I would like to propose a concept to baseball management. Any athlete that is caught breaking a law or caught up in a controversy of any kind will automatically be referred to only by a unflattering nickname to be determined by me, your Chief Nickname Officer. Think of the possibilities:
- “Cheetah” Rodriguez (Alex) – As in “the Yankees have two high-profile people on the left side of the infield, Jeter and Cheetah”. It sounds best if you use a Boston accent when describing this one.
- “Hitman” Myers (Brett) – Not to be confused with Bret the Hitman Hart
- “Lady’s Man” Dukes (Elijah) – If he doesn’t like Lady’s Man, I’d be ok calling him “Last Call” Dukes as well
- “Jumbo” Cabrera (Miguel) – Only because El Guapo is already taken
- “Dui” Chamberlain (Joba) - Pronounced Dewey
- “E5” Mora (Melvin) – A dual reference to his shoddy defense and multiple offspring.
- “Games Over” Gagne (Eric) – This nickname would have different meanings at different points in his career. Early on, it would have meant that Dodgers fans could go home because the Dodgers would win. Recently, it means his team is losing by 5 or more runs and about to get worse.
Some may say that my nicknaming concept is just ridiculous. If it is, then you can stop calling me “Sexy Thang” Goldsmith.
Random Academy Award Predictions.
- Slumdog Millionaire will win several major awards (picture, director, adapted screenplay, cinematography, score, etc).
- Wall-E will be the second biggest winner (animated film, original screenplay, sound).
- Benjamin Button, nominated for the most awards, will only win one or two awards. Any win will be a minor category like make-up.
- Heath Ledger will win Best Supporting Actor but I hope he does not.
- Mickey Rourke was hands down the Best Actor of the year but Frank Langella deserves props. The Best Actress nominees are pretty weak this year. (Note: I haven’t seen Doubt yet but I hear good things about Ms. Streep).
- More people should see Frost/Nixon.