Random thoughts: What’s in a nickname?

by Gary Shelton on October 22, 2017 · 2 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Sunday, 5 a.m.

Bears' rookie Mitch Trubisky picked up the worst nickname in the NFL. He's the “Pretty Boy Assassin.” Nothing wrong with Assassin (as Jack Tatum would tell you). But I don't think “Pretty Boy” is going to inspire fear.

– What? Was "Lovely Flower" taken?

– Halloween costume suggestion: Ronda Rousey. The kid could go “trick or … “ and fall over, because that's how long her matches last.

– ESPN polled 155 NFL players, and the consensus was that Eli Manning is the most overrated player in the league. Jay Cutler was voted “the quarterback you most wouldn't want to be teammates with.”

– Next time an athlete says they won for the fans, remember today. Jimbo Fisher gets into it with a fan, a Tennessee defensive back flips off the world, Kyree Irving gets into with a fan and Keven Durant gives the (ring) finger to a fan. Gee. Which group is giving money and which are taking it?

– Charles Barkley, who is like an AM radio on scan, now says the media is at fault for reporting about kneeling protests in the NFL. Which part did Chuck think the media was supposed to leave out?

– Lonzo Ball started his NBA career by going 1-for-6. Or, as dad LeVar would say, “he won his third straight NBA title by scoring 59.” You see, Dad's nose grows when he talks.

– Halloween costume suggestion: Marshawn Lynch. Accepts only Skittles.

– If Roger Goodell were in charge of punishing Harvey Weinstein, then Weinstein would have nine movies coming out by November.

– Halloween costume suggestion: Kyrie Irving. No teammates, just Kyrie. He's No. 1.

– Three people who charmed us by nothing absolutely nothing about what was going on around him. 1. Sgt. Schultz. 2. Vito Corleone. 3. Rick Pitino.

– There is a distinctive Florida flavor to the search for the new National's manager. Both Dave Martinez and all-time great Tony LaRussa are among the five candidates listed by the SportingNews.com. LaRussa is 73, which is kind of aged, but it would be nice to see Martinez get a shot.

– Halloween costume suggestion: Butch Jones. Just wear a Lane Kiffin mask.

– Orlando's Jonathan Issaac was so nervous for his debut that he forgot to put on his jersey for his first game. Same thing happened to Janet Jackson, and everyone made a big deal out of it.

– So who wins a debate between Lee Corso and Dick Vitale? I imagine Corso … putting on a Vitale head.

– Halloween costume suggestion: Tiger Woods. Carry a putter and wear a very, very old green jacket.

– Florida's Jim McElwain is now No. 22 on the Coaches' hot seat rankings.He'd be higher, but with Lovie Smith (eighth) and Butch Jones (first), there is only so high he can go.

– Which coach leaves first? USF's Charlie Strong or UCF's Scott Frost? Both are going to get offers.

– Did you see Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden flipped off Alabama fans after his touchdown return brought the Vols closer in a 45-7 loss. Yeah, that'll teach 'em.

– I forget what that extended middle finger means. Is it "we're No. 1?"

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Larry Beller October 22, 2017 at 7:11 am

If USF and UCF were to lose their coaches which is entirely possible as you said, then what are those teams playing for? A chance for their head coach to get a fat contract at a bigger program? Yuck. This is the worst part of college athletics. Coaches demand loyalty from the players and fans but their loyalty is only to the advancement of their own careers.

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Gary Shelton October 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Everyone in college athletics is partially out for themselves. It’s why kids transfer or go pro early. It’s why coaches take higher paying jobs. But while they’re all in school, they have a common bond.

I think you can be loyal to more than one cause. I don’t doubt that coaches love their players. But you only get so many shots at upward mobility. I don’t blame players for leaving early; I really don’t. And I’ve never turned down a couple of million dollars worth of a raise.

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