Posted by: Tom Duch | December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

In the spirit of Christmas, ESPN has put together a list of holiday themed names. These are names that don’t even require a Duchification to make a good Duchism. The nicknames are ripe for the picking and provide plenty of holiday cheer just the way they are. “Merry Christmas you filthy animal…….and a happy new year.”

Page 2’s holiday-themed sports names

Name Active Team/Affiliation Career fact
Jesus Alou MLB: 1963-79 Giants, Astros, A’s, Mets Twice teamed with brothers Matty and Felipe in Giants outfield, the only all-brothers outfield in MLB history
Juan Pablo Angel Soccer: 1993-present Atlético Nacional, River Plate, Aston Villa, New York Red Bulls To clear a roster spot for Angel in 2007, the Red Bulls traded defender Marvell Wynne, son of former MLB player Marvell Wynne
Noel Argüelles MLB: 2009-present Royals Cuban defector, 19, is a talented left-handed pitcher you will likely hear about in coming years
Angel Berroa MLB: 2001-present Royals, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets Shortstop won 2003 AL Rookie of the Year Award
Israel Byrd NFL: 1994-95, ’97 Saints, Tennessee Oilers Older brother of former NFL wide receiver Isaac Byrd
Angel Cabrera Golf: 1989-present European Tour, PGA Tour Both PGA Tour wins came in majors: 2007 U.S. Open, 2009 Masters
Ahmad Carroll NFL: 2004-06, 2008-09 Packers, Jaguars, Jets Defensive back earned All-America track honors in the 100 and 200 meters at Arkansas
Billy Carroll NHL: 1980-87 Islanders, Oilers, Red Wings NHL center scored only 30 career goals but won four Stanley Cup rings
Brett Carroll MLB: 2007-present Marlins Carroll has a career OPS of 4.500 against Randy Johnson; OK, he’s 2-for-2 (HR, 3B)
DeMarre Carroll NBA: 2009-present Grizzlies Played at John Carroll Catholic High in Birmingham, Ala.
Greg Carroll Hockey: 1976-80 Cincinnati Stingers (WHA), Capitals, Red Wings, Whalers Selected No. 15 overall by Caps in 1976 NHL entry draft, but signed with WHA instead
Joe Barry Carroll NBA: 1980-84, 1985-91 Warriors, Rockets, Nets, Nuggets, Suns “Joe Baby,” the No. 1 overall pick in the 1980 NBA draft, was the key figure in the trade which sent Robert Parish and Kevin McHale to Boston
John Carroll NBA: 2004 Celtics Coached Boston to 14-22 record during part of the 2003-04 season
Matt Carroll NBA: 2003-present Trail Blazers, Spurs, Bobcats, Mavericks Notre Dame alum’s current salary is $4.7 million; he has scored seven points this season
Pete Carroll Football: 1978-present Coach: Jets, Patriots, USC, longtime college and pro assistant Played safety at University of the Pacific
Joey Chestnut Competitive eating: 2005-present Major League Eating Consumed record 68 hot dogs to win 2009 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest — U-S-A! U-S-A!
Dionte Christmas NBA: 2009 76ers At Temple, he became the only player to lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring three consecutive seasons
John Christmas Lacrosse: 2005-present Major League Lacrosse, National Lacrosse League Played for MLL’s Boston Cannons, NLL’s Philadelphia Wings
Steve Christmas MLB: 1983-84, ’86 Reds, White Sox, Cubs Catcher played in 24 career MLB games and hit one home run
Bill Claus College football: 2008-present University of Toledo Punter booted a career-best 62-yard punt in win at Michigan in 2008
Dwight Dasher College football: 2007-present Middle Tennessee State Quarterback guided Blue Raiders to first bowl victory in R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Sunday
Noel Devine College football: 2007-present University of West Virginia Running back has rushed for more than 1,200 years in each of the past two seasons
Noel Felix NBA: 2006 SuperSonics Fresno State alum played in 12 games for Seattle
Neftali Feliz MLB: 2009-present Rangers Right-handed pitching prospect appeared in 20 games last season, going 1-0 with two saves and a 1.74 ERA
Pedro Feliz MLB: 2000-present Giants, Phillies, Astros “Peter Happy” has played in three World Series, winning in 2008 with Philadelphia
Dave Frost MLB: 1977-82 White Sox, Angels, Royals Tied Nolan Ryan with 16 wins to lead AL West-champion Angels in 1979
Derrick Frost NFL: 2004-08 Browns, Redskins, Packers Punter played college ball at Northern Iowa
Scott Frost NFL: 1998-2001, ’03 Jets, Browns, Buccaneers Led Nebraska to 24-2 record as starting quarterback in 1996 and ’97
George “Iceman” Gervin Pro basketball: 1973-86 Virginia Squires (ABA), Spurs (ABA, NBA), Bulls Hall of Famer won four NBA scoring titles and played in nine NBA All-Star Games
Charlie “Jolly Cholly” Grimm MLB: 1916-36 Philadelphia A’s, Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs Also managed 19 years in MLB, including five as player/manager; if he played today, cool nickname would likely be reduced to C-Grimm
Angel Guzman MLB: 2006-present Cubs Venezuelan right-hander ranked 10th in the NL with eight wild pitches in 2006 — in only 56 innings
Carlyle Holiday NFL: 2005-07 Cardinals, Packers Started at quarterback for three years at Notre Dame; played wide receiver in the NFL
Jrue Holiday NBA: 2009-present 76ers Drafted No. 17 overall in 2009 after playing one season at UCLA
Matt Holliday MLB: 2004-present Rockies, A’s, Cardinals Three-time All-Star led NL in batting average (.340), RBI (137) and total bases (386) in 2007
Trindon Holliday College football: 2006-present LSU Kick/punt returner scored two touchdowns this season — one rushing, one punt return
Vonnie Holliday NFL: 1998-present Packers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Broncos Defensive end was selected No. 19 overall in 1998 draft by Packers; has 59 career sacks
Bob Holly NFL: 1983, ’85 Redskins, Falcons Princeton alum completed 25 of 40 career passes with one touchdown
Daven Holly NFL: 2005-07 Bears, Browns Cincinnati alum made five interceptions and scored two defensive touchdowns in 2006
Ed Holly MLB: 1906-07 Cardinals Infielder also played for Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League in 1914, ’15
Jeff Holly MLB: 1977-79 Twins Went 3-4 with a 5.60 ERA in 39 career appearances
Royal Ivey NBA: 2004-present Hawks, Bucks, 76ers Sixth-year pro went to Final Four with Texas in 2003
Corey Ivy NFL: 2001-09 Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Steelers Led the late, great XFL with five interceptions in the league’s only season
Noel Johnson College basketball: 2009-present Clemson University Freshman guard has played in every game this season for Tigers
Doug Jolley NFL: 2002-06 Raiders, Jets, Buccaneers Tight end caught 120 passes and scored six touchdowns as a pro
Gordon Jolley NFL: 1972-77 Lions, Seahawks Former offensive lineman is father of Doug Jolley
Smead Jolley MLB: 1930-33 White Sox, Red Sox Legend has it this poor-fielding outfielder once committed three errors on the same play
Dave Jolly MLB: 1953-57 Milwaukee Braves Right-handed reliever went 16-14 with 3.77 ERA in 159 career appearances
Johnny Jolly NFL: 2006-present Packers Made 82 tackles while starting all 16 games on Green Bay’s defensive line in 2008
Ken Jolly NFL: 1984-85 Chiefs Linebacker attended MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.
Mike Jolly NFL: 1980, 1982-83 Packers Michigan alum made three career interceptions as defensive back
“Reindeer” Bill Killefer MLB: 1909-21 St. Louis Browns, Phillies, Cubs He was Grover Cleveland Alexander’s catcher in Philadelphia and Chicago; managed nine MLB seasons with Cubs and Browns
Nick Leckey NFL: 2004-present Cardinals, Rams, Saints Backup center is only Saint named Nick on current roster
Chuck “Iceman” Liddell MMA: 1998-present Former Cal Poly wrestler has 21-7 pro record with 13 knockouts
Angel Mangual MLB: 1969, 1971-76 Pirates, A’s He was the player to be named when Pittsburgh acquired Jim “Mudcat” Grant from Oakland in 1970
Jeff “Snowman” Monson MMA: 1998-present Former Oregon State and University of Illinois wrestler has a 31-9 pro record with two knockouts
Savio Nazareth Golf: 2008-present Tanzanian duffer attended Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.
David Noel NBA: 2006-07 Bucks He was a member of North Carolina’s 2005 NCAA championship team
Jim Noel College football: 2009-present Boston College He’s a freshman cornerback for the Eagles.
Angel Pagan MLB: 2006-present Cubs, Mets Perhaps the most conflicted name in professional sports history
Noel Prefontaine Football: 1998-present Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Los Angeles Xtreme (XFL), Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) San Diego State alum has scored 1,240 career points and compiled a 46.3-yard punting average in 12 CFL seasons.
Israel Raybon NFL: 1996-97 Steelers, Panthers North Alabama alum played 12 NFL games as a defensive end
Tree Rollins NBA: 1977-95 Hawks, Cavaliers, Pistons, Rockets, Magic Rollins had more career rebounds (6,750) than points (6,249) in his 18-season NBA career and led the NBA in blocked shots in 1982-83
Frostee Rucker NFL: 2007-present Bengals Defensive end played on two national championship teams at USC
Mendy Rudolph NBA: 1953-75 Hall of Fame referee worked 22 consecutive NBA Finals
Wilma Rudolph Olympic track and field: 1956, ’60 U.S.A. She became first American woman to capture three gold medals (100 meters, 200, 400 relay) in track and field at a single Olympic Games (1960, Rome)
David Snow College football: 2008-present University of Texas Offensive lineman started five games at right guard for the Big 12 champions
Eric Snow NBA: 1995-2008 SuperSonics, 76ers, Cavaliers Compiled career totals of 5,791 points and 4,245 assists; played in two NBA Finals (2001, ’07)
Garth Snow NHL: 1993-2006 Nordiques, Flyers, Canucks, Penguins, Islanders Longtime goalie went from Isles active roster to being team’s general manager in 2006
Percy Snow NFL: 1990, ’92-93 Chiefs, Bears Former Michigan State linebacker played in 40 NFL games
Jack Snow NFL: 1965-75 Rams Notre Dame alum caught 345 career passes and scored 45 touchdowns
Justin Snow NFL: 2000-present Colts Baylor alum is in his 10th season as long snapper in Indianapolis
J.T. Snow MLB: 1992-2006, ’08 Yankees, Angels, Giants, Red Sox Son of NFL player Jack Snow; he won six consecutive Gold Gloves at first base (1995-2000)
Israel Stanley NFL: 1995 Saints Arizona State alum recorded two sacks in 14 career games
Mike Tannenbaum NFL: 1997-present Jets Tannenbaum began working in the Jets front office in 1997 and became the team’s general manager in 2006
Frosty Thomas MLB: 1905 Tigers Right-hander compiled a 7.50 ERA in his first two games and never pitched again in the majors
Blaise Winter NFL: 1984, ’86-90, ’92-94 Colts, Chargers, Packers Defensive lineman from Syracuse recorded 300 career tackles in nine-season career
George Winter MLB: 1901-08 Red Sox, Tigers Right-hander posted a career 2.87 ERA and a record of 83-102; yes, it was a much different game then
Brian Winters NBA: 1974-83 Lakers, Bucks He was part of trade which brought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers; later coached Grizzlies, Warriors
Clarence Winters MLB: 1924 Red Sox He allowed 16 earned runs in seven career innings — buh-bye
Frank Winters NFL: 1987-2002 Browns, Giants, Chiefs, Packers He was the Green Bay center during much of Brett Favre’s prime
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