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B-Titty and Finalizing other PSU Hoops nicknames

As the PSU hoops team moves through their non-conference schedule adjustments are being made on and off the court. Players are finding roles and getting into their grooves. We fans of PSU hoops need to get our ducks in a row, dot all i's and cross all t's, before the most challenging part of our non-conference schedule arrives this weekend. PSU will play three games in five days starting this Friday that may very well determine their fate come tournament selection time. It's our job, as fans, to settle the nick naming of the players on this hoops team by this weekend. We can't have any setbacks due to some calling Donovan Jack ‘DJ' and others thinking that DJ Newbill is the one being spoken about. We must be concise and decisive working in unison to achieve this. Please give any suggestions that you may have that could help us with these nicknames.

Here are some of the givens for nicknames, as they are already household nicknames in the PSU fan kingdom.

Devonte Jerrell ‘DJ' Newbill. It ain't broke so don't fix it. DJ is DJ.

John ‘JJ' Johnson. We're probably going to go with JJ here until something better comes along.

Alan ‘Wiz' Wisniewski. It would be an affront to past PSU Wisniewski's were it anything other than Wiz.

Ross ‘Boss' Travis. It's hard to argue against this one because it fits so well and Ross gave it to himself. Ain't broke, don't fix. Anyone who wants to discuss making a change to this nickname is welcome to do so. Just stand in the lane, assume a defensive position, and stop Boss from dunking over you. You block his dunk attempt, you can give him a new nickname.

Brandon ‘B-Titty' Taylor. We all know at least one or two people in our normal life who carry the nickname B-Titty. In my case, both my grandmother and sister's newborn child are called B-Titty, affectionately. But in this case, Brandon deserves that name even more than my nana. He came to PSU about 30 pounds heavier than he is now, his man boobs are a thing of the past, but the name will live on. He is B-Titty and his kid some day will be ‘little B-Titty'.

Those nicknames are mostly set in stone unless you can reject Boss's dunk attempt. These next few are still works in progress but as fans we need to reach some sort of consensus on this before the weekend.

‘Floating' Timmy Frazier. Floating Timmy has developed the shot moving through the lane called a floater, but he gets this nickname due to the way that he jumps. It's common to measure the height that an athlete can jump from the ground. Floating Timmy Frazier can jump very high from the ground, but what makes him unique is his ability to float while off the ground. His hang time rivals a player that I used to watch back in the day named Michael Jordan. Michael Jordon, or MJ for those who hadn't heard of him before, could not just jump, but float like Tim Frazier can.

Julian ‘Hollywood' Moore. This one is a work in progress. Julianne Moore is a Hollywood actress and Julian Moore is a tall Freshman power forward at Penn State. It's a weak nickname, but he is a role player this year and Julianne Moore plays many roles in Hollywood. Julian ‘no' Moore for his rejections in the paint could work. He could wag his finger at the player whose shot he has just rejected like Dikembe Mutombo used to do. ‘Rain-x' could work, as he is the protector of the glass. Suggestions are greatly appreciated on this one.

Geno ‘Jeans' Thorpe. The player that he is guarding has to wear Geno Thorpe all game like he is a pair of skinny jeans. While Jeans will likely develop into a player who can do it all...pass, ball handle, score, and defend, it seems at this point in his career he is our best defender on the perimeter. He's covering the opposing team's guards everywhere they go. Everywhere they go they are wearing size 13 Jeans. Another possibility here is Geno ‘Mighty' Thorpe.

Allen ‘Leatherman' Roberts. He is the epitome of the multi-tool. Roberts can do anything that is needed. He's five tools in one. It's nice that Chambers has this in his pocket ready to pull out when needed. We need some points off the bench? We need some minutes at point guard, two guard, or small forward? We need senior leadership on the court? We need help handling the ball late in the game? We need a key pass, bucket, or defensive play in a crucial moment of the game? Leatherman can do it all.

Donovan 'Oven' Jack. This one is a little tricky. There is the temptation to go with "DJ" but that nickname is already taken. Jack can't wear the number 2 and he isn't DJ. This one is still a work in progress. His ability to score from anywhere on the court lends to the nickname ‘hungry Jack' due to the need to feed his desire to put the ball in the hoop. His scoring ability is constant once he gets hot, unlike a microwave that heats up quick and then isn't hot for very long. We could go with the second sound in his first name, ‘ovan', and go with ‘the oven' or Don ‘oven' Jack. Once he gets hot, he stays hot for a long time. He's such a versatile player the possibilities are limitless. He reminds me of Stacey Augmon and Toni Kukoc. But he cannot be called DJ at least for two more years.

Graham ‘Wood Chuck' Woodward. Graham Woodward is the hardest player to nickname. Some would go with the lazy ‘g wood' choice but that is too easy. We at Penn State do not take the easy way out. Being that he likes to shoot the ball a lot, he is a chucker, Wood Chuck seems to be a quality nickname. It's the current #1 choice but is open for modifications.

His background coming for Edina, Minnesota lends possibilities. He's listed at 6 feet tall but clearly is a few inches shorter than that. ‘The Minny Magician' could work or maybe Minny Souljah. Minnesota Maestro. The Edina Dimer. Minnesota stats. Cool Mite. Lil Dribbly Shooty Hoops Passer Guy. Wood Chuck. Hmm.

There have been suggestions for Woodward's nick name such as Baby Jimmer, Baby Crispin or La Flama Blanca in recent open thread comments. It's important that we get these nicknames finalized before the big ten season begins and preferably before this weekend's games. We can't be having people calling Donovan Jack ‘DJ' and throwing everyone off during the in game open thread.

Suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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