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    Default Top 20 monickers of all time in the PBA

    Do we have a thread similar to this in IBN?
    Just found this at this link - http://hoops.blink.ph/2006/10/30/top...s-of-all-time/

    Prologue: Monicker can also be spelled “moniker”(bonus knowledge right there). Only Robert Jaworski’s monickers made the list twice. There are only two tandem’s monickers (read on, you’ll get what I mean) in my list. One monicker was shared by two great players (Thanks be to Mr. Eala). Without further ado, the Top 20 Greatest Monickers list below.

    1.The Big J - Robert Jaworski

    At 6 feet tall (or short, if you are cynical), he aint that big but this monicker fits him. Derived perhaps from his bigger than life persona. Or more likely, because of his large mitts. As he also cared (still cares) for his fans, it can also apply to Big J’s big heart. Thus, this tops my list. Derivative: The Barreling Big J.

    2. The Living Legend - Robert Jaworski

    Coined in mid-80s when he took over the Ginebra reign, he was or still is, the unequaled Living Legend of Philippine Basketball. Letdown: After he retired (did he?), can you still say “living”?

    3. Skywalker - Samboy Lim

    Next to Jaworski, Avelino “Samboy” Lim was the only player that can truly electrify the court and the fans. Why? Because of the aerial voyages (sorry Vergel) he made. Thus he was called “The Skywalker”! The “Samboy” nick alone was uber-cool on its own but putting the tag, SKYWALKER was something huh? Letdown: I believe one NBA player was labeled the “Skywalker” earlier than him. But what the heck, I like it anyway. Letdown # 2: He was injured so much throughout his career, people should have devised a back-up monicker, like perhaps, “LandRover” or “Caned-Walker”

    4. The Captain - Alvin Patrimonio

    Earlier it was “The Captain” but it was later changed to “Captain Lionheart” by, yes you guessed it, the Dean, Quinito Henson. Probably thinking that Kareem Abdul Jabbar was the fisrt guy to use that, it was changed to have the original factor. Also, I figured, each team has it’s own captain isn’t it? It would be disrespectful to team’s own captain if players called out Alvin Patrimoino, “Captain”. Thus, it was changed to “Captain Lionheart”. Letdown: Sounds like a Disney film.

    5. The Dynamite or Dynamite - Shared by Danny Seigle and Chito Loyzaga

    Both befit the trade name. But Chito Loyzaga was the original Dynamite. Not because of his explosiveness to the hoop as done by Danny Seigle but because of his timely 3-point bombs. I just don’t know if there is code of conduct in making monickers, but it should be a rule that there should be no repetitive use of monickers in a span of 25 years. Noli Eala relived the use of the Dynamite. He could have easily given Danny the, “C4″. Letdown: Chito “The Dynamite” Loyzaga can’t jump over a Century Tuna can. Plus, the monicker was re-cycled.

    6. The Bull - Nelson Asaytono

    People jumped on this monicker faster than Nelson can take his customary 30 shots a game. People figured, we better start calling him “The Bull” rather than calling him the other option, the downright funny “Baby Face”. Long before the Red Bull franchise enter the PBA, Asaytono already pitched the energy drink. When a corporation comes calling to let you know that they will use your monicker or image in an ad, your nickname made it. Derivative: Enrico Villanueva’s “The Raging Bull”.

    7. The Director - Hector Calma

    In his time, Hector Calma was the premier point guard of the PBA. His steady orchestration of San Miguel plays gave him this name. You know you got a monicker winner, when it rhymes with the player’s name and equally, it describes him. Hector “The Director”, Swak!

    8. The Tank - Noli Locsin

    I didn’t follow Noli Locsin in the amateurs so I don’t know if the “The Tank” originated in his early days. But in his PBA Debut, Sev Sarmenta call him that, The Tank. And boy, he was just that. Letdown: He played quality basketball for only 5 to 7 years. When he played at Pop, coached by I believe Derek Pumaren, he later, well, tanked. Derivative: “The Flying Tank”.

    9. The Spark - Mark Caguioa

    One of the new-generation players with ultra-sticky monickers, Mark Cagiuoa was baptized by Quinito Henson as “The Spark”. For a while, Mark “The Spark” Caguioa would be the way to introduce Mark. But the emergence of Jayjay Helterbrand as the lighting fast partner paved the way for Mark’s second nice tag, known as the other half of “The Fast and the Furious”. Mark being the ‘Furious” one.

    10. The Magic Man - Dondon Ampalayo

    Dondon Ampalayo early years was truly magical. Not an original nick, ‘cause mid 80’s, Eeeeeervin ‘Magic’ Johnson was already creating havoc in the NBA. But hell, this is a classic monicker and definitely makes the list.

    11. The Destroyer - Rudy Distrito

    Need no explanation here but what the heck, I’ll say something anyway. He is truly “The Destroyer”. Even his own career (and later, life), he virtually finished it off in smacking Jeffrey Cariaso. And well, you know your hoop news. Where he is now? He’s out west and in a mess.

    12. Tapal King - Philip Cesar

    What can I say? Some 25 years later, he is still known as the “Tapal King”. Besides that, that basketball parlance is still used today, as in “Tapal!”. To add, Philip Cezar was able to score a couple of endorsements by being the “Tapal King”. Remember his Vulcaseal commercials? A sign that his monicker is a hit. A.K.A. ‘The Scholar’.

    13. The Tower Of Power - Benjie Paras

    Funny how you can be called “The Tower of Power” when you’re only 6-4. But hey, it was daring and original. Only Joe Cantada might have thought of this. This surely beats “Bondying”.

    14. The Triggerman - Allan Caidic

    Another all-original monicker, “The Triggerman” surely applied to Allan Caidic. True story: In an old internet article I read 2 - 3 years back, an English Korean daily wrote, Allan “The Triggerman” Caidic blah blah blah… Yes, there was a monicker insert in his name. Even the Koreans was caught up calling him that.

    15. The Flash - Bal David

    Quinito might have baptized more monicker than any other commentator here in the Philippines. “The Flash” is another Henson’s baby. Bal “The Flash” David’s legendary hits (against Mobiline, one that made Taulava cry and another against San Miguel, the buzzer beater) truly made his monicker valid. With his flash moves, he was able to do those stuff.

    16. The Slasher - Rodney Santos

    Given by Quinito too (I think Quinito loves to use “The” so much). “The Slasher” was given to Rodney because of the way he slashes in the middle. But later in his career, waiting for a pass of a double team from Menk, he evolved into a three-point shooter. Note that this alias should be said and shouted in an angry fashion. Otherwise, it won’t be as effective like the way Quinito says this… The Slashhhhheeer!!!! If said in a lame and casual manner, this will not make the list. So practice saying… The Slashhhhheeer!!!! Letdown: Rodney Santos facial feature helped him in landing him the monicker. A little unfair for the other guys, you know.

    17. Bruise Brothers - Ricky Relosa and Yoyoy Villamin

    Bruise Brothers is only one of two tag team player monickers I got here in this list. Why it made the list? Anytime you forgot a player’s name and you can remember his monicker, that’s gotta be a good monicker. You will forget, Ricky. You will forget, Relosa. But you will not forget his partnership with Yoyoy Villamin, being the “Bruise Brothers”. Letdown: Relosa later had an altercation with hot-tempered Ronnie Thompkins. He smacked Thompkins at his nape prompting Thompkins to run after him. No longer in tandem with Yoyoy, he ran towards his bench. Thus, by this time, he was not the other half of the Bruise Brothers anymore BUT a bruised (ego) brother.

    18. Mr. Excitement - Bong Alvarez

    This was probably a Sev Sarmeta cooking. By virtue of using “Mr”, it should make the list. How many hot-monickers we have with “Mr.” in it? Just don’t bring up Mr. Gayoso’s, Mr. Adrenaline because that monicker was a little bit coined to emphasize his utter delight to shoot. Don’t bring up Mr. Quality Minutes or Mr. Fourth Quarter Man either, as these were given to too many players. (More on this in my later posts.)

    19. The Fast and the Furious - Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand

    Why only ranked 19? It’s still not tested by time. Let’s see how this hold up. In the meantime, the two are cashing in on endorsement deals using this monicker. I think they should thank Mico Halili for this. But you see, Jayjay is a whiny kid, his tenure at Ginebra is not built on a rock. Remember how he sat out one season because his contract negotiation with Ginebra soured a bit? Give 2 to 3 seasons and lets see if the tandem stays. If the tandem stays, likely, so too the monicker. Derivative: Ang Mabilis at ang Mabangis. Cool!

    20. El Presidente - Ramon Fernandez

    For its sheer coolness, Don Ramon’s El Presidente is making this list. I mean, how many spanish monickers out there huh? Nada! Intiendes?

    Honorable Mentions

    Aerial Voyager- Vergel Meneses

    When he won back to back slamdunk championship in 1992-93. He is one of the greatest flyer in PBA History.

    The Big Deal - Jun Limpot

    I think he got this monicker being the #1 pick out of DLSU in 1993 PBA Draft. I think he was the highest paid rookie in the PBA of all time.

    The Flying A - Johhny Abarientos

    truly one of the original monickers of all time.

    The General - Rommel Adducul

    I think it was Mico Halili who tagged Adducul with this monicker when he was still playing in the MBA for Manila Metrostars.

    Skyscraper - Marlou Aquino

    I think it was Quinito Henson who baptized Marlou with this monicker during in his very first game in the PBA.
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    1. the jam - dondon hontiveros, haha, i think it stinks,, ahaha
    2. the slick - penisi, another horrible monicker
    3. kanyon or ang kanyon, junthy valenzuela, mdme ba kanyon sa valensuela?
    4. the bulluet, dindo pumaren- he's haircut is like a bullet,haha
    5. the snatcher - winnie arboleda, he's a snatcher of the ball

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    Default heres mine

    el presidente- means, the forefather, the supreme, mon fernandez, deserves that monicker
    magic man, like magic johnson? nope i saw his game, he always hide the ball when slashing to the basket, true to his monicker,dondon ampalayao

    living legend- the past and presnt , he's the longest playing years, yet he's one of the best

    black superman - billy ray bates, shows how good he is that time by his monicker

    the man with a thousand moves, bong ravena, interesting monicker, when you heard it you want to see him play

    lastikman, rafi reavis, interesting, his arms are elongated

    the director- from the word itself every play, he's the master mind of it

    the blonde bomber- haha he's not a blonde anymore, mark cagioua

    the rock, his body shows, and the way he plays, 3 years ago, hehe

    majorpain - erick menk, he is the major problem of every team back on his dominating days, have a career hig of 44 pts

    mr. quality minutes, it speaks for itself, once his on the floor hell gfet a good job rodney santos

    mr. clutch, francis arnais? is he jerry west, hell deliver on the clutch

    the fortune cookie - atoy co, dot look like his a cookie,

    the trigger man, allan caidic- hes a trigger happy, hell ever stop shooting but hell make most of it

    the pitbull, topex robinson, he looks like a chihuaa

    the atom bomb, good monicker for atoy co

    superman, ira clark, doesnt mean that if his last name is clark he can play like superman

    the skyscraper, looks like hes 7'0 but only 6'9. heard some scouts says, count the mvp this guys gonna get, for now he doesnt get any

    tower of power, benjie paras, the only rookie mvop of the same year

    the gentle giant bonnel balingit,, he looks like a gentle"kapre"

    dunking duo, baguio and gelig, started this monicker in theyre ust days

    the golden boy, he's no oscar dela hoya, more of a the game knb, noy castillo, ala edu manzano

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    What about your own monickers, why do you call yourself as such ?

    I'll tell you mine later......

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    Quote Originally Posted by heroescantdie
    el presidente- means, the forefather, the supreme, mon fernandez, deserves that monicker
    magic man, like magic johnson? nope i saw his game, he always hide the ball when slashing to the basket, true to his monicker,dondon ampalayao

    living legend- the past and presnt , he's the longest playing years, yet he's one of the best

    black superman - billy ray bates, shows how good he is that time by his monicker

    the man with a thousand moves, bong ravena, interesting monicker, when you heard it you want to see him play

    lastikman, rafi reavis, interesting, his arms are elongated

    the director- from the word itself every play, he's the master mind of it

    the blonde bomber- haha he's not a blonde anymore, mark cagioua

    the rock, his body shows, and the way he plays, 3 years ago, hehe

    majorpain - erick menk, he is the major problem of every team back on his dominating days, have a career hig of 44 pts

    mr. quality minutes, it speaks for itself, once his on the floor hell gfet a good job rodney santos

    mr. clutch, francis arnais? is he jerry west, hell deliver on the clutch

    the fortune cookie - atoy co, dot look like his a cookie,

    the trigger man, allan caidic- hes a trigger happy, hell ever stop shooting but hell make most of it

    the pitbull, topex robinson, he looks like a chihuaa

    the atom bomb, good monicker for atoy co

    superman, ira clark, doesnt mean that if his last name is clark he can play like superman

    the skyscraper, looks like hes 7'0 but only 6'9. heard some scouts says, count the mvp this guys gonna get, for now he doesnt get any

    tower of power, benjie paras, the only rookie mvop of the same year

    the gentle giant bonnel balingit,, he looks like a gentle"kapre"

    dunking duo, baguio and gelig, started this monicker in theyre ust days

    the golden boy, he's no oscar dela hoya, more of a the game knb, noy castillo, ala edu manzano
    I think the "Atom Bomb" is Ato Agustin..

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    Ricardo Brown - Quick Brown Fox
    Padim Israel and Jerry Codinera - Defense Minister
    Yoyoy Villamin - Bicolano Superman
    Vince Hizon - Prince
    Jeffrey Cariaso _ Jet
    Elmer Reyes - ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by allan23
    I think the "Atom Bomb" is Ato Agustin..
    oops,sorry typhographical error, tnx man, post that so quick, i didnt otice

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamwalker
    What about your own monickers, why do you call yourself as such ?

    I'll tell you mine later......
    haha, what about the cold rice exterminator? mine

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    Default Not exactly basketball..

    then there came Pacman-Manny pacquiao haha. lol!
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    ROBOCOP - Alvin teng,....?????? maybe he plays like a robot or a cop or he looks like robocop

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    Default Ginebra boys

    what do you think about the..
    The Fast, the furious, the fearless and the feisty- MC, JJ, Tubid, Junthy.??
    for me it's a bit corny having 4 players in a nickname.. the Fast and the Furious might still be ok, but the other two is a bit exagerated, let them have their own monickers, and not have the same idea as of MC and JJ.
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    freddie " basurero" abuda
    lauro "the fox" mumar
    joel "the aparador" dualan
    atoy "the fortune cookie" co
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    Quote Originally Posted by joesmoove059
    what do you think about the..
    The Fast, the furious, the fearless and the feisty- MC, JJ, Tubid, Junthy.??
    for me it's a bit corny having 4 players in a nickname.. the Fast and the Furious might still be ok, but the other two is a bit exagerated, let them have their own monickers, and not have the same idea as of MC and JJ.
    I'm quite curious why they didn't add Johnny A in that tandem. The Fast, The Furious, The Fearless, The Feisty and The Flying
    you know why I am happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by b3lowzro
    I'm quite curious why they didn't add Johnny A in that tandem. The Fast, The Furious, The Fearless, The Feisty and The Flying
    so they're the F_team

    some additions:

    Cris "Jumbo" Bolado
    Chris "Stonewall" Jackson
    Gary "Mr. Pure Energy" David
    Paul "Kid Lightning" Artadi
    Olsen "Rah-rah" Racela
    Cyrus "Skyrus" Baguio
    Kenneth "Capt. Marbel" Duremdes
    Jojo "Jolas" Lastimosa
    Erik "Major Pain" Menk
    Dennis "The Menace" Espino
    Jose "Pistolero" Francisco
    Jimwell "Tora-tora" Torion
    Willie "Thriller" Miller
    Victor "Rambo" Sanchez
    Rudy "H-Bomb" Hatfield
    Alfredo "The Fireman" Jarencio
    Mike "Cool Cat" Cortez
    Jimmy "Mighty Mouse" Alapag
    Wesley "Wild Wes" Gonzales
    Ronnie "The Point Laureate" Magsanoc
    Dindo "The Bullet" Pumaren
    Marte "Mighty Mite" Saldaña
    Bong "The Hawk" Hawkins
    Kerby "The Kid" Raymundo
    Max "Mad Max" Delantes
    Peter "Twister" Naron
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    these guys didnt play in the PBA because there was no PBA during their time but here goes:

    Caloy "Boom-boom" Badion
    Caloy "the big difference" loyzaga
    Lauro "the fox" mumar

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    Quote Originally Posted by b3lowzro
    I'm quite curious why they didn't add Johnny A in that tandem. The Fast, The Furious, The Fearless, The Feisty and The Flying
    maybe because he's not flying anymore, unlike his early years in the PBA.

    is he still in the Ginebra roster??
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    Dont forget:

    Junthy "the Hitman" Valenzuela.

    I still remember when he was still with RedBull, he truly was a hitman then. Defending and hitting opponents top players. But now he's with BGK. hehehe, im loving it.
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    Default Best and Worst Monickers

    how about a thread for best and worst monickers


    the Best

    Bicolano Superman - Yoyoy Villamin
    Tower of Power- Benjie Paras
    The Quick Brown Fox - Ricardo Brown
    Ato Agustin - Atom Bomb


    the worst

    Bonbon cutsodio- the bonfire
    Jose Francisco - Pistolero
    Dennis Espino- Dennis the Menace
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    Worst

    The Spider Man - Arwind Santos

    Best

    CoCo - Conan O' Brien

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    The Best

    Johnny "The Flying A" Abbarientos

    Samboy "Skywalker" Lim

    Allan "The Triggerman" Caidic

    "Dynamite" Danny Seigle

    The Worst

    Olsen "Rarara" Racela (The Heck? ) (What does Rarara mean?)

    BonBon "Bonfire" Custodio

    Marlou "The Sky Scraper" Aquino (He's just a dwarf in the international scene)
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