Since Jeremy Lin, the "unknown one from nowhere", transformed into the iconic craziness of Lin-sanity, the literary creative juices of fans and the media have been flowing overtime, especially every time something momentarily momentous happens in New York sports. Pun after pun after pun has been reigning over and on the Knickscape because of Lin-mania and now it's Steve Novak's turn to get us all atwitter and to get himself an appropriate, funky, silly or punny nickname to match his recent notable exploits on the court.
Lest your head has been in a Nook or granny's lap, or something like nooks and crannies, Novak is the three-point sharp shooter, who had been noticed by the bulk of Knicks fans during the emergence of Jeremy Lin, and has now gained the attention of mainstream media too. After another amazing shooting display, this one against the stunned Cavaliers, that ended in a Knick victory, articles have appeared about Novak's rise, how he was raised as a coach's son in Wisconsin, and even the search for an appropriate nickname for Novak. However, the search is not a new one. As long ago as 2009, current teammate Baron Davis was searching for a Novak nickname after a fiery shooting exhibition and victory when they were previously together on the Clippers. BIIINGO came to his mind then. The name which seems to be catching on in the media today is "Supernova." Previously, fans had settled on Novakaine or Novacaine.
Novakaine is of course a reference to the drug novacaine which is used to dull the senses to pain. In this instance the pun can take on at least two meanings. Not only is Novakaine a reference to how Novak's three point surges dull the senses of the opponent, but it also denotes the pain that he brings the opposition. This nickname lends itself to various pun formulations as in "Novakaine brings the pain again" or "Cavs Shot Up With Novakaine." Novacaine even has at least one song, "Give Me Novacaine" by Green Day.
Supernova is perhaps a name of greater stature as it elevates Novak to star status so to speak. It also refers to his pyrotechnics, a fiery spontaneous explosiveness like the combustion of sunspots. In some ways, it puts him on par with other Supers (not a reference to someone who works for Sheldon Williams, the Landlord), like Superman Shaq and Superman Dwight Howard. (Shaq hasn't gotten over his retirement and is super-pissed that Dwight borrowed the same character name he used before he wore Celtic-kryptonite signifying his downfall. Talk about insanity). With this moniker, headlines may read "Supernova Burns Heat" or "Supernova Lights Up the Garden." For this punny nickname, there is a song called Champagne Supernova (slightly reminiscent of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" with an alleged drug reference compared to this song's clear celebration of artificially induced highs) but the Garden marketers would probably prefer a less controversial song like Earth Wind and Fire's Shining Star. (We could change the lyrics, ala Landry Fields with "Billionaire, " to "Shining Star We Know Who You Are, Shining Bright To See, How You Raining Threes.")
There have been other suggestions like "The Dentist" raised recently by a listener on the B&C morning show. Why? "The Dentist" refers to Novak's habit of drilling 3's. (I suppose he could also be "The Plumber" because he drains threes too. Or maybe we can him "Draino" or "Drainova") Then there is Stevesanity which is an overstretched outgrowth of Lin-sanity and can lead to all kinds of slippery slope craziness such as JORT-sanity or Shump-sanity (I bet Bubba from the movie "Gump" could come up with a bunch of "Shump" names) or even Dolan-sanity (which some fans would claim is more of an oxymoron than a pun). So I'm thinking what about ReNovator, a reference to Novak's contribution in renovating the Garden spirit in the spirit of recent renovations at the Garden. Or InNovator, as in Novak's shots go in? Or maybe, LiNovator as in the power of the dynamic duo to create something new and fresh in the Garden -- persistent excitement. Hmmmm. Naa, maybe not.
In any event, there must be a good Knickname out there. Which nickname do you prefer or can you come up with a better one? If you have a better one, leave your new nickname in the comment section with a short explanation.
Bloggas should remember that before Linsanity there was Vinsanity for Vincent Carter. Were the MSM and fans just too lazy to come up with something even more punny? For this NYKFL and since the fall of The Big Fella, Jeremy Lin represents The One that was prophesied in the Mecca Scrolls. "A youg one coming from the East shall lead them". The Script is written and so shall IT be done.
Too soon to tell. Let him have a few bad shooting games and he will be known as Novaclank! Ah, we are fickle!
The research should be done as for the origins of Novakaine. KFB is an innovative bunch of Bloggas setting precedence for a whole industry. The group invented LBEs and now Google+ is taking the concept to a whole nother level. BSPN is using their bandwidth to further capitalize. So O&B, fess up...did you cop this from somehere? Give a hat tip if you must because Clyde is already on the Novakaine tip. No new name is required other than Champion.
The Dentist is also good because he brings the Novacaine so it incorporates another nickname - two for one.
@Peaceman And in NY, because everyone thinks s/he is Top of the heap, noone is off limITs. Not even Derek Jeter--the champion of champions. I may have mis-remembered T-man but wasn't The G.O.A.T also booed at MSG one time? Maybe it was old Ali but certainly seems like a faint recollection and don't remember why. That's why Bosh's (albeit unsolicited) advice to JLin17 rings so true and prophetic. The same people who cheer you and proclaim your name today will be out to run you out of town tomorrow. Who can remember the two sides of the Jamal coin? On the nights when he hangs fiddy with nasty ankle-breaking krossovas, he is J Crawsome. When he comes in off the bench and due to a battery pack lodged on his shoulders, poor muscle memory and throws up bricks, he is J Crawful. So on any given night, the LBE would start by asking who do we have with us tonight: Crawsome or Crawful.
@Steady I don't recall getting the name Novakain from any other source. I just like the sound of Novakaine and as Lives points out in this bit, that it is a two sided pun, two the min numbing 3 bombs Novak drops and to how his long ball stretches softens the defense for inside penetration by our Point Guards, wings and other offensive players. I do recall Clyde say Novakain and draining and paining. Believe me they read KFB over at MSG. LIves knows how I know that. I love Clyde and glad he picks up on stuff I say. He's a hero like T'Man is sorta a Sensei figure to me.
@erkaiser It's all good and fun. Love his contributions and thanks for chiming in on the topic.
Don't remember Manigault, the Goat, being booed anywhere, particularly at the Rucker where I saw him.He did play at Franklin for a year or so, may have gotten to the Garden in about 61.Then left for a high school down south.Amazing hops.Then that was back in the day when NYC fans were more knowledgeable about the game and could figure out who deserved booing.That was back when teams could hold on to their players like chatle.It didn't work too well for the players but home crowds had a greater sense of loyalty.They booed their opponents if they were dirty and sat on their hands when we got the beating we deserved,Nowadays watching a game is like watching christians vs, lions.The fans act like a meanspirited mob that boos anything that doesn't give them immediate gratification.Patience, hard work, team work, loyalty, you know the things that sports are supposed to teach are replaced by espn ass kissing plays that betray the values of the game and creates simple minded fans that have nothing constructive to bring to the table.REMEMBER WHAT YOUR MOTHER SAID, OR SHOULD HAVE SAID.IF YOU DON'T HAVE SOMETHING GOOD TO SAY, DON'T SAY ANYTHING! Stay Steadfast, if you love the game, fight for it.
@Steady So true! You know whats good!
@Steady thanks for giving an old head hope!
Steady and steadfast always. My momma would smack me in my dreams from the nether world for the unbridled petulence and tom foolery often wittnessed in these here parts. Preach and teach coach.
@Lives Aha, missed the Ali reference, Greatest of all time, long time ago.Sure, Ali was booed quite a bit when he refused to step forward and join the military. He was a long way from universally loved back then.I guess that mistake makes me the goat.
@Tman Amen. Co-sign.
I believe the G.O.A.T Steady was referring to was the other one, Muhammad Ali.