After several days of voting, we’ve finally arrived at the Championship round of the Best Nickname in BBN History. Over the past few days, 14 other great nicknames have been described and voted on by you, KSR’s trusty readers. Now, it’s down to two.
It’s Hefty Lefty vs. Kenny Sky Walker. Who ya got?
Hefty Lefty – Winner of the “Appearance-Based” category
Jared Lorenzen was known by a plethora of names during his time in Lexington and throughout the remainder of his football career. There was no shortage of monikers thrown his way, but the Hefty Lefty is one of the most memorable.
From the Pillsbury Throwboy to the Abominable Throwman, Lorenzen found a way to embrace them all with a good attitude.
“I love them. I absolutely love them,” Lorenzen once said of his various nicknames on The Jim Rome Show. “All of these, I love them. I was given them in college, and there were websites dedicated to these things.”
Kenny ‘Sky’ Walker – Winner of the “Also Known As” category
Throughout his time in Lexington, Kenny ‘Sky’ Walker picked up four All-SEC honors and two All-American nods. He served as one of the last great talents to stay in college all four years, scoring 2,080 points along the way.
His nickname quickly morphed from just plain Walker into Sky Walker once the BBN witnessed his premier dunking abilities. He could leap from nearly anywhere on the court, and he often finished his plays with a jam. The 1980s featured some infamous dunks, and Sky Walker still found a way to stand out among the best.
Before long, the Skywalker went from dunking on college freshmen to competing against professionals.
His signature moment in the NBA came in 1989, when the former Cat entered the league’s dunk contest. House money was on someone with a nickname of his own – Clyde ‘The Glide’ Drexler. When his father died just three days before the competition, Walker considered sitting this dunk out. After receiving some encouragement from his mom, Walker decided to compete, and his winning dunk became legendary.
There’s our final two. Who should be crowned our overall winner?