The nickname bracket, Round 3

Originally Published: March 17, 2010
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Walter Payton, Tiger Woods & Larry BirdESPN.com Illustration 

We won't take up any more of your time explaining this; we all know you have games to watch work to do.

How we got here:
• Field of 64
• Round 1
• Round 2

(Winners in bold)

Baseball Region

Third Round
(1) Stan "The Man" Musial vs. (4) Ryan Braun, "The Hebrew Hammer"
Does anyone ever say "Stan" and leave out "The Man"? No. Sorry, Ryan -- the party is over.

(14) Dennis Martinez, "El Presidente" vs. (2) Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Before Dennis Haysbert was The President on "24", Martinez had the title for decades. Not sure what that means, but the dude with three fingers is starting to creep us all out.

Basketball Region

Third Round
(8) Darryl Dawkins, "Chocolate Thunder" vs. (4) Charles Barkley, "The Round Mound of Rebound"
If Sir Charles had named his moves (or said he was from Lovetron) he might have won this.

(6) "Dr. J," Julius Erving vs. (7) Vinnie Johnson, "The Microwave"
Stay away from your microwave, it can kill you ... and that's the doctor's orders.

Football Region

Third Round
(1) "Sweetness," Walter Payton vs. (4) "Broadway" Joe Namath
Actually, when Joe was around the Jets played at Shea Stadium, so shouldn't he be "Flushing" Joe?

(6) Paul "Bear" Bryant vs. (2) Dick "Night Train" Lane
Bryant is often referred to with a "the" in front of his nickname. That definitely adds a little panache. Try it, put "the" in front of anyone you know -- see, you just made them cooler.

Miscellaneous Region

Third Round
(1) Eldrick "Tiger" Woods vs. (5) Dave "Cementhead" Semenko
With Tiger you don't even need the Eldrick part. With Cementhead, you probably will still introduce yourself as Dave.

(3) Eric "Butterbean" Esch vs. (2) Dale "The Intimidator" Earnhardt
When you intimidate people by driving them off the road at 200 mph, that's cooler than looking like King Hippo from Punch Out.

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