Phil Mickelson has the nickname ‘Lefty’ because he swings left-handed, this seems fairly straightforward but ‘Lefty’ is actually right-handed. Mickelson learned to swing by facing his father, and by mirroring a right-handed golfer he became a left-handed golfer.
Among fellow players Mickelson is known to be referred to as another nickname ‘FIGJAM’, the meaning of this nickname is shown below. FIGJAM is according to other pro golfers is a reflection of Mickelson’s personality on the golf course and his supreme confidence.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is 6’5″ (195cm) in height and hence the nickname ‘Big Man’ is fitting, however it is reported that the Swedish striker actually got the label from his Manchester United teammates due to the size of his manhood.
While most players will put a towel on after a shower, Ibrahimović will walk naked around the changing rooms .
Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos is nicknamed ‘El Hombre Bala’ (The Bullet Man), mainly due to his powerful and unpredictable free kicks.
Carlos is regarded as one of the best left-backs of all time, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100th anniversary list of the world’s greatest living players.
On June 3, 1997, against France in the opening game of the 1997 Tournoi de France tournament, Carlos scored the most famous goal of his career with one of the most spectacular free kicks in football history.
Shawn Kemp should have been a Hall of Fame player, but due to his ballooning weight issue and drug problems his career declined prematurely. Before he abused substances, Kemp was abusing the basketball rim with his highflying dunks.
In his prime, Kemp was one of the best in-game dunkers in NBA history, he was explosive, brutal, ruthless, powerful and had a lot of flair to his dunks. Kemp was a showman who would celebrate with passionate post-dunk antics.
A Seattle Supersonics announcer gave Shawn Kemp his nickname ‘The Reign Man’ due to his ability to reign over his opponents. Seattle is a city with a reputation to have frequent rain, which made the double-meaning of the nickname even more memorable.
Ray Allen played the character Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s movie He Got Game. Spike Lee had originally wanted Kobe Bryant to play the role, however Bryant turned down the offer. When the role was offered to Allen he quickly accepted the role.
Pan Xiaoting 潘曉婷 was given the nickname ‘Queen of Nine-Ball’ by Chinese media. Pan was the first female professional pool player from China to play full-time on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) tour. Pan was awarded the WPBA Rookie of the Year award in 2006.
The NBA has never confirmed that the logo is modelled after West, though they do not deny it either. By not confirming that Jerry West is on the logo, the NBA avoids paying West royalties for using his image.
The NBA shies away from the question about the inspiration behind the logo, however the designer of the logo Alan Siegel admits that the logo was modelled after West and tells the story in the following video
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin’s nickname is ‘Ace’ because of his resemblance to actor Jim Carrey, who starred in the Ace Ventura movies.
Franklin explained that in the beginning when people would mistake him for Jim Carrey, it would annoy him, but then he saw the humour in it and embraced it, then the nickname stuck during his MMA career.
Franklin is a former high school mathematics teacher who has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati. Franklin is also a great motivational speaker as seen in this Ted Talk
Franklin is going to be inducted into 2019 UFC Hall of Fame class