I watch all of my NFL games on Sunday with a group of friends at a bar that is owned by a huge Washington Redskins fan, so naturally there’s a small group of burgundy faithful who hang out there as well, and if I can keep blocking out the existence of Daniel Snyder, I can actually appreciate the team with them. It makes it exponentially easier, though, that I have Alfred Morris on my fantasy team and have grown to appreciate him as a player and a person in his rookie season.
So last week, I noticed that some Redskins fans on Twitter were trying to develop a good nickname for Morris, and the very boring and unoriginal “A-Mo” was picking up steam. No. People, please. We need to put an end to this horrible trend of first name, first letter hyphen abbreviated form of last name as a viable nickname already. It’s fine with A-Rod, because aside from A-Hole, there isn’t much else to call him. But A-Mo? Do you really want to give Philadelphia Eagles fans that easy of a chant? The alternative was “Monster” but that’s equally boring. Beast. Monster. Come on.
That’s why I was pleased to see that the inventers of Griffining over at The Burgundy Blog had come up with “The Natural” based on Morris’ patented home run swing touchdown celebration. I like it, a very plain and simple nickname for the guy with the plain and simple car and the ability to drag defenders 10 yards at a time. Good stuff.