I’ve been having sleepless night recently thinking about Matt Forte (no funny comments please!).
A second round pick out of tiny Tulane, the guy was, unheralded outside of the Bears scouting staff pre-draft 2008. Before being unleashed on the Colts last September, he was still unheralded outside of the Bears coaching staff and playing squad.
Jees the guy was expected the back-up Cedric Benson.
Everyone knows Matt Forte now.
The guy had an unbelievably rookie season, some would argue, a better rookie season than All Day Adrian Peterson. How can a Bears fan not spend a fair portion of his/her day thinking about Mr. Forte. 1 Fumble in 370 touches is the stuff of legend in anyone’s books.
Finally Bears fans have a guy worthy of following in the footsteps of some of the games great running backs. The ‘Kansas Comet’ Gale Sayers, The ‘Fridge’ William Perry (a stretch, I know), the greatest of them all ‘Sweetness’ Walter Payton and The ‘real’ Adrian Peterson. Ok so I put the last one in for fun, so shoot me.
But here’s the problem: Where’s the nickname? Where’s the glorious tagline such a fan, media and player favourite should command?
The Giant's had Earth, Wind and Fire, till they broke up. Smash and Dash was used by both the Panthers and the Titans last year. That was ‘till Chris Johnson recently proclaimed himself ‘every coach’s dream’.
The other Adrian Peterson is A.D., or all day in longhand, there’s ‘Fast’ Willie Parker, Run DMc Darren McFadden, Justin ‘Huggy Bear’s baby boy’ Fargas, L.T., ‘Beanie’ Wells, ‘The Burner’ Turner, M.J.D., and Clinton Portis has a different personality to match each nickname (gotta love Dr. DoItchBig).
The initials can’t be used, for obvious reasons (M.F.!!). He doesn’t resemble any sort of electrical appliance in my opinion. All Night? No, can’t used that because of the obvious reference. The Punisher? Spiderman? Batman? Cobraman? Wild Gooseman? Sandman? GI Joe? All are a no and either used or just not enough.
Of course one could use the obvious ‘Magic’ Matt. Maybe, ‘Mr. Dependable’? Anyone for ‘One Man Offence’ (though with Mr. Cutler in town I’m not so sure that’s entirely true anymore). Our Forte? A play on the team that gets off the bus running? The Tulane Tornado?
I’m at a loss here folks. I need, no wait, The Bears and Matt Forte need your help. The guy needs a moniker, a calling card, that sets him apart from the rest and reminds the NFL that Da Bears once again have a star.
GIVE MATT FORTE A NICKNAME