Best sports nicknames of all time

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The 2016 Cubs aka the Goat Busters

Ben Clanin, Co Sports Editor

     America has a long and rich history of professional sports, and to commemorate some of the best of the best, there have been some unforgettable nicknames associated with unforgettable teams and players throughout the years.

     Major League Baseball has had some of the best sporting nicknames of all time, including the 1927 Yankees who are considered to be one of the best baseball teams of all time, and were referred to as “Murderers Row” because of their fearsome lineup that included the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.  There was the “Big Red Machine” in Cincinnati from 1970-79. The Reds dominated the National League in the 70’s, winning six National League West Division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series titles.

     This year the Chicago Cubs busted out of their 108 year championship drought and brought the Commissioner’s Trophy back to the Windy City for the first time since 1908.  There are many speculations as to why the Cubs had such a long World Series drought, ranging from the infamous Steve Bartman incident to what has now become referred to as the Billy Goat Curse. As the story goes a local tavern owner names William “Billy Goat” Sianis was not allowed entry to game four of the 1945 World Series because he tried to bring his very real billy goat into the game with him, but he was denied entry even though he had bought the goat its own ticket. Before walking away Sainis was quoted saying, “You are going to lose this World Series, and you are never going to win another World Series ever again.” 71 years later the North Siders defeated the Cleveland Indians in an incredible comeback to be crowned champions once again. The 2016 Cubs have now become known as “The Goat Busters” thanks in large part to their number one fan Bill Murray, who starred in the 1984 classic Ghostbusters.
     But Major League Baseball isn’t the only sport that has some phenomenal nicknames, the NFL has had some great nicknames for some of their best teams throughout the years.  Such as the “Purple People Eaters”, a nickname given to the Minnesota Vikings in the late 60’s due to their stellar defensive line that had 19 Pro-Bowl appearances between the four of them, one MVP, and two Hall of Famers. On the other side of that there was the 1999, 2000, and 2001 St. Louis Rams, otherwise known as “The Greatest Show on Turf”.  The Rams were the most dominant offensive team in those three years thanks to a balance of a strong aerial attack lead by quarterback Kurt Warner and a strong run game lead by running back Marshall Faulk. The team in those three years shattered league records almost every week, and won two Super Bowls in the process.

     American sports leagues have not been the only source of great nicknames, every four years the best athletes in the world gather to perform in the Olympic Games.  The United States have proved their dominance games after games, but in some cases they have also been the underdog.  Such was the case in the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York.  The United States Men’s hockey team was to host the defending gold medal champions, the Soviet Union.  The Soviets had won 6 of the last 7 gold medals in the Winter Olympics and they were facing a mostly unknown US team.  The United States pulled off one of the biggest upsets of all time, defeating their Cold War rivals 4-3 in the semifinal game.  Sports Illustrated called it the top sports moment of the 20th century and the game, as well as the team, has come to be known as “The Miracle on Ice”.