One of the perks of being an athlete, or just being part of a team, is that you are part of an exclusive fraternity that condones—and even encourages—the kind of goofball antics most people and places find unacceptable.
Congratulatory butt-slaps, improvised spontaneous dancing, bizarre rituals to satisfy completely irrational superstitions and other countless social amenities are just a few examples of what athletes can indulge in (usually) without fear of reprisal.
If not near the top of the list of these perks, the nickname certainly is one of the most culturally and historically significant in sports.
Consider all of the nicknames that are nearly as influential as the person who inspired them: Shoeless Joe Jackson, Magic Johnson, Refrigerator Perry, Bear Bryant...the list can go on and on.
However, with the desire to capture an athlete's place in the sport comes the risk of giving them a nickname that may stand the test of time, but not history's judgement. Whether lame, offensive or just plain bizarre, the nickname can be a gift or a curse.
Somewhere lost between bad and good are those nicknames that..well, seem lazy. These are the least creative nicknames in sports history.