Sunday, November 12, 2006

The B's Men's B-Ball Team Nicknames: Part 1

Basketball players must have nicknames. Unlike a game like football where the players are hidden under equipment, a basketball player's expressions and emotions are totally exposed. The game allows for large personalities and entertaining nicknames. Some are obvious, some are earned, and others must be grown into. With that in mind let's go to the nicknames:


Jair "Finnegan's Wake" Vanttaja
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There is the obvious Finnish connection, but more importantly there is the way his game subtlely, if not incomprehensibly reminds us of the comical resurrection of humanity and the cycle of life.

Aaron "The Emu" Bruce
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I figure this one doesn't require much of an explanation, being that he's from Australia. This description from Wikipedia ought to clear up any questions:

Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph) for some distance at a time. They are opportunistically nomadic and may travel long distances to find food; they feed on a variety of plants and insects.


Richard "Thick Dick" Hurd
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His name is Richard and during interviews he loves to lay it on thick.

Kevin "Get Out of My Neighborhood" Rogers
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Just like Mr. Rogers, Kevin enjoys sneakers, cardigans, and swatting weak shots into the tenth row.

Djibril "CEO" Thiam
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He's a dual major in pre-business and thunder dunks.

Mamadou "Polyglot" Diene
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In addition to English, French and Wolof, Diane speaks the universal language of sharp elbows.

Curtis "SubZero" Jerrells
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An ice-cold shooter and distributor. Like his Mortal Kombat brethren, his fatality move involves ripping opponents' heads and spinal cords from their shoulders.

Carl "Waco the Kid" Sims
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He's game exemplifies the duality of Waco, both its modernity and its embrace of traditional values.

Henry "Aphrodisiac" Dugat
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He can make is soft and sweet, or rough, either way watch your rim.

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