Who are the Bay State Patriots?- And Other Nicknames

1. B.S. Patriots?

The Boston Patriots were the eighth team added to the AFL. They kept the original name up until 1971. However, owner Billy Sullivan became upset when Boston did not allow him to build a stadium in the downtown area. Angry with the city of Boston, Sullivan moved the team to Foxboro and with the location change came a name change to the Bay State Patriots. This new name didn’t go over very well.  An article from Time points out that part of the hatred for the new name was because the abbreviation “B.S. Patriots” was obviously no good.  The team name was quickly changed to the New England Patriots.

2. “Numbah Foah”

Bobby Orr was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the early age of 34. I only heard him be called the Golden Child once years ago, however, that name was never well-known. Bruins fans have always just referred to him as “Bawby” or “Numbah Foah”

3. Larry Legend

Larry Bird, the Hick from French Lick, has a very impressive resume.  Three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics during the 1980s, three regular-season MVP awards, and two Finals MVP awards in his trophy case. Next to those is the Coach of the Year award he won in 1998 when he led the Indiana Pacers to a 58-24 record. Oh yeah, and he is a Hall of Famer. “Larry Legend’ Enough said!

4. What a cry baby!

Due to an inability to keep himself from crying on the court, and because of his size and his youthful looks, Power forward Glen Davis was known as “Big Baby”. With what he accomplished on and off the court, the nickname was really unfair. Amazingly, it stuck with him throughout his NBA career.

5. “Minitron”

Named after the deception in the Transformers series, former Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson dubbed the name “Megatron”.  So, Tom Brady of the Patriots began the nickname “Minitron” for his wide receiver Julian Edelman. Um..nope. The name didn’t stick even though Brady really like it.

6. The Big Three

In a pair of blockbuster deals, general manager Danny Ainge assembled an elite trio to lead the 2007-08 Boston Celtics. Ainge first acquired Seattle SuperSonics sharpshooter Ray Allen with a draft night deal and then procured 2004 MVP Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The two-star acquisitions combined with long-time Celtic Paul Pierce to spark the largest one-year improvement in NBA history, finishing the 2007-08 season 66-16, 42 games better than the prior season’s Celtics.

Editors Note: The original/real Big Three in Boston is Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. 

7.  Idiots

Boston Red Sox team outfielder, Johnny Damon,  called the team the Idiots, but what did he know. The Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit to stun the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Then, they swept the Cardinals to win the franchise’s first World Series in 85 years and lift the Curse of the Bambino. Who is the idiot?

8. Rick “Nifty” Middleton

One of the worst trades in NHL history: In 1976, The New York Rangers sent young Rick Middleton to the Boston Bruins in exchange for an over-the-hill Ken Hodge. Within two years, Hodge was done with hockey while Middleton scored 404 more goals and played another dozen seasons.
Middleton earned his nickname for the way he handled the puck. He was a consistently dangerous weapon for the Bruins from the mid-’70s and throughout the ’80s. His best season came in 1981-82 when he scored 51 goals

9. ” Mister Zero’

Frank Brimsek burst onto the NHL scene like no goalie before or since. In 1938 to ’39, the young American goalie took over for Tiny Thompson in goal for the Bruins and recorded shutouts in six of his first eight NHL games. Thus he earned the nickname “Mister Zero.”
Brimsek won Stanley Cups in 1939 and 1941 and also won both the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie in 1939. “Mister Zero” was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

10.Terry O’Reilly “Taz”

Terry O’Reilly remains one of the most popular Bruins players of all time. He earned his nickname, “Taz,” short for the Tasmanian Devil, for his all-out hustle and non-stop effort on the ice.
O’Reilly checked anyone that wore an opposing sweater, dropped the gloves when called on and consistently scored 20-plus goals for the Bruins.
O’Reilly’s won over the blue collar hockey fans of Boston and “Taz” still gets a huge ovation anytime he returns to a Bruins game.

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