's basketball. taurasi is the 1st player to sit out the WNBA season this year completely and just play in russia. she's making 1.5M there, 110k here. she seems like an interesting woman.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/sports/basketball/diana-taurasi-focusing-on-playing-in-russia-where-the-money-is.html?


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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post

Almost every sports nickname sucks these days. This has been true for at least the last 10-15 years, since thinking up a nickname for everyone (or for yourself) became a thing -- probably not unrelated to the explosion in television and internet coverage of everything sports-related and the corresponding explosion of commentators desperate to say something memorable or unique.


"Dr. J" , for example, was a cool nickname because it wasn't the result of someone trying to hard to come up with a nickname. It just happened (I'm totally making this up, but I suspect it's true enough) organically and for whatever reason suited him perfectly.

I think the tipping point was probably right around (I guess this is a bit more than 10-15 years ago) when Allen Iverson was "The Answer". Nicknames have generally gone to shit since then.
this honestly just sounds like a whole lotta cranky old guy speech. don't disagree w/ you that the vast majority of nickname attempts nowadays are terrible, but i don't buy that they were much better back in the old days, sounds to me like a ton of recall bias. i don't know what you mean by organic nickname creation...every single nickname has to be thought up by someone. the guy who came up w/ the answer ended up suing iverson over it. complaining that ppl think too hard to come up w/ a nickname is curmudgeony old baseball sportswriter talk.

most of the modern "nicknames" are the insufferable initial/syllable shortening, which is obv terrible. i do like greek freak, gerald crash wallace, matrix for marion, zbo, iso joe (lol so apt), birdman. polish hammer and manimal are pretty fun.

white chocolate is an elite-level nickname.

stifle tower is a good nickname on a couple of levels and i'm sorry you two disagree w/ a solid majority of fans.
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so this happened today, along w/ the warriors destroying the hawks.

canadians dudes wiggins and anthony bennett met canadian prime minister stephen harper. this is what harper tweeted.



tbf, bennett may not deserve the respect.
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nick young happened

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white chocolate is an elite-level nickname.

stifle tower is a good nickname on a couple of levels and i'm sorry you two disagree w/ a solid majority of fans.

1. This explains your poor taste in humor.
2. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. -Mark Twain
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I thought nicknames were done around the same time Stern put the kibosh on "street" clothes.
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Originally Posted by Brothersport View Post

this honestly just sounds like a whole lotta cranky old guy speech. don't disagree w/ you that the vast majority of nickname attempts nowadays are terrible, but i don't buy that they were much better back in the old days, sounds to me like a ton of recall bias. i don't know what you mean by organic nickname creation...every single nickname has to be thought up by someone. the guy who came up w/ the answer ended up suing iverson over it. complaining that ppl think too hard to come up w/ a nickname is curmudgeony old baseball sportswriter talk.

most of the modern "nicknames" are the insufferable initial/syllable shortening, which is obv terrible. i do like greek freak, gerald crash wallace, matrix for marion, zbo, iso joe (lol so apt), birdman. polish hammer and manimal are pretty fun.

white chocolate is an elite-level nickname.

stifle tower is a good nickname on a couple of levels and i'm sorry you two disagree w/ a solid majority of fans.

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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

1. This explains your poor taste in humor.
2. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. -Mark Twain

Cranky old guy speech is what I do, so fair point there. But I do think there's something to the "everything televised and tweeted" dynamic that changed things. Back in the day, for a nickname to get traction, it needed a lot more word of mouth currency and durability. Also, I suspect that the explosion in endorsements and player branding has driven the desire to create nicknames as well.

White chocolate is indeed elite level. Birdman is fun.
Stifle Tower is just lame. And stay the fuck off my lawn.


Genuine question: are you referencing anything in particular in saying the "general majority of fans" like the nickname stifle tower? Just curious.
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I liked "The Glove" especially if it is true that MJ coined it. Also "The Mailman" for Malone and the short-lived Run TMC for a trio. Of the current players, I kind of like Swaggy P for the ridiculousness.
And not really a nickname, but it was hard to beat the Round Mound of Rebound as a description.
I like that "Grandmama", from a commercial stuck to Larry Johnson.
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