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Who has the best nickname in BBN history?

The SEC Network recently posed an important and hard-hitting question to its loyal followers on Twitter: what’s the best nickname to come out of the Southeastern Conference? From Pistol Pete to Johnny Football, there are more than a handful of monikers that come to mind. Here in the Big Blue Nation, things are no different.

There are several that stand out, but which one is truly the best in the program’s history? It’s hard to choose. That’s where you, KSR’s trusty readers, come into play.

Here’s how we’ll do it.

There are three kinds of nicknames (at least in my opinion). Almost always, the best ones are based on either (1.) physical appearance or (2.) skill. If one of those two details doesn’t create a great nickname for a sports figure, there’s the “also known as” option. These nicknames often serve as a substitute for a player’s actual first name. Think: Jack ‘Goose’ Givens or DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins.

Based on these categories, I narrowed the list down to 16 famous nicknames from throughout the BBN’s long and storied history. Of course, there are more out there, but these are the names I consider to be the most recognizable and well known in the year 2020. They come from both football and basketball and span the course of decades.

The Voting

I’m sure you already have a few of the nicknames in mind, but don’t get too ahead of yourself. We’ll be releasing each category’s contenders throughout the week – one category per day, Monday through Wednesday. You’ll vote on your favorite from each category. Voting will take place on KSR’s Facebook page (linked here). If there’s ever a tie, the winner will be decided by a vote on KSR’s Instagram page (linked here). Voting for each category will last for 24 hours.

Then on Thursday, the winner from each category will face off against the other finalists – best appearance-based nickname vs. best skill-based nickname vs. best “also known as” nickname.

The Schedule

Monday: Physical appearance.

Tuesday: Skill.

Wednesday: the AKAs.

Thursday: The ultimate showdown between the three finalists decided from the previous days.

Friday: We’ll crown our overall winner.

The Criteria

I can’t tell you how to vote. Do as you please. What I can give you is some advice.

There’s a certain science to creating (and maintaining) a great nickname. How original is it? Is it creative? How connected is that player to the nickname? How great did it sound over a broadcast when Cawood Ledford or Tom Leach got excited during a great play? Has it stood the test of time? How did the nickname come to be in the first place? A great “origin” story shouldn’t be overlooked.

Don’t worry – I’ll be including all of the proper background information you need before casting your vote each day.

Get ready, BBN. The nicknames are coming.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

16 Comments for Who has the best nickname in BBN history?

  1. Cletis75
    8:14 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Wawa Jones, maybe?

  2. Wild Turkey 101
    8:20 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Eric “Moon” Manuel.

  3. T-Town Cat
    8:24 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    King Rex

  4. T-Town Cat
    8:26 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Richard “Master Blaster” Madison

  5. DavidP19
    8:32 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    in the SEC … Pistol Pete Maravich !!

  6. bbn606
    9:33 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s go way back, Wah Wah Jones. Ever hear of another Wah Wah?

  7. bkeith75
    9:53 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    “Poop” Johnson

  8. Ipeeblue
    9:59 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink


  9. ukkatzfan
    10:19 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Lorenzen, Fox and Cousins for the 3 categories

    • ukkatzfan
      10:20 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

      And Lob Rock for the other category(i dont like my nickname)

  10. Park
    10:39 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Cousins nickname he changed his mind on (and that was leading in the poll in 2009), “Karl”.

  11. JT919
    10:41 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Poop or Boogie, all day every day.

  12. east-ky-boy
    11:31 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Taco meat?

  13. J-Lo may be the entire top 5. Which ironically is appropriate.

  14. BobbyBlue
    11:34 am May 25, 2020 Permalink