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.
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.
Monday: Physical appearance.
Wednesday: the AKAs.
Thursday: The ultimate showdown between the three finalists decided from the previous days.
Friday: We’ll crown our overall winner.
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.
Who has the best nickname is SEC history? ?
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 21, 2020
Get ready, BBN. The nicknames are coming.