Former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson announced Wednesday that he is running for mayor in his hometown of Sacramento. We here at the 10 Spot wish KJ all the best.
Still, we can't help but think Johnson's chances would be enhanced if only he'd had a catchier nickname. Not just something to help with name recognition, but an indication that he was long destined for public office.
In that vein, here are some athletes with nicknames indicating a position with the state:
Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez, former pitcher
Sean "The Mayor" Casey, MLB first baseman (with a nod to the NBA's Fred "The Mayor" Hoiburg)
Antoine "The Judge" Joubert, former University of Michigan basketball player
Gary "Sarge" Matthews, former MBL outfielder and father of Gary Matthews Jr.
Karl "The Mailman" Malone -- It might not be an elected position, but postal workers are federal employees, and history shows it's best not to make them mad by excluding them
Loren "Boss of the Moss" Roberts, PGA golfer -- Every political party needs a kingpin
Robert "Chief" Parish, former NBA center -- As in Hail to the Chief
Adolph "Baron of the Bluegrass" Rupp, legendary Kentucky basketball coach
Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, boxer -- He would have fit right in with Henry VIII's administration
Edwin "Duke" Snider, MLB Hall of Famer -- Another hereditary position, but power is power
Bob "The General" Knight -- The kind of guy who'd launch a military coup
Arnold "The King" Palmer, also Richard "The King" Petty, LeBron "King James" James -- It's good to be the King
Garry "The Secretary of Defense" Maddox, former outfielder
Serge "Le Sénateur" Savard, NHL great