The National Basketball Association (NBA) had its first Nickname Game last night (Fri Jan 10 2014) between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets. It is a great marketing tool, with controversy in fan reaction and no clear future for direction. I thought I’d suggest options for a policy that might be used for nickname jerseys, not just in the NBA but also in other professional sports leagues.
First, let me congratulate all the “other” new (or new again) Mothers and babies born on this date of July 22nd. I’m thinking of you and praying for your well being, future and positive contributions to the world.
There’s been a LOT of talk this NFL off-season about potential draft Robert Griffin the Third, or RG3 as he is more commonly referred to in a smaller mouthful. That’s great and all, but this guy hasn’t even hit the NFL yet… and there’s another very prominent RG already in the NFL!
That would be Rob Gronkowski… not exactly less than a mouthful of a name for some.
Jeremy Lin is the current sports sensation with his meteoric rise out of nowhere to be a star with the New York Knicks. In just a week, he has gone from Asian representation to Asian sensation in the NBA. His Taiwanese last name, Lin, has been great for creating a whole new vocabulary around him and what he has done. However, with my rhyming first name of Minh, I can offer a few more of my play on sound nicknames for his vocabulary… maybe in exchange for some of his. Here’s a bunch of Jeremy Lin inspired vocabulary.