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The Hyphen? Or “Hey you”?

Posted by Darren Urban on September 17, 2009 – 9:46 am

Rookie LaRod Stephens-Howling, in his first NFL game, got the start along with Tim Hightower in the Cardinals’ backfield. His story has been an impressive one, coming from a backup role in college his final two seasons to lowly seventh-round pick to making the roster.

But there is a problem: His bulky name. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has the same problem, but DRC rolls off the tongue. LSH doesn’t. Some fans (who passed it on to me) wanted to go with “The Howler,” but suggesting that to Stephens-Howling drew a chuckle and shake of the head. “I’m not a big fan of that one.”

So I brought up “The Hyphen,” which apparently some teammates have used. Stephens-Howling smiled. “I’ve been hearing everything,” he said. So did he have any nicknames before coming to the Cards? “Well, Rod, LaRod,” Stephens-Howling said, knowing neither would qualify as nicknames. “My mom says, ‘Boy.’ There’s ‘Hey you,’ ” Stephens-Howling said. “I answer to a lot of things around here.”

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23 Responses to “The Hyphen? Or “Hey you”?”

  1. By Brandon on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    How about “The L-Show”?

  2. By 402JC on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    Up in 402 we’ve been using “hyphen” all along… so good call, glad our idea is catching on! 😉

  3. By Joe on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    How about- “Lets See Some Big Runs” again!!!!! 🙂

  4. By Logan Cooper on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    I always just call him “stephens howling”.

  5. By Nick on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    How about “Tres-Seis”? It’s like Ocho Cinco, but with talent!

  6. By Chris on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    What if it is not a Hyphen? It is a Dash. sLaSH & Dash.

  7. By Forever Red on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    how about “Shhhhhhhhh”(SH-initials)

  8. By K DUB on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    When I was at the opener I was calling out LaRod, simple. What about “Speedy” he’s small, quick and will dodge cats this sunday. LOL

  9. By redcage on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    How about HOT ROD.

  10. By Krag on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    How about “L-Rod,” as in Lightning Rod – that’s what he looks like when he’s running back kickoffs and shooting through holes…

  11. By Dave on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    Typically a nickname is approved by the ones that apply it to the subject due to the fact that it is normal social ettiquette to shred the psyche of the one that receives the nickname. Guys that lost a finger in wood shop become “stubby” for instance.
    At my house growing up, my mom would have called LSH either “Shorty” or “Peanut”.
    Personally I would have called him “Deuce” (smallest card) but unfortunately that name is already used by Mr. Lutui.
    So. A shortened “Card” ? How about… “Car”?

  12. By Joe on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    I like The Howler

  13. By Andy on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    How about LaRod SH? It seems to come out a little easier than LSH.

  14. By Chad on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    I like the kid. I also don’t give people nicknames until they earn one. I say give it time and he will either not perform, and not earn a nickname; or he will perform and earn a name that will stick. Nicknames are terms of endearment and he has yet to prove he is worth a nickname.

  15. By JD on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    I like “Dash.” It’s kind of like a hyphen but it sounds cooler and is the name of the little kid on incredibles that ran really fast.

  16. By H.D. on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    I think I’ll call him “L-Dash”

  17. By 209CardsFan on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    how about LaRod Stephens-Howling

  18. By Greg on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    I thought Wilson and Rolle nicknamed him “Hot Sauce” up in Flagstaff. That is what my group has been calling him since training camp.

  19. By John on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve been calling him LaSH.

  20. By Ian on Sep 18, 2009 | Reply

    Hot Sauce is a winner. I like the new layout BTW and having comments was long overdue.

  21. By Chris on Sep 18, 2009 | Reply

    How bout LS, Like in Chevy LS

  22. By Don on Sep 18, 2009 | Reply

    LaSH makes sense. It works, and sounds mean.

  23. By V on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    I graduated the year before he did. We just called him LaRod.

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