The 5 Worst (and 5 Best) Sports Nicknames

Maria Sharapova came close to legally changing her name to "Sugarpova," prompting STACK to consider the worst and best sports nicknames.

Best: "Matty Ice" for Matt Ryan

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Is there anything better than a nickname punning playfully on one of the most god-awful beers on planet Earth, ingested by college kids with Taco Bell at 3 a.m.?

No. There isn't.

Though "Matty Ice" refers more to Ryan's cool under pressure nature, we're going to pretend the Atlanta Falcons stud quarterback still likes to take a swig from a can of Natural Ice every now and then.

The real origin of this awesome nickname goes all the way back to Ryan's sophomore year at Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.

An ESPN article dedicated to this very topic shares that a senior receiver at Penn Charter started calling Ryan "Matty Ice" after seeing his stoic leadership in the huddle.

"The origin wasn't so much he's clutch and cool as ice. It was more like it's the Iceman, he's all business. It's his way or the highway," Billy McKinney, the receiver in question, said.

When Ryan began piling up clutch performances for Penn Charter's football and basketball teams, the name really caught on.

Considering he's tied for the fourth-most fourth quarter comebacks among all active NFL quarterbacks, "Matty Ice " still plays.

"It just started amongst friends," Ryan said of his nickname at Super Bowl 51 media day, "and it's hung around a long timeā€¦It just stuck. It's a good nickname."


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