The Dawgfather is leading The Reign Man, but it’s still close.
Our poll asking readers to vote on the best nickname in Seattle sports history has drawn nearly 5,000 votes by Tuesday afternoon, and no nickname has drawn 20 percent of the vote. The Dawgfather, the nickname of former Washington Huskies football coach Don James, leads with 17.1 percent, just ahead of The Reign Man – aka former Sonic Shawn Kemp – with 15.8 percent. The difference was about 60 votes.
Three others have more than 10 percent of the vote. The Big Unit (former Mariner Randy Johnson) is at 14.7 percent, followed by two ex-Sonics – The Glove (Gary Payton) 12.8 and Downtown (Fred Brown) 11.4. Sixth is Beast Mode (Seahawk Marshawn Lynch) at 9.9 percent, the only current athlete or coach in our poll, and seventh is The Kid (former Mariner Ken Griffey Jr.) at 8.9 percent.
Big Smooth (another ex-Sonic, Sam Perkins) has 5.5 percent, The Throwin’ Samoan (former Cougar Jack Thompson) has 3.0 percent and The Boz (ex-Seahawk Brian Bosworth) has less than 1 percent.
My vote? The Throwin’ Samoan, which shows how much I know.
We’ll keep the polls open for another day, so it’s not too late for Kemp to slam a few votes down and make a comeback.
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