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Roman Gabriel. Decon Jones. Merlin Olsen. Chuck Long. Sonny Sixkiller. Bronko Nagurski. Webster Slaughter. Cap Boso. Pork Chop Womack. Buzz Nutter. Coy Bacon. Jack Youngblood. Sam Huff. Dick Butkus. Chris Hanburger.

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

That was all that came to mind.  Got more?

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2019, 10:30:35 PM »
Roman Gabriel. Decon Jones. Merlin Olsen. Chuck Long. Sonny Sixkiller. Bronko Nagurski. Webster Slaughter. Cap Boso. Pork Chop Womack. Buzz Nutter. Coy Bacon. Jack Youngblood. Sam Huff. Dick Butkus. Chris Hanburger.

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

That was all that came to mind.  Got more?

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And baseball still has better nicknames . . .

Arriba
The Baby Bull
The Bambino
The Barber
Bedrock
The Beeg Mon
The Big Bear
The Big Cat
The Big Donkey
The Big Hurt
Big Papi
The Big Train
The Big Unit
The Bird
Black Jack
Bad Henry
Blue Moon
Bye Bye Balboni
Cakes
Capital Punishment
Catfish
Cha Cha
Charlie Hustle
Choo Choo
The Cobra
Crash
The Crime Dog
Daffy
The Deacon
Death to Flying Things
Dennis the Menace
Dimples
Ding Dong Bell
Dr. K
Dr. Strangeglove
The Dominican Dandy
Ducky
El Duque
El Sid

El Gato
Eric the Red
Everyday Eddie
The Express
Finster
Fonzie
The Fordham Flash
The Flying Hawaiian
Frenchy
The Gambler
The Georgia Peach
Gentleman Jim
The Giambino
Gimpy
Goofy
Goose
Gonzo
Goombah
The Greek God of Walks*
Hoot
The Hoosier Thunderbolt
The Hoover
The Immortal Azcue
The Iron Horse
Iron Man
Iron Mike
Jack the Ripper
Joey Bats
The Kid
King Carl
Kingfish
King Kong
Kitty

Le Grande Orange
The Lip
The Little Napoleon
Lou’siana Lightning
The Mad Hungarian
Mad Max
The Mahatma
The Man of Steal
The Man with the Golden Arm
Master Melvin
Marse Joe
Mick the Quick
Mr. October
Mr. Putt Putt
The Monster
Moose
Nails
Old Aches and Pains
The Ol’ Perfesser
Pat the Bat
The Penguin
Poosh ‘em Up
Pudge
Puff the Magic Dragon
The Rooster
The Say Hey Kid
The Scooter
Shoeless Joe
The Splendid Splinter
Stan the Man
Stan the Man Unusual
Sudden Sam
Sugar Bear
Super Joe
Sweet Lou
Sweet Swingin’ Billy
Thor
The Terminator
Tortilla Fats
The Vulture
Wally World
The Wild Horse of the Osage
The Wild Thing
The Wizard of Oz
The Yankee Clipper
The Yankee Killer


Playing often as not for teams (or subunits) also known as . . .

The Amazin’ Mets
The Baby Birds
The Killer Bs
The Big Red Machine
The Bronx Bombers
The Boys of Summer
The Bronx Zoo
The Dalton Gang
Dem Bums

El Birdos
The Evil Empire
The Fam-i-Lee
The Gas House Gang
The Go-Go Sox
Harvey’s Wallbangers
The Hitless Wonders
The Idiots
Murderer’s Row
The Mustache Gang
The Nasty Boys
The Pittsburgh Lumber Company
The Philthy Phillies
The Runnin’ Redbirds
The Scum Bunch
The White Elephants
The Whiz Kids


. . . who have played in ballparks nicknamed, affectionately or otherwise . . .

The Big Shea (Shea Stadium)
The Eighth Wonder of the World** (The Astrodome)
The Friendly Confines (Wrigley Field)
God’s Little Acre (Ebbets Field)
The House That Ruth Built (The original Yankee Stadium)
The House That Ruthless Rebuilt (The original Yankee Stadium, redone in 1975-76)
The Launching Pad (Atlanta Fulton County Stadium)
The Mistake on the Lake (Municipal Stadium, Cleveland)
The Old Girl (Tiger Stadium)
The Old Grey Lady of 33rd Street (Memorial Stadium, Baltimore)
The Thunderdome(The Metrodome, Minneapolis)

* The only thing Greek about Kevin Youkilis was the way his surname sounded---he's actually Jewish!

** When Joe Pepitone was traded from the Yankees to the Astros, he took one look at the Astrodome and called it the world's biggest hair dryer.

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2019, 10:35:07 PM »
@EasyAce

In case you werent sure:  Baseball is gay.
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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2019, 10:47:24 PM »
And baseball still has better nicknames . . .

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2019, 10:57:31 PM »
@EasyAce

In case you werent sure:  Baseball is gay.
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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 10:57:59 PM »
And baseball still has better nicknames . . .

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2019, 11:41:09 PM »
A few years ago we had a LB named Angerer.
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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2019, 12:15:43 AM »
A few years ago we had a LB named Angerer.
I wonder if there's ever been a football or hockey player named Banger . . . or Smoker . . . or Dozer . . . (I know there's been a hockey player named Messier . . .)

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2019, 12:54:52 AM »
Baseball again? Good Lord, please spare us!
A few reflections.
Football needs some 500 matches to find a winner, while baseball needs 4800; 9.5x more. But why???
Because baseball is synonymous w/boredom; a trait many wise minds grasped long ago.
Schopenhauer asserted that the roots of Man's unhappiness were pain and boredom.
Some have identified boredom as the province of those lacking imagination.
Yet perhaps the simplest explanation is the reality that boredom is the Almighty's way of notifying
us that we're wasting precious time on nonsense.

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2019, 12:57:32 AM »
I wonder if there's ever been a football or hockey player named Banger . . . or Smoker . . . or Dozer . . . (I know there's been a hockey player named Messier . . .)

Jeff Smoker played QB for Michigan State 2000-2003.
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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2019, 01:00:51 AM »
Yet perhaps the simplest explanation is the reality that boredom is the Almighty's way of notifying
us that we're wasting precious time on nonsense.
Which is why I'm going to quit reading your posts.

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2019, 06:44:21 AM »
Baseball again? Good Lord, please spare us!
A few reflections.
Football needs some 500 matches to find a winner, while baseball needs 4800; 9.5x more. But why???
Because baseball is synonymous w/boredom; a trait many wise minds grasped long ago.
Schopenhauer asserted that the roots of Man's unhappiness were pain and boredom.
Some have identified boredom as the province of those lacking imagination.
Yet perhaps the simplest explanation is the reality that boredom is the Almighty's way of notifying
us that we're wasting precious time on nonsense.

@EasyAce
I’m sure @Absalom will agree:
Baseball:  7 guys standing around watching 2 guys play catch.

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2019, 07:00:44 AM »
@EasyAce
I’m sure @Absalom will agree:
Baseball:  7 guys standing around watching 2 guys play catch.

 :beer:

Nonsense.

Around here, we have 17 or 18 people in the stands watching.
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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2019, 09:59:15 AM »
And baseball still has better nicknames . . .

Arriba
The Baby Bull
The Bambino
The Barber
Bedrock
The Beeg Mon
The Big Bear
The Big Cat
The Big Donkey
The Big Hurt
Big Papi
The Big Train
The Big Unit
The Bird
Black Jack
Bad Henry
Blue Moon
Bye Bye Balboni
Cakes
Capital Punishment
Catfish
Cha Cha
Charlie Hustle
Choo Choo
The Cobra
Crash
The Crime Dog
Daffy
The Deacon
Death to Flying Things
Dennis the Menace
Dimples
Ding Dong Bell
Dr. K
Dr. Strangeglove
The Dominican Dandy
Ducky
El Duque
El Sid

El Gato
Eric the Red
Everyday Eddie
The Express
Finster
Fonzie
The Fordham Flash
The Flying Hawaiian
Frenchy
The Gambler
The Georgia Peach
Gentleman Jim
The Giambino
Gimpy
Goofy
Goose
Gonzo
Goombah
The Greek God of Walks*
Hoot
The Hoosier Thunderbolt
The Hoover
The Immortal Azcue
The Iron Horse
Iron Man
Iron Mike
Jack the Ripper
Joey Bats
The Kid
King Carl
Kingfish
King Kong
Kitty

Le Grande Orange
The Lip
The Little Napoleon
Lou’siana Lightning
The Mad Hungarian
Mad Max
The Mahatma
The Man of Steal
The Man with the Golden Arm
Master Melvin
Marse Joe
Mick the Quick
Mr. October
Mr. Putt Putt
The Monster
Moose
Nails
Old Aches and Pains
The Ol’ Perfesser
Pat the Bat
The Penguin
Poosh ‘em Up
Pudge
Puff the Magic Dragon
The Rooster
The Say Hey Kid
The Scooter
Shoeless Joe
The Splendid Splinter
Stan the Man
Stan the Man Unusual
Sudden Sam
Sugar Bear
Super Joe
Sweet Lou
Sweet Swingin’ Billy
Thor
The Terminator
Tortilla Fats
The Vulture
Wally World
The Wild Horse of the Osage
The Wild Thing
The Wizard of Oz
The Yankee Clipper
The Yankee Killer


Playing often as not for teams (or subunits) also known as . . .

The Amazin’ Mets
The Baby Birds
The Killer Bs
The Big Red Machine
The Bronx Bombers
The Boys of Summer
The Bronx Zoo
The Dalton Gang
Dem Bums

El Birdos
The Evil Empire
The Fam-i-Lee
The Gas House Gang
The Go-Go Sox
Harvey’s Wallbangers
The Hitless Wonders
The Idiots
Murderer’s Row
The Mustache Gang
The Nasty Boys
The Pittsburgh Lumber Company
The Philthy Phillies
The Runnin’ Redbirds
The Scum Bunch
The White Elephants
The Whiz Kids


. . . who have played in ballparks nicknamed, affectionately or otherwise . . .

The Big Shea (Shea Stadium)
The Eighth Wonder of the World** (The Astrodome)
The Friendly Confines (Wrigley Field)
God’s Little Acre (Ebbets Field)
The House That Ruth Built (The original Yankee Stadium)
The House That Ruthless Rebuilt (The original Yankee Stadium, redone in 1975-76)
The Launching Pad (Atlanta Fulton County Stadium)
The Mistake on the Lake (Municipal Stadium, Cleveland)
The Old Girl (Tiger Stadium)
The Old Grey Lady of 33rd Street (Memorial Stadium, Baltimore)
The Thunderdome(The Metrodome, Minneapolis)

* The only thing Greek about Kevin Youkilis was the way his surname sounded---he's actually Jewish!

** When Joe Pepitone was traded from the Yankees to the Astros, he took one look at the Astrodome and called it the world's biggest hair dryer.
Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch says hello.
When asked if he liked the nickname Crazylegs, Hirsch replied that it was better than being called Elroy.

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2019, 10:06:34 AM »
Roman Gabriel. Decon Jones. Merlin Olsen. Chuck Long. Sonny Sixkiller. Bronko Nagurski. Webster Slaughter. Cap Boso. Pork Chop Womack. Buzz Nutter. Coy Bacon. Jack Youngblood. Sam Huff. Dick Butkus. Chris Hanburger.

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

That was all that came to mind.  Got more?

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2019, 01:12:38 PM »
Which is why I'm going to quit reading your posts.
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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2019, 01:15:23 PM »
@EasyAce
I’m sure @Absalom will agree:
Baseball:  7 guys standing around watching 2 guys play catch.

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2019, 01:25:19 PM »
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Excerpted from The Naked Communist  Cleon Scousen, 1957

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2019, 01:28:43 PM »
Roman Gabriel. Decon Jones. Merlin Olsen. Chuck Long. Sonny Sixkiller. Bronko Nagurski. Webster Slaughter. Cap Boso. Pork Chop Womack. Buzz Nutter. Coy Bacon. Jack Youngblood. Sam Huff. Dick Butkus. Chris Hanburger.

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

That was all that came to mind.  Got more?

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2019, 03:32:15 PM »
Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch says hello.
When asked if he liked the nickname Crazylegs, Hirsch replied that it was better than being called Elroy.
This distinguished gentleman didn't mind being called Elroy at all . . .



Elroy Face, one of the best relief pitchers the Pittsburgh Pirates ever had. Enough so that at the height of his career he was even invited to demonstrate his money pitch, the forkball, on The Ed Sullivan Show. (This was in 1960, when the Pirates won the World Series, and a year after Face staggered the game by winning 18 games in relief, including a 17-decision winning streak; the 18 wins broke the record Jim Konstanty of the Phillies set in 1950 and remains a major league record for relief pitchers.) His baseball cards invariably referred to him as "Roy Face," but he always signed autographs with his full name (interestingly, he signs "ElRoy Face"---possibly a needle at all those baseball cards that called him just Roy)---though he was once nicknamed Sam Spade.



If Crazy Legs Hirsch didn't like a first name of Elroy, imagine Elroy Face dealing with the family name of Face. Now, I wonder what kind of mad fun Chris Berman would have had if Berman had been broadcasting baseball during Face's career:

Elroy (Then I Saw Her) Face
Elroy (Get Out of My) Face
Elroy (Saving) Face
Elroy Face (the Nation)
Elroy (Just Another Pretty) Face
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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2019, 03:41:35 PM »
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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2019, 03:47:18 PM »
I'm pretty sure Ty Cobb took Honus Wagner's first name to heart when it came to his cleats.

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2019, 03:47:33 PM »
I have decided to officially and formally not apologize. I'm not sorry at all, even slightly.

    Indeed, I especially want to convey my absence of remorse to anyone who was offended by what I said. If you are the sort of person who gets twisted into knots when someone articulates a point of view that differs from your own, then you are exactly the sort of person who should never receive an apology for a differing point of view — if I were offering one, which, again, I'm not.

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Re: Back when men were men and football players had football names..
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2019, 04:41:01 PM »
I'm pretty sure Ty Cobb took Honus Wagner's first name to heart when it came to his cleats.
I'm pretty sure Honus, which rhymes with "honest," could just as easily have been spelled Honest and it wouldn't have been a lie. In his time and place there seems to have been no better human being to play the game. And it's rare enough to find a great player who can also be called a great person. Ty Cobb wasn't quite the monster he was too long portrayed as having been, but Honus Wagner was one of a kind. Though you wonder at times how Cobb really enjoyed being known as the Georgia Peach. (Wagner, of course, was known as the Flying Dutchman.)
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