Some Call “B-Train” Nickname SacriligiousJanuary 16th, 2011
Joe loves nicknames. And there have been some great ones on the Bucs in recent years, such as Sabby The Goat, Blocking Icon (Michael Clayton) and Cadillac, but perhaps none is more meaningful to Bucs fans than A-Train.
The A-Train even had his own in-stadium whistle that fired up Bucs fans to no end when Mike Alstott completed a punishing run.
Joe’s getting chills just sitting with his eyes shut and trying to hear that whistle again.
Now lots of folks have tried to put a nickname of B-Train on LeGarrette Blount, for the obvious comparisons to Alstott. But for some Bucs fans that’s the equivalent of denouncing God and praying to idols, as Justin Pawlowski, of WDAE-AM 620, talked about yesterday on the air.
Pawlowski has taken calls from listeners who believe calling Blount “B-Train” is an act of heresy. They want the legend and grandeur of Alstott to remain as is.
Pawlowski thinks that’s insane.
B-Train fits like a glove, he says, and lots of fans like it. Pawlowski even suggested the Bucs should use the fabled A-Train whistle for Blount over the public address system, as was done in the Alstott era.
Joe’s all in favor of the B-Train nickname, too. Frankly, it’s a tribute to Alstott and a nice linking of the two eras. And it’s a nickname, if people like it, let them have it. Joe’s encountered far too many anti-nickname, tight-asses in his day. The world doesn’t need more of that.
But Alstott’s train whistle? Joe thinks that’s got to be sacred. The sound conjures up visions of Alstott, and that shouldn’t change.
Get Blount his own sound, and let the B-Train roll.