Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” Probably true, but we’d like to think an athlete’s nickname reveals his character—or at least his girth, in the case of Charles “The Round Mound of Rebound” Barkley. It’s not much of a stretch, too, to suggest that a player experiences the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat when it comes to being nicknamed—often sticking long after his playing days are over. As ol’ Thomas Paine once said, Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. Our title for best sports nickname in Indian Country is up for grabs, but here are a few of our favorites.

Shane “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Victorino

The MLB All-Star center fielder is heading West, after being dealt by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. The Native Hawaiian is a speedy threat on the basepaths and in the field.

Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson

The first round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 out of Washington State University, where he earned his nickname, is from Tutuwila, Samoa. Although he didn’t have any notable achievements in the NFL, we believe he could still probably throw us around.

Clarence “Taffy” Abel

The hockey hall-of-famer Abel, Chippewa, was a two-time Stanley Cup-winner from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. With a legendary sweet-tooth, Abel earned his nickname for all of the taffy candy he ate. “Sweetness” might have been better?

Gino “The Maniwaki Mauler” Odjick

Sometimes known as the Algonquin Mauler, but always as Sir, Odjick is a former NHL enforcer from Maniwaki, Quebec. The six-foot-three, 225-pound First Nations skater was, as Maxim once noted, as being one of hockey’s toughest bastards. The man could throw down, for sure, and even protected Pavel “The Russian Rocket” for a time while playing for Vancouver.

Jordin “Tootoo Train” Tootoo

The first Inuit to play in the NHL, the feisty Tootoo hits opponents like a freight train. And he’ll now be doing that in a Winged Wheel sweater, as the Detroit Red Wings signed him away from the Nashville Predators on July 1.

Reggie “The Riverton Rifle” Leach

The Métis Rifle from Riverton, Manitoba could do it all in the NHL: score goals and drop the gloves. In 1974-75, Leach teamed with notorious hard guys Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber to score 45 goals and earn the respect of the tough fans in the City of Brotherly Love. While helping the Philadelphia Flyers repeat as Stanley Cup winners, Leach scored eight goals in 17 postseason games.

Justin “Joba” Chamberlain

The Winnebago New York Yankees pitcher told ESPN the Magazine how he got the nickname Joba: “I’ve known myself as Joba since I was born. My niece was unable to pronounce Justin, so she’d call me that. Nobody knew my real name until I graduated from high school, when my dad put it in the yearbook. Now there’s nothing that could make me switch back. It’ll never happen. No, sir.”

Eddie “Baby” Allen

Allen, a member of the Skokomish Indian Tribe, fought out of Washington state in the 1930s. For his earliest bouts, he brawled as “Little Skookum” (“Little tough one”), which later became “Baby.” Despite the fine nickname, bantamweight Allen wasn’t so dominating in the ring, ending his pro career with a 3-5-4 record.

Finally, there’s one guy who really doesn’t need a nickname: Wacey Rabbit. The young Rabbit, Kainai Tribal Nation, is a minor league hockey player. Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, he plays for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League. Skate, Rabbit, Skate!

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Scientists discover virus that kills all grades of breast cancer ‘within seven days’


Scientists at the Penn State College of Medicine said this week they have discovered a virus that is capable of killing all grades of breast cancer “within seven days” of first introduction in a laboratory setting.

The virus, known as adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2), is naturally occurring and carried by up to 80 percent of humans, but it does not cause any disease.

Researchers learned of its cancer-killing properties in 2005, after Penn State scientists observed it killing cervical cancer cells. They also found that women who carried the AAV2 virus and human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, had a lower propensity to develop cervical cancer.

When combined in a lab recently, AAV2 eradicated all the breast cancer cells “within seven days,” according to researchers. Better still, it proved capable of wiping out cancer cells at multiple stages, negating the need for differing treatments used today.

“If we can determine which viral genes are being used, we may be able to introduce those genes into a [therapy],” explained Penn State research associate Samina Alam. “If we can determine which pathways the virus is triggering, we can then screen new drugs that target those pathways. Or we may simply be able to use the virus itself.”

The Center for Disease Control says that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting American women. Overall, it is second only to lung cancer in causing more deaths than any other form of the disease.

The American Cancer Society estimates that up to 39,520 women in the U.S. will die from cancer just this year, out of about 230,480 new cases discovered by doctors.

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