Arizona Carindals Chris Wells should change his nickname to something we can take more seriously

Tip for Chris Wells- change your nickname.

9/21/11 in NFL   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

 In the long, storied history of the NFL, we have come to enjoy the art of the nickname. The Galloping Ghost, Bronko, Broadway Joe, the Assassin, the Smiling Assassin, the Nigerian Nightmare, the Playmaker, Sweetness, All Day, and the brothers Rocket and Missile. Those were great nicknames that gave you an idea of how good the player was in their time. They struck fear in the hearts of foes, or put them in awe. however, Chris Wells decided to allow his nickname to stick, and linebackers are giggling themselves silly as "Beanie" takes the handoff and getting pile-driven after losses and short gains.

Imagine this if you will- Arizona is setting up first and ten and the Steelers, with James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley are on the opposite side calling out "watch out for Beanie! Oh, no, we'd better not let Beanie get away!" Meanwhile, the smallish defensive backs are saying "yeah, we can tackle him." I'd be laughing myself silly.

"Beanie" Wells received the nickname from his family when his brother pointed out that he was skinny, like a bean-pole. (( ) for all it's worth) for a family name, it's intimate, and a wonderful pet name among family and close friends, but on the football field, it sounds like someone who used to wear those old skullcaps with the propeller on top of it, smiling like a nerdy looking Michael Strahan and holding a lollipop. The 6'2" 235 pound running back may look formidable to someone like me, the average Joe, but to someone like DeMeco Ryans or Johnathan Vilma, he's just a chump with a dumb nickname.

Can you imagine what it would be like if John Riggins took carries with the nickname "Ford Pinto" instead of "Diesel"? I can tell you that many more defensive backs would have not hesitated to take their shot and put a crushing blow on him. A good nickname probably won't make you, but a bad one can surely break you. John Elway was "The Duke", not "Miss Kitty". Can you imagine if Jerome Bettis was "Cheeseburger" instead of "The Bus"? His life might have been just difficult enough to avoid his shoe-in status in the Hall of Fame.

I can't come up with a good nickname for Chris, but I can come up with a better one than Beanie. "Cadillac" Williams was at least a rookie of the year, if that gives you an idea of just how well a good nickname can benefit a single player. I want to like you, and I do want to respect you, but I can't do this until I can stop referring to you, or hearing you referred to as "Beanie".

Well, who knows? Maybe Beanie will prove me wrong and enter into the Hall of Fame. I think a guy with the nickname "Bucket Butt" is in there.
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9/22/11   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

maybe we can call James Harrison "Illiterate" and DeMeco Ryans "One Tackle" and Vilma "Washed Up" or as Berman calls him...."VILLLLLLLLLLLLLLMAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"...cause thats a great nickname.  You don't change a nickname that your family gave you just because you play professional football.  Stay true to your roots and family.  HOW DID THIS ARTICLE GET FEATURED?

9/22/11   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Yes, another pointless nickname article