Our Sports poll asks you what the best nickname is in Seattle sports.
Beast Mode, the nickname of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, is running away with the voting, with 51 percent. King Felix (Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez) is a distant second with 28 percent, and The Bartender (Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen) is at 14 percent. Bam Bam (Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor) and Wedgie (M’s manager Eric Wedge) bring up the rear.
Which made me wonder: What’s the best nickname in Seattle sports history? Beast Mode has to be one of the best, but there are a lot of memorable ones.
There’s Big Unit (Randy Johnson), The Kid (Ken Griffey Jr.), Bone (Jay Buhner), A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez), The Sheriff (Norm Charlton) and Sweet Lou (Lou Piniella) just from the Mariners’ glory years. And from earlier Mariners teams, there’s Bye Bye Balboni (Steve Balboni) and The Inspector (Bill Caudill).
The Seahawks had The Boz (Brian Bosworth) and Pork Chop (Floyd Womack). The Sonics had Downtown (Fred Brown), The Glove (Gary Payton) and Reign Man (Shawn Kemp). The Huskies had The King (Hugh McElhenny) and The Dawgfather (Don James). The Cougars had The Throwin’ Samoan (Jack Thompson).
I’m sure there are some great ones I’m forgetting. So who do you think had the best nickname in Seattle sports history? Let the nominations begin by using comments or emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll have a Take 2 poll next week to decide the winner.
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