Found March 17, 2013 on Bacon Sports:
While learning about some NFL free agents that changed teams this week, it came to my attention that the Bears’ new tight end, Martellus Bennett, goes by the name “Black Unicorn”.  Apparently, it goes back to last season when he said his offseason program made him feel fast and strong – like a unicorn, a unicorn that is black. That got me thinking about other great nicknames in sports.  Here’s a few of my favorites: Muscle Hamster – Doug Martin (NFL) The diminutive running back got this nickname for defending his college girlfriend (after SHE was called muscle hamster).  Still, it seems to fit the little guy.  Also, he really hates it, which always makes a nickname better. Papa Grande – José Valverde (MLB) Closers are odd people.  And if not for Brian Wilson, Valverde would probably be the weirdest of these weirdos.  There is no better proof of this than his nickname “Big Potato” (or maybe “Big Daddy”, but I prefer to believe it’s “Big Potato”). Gatsby – Steve Nash (NBA) Nash started being called Gatsby this season, in reference to his awesome I-Just-Moved-to-LA hair cut.  I would kill for hair like that. Dorito – Steve Collis (English Footballer [that means soccer]) He’s a soccer player with the nickname Dorito.  That’s pretty much good enough for me. The Big AARP – Shaquille O’Neal (NBA) There was no way I could do this list and not include something from the Big Aristotle.  The problem is, when the Shaqtus retired, he retired all of his nicknames too.  All except the Big AARP.  So, I’ll go with that. Juice – Jason Giambi (MLB) IRONIC Grandmama – Larry Johnson (NBA) Larry Johnson is one of my all time favorite NBA players, and I don’t remember a second of him playing.  If you did not have the good fortune to see the Grandmama commercials, stop what you’re doing, go on Youtube and watch them. Wait, finish reading this, then go on Youtube, and watch them. Chester The Molester – Chester Taylor (NFL) This nickname was a bad idea. The Big Handsome – Cody Zeller (NCAA Basketball) Well, they got this one half right.  The Indiana center is big.  Unfortunately, he’s a pretty ugly dude.  On the plus side, the nickname inspired a rap.  I haven’t heard it, but I have to believe any rap that comes out of central Indiana has to be good. Big Puma – Lance Berkman (MLB) Pumas are slender agile cats that stalk their prey.  Berkman is none of these things.  But it’s still a sweet nickname. Tough Juice – Caron Butler (NBA) A coach nicknamed Butler Tough Juice because of his aggressive play.  I don’t get it. Nancy Drew – J. D. Drew (MLB) I hate J.D.  I don’t know why, but I really hate him.  This nickname makes me happy. White Mamba – Brian Scalabrine (NBA) Scal was a fan favorite in both Chicago and Boston despite never getting off of the bench other than to high-five teammates during stoppages in play.  Despite this, his adoring fans felt the need to compare him to Kobe Bryant.  He could have taken it as an insult, but Scal totally embraced the name – making a video to explain the difference between black mambas and white mambas, and including a white snake in the intro to his show where he tools on unsuspecting Bostonians in games of one-on-one. The Greek God of Walks – Kevin Youkilis (MLB) Youk is not even Greek.  His family is Jewish and from Romania.  He does walk a lot though. Honorable Mention: The Little Ball of Hate – Pat Verbeek Death To All Flying Things – Bob Ferguson The Pounding Pontiff – Marquez Pope The Speeding White Sausage – Georg Hackl The Chicoutimi Cucumber – Georges Vézina, The Big Perogie – Sebastian Janikowski OTHER ARTICLES YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: What if Carmelo Anthony stayed all four years at Syracuse? How many titles would they have won? 10 Tips for filling out your March Madness bracket March Madness All-Glory Days Team from National Title winners The post Great nicknames in sports appeared first on Bacon Sports.

Bear Report Radio: 2013 Free Agency Analsysis

We break down the signings of Jermon  Bushrod and Martellus Bennett and consider what moves the Bears will have to make next: 

Giants Sign Tight End Brandon Myers

The New York Giants have plugged a gaping hole at the tight end position after the departure of Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Chicago Bears. TE Brandon Myers has agreed to sign with the Giants. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2013    

2013 NFL Free Agency: Bears Looking At TE Maneri and DE McBride

After the Bears added two marquee players in TE Martellus Bennett and LT Jerome Bushrod last week they have been rather quiet in terms of free agency. They re-signed CB Zack Bowman and DT Nate Collins to one-year deals late last week as well. Since they don’t have much to salary cap space to work with ($5.6 million left according to league sources) they have to be careful how they...
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