Sunday, July 18, 2010

Top 5 Penguin Player Nicknames

By Artistry

Nothing is happening right now in the sports world, unless you are a big fan of Louis Oosthuizen (pronounced "Fahr-ven-nugen") or John Daly's pants.  And it's the Sunday night before the final three showdown on "The Bachelorette," aka "The Thriller in Tahiti," aka "Frank's Last Chance to Explain How Hard This Has Been on Him."

In honor of this dead zone on the sports calendar, and to avoid speculating about Pens prospects whom none of us have ever actually seen play, I offer you GTOG's Top 5 Penguin Player nicknames.  It just so happens that all of these nicknames were coined by Mike Lange.
This wasn't intentional, but as it happens, Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey really have no talent for this kind of thing.  When Mike Lange gives you a nickname, it sticks.

Here are your Top 5 Penguin player nicknames, after the jump.

1.  "Downtown" Robbie Brown

Two things come to mind when we think of Downtown Robbie Brown:  1) that windmill goal celebration; and 2) him gazing out at the open road, his natty, thinning hair combed back, singing "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."  Really, how can you not smile when you think of Downtown Robbie Brown?

2.  "The Doctor" Paul Coffey

Inspired work by Lange here.  Coffey was very much like a surgeon slicing through the defense, and I'll never forget the anticipation in the crowd at the old Civic Arena on the night he debuted in Pittsburgh.

3.  "The Bullet" Mike Bullard

The Bullet strikes again.

4.  "The Wreckin' Ball" Mark Recchi

Book 'em Dano, what a shot by Recchi (5 minute mark).

5.  John Chabot "Shalom"

Not an actual nickname, but come on.  This would have been an all-timer.

What do you think GTOG Nation?  Any glaring omissions?  Let us hear it in the comments.


  1. How about some love for the Buccos!!!!

    5. Bill "Mad Dog" Madlock
    4. Andy "Slick" Van Slyke
    3. Dave "The Cobra" Parker
    2. Honus "The Flying Dutchman" Wagner
    1. Willie "Pops" Stargell