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.