In the grand scheme of things, especially in the world we live in, the choice of nicknames runs pretty low on the scale of things that matter in life.
To Bucs running back Doug Martin, it certainly isn’ the end of the world if he continues to be called “Muscle Hamster” a nickname he acquired in college at Boise State, but he definitely has a preference.
On Wednesday, during open locker room, PewterReport.com asked Martin what he would prefer to be called. It didn’t take him long to answer.
“How (do) I enjoy the nickname Dougernaut? Yeah that’s the nickname I’m going with.”
Last week, in an interview with ProFootballTalk.com, Martin talked about the nickname he hates to hear.
“I can’t come up with my own nickname all I can say is that I despise that nickname,” Martin told Mike Florio. “You know, some people like it. Some people hate it. I hate it but it hasn’t gone away. I’m still waiting for that new nickname, for a new nickname to emerge.”
On Wednesday Martin agreed with many of PewterReport.com’s readers, who overwhelmingly unofficially voted via Twitter this week, that the name should be “Dougernaut.”
And when you are ninth in the league in rushing (405 yards) and tied for second with the most 20-plus yard runs, you can in fact choose your own nickname despite what some say.
At least PewterReport.com will be honoring the Musc…. err.. the Dougernaut’s wishes.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
Start trending #Dougernaught
As I said yesterday, get Gene Deckerhoff to start using it on the Bucs radio broadcasts and it should stick.
Still, that’s a pretty nasty looking hamster with a real attitude you have pictured there.
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Not much of a choice of nicknames. His hatred of ‘muscle hamster’ suggests poor sense of humor/and or, not much taste in anything. I mean what does he want, something stupid like “Devestator” or some other stupid decepticon nickname? I know, we’ll call him “Serpentor” from G.I.Joe! ‘This . . . I command!”
I have an idea! How about “Gung Ho”!
Glad to see that PR has finally picked up on what we the fans have been calling him since his rookie year. Dougernaught it is.
Tell me flashgordon, how would you like to go through life with the nickname, “Muscle Hamster.”
I don’t think his distaste of the nickname represents either of the terms you suggest.
What I say stands; but anyways . . . here’s a nickname for Dougie! Bellcow!(coach Lovie Smith started this; i’m surprised it hasn’t stuck actually)
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