Today I decided to sift through some of the great sports nicknames and post up a list of my favorites. Many people say the creation of sports nicknames is a lost art and that athletes just don���t have nicknames like they used to. To an extent, they have a point; modern nicknames are, for the most part, boring and unimaginative (T-Mac, A-Rod, etc.) I'd like to salute a few of the great ones from the past in a brief list of my favorites (in no particular order):
The Iron Horse (Lou Gehrig) ��� There are few nicknames that are more apt in their description of a player than ���The Iron Horse���, earned by Gehrig during his long-standing record streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.
Shoeless Joe (Joe Jackson) ��� This is one of my favorite
nicknames of all time. Joe Jackson earned the name ���Shoeless��� when, as
a young player, he took off a pair of spikes that hurt his feet and
We were kind of avoiding this topic. Secretly hoping that we would wake up, and like a bad episode of ���Dallas���, find out it was all a bad dream. But it���s impossible to deny that Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest hockey player ever, is involved directly or indirectly in some rather unsavory gambling allegations.
Whether he knew or did not know that his wife and assistant coach were placing bets is difficult to say. But what is worth debating is whether Mr. Hockey should even be in Turin to support the Canadian national hockey team.
Players for Team Canada say Gretzky should definitely be there and fully support him. But the press conferences have been dominated by questions about ���Gretzky-Gate��� and one wonders would the team have better served by Gretzky staying home. Many contend that hockey ���owes��� Gretzky this honor---but does any sport owe an athlete anything?
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