I was watching the WPT last night and one guy had actually given himself a nickname. You don't give yourself a nickname, your buddies give you a nickname, preferably a somewhat derogatory one (Please see the story of why Doyle is called "Texas Dolly"). He called himself "Hurricane" Cain. His real nickname is probably Skidmark or something...
So this got me to thinking about how these poker players all have nicknames. So I decided to come up with list of nicknames that should go into retirement:
E-Dog. Erick Lindgren is a great player but this nickname has no pizzazz whatsoever. He should switch it to Erick "Golden Boy" Lindgren.
MurphDog. John Murphy may or may not be a great player, but this nickname is just pure laziness. It's also too much like E-Dog. He likes those stupid 70's trucker hats so his new name should be John "Rubber Duck" Murphy or John "Convoy" Murphy.
Every time I see the WSOP where they had to call his hotel and wake him up, I can't help but think about the Jean Paul, Jean Paul episode of Seinfeld, "Why separate knob...Why separate knob!".
X-22. "X-22" wtf? The nickname has to do with him playing with himself or something...I think in chess or backgammon. This is the nickname of Paul Magriel, also known as the "Quack Quack" guy, he appears to be insane so I'll cut him some slack, the more I think about it, he kinda looks like an X-22.
Dream Crusher. Randy Jensen is a very aggressive player who likes to quickly build a stack or busts out early and goes on to play the cash games. The name is intimidating...but Randy is not, so the name is a tad off, he should go by Randy "Insaniac" Jensen.
However, there are some nicknames that do make sense:
Thomas "Thunder" Keller, Howard "the Professor" Lederer, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson amongst others.
Let me know which nicknames you like or think we need to send out on an ice-flow.