Helfrich Needs a Nickname

Mark Helfrich

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Mark Helfrich

Every great coach has a nickname.  The Mad Hatter and Big Balls Chip are a few, but I have a feeling Mark Helfrich will earn one soon.  With the charisma and charm he has, it won’t take Helfrich long for something to latch on.  I can remember as quickly as the second home game of the year, people chanted, “Big Balls Chip!”  I give it until the start of conference play before Helfrich has a new name.

What is in a name anyway – Is it looks?  Can be.  Style of play?  Most definitely!  But I think that Sir Mark’s name will come from his sincerity.  Not many coaches carry themselves the way Helfrich does: friendly, outgoing, genuine, caring.  So it only seems fitting that a man known for his charm will get a nickname to fit.

I am not the type to create a nickname out of the blue.  It is something that just happens.  But if I were a betting man, I would bet against Helf’s nickname having a body part as a comparison.  Helf the Elf?  Meh…It rhymes, but that’s probably not the right nickname for a football coach.  It’ll come, though, just let it happen.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber

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