We Need to Decide on a Nickname for Domonic Brown

We Need to Decide on a Nickname for Domonic Brown

The final numbers are nearly in for Domonic Brown's month of May, and boy are they sure pretty. He's gone 31-105 with ten homers and 21 RBI for the month, finishing with a final slash line of .295/.295/.638. If you ignore that the first two numbers in that slash line are the same, meaning that he still hasn't taken a walk for the whole month (one game away from becoming the first player to ever do so while hitting nine or more home runs in the same month), he's had an absolutely star-making month, one that has vaunted him back into the hearts of the Philly Phaithful and might even get him mentioned for All-Star consideration if he keeps it up.

So, with all that in mind, I think it's high time our new best hitter--and Dom certainly is that at this point, currently leading the team in runs, homers, RBIs, slugging and OPS--received a consensus nickname, don't you? I'll go over the likeliest candidates, give my opinion, and then you'll let us know in the comments or wherever which you think we should go with. All goes well, we should have a new sobriquet to yell and/or tweet in celebration at the first of Dom's several longballs tonight against the Brewers at CBP.

  • DomBro. Not the most creative choice, obviously--just doing the whole name-shortening thing that too often passes for legitimate nicknaming in sports today. But hey, it works, it kinda looks and sounds cool, and it's like calling Dom our Bro, which he undoubtedly is and will be for some time to come.
  • The Domonator. I like this because not only does it get at the heart of Dom's prowess over the rest of the MLB this month, but it also gets that second "o" in there, obviously the most singular detail of Brown's first name, and something like an athlete trademark.
  • UPS. This one dates back a few years, to the old "What can Brown do for you?" UPS ad campaign that was unavoidable around the time of Dom's major league debut three (geez, is this really his fourth year already??) years ago. Clever, but unlikely to age well, and those commercials never really didn't suck in the first place.
  • Skinny Howard. Suggested by commenter "Nickname Time" (obviously) in a Dom article of mine from a couple days ago. I kinda like it since Dom's raw power is clearly suggestive of a young Ryno, though in a sleeker model than Ryan's more classic slugger heftiness. That said, weight and skin color aside, the physical pcomparisons do kinda end there. and regular Howard isn't really even regular Howard anymore, so dunno.
  • Brownout. Like the electrical outage, because Dom's power surge is so disruptive. Plus, "Brown + out" is a pretty good call for a Domonic Brown homer.

Anyway, that's what I got. Personally, I think I prefer "The Domonator,," but let us know your choice, or if you have way better ideas of your own.

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."