@jeric Exactly! That's what I was going to say. A lot of people are missing the point of "sir". It would not only put Scott one step above Jenkins no matter what, it definitely undermines his "Maverick" status, like no flamboyant but context-less nickname ever could,
He should have used "Nobody" as a nick name because 'nobody is perfect.'
The use of "That's what I do...The Maverick" is outstanding for the subtle awkwardness that comes from using the indefinite article when addressing the subject. Just very funny.
I can just imagine the George Lucas dude on a T-shirt with the words "Chronic Neck-Tilt Disorder?" beneath his picture.
Maybe he'd be more dissuaded by the name 'The Maverick' if you'd introduced him to Rick. Then he'd only like half of the name, and by that point Jenkins would be convinced the name wasn't worth it.