If Maryland does crab cakes and football then Louisville does nicknames and basketball.
A bevy of beloved basketball players have come through those doors for the fans and we have rewarded them with awesome, classic nicknames.
What is a nickname? Webster’s defines it as: a name that is different from your real name but is what your family or friends call you when they are talking to you or about you.
Basically it’s a name given to you by people who love you. This sounds pretty accurate for such monikers as Never Nervous Pervis, E5, or Dr. Dunkenstien. The football team isn’t slacking in the nickname department either. The A.F.R.O.S might be one of the most creative things I’ve ever heard of in this whole nickname hustle.
Some nicknames write themselves and are a perfect fit, like “Russdiculous”. Others like Peyton Threeva seem to be gold but never materialize into something tangible.
A nickname cannot be forced upon someone simply because it sounds good; it has to be appropriate as well. Since I joined the staff, the record label, and the crew here at The Cardinal Connect, I’ve been patiently waiting until basketball season to unleash my submission to the nickname committee.
Stephen Van Treese- The Janitor. Before you tell me that he already has a nickname let me just come out and say the name “Big Hustle” is sorta lazy if you think about it. Maximum peace and respect to whomever was the first person to come up with that, but there’s more to “The Janitor” than hustle, you just have to look for it. I mean yeah he hustles, but I wouldn’t put his hustle ahead of Montrezl’s and that’s why I think the name doesn’t quite fit.
To me SVT is more of a muck it up “do the dirty work” kind of player. How many times have you heard about his ability to “clean the glass”? Also no one thanks their local janitor. Kind of like no one thanks Louisville’s Janitor for making sure everything is not sloppy and is clean like we expect it. If every janitor in America went on strike, your work or school would collapse upon itself and that’s real talk. If Van Treese had not been on the team last year, we wouldn’t have made it past Duke or Wichita State. This isn’t a Brian Cardinal situation and Van Treese isn’t only there for “mop up duty.” Many times last year the rebounding and toughness inside was making me sick until The Janitor hit the court with his sawdust and cleaned it up for us.
I can’t stop you from calling him “Big Hustle”, but look at how natural he looks in that picture. As much as I want to take credit for the submission, I cannot. It was tweeted into Cardinal Connect headquarters and the originator is now unknown. There will be more on The Janitor as the season progresses, but I’m sure he’ll be cleaning up a lot of messes in the front court.