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The Panther Playbook Glossary of Terms

When I first formed the idea to start a Panthers blog, I knew that I wanted to approach it from a fan’s perspective and use lingo that non-football readers probably wouldn’t understand. But, I knew it would confuse a lot of people, so I also decided that a glossary of terms was necessary. I’ve seen this done at another blog that I frequently read, so I decided to compile a list of terms, nicknames, and acronyms that I use in reference to players, coaches, teams, etc. so those of you reading this blog won’t feel lost.

This glossary is a work in progress.

8-9 Killa, the: Steve Smith. He wears #89, and he kills opposing defenses with his speed and ability to catch balls in traffic (sometimes catching balls that no other receiver would even come close to bringing in). He has also has a fiery temper and has been known to punch teammates from time to time. (aka Smitty, The Incendiary One)

Aint’s, the: The New Orleans Saints, because they have sucked for 80% of their existence. During the 1980 season when the Saints started out 0-14, Saints fans began wearing paper bags over their heads during games and referred to their team as the “Aint’s”, and the nickname has stuck with them ever since. The paper bag wearing practice has spread to fans in other cities as well.

All-Time Interceptions Leader, the: Brett Favre, because he is. (And his record is pretty safe. The closest active player to him is Kerry Collins, who currently trails Favre by more than 100 interceptions. So, needless to say, this nickname is good to use for a long time.)

Bank, the: Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. (aka BoA, BofA)

Beast Mode: Panthers MLB Jon Beason.

Big Cat, the: Jerry Richardson, owner of the Panthers and one of the most beloved owners in the entire NFL. (The term Big Cat is used by 99% of Panthers fans as a term of endearment to the owner.)

Cardiac Cats, the: The Carolina Panthers, who have an unusual ability of making almost every fan have a near heart-attack every Sunday by playing in amazingly close games or making heroic 4th quarter come-backs. This term originated in 2003, when the Panthers won 7 games in the last 2 minutes or in overtime.

Cheddar Plax: Plaxico Burress, former New York Giants receiver who shot himself in the leg while at a night club in New York. The nickname originates from the movie 8-Mile, where the character Cheddar Bob shoots himself in the leg during a gang fight.

Chucky: Former NFL Head Coach and current ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden. He looks like Chucky, the psycho-killer doll from the horror films.

Crypt Keeper, the: Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, and according to most football fans, the solitary cause for Oakland’s nosedive from Super Bowl runner-up to laughing stock of the NFL. Unfortunately for Al (or for the Crypt Keeper, however you want to look at it), there is convincing evidence for the basis of this nickname.

CSR: Cat Scratch Reader, a fan-site of the Carolina Panthers that is run on the SB Nation blog platform. It is the premier place for Panthers fans to visit for in-depth analysis on everything Panthers, and they have awesome game threads every week as well.

Da Bears: The Chicago Bears. The term originates from an old Saturday Night Live skit with Chris Farley, where drunken Bears fans repeatedly refer to their team as “Da Bears”.

Daily Show, the: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart. Nickname taken from a Rotoworld article about Stewart’s monster game against the Giants on 12/27/09 when he amassed 209 rushing yards. (The Daily Show is a comedic news show on Comedy Central starring Jon Stewart, for those of you who didn’t know.)

Dirty Sanchez: New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. The term Dirty Sanchez is explained in graphic detail here.

Doggy Style: Michael Vick, former Falcons quarterback. Nickname given because of his illegal dog fighting and gambling ring that sent him to prison for 19 months.

Dr. Quinn: Browns quarterback Brady Quinn. Originally coined at Lester’s Legends as “Brady Quinn, Medicine Woman” in a fantasy football team names article on 11/20/09.

D-Will: Deangelo Williams, the Panthers’ superstar running back.

False Start: Jordan Gross, because he does it a lot. (Also the name of one of Jake Delhomme’s horses, which he admitted in an interview to naming the horse after Gross because of his tendency of jumping off the line too soon.)

Forrest Gump: Jeff Davidson, the absolute dumbest Offensive Coordinator in the NFL. He is gifted with two of the best running backs in the league, and has one of the weakest quarterbacks — yet he inexplicably decides that it’s always a good idea to call passing plays 75% of the time late in games when the team is only down by 3-7 points with more than 5 minutes remaining. (aka Idiot, Gump)

Foxism: A blatantly obvious (and sometimes confusing) statement that John Fox will make to the media during press conferences or interviews regarding team and/or player issues. (Example: When discussing player injuries, Fox will say “Right now, he’ll be day-to-day, and we’ll make those decisions as we go” — no matter how serious the injury is. The player could have had his arm ripped off on the field and Fox will give the same “day-to-day” speech regarding the injury status and recovery time.)

Ghost of Wesley Walls, the: Panthers tight end Dante Rosario, for his excellent pass catching ability, which is highly unusual for a Panthers tight end. This nickname originates from and is used frequently at Cat Scratch Reader. (aka Rosario Dawson)

Goober: Peyton Manning, the Colts’ starting quarterback. Manning is one of the goofiest off-the-field personalities in the NFL, and he looks like the dorky kid that everyone gave wedgies in elementary school.

Goober Junior: Eli Manning, the Giants’ starting quarterback and younger brother of Peyton Manning (aka Goober). He’s just as gooberish as Peyton, and he gets the “junior” label because he’s the little brother.

Gump: see Forrest Gump

Hitman: Chris Harris, the Panthers’ hard-hitting safety.

Hoover the Mover: Brad Hoover, the Panthers’ starting fullback. The nickname comes from a local Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership chain in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Since Hoover is a fullback who moves defenders out of the way for the running backs, the name fits, plus it rhymes and sounds cool. (This torch will be passed to any Panthers player who has the last name Hoover, but will have II, III, IV, etc. added to it — it’s similar to the monarch naming system of England, et al, but cooler.)

Idiot: see Forrest Gump

Incendiary One, the: Steve Smith, based on an ESPN commercial with Kenny Mayne, where Mayne refers to Smith’s speed as incendiary. This nickname can also be used to describe Smitty’s fiery personality and competitiveness, which can be seen frequently on the sidelines (and sometimes on the field) during games. (aka Smitty, 8-9 Killa)

Jaws: Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Ron Jaworski. (It has nothing to do with the shark.)

Jerrytron, the: The 160 x 72 ft. scoreboard at Cowboys Stadium. Jerry Jones wanted to make a statement of wealth to the world with the construction of his new stadium, so he installed the largest jumbotron in the history of sports, and it looks ridiculous.

JJ: Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

JJ’s Boys: The Dallas Cowboys, affectionately named after their pompous “I’m better than you and I know it” owner, Jerry Jones. (JJ’s Girls works as well.)

J-Stew: Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers’ other superstar running back, who shares carries with Deangelo Williams (aka D-Will).

Juggernaut, the: Tank Tyler, one of the Panthers’ defensive tackles. Nickname coined by Cat Scratch Reader user Revshawn during the 11/19/09 Panthers/Dolphins gamethread, after Tyler made a helmet-less tackle for loss. (I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!)

Kemo: Ma’ake Kemoeatu, one of the Panthers’ starting defensive tackles. He has this nickname for two reasons: (1) it’s easier to spell, and (2) it sounds cool.

Me-O: Terrell Owens, the most pompous, selfish, and whiny receiver in the entire NFL. The nickname is a play on his actual nickname, T-O (which, according to ESPN First Take analyst Skip Bayless, stands for Team Obliterator).

Moose: Muhsin Muhammad, the 2nd best wide receiver in Panthers history. Moose is known for his dominant blocking skills, and fans will chant “Moooooooosssssseeee” any time he makes a big play on the field (and sometimes just for the hell of it).

Mr. Kardashian: Reggie Bush, the Saints’ first round draft pick (who has yet to live up to the hype) running back and boyfriend of socialite/actress Kim Kardashian. (From time to time I will use Reggie Kardashian instead — they’re perfectly interchangeable.)

Old Yeller Treatment, the: Used in reference to players who are way past their prime and need to be put out of their misery. The phrase is taken from the classic children’s novel/film Old Yeller, when Travis Coates shoots his dog, Old Yeller, because he contracted rabies and would have died a slow and painful death.

Omar: Mike Tomlin, Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who looks like the long lost identical twin of actor Omar Epps (the guy from House).

Pep: Julius Peppers, one of the Panthers’ two starting defensive ends and the team’s highest paid player. The man who John Fox built the defense around in his first season as head coach by taking him with the #2 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. (It’s pretty much self-explanatory why I use Pep when talking about Peppers, so I will let you figure it out.)

Rosario Dawson: Dante Rosario, the Panthers’ tight end who has the strange inability to block like a man from time to time. The nickname comes from actress Rosario Dawson, who has a similar name and is female. Also, after Rosario made the game winning touchdown reception in a 26-24 victory against the Chargers in Week 1 of the 2008 season, Fox mistakenly referred to Rosario as “Rosario Dawson” in the post-game statistics leader board. (aka The Ghost of Wesley Walls)

Sheriff, the: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He likes to rule the league with an iron fist, even though most of the time his rulings are completely ludicrous.

Smitty: Steve Smith, the greatest wide receiver in Panthers history. Smitty is the most common nickname used for Smith. (aka The Incendiary One, 8-9 Killa)

Statue, the: Jake Delhomme, the Panthers’ starting quarterback, who has the inability to move around in the pocket and avoid a sack. Instead, he stands straight up with his arm held back to throw, and ends up either (a) taking a sack, or (b) fumbling the ball, and frequently causes me to request that he be given the Old Yeller treatment.

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  1. LestersLegends
    20 November 2009 at 7:06 PM

    Dude, I love this glossary

  2. bwsmith25
    20 November 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Thanks man, it's been a lot of fun putting it together.

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