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It is All Star Game Weekend and as is customary, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced their Finalists for the 2016 Class, which as expected includes two major names who re now eligible following the decrease by one year of the waiting time following retirement.

Here are the Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists for this year:



Charles “Lefty” Driesell (Coach):  The only coach in NCAA history to take four programs to 100 wins and the only coach to be Conference Coach of the Year in four different conferences.  He has a record of 786 and 394 and is already a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Darrell Garretson (Referee):  A veteran of 27 years as an official in the NBA, refereeing 1,798 Regular Season Games and 269 NBA Playoff Games.

Robert Hughes (Coach):  A high school basketball in Texas for 47 years with 35 district championships and five state championships.  His overall record is 1,333 and 247.

Allen Iverson (Player):  A former MVP and three time First Team All Pro, who carried the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA Final.  He is also a four time Scoring Champion and three time Steals Champion.

Tom Izzo (Coach):  A former NCAA Coach of the Year, Izzo took Michigan State to the NCAA Title in 2000 and seven Final Fours.

Kevin Johnson (Player):  A four time Second Team All-Star and three time All Star, Johnson is primarily responsible for keeping the Sacramento Kings in California’s capital.

John McLendon (Coach):  The first head coach to win three consecutive NAIA Championships when he did so with Tennessee State.  He is a African-American pioneer in coaching.

Shaquille O’Neal (Player):  A four time NBA Champion, O’Neal is a fifteen time All Star and former NBA MVP.

Bo Ryan (Coach):  A four time NCAA Division III Champion (Wisconsin-Platteville) and has taken the University of Wisconsin to two Final Fours.

Eddie Sutton (Coach):  A four time National Coach of the Year and is the first Head Coach to take four teams to the NCAA Tournament.

Leta Andrews, Muffet McGraw, Sheryl Swoopes and the Wayland Baptist University Team are the women’s Finalists. 

This year’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class will be announced at this year’s Final Four in April.

Friday, 12 February 2016 22:17
We mentioned yesterday that Skip Bayless told Terrell Owens that the main reason he didn’t get chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame was because he was viewed as a disruption to his respective teams.

Now we know that was definitely the case. 

On the Dan Patrick Show, Gary Myers, a Pro Football Hall of Fame voter who writes for the New York Daily News spoke about the in room discussions on Terrell Owens.   This was part of the exchange that Myers had with guest host, Ross Tucker:

“I’ll take you inside the room on this, and it was the second longest discussion we had in the room other that Eddie DeBartolo.  The bottom line on T.O. is he was so disruptive. Now with L.T., you don’t count the off-the-field stuff. That’s a mandate from the Hall of Fame. It’s only what you’ve done on the field. The argument that was made in the room, and I agree with this, is what T.O. did in the locker room is part of –”

“That counts?  Why don’t you just evaluate what’s inside the white lines?

“Because I think that the locker room is an extension of that.”

“But how do you really know what happened in the locker room?”

“But he tore teams apart.”

“But how do you really know that?”

“He’s a Hall of Fame player that five teams couldn’t wait to get rid of.  So what does that tell you about how disruptive he was?”

Hmmmm…

Myers would go on to say that Owens would probably get inducted eventually, which raises the question as to how in the future he is now not disruptive enough to be snubbed from Canton.

During his exchange with Bayless, Terrell Owens stated that the process was flawed insinuating that it was not balanced as only writers make the decisions as to who is Hall of Fame worthy and who is not. 

So there you have it.  T.O. has a reputation that he can not shake despite having unquestionable, even by the writers, Hall of Fame statistics.

Something tells us that we haven’t heard the last of this one.

Friday, 12 February 2016 04:07
Over the last forty-five days, both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame announced their latest classes.  Recently, we here at Notinhalloffame.com put together our latest list of the 500 plus Rock and Roll acts worthy of consideration for the vote that will take place in December of 2016.  Our Notinhalloffame.com baseball list is naturally next.

The 2016 vote saw Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza selected for Cooperstown, both of who were in our top five.  Obviously, they will be taken out of our Baseball 100, but there will be three new eligible former baseball players who will join them.

Let’s take a look at our new Notinhalloffame.com Baseball Top Ten.

Pete Rose and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson return as #1A and #1B.  Both Rose and Jackson are ineligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame however we felt it appropriate to include them.

This necessitated a “1C”, which was held by Ken Griffey Jr. last year.  Roger Clemens, who was #2 last year, takes over the #1C spot.

Barry Bonds holds the #2 spot and is followed by Mike Mussina, who made a sizable jump in our ranking and in the Hall of Fame vote to #3.

Tim Raines will be entering his final year of eligibility and he is enjoying his highest ranking at #4.  Jeff Bagwell, who at one time was the 1C choice, is ranked this year at #5. 

This year’s Veteran’s Committee candidate, Bill Dahlen, is ranked at #6.

Manny Ramirez is the highest new entry.  “Manny being Manny” debuts on our list at #7.

Curt Schilling returns on the list at #8 and Ivan Rodriguez make his first appearance on our list at #9.  Former Detroit Tiger, Lou Whitaker rounds out the top ten.

The other new entry on this year’s list is Vladimir Guerrero, who is ranked at #14.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to encourage all of you to cast your votes and give us your opinions on these players and as always we thank you for your support.

Thursday, 11 February 2016 23:40
This must be the say for Wide Receivers to talk about the Hall of Fame.

Lynn Swann, the Hall of Famer who was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty that won four Super Bowls and retired at the height of his career at the age of 30 and would join the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. 

Calvin Johnson is expected to retire at the same age, but when asked if “Megatron” was a Hall of Famer, the former Pittsburgh Steeler implied in a piece with the Detroit News that Johnson should not join that elite club.

“I would think that it would be difficult for Calvin Johnson at this point to be considered a Hall of Famer.  Calvin Johnson has an extreme amount of talent and ability, but when you start to look at his team, the success of his team and did he lift that team; he made them a little bit better, but at the end of the day, I’m not quite sure.

Hard to say he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame when his team hasn’t gotten to a Super Bowl, and they don’t get a chance to get into the playoffs…and that’s for a lot of guys across the board. If he had broken every passing record, like Danny Fouts, who didn’t win the Super Bowl, then yeah, I think there’s going to be consideration.”

Following this, Lynn Swann was criticized and rightly so.  In Pittsburgh, he was surrounded by a dream team, where as Calvin Johnson has not exactly been blessed with the most talented group of teammates.  Detroit did not make a lot of noise in the past decade, but how much worse would they have been without him?

Stat wise, it has been argued that Swann, who has half of the yards that Johnson has, should keep his mouth shut on the matter.  While that was in fact a different era and the passing game has exploded since then, Swann still was never in the top five in receiving yards during his career.

Swann’s argument about playoff success is also questionable as the Pro Football Hall of Fame is full of players who do not have Super Bowl rings or NFL Championships who have a spot in Canton.  Swann’s induction itself has been criticized as it was openly asked, if he were with a lesser team himself would be enshrined.

Should Calvin Johnson elect not to return to the National Football League, the Hall of Fame clock is set at 2021 for his first year of eligibility.  We wonder if Swann will be vocal on that matter again.





Thursday, 11 February 2016 01:39
As you know, on his first year of eligibility Terrell Owens did not make the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend, even though statistically speaking he had the best resume of any Wide Receiver who was on the ballot.

This didn’t come to a surprise to us for two reasons:

The first is that there has been a significant logjam at Wide Receiver for years.  Cris Carter had to wait four years.  Andre Reed had to wait nine.  Tim Brown had to wait six.  Marvin Harrison, who just got in, took three years, and it was expected by many that this slot would go to him after waiting for both Brown and Reed who had inferior resumes to the former Indianapolis Colt. 

The second is that, justified or not, Owens does not have a stellar reputation with the media (who comprise the Hall of Fame selection panel) and many past coaches and players have labeled him a locker room disruption.  The week before, former St. Louis Rams Head Coach, Mike Martz said as much, that it was a shame that Owens was a Finalist over his players, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, and did so by slamming Owens’ character.

As such, many were waiting to hear what T.O. would say after the snub, and after some rounds on ESPN he had a lot of interesting things to say.

On the Mike and Mike Show, Owens took a shot at Cris Carter, who has been critical of Owens in the past.  Owens implied that while Carter was Hall of Fame worthy, he stated that he heard from sources that Carter “begged his way into the Hall of Fame”.  It is worth noting, that Cris Carter is a member of the media, working for ESPN as an analyst.

While that got for more press, we found an exchange that Owens had with Skip Bayless, the opinionated ESPN personality.  Owens defended himself (very well we might add) against Bayless, who stated that he believed Owens’ did not make teams better and tore them apart, citing that this was why he was not yet in the Hall of Fame.

The entire exchange is below, and is worth watching in its entirety:

 


We are sure that this is a story that will have legs and we are very interested to see what else the former Wide Receiver will have to say.





Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:23
Last month the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their latest class for the Hall.

When that happens, we here at Notinhalloffame.com have chosen to waste no time at all as we are ready to unveil a revised list of those who should be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vote in 2016.

Here is how it works for us:

First off, we remove the acts that have been inducted.  For reference those were Deep Purple, Chicago, The Steve Miller Band, Cheap Trick and N.W.A.

Next, we add those who are now eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the 2016 Class.

The final criteria comes from all of you.  Your votes have an impact as to the ascension and decline of the Rock and Roll acts that are eligible.

With all of that being said, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are very happy to announce tbe Notinhalloffame.com Class for 2016 in regards to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  

The new number one band is Pearl Jam, who are entering their first year of eligibility.  There is a solid reason to expect that the Seattle based band will enter immediately.  

The German group, Kraftwerk, returns at #2.  The Krautrock innovators have been ranked at the top in the past, and could very well be again.

The remaining Top Ten consists of #3. Jethro Tull, #4. Roxy Music, #5. The Smiths, #6. MC5, #7. Willie Nelson, #8. New Order, #9. Gram Parsons and at #10. John Coltrane

Pearl Jam are not the only new act that has entered our Notinhalloffame.com Rock and Roll list.

The late rapper 2pac is entering at #15.

Alternative singer, P.J. Harvey debuts at the #52 spot.

Alanis Morissette also debuts in the top 100 at #65.

The final act to enter the top 100 in their first year of eligibility are the British group, The Prodigy.

Other new entries include Aphex Twin (#115), Sterolab (#138), Tori Amos (#190), Cypress Hill (#239), Boyz II Men (#258), Mercury Rev (#295), Kyuss (#341), Helmet (#414) and The Cranberries at (#515).

You may notice that the Cranberries have debuted at #515.  We originally set out to have 500, but new entries have outdone the inductees, so we have elected to have an uneven number.

Stating that, by this summer we are looking to expand it to an even 1,000.

Why a grand?  Why not!

We would like to encourage you to vote and give us your comments.  They do matter as those do alter future rankings.

As always, we would like to thank you for your support.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 18:28
As you have noticed, we have been working on the Top 50 of every North American Franchise.  This will eventually lead into a look at the retired numbers and franchise Hall of Fames, which brings us to the news that the Miami Heat will be retiring the number of former Center, Shaquille O’Neal at an undisclosed date next season.

O’Neal spent three and a half seasons with Miami where he helped the team win their first NBA Championship in 2006.  As a Heat, O’Neal would statistically have 19.6 Points and 9.1 Rebounds with a PER of 23.9.  He would also win two Shooting Percentage Titles and earn a pair of First Team All-NBA honors as a member of the Heat.

Shaq’s tenure with the Heat did not end well, as he forced a trade to the Phoenix Suns, but time heals and realistically Miami would not have won their first title without him. 

The retirement of O’Neal’s number marks the second time that he has had his jersey retired as the Los Angeles Lakers did so a couple of years ago.  This is the fourth number retired by the team following Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Michael Jordan, even though the latter never played with the team.

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced that the eligibility wait time was reduced, which made Shaquille O’Neal eligible for the Hall this year.  It is expected that he will enter the Hall of Fame immediately on his first try.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Shaquille O’Neal for his latest accolade.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 04:15
We think we speak for many professional wrestling fans in that we were hoping that this was an angle.

It wasn’t.

After a statement on his Twitter Account, Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan announced his retirement at the end of tonight’s Monday Night Raw in what was an emotional segment. 

Bryan, who was trained by WWE Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels in the late 1990’s, was an independent wrestling darling who would become a superstar in Ring of Honor Wrestling where he would become their champion.  Bryan, would quickly become known as a wrestling machine would become a star amongst the traditional wrestling fans, but he had yet to become a true worldwide star.

That would change in 2010 when he was signed with the WWE and was assigned to the NXT show, with The MIz as his “pro”.  Following a brief firing after an angle where he used a necktie to choke announcer, Justin Roberts, Bryan would win the United States Title from the Miz and slowly work his way up the ladder.

Bryan would win the World Championship after he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase over The Big Show but it was his Wrestlemania title defense that indirectly turned him into a much bigger star. 

He would lose his championship to Shamus in an eighteen second match, resulting in the following night a feverish chant of his name the next night on RAW.  The WWE Universe felt cheated out of a high quality match, and his stock continued to rise, as did his charisma.  Following an entertaining tag team with Kane, Bryan received a Championship Match against John Cena at Summer Slam and he would defeat Cena, only to be attacked by special referee, Triple H and lose his title to Randy Orton who was the Money in the Bank Winner that year.

It appeared that Daniel Bryan would never get the opportunity to have an extended run with the championship but fate, as it often does, intervened.

Following the 2014 Royal Rumble, CM Punk abruptly quit forcing a change in plans and Daniel Bryan was vaulted into an angle with Triple H and a Wrestlemania XXX title shot where he won the championship to the delight of the fans at the New Orleans Superdome.  Sadly fate would intervene again as he would have to forfeit the championship due to shoulder surgery.

We know the rest of the story.  Bryan came back only to again be forced out, but this time from a concussion, and one that would force his retirement as an in ring professional wrestler.

It is expected that the WWE will eventually induct Daniel Bryan to the WWE Hall of Fame, though we do not expect that to occur this year. 

We will be ranking Bryan in our April revisions.



Like so many websites we would like to thank Daniel Bryan for all of the great matches and memories that he has given us through the years and we wish him the best in his post wrestling career.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 23:41
While it was announced by Ice Cube that N.W.A. would be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another key figure has announced that he won’t be.

Former Chicago front man, Peter Cetera had this to say on his blog:

"Unfortunately, this scenario doesn't work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it's just not meant to be…Personally, I'm frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it's time to move on."

That doesn’t exactly explain a lot does it?

It has been speculated that Cetera and the rest of the band could not agree on which song to perform.

Cetera was with the band from the beginning until leaving to focus on his solo career.  He would emerge as the main lead singer for the group and the groups most notable hits, “If You Leave Me Now”, “25 or 6 to 4” and “Baby, What A Big Surprise”.

This will not prevent a performance form the rest of the band as Chicago is expected to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in April.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 01:19
It was a perfect way for Marshawn Lynch to retire wasn’t it?

The man who popularized “beast mode” and “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” put up a not so cryptic tweet with his cleats hung up.  Instant speculation that he had retired hit the Internet, and why wouldn’t it?  Lynch had told friends and family that this would be his last season and with the issues that he had with his back had rendered him on the inactive list for most of this campaign.

If it wasn’t just speculation, the Seattle Seahawks appeared to confirm it with a tweet of their own thanking Lynch for his tenure as a Seahawk, which was only an hour after Russell Wilson thanked him for the honor of playing with him.

The Running Back retires after a nine year career with the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.  He was a Pro Bowl selection five times, a First Team All Pro once and a Super Bowl Champion.   Lynch finishes statistically with 9,112 Rushing Yards, 1,979 Receiving Yards and 88 Touchdowns.  These are good numbers, but not on the level that other Running Backs who have entered the Hall of Fame with recently, but with his elite playoff performance and near iconic status, he might have an intangible that gets elevates him over his peers.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Marshawn Lynch for the memories and know that whatever he does next it will be a success.

Monday, 08 February 2016 03:55
The Super Bowl is tomorrow and for Hall of Fame purposes this means one thing to us.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the latest class to their prestigious institution.

As expected first year eligible Quarterback, Brett Favre, has been chosen.  A Super Bowl Champion with the Green Bay Packers, Favre set numerous passing records and for years was the most recognizable player in the NFL.  Favre is a three time league MVP.

The Offensive Line has seen another one of their fraternity chosen with former St. Louis Ram, Orlando Pace.  Pace is also a Super Bowl Champion and was chosen for seven consecutive Pro Bowls.

The Indianapolis Colts will be well represented.  Wide Receiver, Marvin Harrison, who entered his third year of eligibility, has been chosen.  Harrison was a thirteen year veteran, all with Indianapolis.  He is an eight time Pro Bowl Selection and a Super Bowl Champion with over 13,000 Yards Receiving.

Harrison’s Super Bowl winning coach, Tony Dungy has also been chosen.  Dungy has a coaching record of 139 and 69 and also has a Super Bowl Ring as a Defensive Back with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970’s.  He is currently a popular studio announcer for NBC’s National Football League Sunday Night telecasts.

Kevin Greene, one of the most feared pass rushers of all time, has also been chosen.   Greene finished his career with 160 Sacks, a number that puts him third all-time in that category.

Both Senior Nominees, Quarterback, Ken Stabler and Offensive Guard, Dick Stanfel have also been chosen. 

The home of Super Bowl 50, San Francisco, will see their popular former owner, Edward DeBartolo Jr. also inducted.  DeBartolo Jr. owned the San Francisco 49ers for twenty-three seasons with the team capturing five Super Bowl during that tenure.

Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, John Lynch, Edgerrin James, Terrell Owens and Kurt Warner were not chosen this year.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate this latest class, and we will begin work immediately on the revision of our Football List.  Look for that next month!

Saturday, 06 February 2016 16:42
We lost another musical legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer today.

At the age of 74, Maurice White, the founder, and lead singer and songwriter for the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire died last night in his sleep.

Earth, Wind & Fire would become one of the most successful bands of the 1970’s, and as the heart and leader of the group is arguably one of the most successful musicians of all time.  The band would have six top ten albums and seven top ten singles, most notably “Boogie Wonderland”, “Shining Star”, “September” and “Let’s Groove”.

In addition to taking Earth, Wind & Fire to the disco/funk/R&B stratosphere, White took the careers of the Emotions and Deniece Williams to the next level and was a key collaborator for artists like the Weather Report, Neil Diamond and Jennifer Holliday.

Maurice White was forced to leave as an active performer from Earth, Wind & Fire due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease, but he still remained in the background as the head of the band.  He would still remain active as a producer and a songwriter.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Maurice White.





Friday, 05 February 2016 08:48
Regular visitors know that we have been (slowly but surely) working on the Top 50 North American Franchises of all-time.  We have given you the Top 50 Charlotte Hornets and Baltimore Ravens.  It is now time for our first NHL franchise, the Original Six franchise, The Boston Bruins.

Note that while the NHL season is under way, this list reflects accomplishments up until the end of the 2014-15 Season.

This list, and all hockey lists are based on traditional metrics, advanced metrics, length of service, popularity and post season performance and accolades.

The complete list can be found here, but for those who are curious immediately as to who the top five are, we’ll grant that immediately:


1. Bobby Orr.

2. Eddie Shore.

3. Ray Bourque.

4. Phil Esposito.

5. Milt Schmidt.


We look forward to your comments on this list and it will be updated annually.

Up next will be the Buffalo Bills. 

Look for that in the upcoming weeks.

The Buffalo Bills will be the next franchise to be looked at next and as always we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank you for your input!





Thursday, 04 February 2016 23:22
Oakland Raiders Defensive End, Justin Tuck has announced his retirement from the National Football League after an eleven year career.

Tuck was drafted in the third round by the New York Giants out of Notre Dame in 2005 and was a large part of the Giants Super Bowl wins in XLII and XLVI.  Tuck was a Pro Bowl selection in 2008 and 2010 and holds the distinction of being the only player to record multiple Quarterback Sacks in multiple Super Bowls. 

Tuck would sign with the Oakland Raiders in 2014, but would be forced to sit out 2015 due to injury.  He retires with 66.5 Quarterback Sacks, 510 Tackles and 22 Forced Fumbles.

While he is not likely to earn a place in Canton, he has solidified a strong place in the history of the New York Giants.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Justin Tuck the best in the next stage of his life and thank him for the memories on the field!



Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:40
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the six new members of their institution, which will be led by former Toronto Blue Jay, Pat Hentgen and former Montreal Expo, Dennis Martinez. 

Canadian scout, Wayne Norton, broadcaster, Tony Kubek, longtime Blue Jays executive, Howard Starkman and baseball pioneer, William Shuttleworth rounds out the latest class.

Pat Hentgen was a member of the back-to-back Toronto Blue Jays World Series Champions.  Hentgen was a three time All Star and was the first Blue Jay to win the Cy Young Award.  Hentgen went 107 and 85 with 1,028 Strikeouts as a Blue Jay and he currently works with Toronto as a special assistant.

Dennis Martinez played for the Montreal Expos from 1986 to 1993.  “El Presidente” went to three All Star Games as an Expo, won the 1991 ERA Title and finished his Expos tenure with a record of 100 and 72 with 973 Strikeouts.

Wayne Norton was a key figure in developing Baseball Canada by putting together the country’s first National Junior Team.  He also served as a scout for the Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners.

Howard Starkman served as the Blue Jays public relations director from 1976 to 1998 and would later become the VP of media relations and than the VP of special projects.  Starkman is a native of Toronto.

Tony Kubek spent thirteen years in the Majors as a Shortstop and was a three time World Series winner with the New York Yankees.  Kubek would be a broadcaster for the Blue Jays for thirteen seasons and in 2009 would win the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

In the late 1800’s William Shuttleworth helped to organize Canada’s first formal baseball team and would serve as the vice president of the first Canadian baseball organization.

The Ceremony will take place at the home of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario on June 18.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest class. 

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:14
Unless he changes his mind, we have a major retirement on our hands.

It was reported today that multiple sources have told ESPN that Calvin Johnson had informed the Detroit Lions and a close circle of family and friends that he will be retiring from the National Football League. 

Should this in fact be the case, the Wide Receiver known as “Megatron” has put up a stellar NFL career that includes the following:


3 First Team All Pro Selections

5 Pro Bowls

1 Receptions Title

2 Receiving Yards Title

731 Receptions

11,619 Receiving Yards

83 Receiving Touchdowns

15.9 Yards/Reception 


Calvin Johnson may not have the career numbers of some of the current former Wide Receivers who are chasing Canton, but he does have elite seasons, and was a game changer.  This makes him in our eyes a bona fide Hall of Fame contender, which he will become eligible for in 2021.

Should this be the end of Calvin Johnson’s career, we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank “Megatron” for the memories and wish him the best in his post-playing career.

Monday, 01 February 2016 01:47
Terrell Owens is a Football Hall of Fame Finalist, but not everybody is happy about that. 

Former St. Louis Rams Head Coach, Mike Martz, spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was very candid about he felt about Owens being a Finalist, while his former receivers, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were not. 

"You can't print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That's just plain out-and-out ridiculous.  If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they'd get in probably earlier.  I think they'll eventually get in. I don't think that's an issue, but it's tragic that people think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?

Look at their production. More importantly, look at their yards per catch. And then look at it consistently over a long period of time -- it'll compare to anybody. In some cases, nobody comes close. I mean nobody's even come close to what Torry did."

Along with Owens, Marvin Harrison is one of two Wide Receivers who made the Finalists for the Hall of Fame.  Bruce and Holt did not make that cut this year.

For reference here are the key statistics for all four players:






Receptions

Receiving Yards

Touchdowns

Yards/Rec

All-Purpose Yards

Owens

1,087

15,934

156

14.8

16,276

Harrison

1,102

14,580

128

13.2

14,805

Bruce

1,024

15,208

91

14.9

15,347

Holt

920

13,382

74

14.5

13,456




While T.O. does seem to have the greater overall statistics, all four are Hall of Fame caliber and it is worth noting however that Owens is the only one without a Super Bowl Ring.

Martz might be upset over the perceived snub of his Wide Receivers, he does have two players, Quarterback, Kurt Warner and Offensive Lineman, Orlando Pace have made the final round.

On Saturday, the next class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be announced, and you can believe we will be watching intensely!



Sunday, 31 January 2016 18:42
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be having an exhibit this weekend devoted to the 2012 inductee, The Beastie Boys.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator, Meredith Rutledge-Bolger told Cleveland.co that they had “a rich, deep collection of stuff” from when the Beastie Boys were inducted in 2012. 

This includes hand written lyrics to “Brass Monkey” the Volkswagon medallion that belonged to Mike D, and their outfits from the “Intergalactic” video.

Perhaps we have another reason to visit Cleveland?









Saturday, 30 January 2016 15:26
Last fall, the Minnesota Twins announced that the two year waiting period following retirement to be eligible had been lifted.  This paces way for today’s announcement that Torii Hunter will be entering the organization’s Hall of Fame following his retirement last year.

Torii Hunter sent twelve of his nineteen seasons with Minnesota; his first eleven and the final one of his career.  As a Twin, he was an All Star twice and a Gold Glove winner seven times.  His overall numbers in Minnesota saw him accumulate 1,323 Hits, 214 Home Runs, a .268/.321/.462 Slash Line and a bWAR of 26.2. 

Hunter will not be entering alone as he will be joined by John Gordon, who broadcasted Minnesota games from 1987 to 2011.

To enter the Twins Hall of Fame, a player needs to receive 60 percent of the 66 member committee, which consists of media members, former players and Twins officials.  Hunter received all 66 votes.  Gordon’s path to election came through the 23 member Veteran’s Committee.

Torri Hunter becomes the 19th player to be inducted, and the selection of Hunter and Gordon marks the first inductees since 2013.  Former Second Baseman, Chuck Knoblauch was scheduled to be inducted in 2014, but the Twins revoked that upon being charged with assaulting his ex-wife.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest class of the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.



Saturday, 30 January 2016 01:56
The Cleveland Indians have announced their latest class for their franchise’s Hall of Fame, which includes a current Baseball Hall of Fame and a future one.

The Class of 2016 consists of Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Frank Robinson and Charlie Jamieson, who will all be officially inducted a ceremony on July 30. 

Jim Thome played for the Tribe for thirteen seasons, first coming up in the 1995 season and staying there until he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2003 season.  As an Indian, Thome would make three All Star Games, and won a Silver Slugger.  Statistically, Thome accumulated 1,353 Hits, 337 Home Runs with a Slash Line of .287/.414/.566 and a bWAR of 47.9.  Thome is a strong candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame and is eligible for Cooperstown in 2018.

Albert Belle was a powerful slugger for Cleveland in the 1990’s where he was a four time All Star.  Belle finished in the top three in American League MVP voting three times and was a Silver Slugger four times as an Indian.  Belle would lead the AL in RBIS three times, Home Runs once, as well as winning the Slugging Title in 1995.  Overall Albert Belle’s Cleveland numbers saw him tally 1,014 Hits, 242 Home Runs with a .295/.369./.580 Slash Line and a bWAR of 30.1. 

Frank Robinson spent his last few years as a player as an Indian, but Robinson made history as the first African-American Manager in MLB history when he took over the helm in 1974, as a Player Manager.  He would be the Indians Manager for two and a half years.

Charlie Jamieson was a member of Cleveland’s 1920 World Series Championship team.  As an Indian, Jamieson would play fourteen seasons and led the league in Hits in 1923 and finished third MVP voting the following year.  As a Cleveland Indian, Jamieson smacked 1,793 Hits with a Slash Line of .316/.388/.406 Slash Line with a bWAR of 21.8.

This new crop of inductees brings the total to 44 members of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest group to this Hall of Fame.



Friday, 29 January 2016 18:24
Recently the Seattle Mariners announced that Ken Griffey Jr. will have his number retired by the organization; this following his selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Ken Griffey Jr. was not the only 2016 inductee as former Major League Catcher, Mike Piazza will be joining him.  Piazza will also enjoy a similar accolade, as the New York Mets have announced that they will be retiring his number.

Piazza joined the New York Mets following a trade from the Florida Marlins in 1998 and over a nearly 1,000 Game Career with the Mets, Piazza earned six All Star nods and three Silver Slugger Awards.  He would accumulate 1,028 Hits, 220 Home Runs, with a Slash Line of .296/.373/.542 Slash Line with a bWAR of 30.5.

The retirement of Mike Piazza’s number #31 will be the fourth Met to have his number retired.  This follows Tom Seaver, Gil Hodges and Casey Stengel to have this accolade.

The ceremony will take place prior to a game against the Colorado Rockies on July 30th.

We would like to congratulate Mike Piazza for achieving this latest accolade.



Friday, 29 January 2016 14:17
The Canadian Music Hall of Fame has announced the latest entry to their institution and it is a name who has already has been inducted.

Burton Cummings, who was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame previously with the Guess Who in 1987, will now be inducted for his solo work, which began in 1976 after he left Guess Who. 

Cummings did not have the same success in the United States as he did with the Guess Who, though he did go to number ten with his first single, “Stand Tall”.  In his native Canada, Cummings would have five top twenty hits, including “Stand Tall”, “Break it to Them Gently”, “I Will Play a Rhapsody”, “Fine State of Affairs” and “Take One Away”.

Cummings will be honored with a tribute at the Juno Awards on April 3.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Burton Cummings for his latest accolade.





Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:40
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart were guests on the Graham Norton show, and while much of the attention resulting from it were on Ice Cube’s take on the Academy Awards only nominating white actors, we found something far more interesting for our purposes.

“We are playing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and then there is Coachella, and I'm going to try and get all the guys together and do an amazing show”

We don’t know about you, but considering that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame constantly has inducted acts fail to perform due to bickering or other personal issues, the fact that N.W.A. will be performing is of great value to us.

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com will be watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and are sure that many of you will be doing the same. 

Thankfully, we have another reason to watch!





Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:30
You will have to forgive us, as we are a little late on this one. 

Wide Receiver, Reggie Wayne, has announced that he will be officially retiring.  Wayne had asked for his release at the end of pre-season from the New England Patriots this year, but not was able to latch on to any other team. 

With this official retirement, Reggie Wayne retires with some serious Hall of Fame credentials.  A six time Pro Bowl Selection, Wayne caught 1,070 passes for 14,345 Yards and 82 Touchdowns, and is 7th, 8th and 23rd respectively in those categories, all-time.

Those are good statistics but this is not all that has been accomplished by Wayne, who with the exception of this year’s preseason with New England played all of his thirteen seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.  Wayne is a former First Team All Pro and a two time Second Team All Pro and in 21 Playoff Games, caught 93 passes for 1,254 Yards and 9 Touchdowns and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl win in the 2006 season.

Wayne will be available for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020 and will be on our Notinhalloffame.com football list once eligible. 

Thank you Mr Wayne for the memories and we wish you the best of luck in your post playing endeavors.

Thursday, 21 January 2016 16:19
The WWE Hall of Fame is fast approaching and with the headliner of Sting already announced as the headliner there has been much speculation as to who will the join the icon.

The popular website, WhatCulture.com has stated that they have an exclusive as to who will be joining the former multi-time WCW Champion, and it includes names that have been long speculated and some names that have to be considered real headscratchers.

The site has stated what many have long thought in that the Fabulous Freebirds will be selected.  The influential triumvirate of Michael P.S. Hayes, Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy and Buddy Roberts were major stars in Texas, feuding with the Von Erichs and had success in multiple territories across the United States.  It is unknown at this time whether they will be joined by Jimmy Garvin who teamed with Hayes as the Freebirds from 1989 to 1992 and were WCW World Tag Team Champions twice. 

WhatCulture has also stated that Texas native, John Bradshaw Layfieldwill be going in.  JBL is the current color commentator on Monday Night RAW and is a former World Tag Team and WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  Layfield inducted his long time tag team partner, Ron Simmons, into the WWE Hall two years ago.

Another Texan who WhatCulture states will be inducted, is female wrestler, Jacqueline.  This has to be considered a bit of a surprise as she was never considered the top diva in the company, though she was a very good performer who was with the WWE for seven years.  Considering the WWE has been inducting women every year, the fact that the ceremony is taking place in Dallas, may be what put her over.  At present, Jacqueline is ranked #250 on our site, which would make her the lowest ranked inductee since we initiated that section in 2010.

Charles Wright, who competed for many years in the WWE under various personas is also speculated to get into the Hall.  Wright debuted as Papa Shango, than would have runs as Kama, Kama Mustapha and the Godfather, which while the character was a mid-carder, was insanely over in the Attitude Era.  

WhatCulture has also stated that their source has informed that the Celebrity Inductee will be Regis Philbin, who appeared at Wrestlemania VII and often had wrestlers on his various shows, always showing them with respect. 

Will these names be inducted soon?



We will find out for certain in the upcoming weeks?

Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:50
The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame has announced that Pitchers, Masaki Saito and Kimiyasu Kudoh will be entering their institution.

Kudoh is one of the most decorated pitchers in Japanese baseball history and becomes only the fourth player to enter the Hall on the first ballot.  Kudoh is an eleven time Japan Series Champion, a two time MVP and would lead the league in ERA four times.  Currently, Kimiyasu Kudoh is the Manager of the Fukuoka Hawks.

Masaki Saito enters the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame on his ninth try.  Saito played his entire nineteen year career with the Yomiyuri Giants and is also a former MVP.  He is currently a coach with Yomiyuri.

Kudoh and Saito were voted in by the 275 member committee, which like the American Baseball Hall of Fame requires 75% of the vote.

Kihachi Enomoto, who was selected by the Expert Selection Committee, joins the two hurlers.  Enomoto had 2,313 Hits over his career and was the youngest player to accumulate 2,000 Hits in Japanese Baseball.

The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame also welcomes Takizo Matsumoto and Masatake Yamanaka who were chosen from Special Selection Committee.

Matsumoto, who was a former University Professor facilitated the San Francisco Seals to play a tour in Japan against Japanese clubs in 1949.  Yamanaka coached amateur baseball and took Japan to a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest class for the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 23:17
Pete Rose may never get into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  However the Cincinnati Reds, the team in which Rose spent the bulk of his career with, has decided to ignore the nearly three decade ban that was upheld by Major League Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred, as they will be inducting the Hit King into their franchise’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rose, who is a native of Cincinnati, is still a revered man in that city, and this was where he led the “Big Red Machine” to two World Series Championships in the 1970’s.  As a Cincinnati Red, Rose accumulated 3,358 of his 4,256 career Hits; a number that may never be broken.  Rose would also win six Hit Titles, three Batting Titles, the Rookie of the Year and an MVP Award in Cincinnati.

The Reds will not only be inducting Rose into their Hall of Fame, but they will also be retiring his number 14, in a ceremony that will take place in June.  The organization also announced that they plan to erect a statue in his honor outside Riverfront Stadium.

While we are aware that will be some who will be angry with this decision, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are thrilled with the Cincinnati Reds for this decision, and are happy for Rose and the Baseball fans of Cincinnati.



Tuesday, 19 January 2016 20:56
It was announced today that Glenn Frey died at the age of 67.  It is unknown at this time how he died but according to TMZ.com, he had been battling intestinal issues for the past few months. 

Frey was a founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, The Eagles, and wrote or co-wrote many of the band’s songs.  Frey was also the lead singer for many of their hit songs, including “Take It Easy”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “Already Gone”, “Heartache Tonight” and “New Kid In Town”.

Following the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Glenn Frey would embark on a successful solo career with hit singles like “Smugglers Blues” and “You Belong to the City” and would have guest spots on Miami Vice.  Frey’s biggest solo hit was from the Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack, with “The Heat is On”.

The Eagles would get back together in 1994 and would have one of the most successful concert tours of all time. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Glenn Frey at this time.

Monday, 18 January 2016 17:16
Our long and arduous work in progress of ranking the top fifty players for every North American sports team is underway, but after that is completed we will then take a look how each franchise honors their own in terms of respective franchise halls of fame, ring of honors, retired numbers and statues.

As such, it is important to us to make notice that the Detroit Pistons retired the number 3 of Ben Wallace last night in a ceremony during halftime of their home game against the Golden State Warriors.

Wallace was a four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year who was a member of the 2004 NBA Championship Team.  As a Piston, “Big Ben” was a four time All Star averaging 6.6 Points and 11.1 Rebounds per Game with a 16.5 PER.

The retirement of Wallace’s number marks the eighth time that the Detroit Pistons have retired a number.  Wallace is eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Ben Wallace for receiving this prestigious honor. 

Sunday, 17 January 2016 22:01
The Green Bay Pakcers, the team with the largest Hall of Fame membership in North American sports has announced that Chad Clifton, Nick Collins and Russ Winnie will be the three members who will comprise the Class of 2016.

Chad Clifton would play twelve seasons with the Packers, starting 160 Games after 165 Games Played.  The Offensive Lineman was a second draft pick in 2000, was selected for the Pro Bowl twice and was a member of the Packers Super Bowl XLV Championship Team.

Clifton will be joined by another second round pick, 2005 selection, Nick Collins.  Collins would also play for the Super Bowl XLV Champions, and would have a Pick Six in the big game.  He would also become the first Packers Safety since LeRoy Butler to make three consecutive Pro Bowls.      

Russ Winnie was the radio announcer for the Packers from 1929 to 1946 and covered six NFL Championships.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will have their induction banquet on July 23.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest class for the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Friday, 15 January 2016 18:13
There have been some interesting developments in regards to the WWE Hall of Fame, both involving current Hall of Fame inductees. 

The first involves the “Original Diva”, Tammy Sytch (Sunny), who has not been on the greatest of terms in the last few years.  Sytch has had some issues with multiple DUI arrests, stalking her ex-boyfriend and has been provocative Skype sessions for cash.  With the WWE being a publically traded company, needless to say, the Stamford brass has not been pleased with her behavior. 

Last year, when it was reported that the WWE was not pleased with Sytch, she had this to say on her Facebook page:

“The last time the WWE paid me ANYTHING was in 2012, a check for $1,000, for an interview I did for Axxess during WM weekend.  Before that, it was 2011, a check for $5,000, for the HOF weekend that I was inducted.  NOTHING since them, not even royalties.  They have done NOTHING to help me pay MY BILLS, and have paid me ZERO in three and a half YEARS!!  So, I ask you:  WHY THE HELL SHOULD I BE CONCERNED WITH WHAT THEIR OPINION IS ON MY CAREER CHOICE, IF THEY ARE NOT CONCERNED IN THE LEAST BIT WITH MY FINANCIAL WELL-BEING AND STABILITY AND ABILITY TO PAY MY LIVING EXPENSES???”

Whether Sycth’s claim is accurate that the WWE has not paid her anything since 2012 could be debated, as there had not been any response from the WWE, however, her latest move certainly appears to be severing more ties with the WWE.

As initially reported on TMZ, Sytch is selling her Hall of Fame ring on Ebay for $3,000 telling the entertainment news site that she “It’s time to let go of the past and selling my ring is the right way to get on track”.

For her sake, we hope that is just that, and not another step in what has been a downward spiral.

Meanwhile, another WWE Hall of Famer, Mick Foley, made a statement on his Facebook page for a potential Celebrity Wing inductee in Lemmy, the deceased lead singer of Motorhead, who performed at two Wrestlemanias, the themes songs of Triple H.

As long as there is a celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame, the company can induct people who made a particular WrestleMania a little more fun, or people like Lemmy, who have left an indelible footprint on the product.”

He isn’t wrong is he?

I think it would be safe to state that there are some weak inductees in the Celebrity Wing (Drew Carey anyone?), and Lemmy, who may not be in our Notinhalloffame.com Celebrity Wing Top Ten, is not a horrible choice.

Should Lemmy be in our Notinhalloffame.com Celebrity Wing Top Ten?

As always, we will be watching!



Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:42
It was announced yesterday that Hall of Fame Baseball player, Monte Irvin, passed away at the age of 96.

The Alabama native played in the Negro, Mexican, and Puerto Rican Leagues before he finally got an opportunity to play in the Majors in 1949, where at the age of 30, he joined the New York Giants and would help them win two National League Pennants and the World Series in 1954.

Irvin would win the National League RBI title in 1951, and finished third in MVP voting that season.  Overall, he would have a respectable Slash Line of .293/.383/.475 over a 764 Game career, which would certainly have been much higher had he not suffered a severe ankle injury in 1952 and had been in the Major in the 1940’s, when he was at his prime.

Following his playing career, he would become the first African-American to reach an executive position in MLB when he was made the Assistant Director of Public Relations in 1968.  He would later serve as a Special Assistant to Commissioner, Bowie Kuhn.

Irvin entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 by the Negro League Committee. 

We here at Notinhalloffame would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Monte Irvin at this time.



Wednesday, 13 January 2016 19:03
The Boston Red Sox have announced the next four members of their organization’s Hall of Fame.

Former Catcher, Jason Varitek headlines the group.  Spending fifteen seasons with Boston (1997 to 2011), Varitek would win two World Series rings, and would make three All Star Games.  The popular player was also a one time Gold Glove and Silver Slugger recipient and was the captain of the team for seven seasons.

Famed knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield also joins the Red Sox Hall.  Like Varitek, Wakefield was a two time World Series Champion.  He would play for Boston for seventeen seasons, and holds the record for the most starts in franchise history (430) and Innings Pitched (3,006).  He also had 2,046 Strikeouts and 186 Wins in a Red Sox uniform.

The third inductee will be Ira Flagstead, who played seven seasons with Boston in the 1920’s.  The Outfielder would finish his run in Boston with 867 Hits and a Slash Line of .295/.374/.411.

The final inductee is Larry Lucchino, who was the President/CEO for fourteen seasons overseeing Boston’s three World Series Titles.

This group will be officially inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame during a gala on May 19th and will be honored the following day with a ceremony prior to the game before the Cleveland Indians.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame class.







Wednesday, 13 January 2016 18:56
On WWE.Com, the announcement was made as to who will headline the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016.  That man is Sting.

From Southern California, Steve Borden would break into the business under the guidance of Rick Bassman as part of Power Team U.S.A., which also included Jim Hellwig, who would gain fame as the Ultimate Warrior.  Borden and Hellwig would team as the “Blade Runners”, but both would strike out on their own, with Borden, now known as Sting competing in Mid-South, and then later the NWA, when the latter bought out the former.

The NWA would later become WCW, but prior to that name change, Sting would be put on the map with a forty-five minute draw with the then World Heavyweight Champion, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair on the first Clash of the Champions.  Sting was now a bona fide star and three years later at the WCW Great American Bash, Sting would defeat Flair for the Heavyweight Championship.

Sting would be a fixture at the top of the card in WCW for the remainder of that promotion’s run, feuding with Lex Luger, Vader and Ric Flair for the championship.  As much as Flair was his most common opponent, it was his feud with the New World Order, which would see him generate his most watched match.

Sting would change his look to the “Crow” paint, and would hang around in the rafters, seemingly not sided with WCW, nor the NWO.  After sixteen months of not wrestling, Sting successfully challenged Hulk Hogan for the WCW Heavyweight Title at Straccade 1997, which would be the highest ordered pay per view in that company’s history.

Following the fall of WCW, Sting would wrestle for TNA, and it was beginning to appear that he was never going to wrestle a match for the WWE, but this would change when at the age of 56 he went against Triple H at Wrestlemania, and more recently in September, he challenged Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Title, though he would suffer a severe back injury in the match.

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place the night before Wrestlemania in Dallas, Texas.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com will be watching and would like to congratulate Sting for receiving this prestigious honor.



Monday, 11 January 2016 10:47
You will have to forgive me.  I am at bit at a loss in how I want to handle this one.

Running this website, I have had to do a lot of pieces on those who passed away.  It is a hazard especially for running a website focusing on Halls of Fame as many of the people I write about are considerably older than those who are regular visitors. 

Sometimes, like last year when “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died, I let my emotions do the typing, as a mechanical biography of his life wouldn’t cut it for me.  That is how I feel right now as right before I was going to go to sleep I learned of the passing of David Bowie, the musical legend who passed away tonight following a secret eighteen month battle with cancer.  He was 69 years old.

David Bowie tackled more genres and won than any other musician that existed.  Art Rock.  Hard Rock.  Glam Rock.  Dance Pop.  Electronica.  Disco.  Soul. 

He put out acclaimed album after acclaimed album, influencing musicians, and artists of every form.  Last week, he put out what will be his last album, Blackstar, which to no surprise was another masterpiece.  He has the most diverse catalogue of music of any musician and I plan on listening to as much as I can this evening.  I am not going to be able sleep tonight anyway.

Farewell, Thin White Duke.  You will always be a legend.



Monday, 11 January 2016 03:10
We told you that this would be a task that we would eventually get to.

Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com might know that we have told you in past updates that we will be looking at the top fifty players in each major North American Franchise (NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA) and last month we debuted just that with the Charlotte Hornets’ Top fifty players of all-time.

Selected second, we go to the National Football League and two time Super Bowl Champion, the Baltimore Ravens, which like Charlotte and all other future selections was done randomly.  Although we are in the playoffs and Baltimore is not a participant, this is up to the end of the 2014 season as we are waiting for the end of the post season before we include 2015 accomplishments.

As such, we will be revising the Ravens top fifty over the off season to reflect what occurred in 2015.

The list is based on traditional metrics, advanced metrics, length of service, popularity, and post season performance.

The complete list can be found here, but for those who are curious immediately as to who the top five are, we’ll grant that immediately:



1. Ray Lewis

2. Ed Reed

3. Jonathan Ogden

4. Terrell Suggs

5. Haloti Ngata



Which team are we working on next?

We will turn to the ice and we go to the Original Six, with the Boston Bruins.





Saturday, 09 January 2016 21:03
By know you have noticed that we have finally begun are pieces on all-time 50 players for each major franchise.  Eventually we will take that to the next level where we will examine how they take care of their former players in terms of retired numbers and franchise Hall of Fames, and as such it is major news to us that the Seattle Mariners will be retiring the number of Ken Griffey Jr., who was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in what was the largest percentage ever.

The Seattle Mariners will be retiring the number 24 that Griffey Jr. wore.  This is no small honor as with the exception of the league wide mandatory retirement of Jackie Robinson’s #42 this is the first number retired by the organization.

Ken Griffey Jr. played for Seattle from 1989 to 1999 and finished his career there in 2009 to 2010.  In the 13 seasons he was a Mariner, he accumulated 417 Home Runs, 1,216 RBI, 167 Stolen Bases with a Slash Line of .284/.370/.538 and a bWAR of 63.5.  This included four Home Run Titles, ten All Star Games, seven Silver Sluggers, ten Gold Gloves and one Most Valuable Player Award. 

Griffey Jr. will also become the first to enter Cooprstown wearing a Seattle Mariners hat.

We would like to congratulate Ken Griffey Jr. for his latest and deserved accolade. 

Saturday, 09 January 2016 18:15
Another day, another major Hall of Fame announcement.

Days before the National Championship Game between Clemson and Alabama, the College Football Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2016 an while we do not rank those who are not in the College Hall, we here at Notinhalloffame.com always are interested to see who gets in!

Here they are!

Marlin Briscoe, Nebraska, Quarterback

Derrick Brooks, Florida State, Linebacker 

Tom Cousineau, Ohio State, Linebacker

Randall Cunningham, UNLV, Quarterback/Punter

Troy Davis, Iowa State, Running Back

William Fuller, North Carolina, Defensive Tackler

Bert Jones, LSU, Quarterback

Tim Krumrie, Wisconsin, Defensive Tackle

Pat McInally, Tight End, Harvard

Herb Orvis, Defensive End, Colorado

Bill Royce, Linebacker, Ashland

Mike Utley, Offensive Guard, Washington State

Scott Woerner, Defensive Back, Georgia

Rod Woodson, Defensive Back, Purdue

Bill Bowes, Coach, New Hampshire

Frank Girardi, Coach, Lycoming



We here would like to congratulate this stellar group to the College Football Hall of Fame!



Friday, 08 January 2016 20:33
“Tis the season to talk about Hall of Fames isn’t it?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Finalists, and there is no major surprise, which is usually the norm.

The headliner for most people (and for us) is former Quarterback, Brett Favre who two months ago had his number retired by the Green Bay Packers.  Favre is entering his first year of eligibility and is ranked #1 by us.

Favre is not the only first year eligible player to make the list of Finalists as Wide Receiver, Terrell Owens and Offensive Guard, Alan Faneca have also made the cut.  They are ranked and #7 and #5 respectively on our Notinhalloffame football list.

The remaining Finalists (with their Notinhalloffame rank in parenthesis) are Steve Atwater (#19), Don Coryell, Terrell Davis (#21), Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene (#37), Marvin Harrison (#3), Joe Jacoby (#62), Edgerrin James (#17), John Lynch (#57), Orlando Pace (#15) and Kurt Warner (#28).

This group joins the automatic Senior Finalists, Ken Stabler (#6) and Dick Stanfel (#30), along with Contributing Finalist, Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

To enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame must receive 80 percent of the votes.  A maximum of eight inductees can be chosen per year.

Like the Baseball Hall of Fame, We will be debating each Pro Football Finalist.



   

Thursday, 07 January 2016 23:36
This is one of our favorite days of the year.

Today the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2016 and two former baseball greats will be immortalized in Cooperstown.

As expected, Ken Griffey Jr. breezed through on his first attempt.  Griffey Jr. set a new record for voting percentage, receiving 99.3% of the vote.

Griffey’s Hall of Fame co-entrant will be former Catcher, Mike Piazza who enters on his fourth try with 83.0%.

While Griffey and Piazza are excited today, there are certainly a lot of disappointed former baseball stars that were hoping for a certain Hall of Fame call.

Longtime Houston Astro, Jeff Bagwell, continues to be snubbed.  Like Piazza, Bagwell is on his fourth year of eligibility however like many on this ballot, he received his highest vote total, with 71.6%.

It had been projected that this could have been Tim Raines year, but it was not to be as he finished fourth on the ballot with 69.8%.  Raines only has one more year of eligibility, as next year will be his tenth year on the ballot and under the new rules, the duration on the Hall of Fame ballot reduced from fifteen years to ten.  Still, this is the highest vote tally by far that he has received and this makes his vote next year the one with the biggest story attached to it.

Relief Pitcher, Trevor Hoffman made his Hall of Fame ballot debut and while he was not expected to enter on his first try, his 67.3% shows that he won’t likely have to wait long.

Curt Schilling made a sizable jump to 52.3%

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, the most decorated pitcher and hitter of the last thirty years have been snubbed to their association with Performance Enhancing Drugs.  With the elimination of voters who had not covered baseball over the past ten years, it was believed that both Clemens and Bonds would increase their vote totals, which they did.  Clemens had 45.2% and Bonds had 44.3%.  This is not a major increase for either, but it is the highest that both have posted thus far.

Edgar Martinez remains in DH purgatory at 43.4%, Mike Mussina nearly doubled his total to 43.0, and on his last year on the ballot, Alan Trammell had his largest total by a wide margin in 40.9%.  Veteran’s ballot, here he comes!

Lee Smith continued to tread water at 34.1%.  Considering the emergence of both Hoffman and Billy Wagner to the ballot, this tally is a mild surprise. 

At 20.9%, 16.6% and 15.5% respectively, Fred McGriff, Jeff Kent and Larry Walker remained in the same range and appear to be on a course to stay on the ballot for ten seasons without many significant jump to serious contention. 

Mark McGwire ends his ten year run on the ballot with a whimper with 12.3%.  If the reduction of the Hall’s voting to ten years was in fact intended to eliminate the PED users early, they have gotten rid of their first heavyweight in “Big Mac”.

Gary Sheffield and Sammy Sosa are clinging to the ballot with 11.6% and 7.0%.

A mild surprise occurred with the debuting Billy Wagner remaining on the ballot with 10.5%. 

There were some notable names who did not make the cut.

Jim Edmonds was hopeful to make the second year, but his 2.5% tally takes him off for good.

Nomar Garicaparra who was on the ballot last year, has now been kicked off on his second year with a serious drop off to 1.8%.

Receiving a vote(s) were Mike Sweeney (0.7%), David Eckstein (0.5%), Jason Kendall (0.5%) and Garret Anderson (0.2%).  Brad Ausmus, Luis Castillo, Troy Glaus, Mark Grudzielanek, Mike Hampton, Mike Lowell and Randy Winn did not receive any votes.

The ballot will crowd even more next year as Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez will become eligible.

We are in the process now of updating our Rock and Roll list and will begin work on revising our baseball list once the Rock one is complete.

Congratulations to Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, and let’s continue to debate the next wave of immortals from the world of professional baseball!







Wednesday, 06 January 2016 18:50
Gang, this is the time where we ask your help!

As you know, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made their announcement as to who has made their Hall of Fame for the Class of 2016.  This will necessitate a change in our ranking and through the years, you have let us know what you thought with your comments and votes, with those who are on the rock list.

You have also let us know on our “Rock and Roll Futures” with a comment or two, but now the next batch of futures will be placed on the list.

We would like to hear where you would consider ranking the following:



Alanis Morissette

Bikini Kill

Boyz II Men

Crash Test Dummies

Cypress Hill

Helmet

Kyuss

Live

Marc Anthony

Mercury Rev

Naughty by Nature

Pearl Jam

PM Dawn

Ricky Martin

Seal

The Cranberries

The Prodigy

Tori Amos

Tupac Shakur



Many thanks to all of you have told us your thoughts and have voted on the rock and other lists that we have.

We intend to have the new Rock list up as soon as we can!



Friday, 01 January 2016 13:23
It is another sad day in the world of sports as Pro Football Hall of Famer, Doug Atkins died at the age of 85.

Atkins, a product of the University of Tennessee, was a freak of nature for his time.  Standing at six foot eight and weighing 280 pounds, Atkins was a physical specimen the likes of which the National Football League had never seen, at least not someone who possessed as much skill as he did.

Drafted eleventh overall by the Cleveland Browns in 1953, the Defensive End would be traded to the Chicago Bears and would emerge as a star for the “Monsters of the Midway”.  In Chicago, Atkins would help the Bears win the 1961 NFL Championship and would go to eight Pro Bowls and made a First Team All Pro.

At the age of 37, Atkins would finish his career with the expansion New Orleans Saints, and would have his number retired by the team due to the high regard he was held in.

To put in perspective the type of player that Atkins was, he was a player who both Johnny Unitas and Dick Butkus said they were afraid of.  Butkus was afraid of him?  Damn!

While Sacks were not an official stat when he played, it was estimated by Atkins that he had at least twenty-five Sacks in one season and he was known as one of the pass rushers of his day.

He is a member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

We here at Notonhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Doug Atkins at this time. 

Thursday, 31 December 2015 17:30
With all of your help the second full class of the Fictitious Athlete has been announced and unlike last year’s baseball sweep, the six new inductees represent five other sports.

The Hanson Brothers, Happy Gilmore and Reggie Dunlop join inaugural inductee, Rocky Balboa and last year’s class of Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Crash Davis and Roy Hobbs into the participant section of the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.  The contributor section welcomes Carl Spackler and Mr. Miyagi and the first veteran’s category inductee was chosen with Andy “The Champ” Purcell”.

The Hanson Brothers, from the 1977 film, Slap Shot received the most votes by a wide margin this year.  The scene stealing siblings were played three real hockey players (David Hanson, Steve Carlson & Jeff Carlson) and wore tin foil on their knuckles, taped up eye glasses and would fight anyone.  They were without question the breakout stars of the cult sports film.

Finishing second in the vote is Happy Gilmore, from the film of the same name.  The titular character played by Adam Sandler, transfered his booming slap shot into prowess on the golf course.  The character has inadvertently caused more amateur golfers to ask golf balls if they were to good for their home and experiment with hockey sticks on the golf course. 

The third and final athletic inductee again comes from Slap Shot.  The lead character, Reggie Dunlop was played by the legendary Paul Newman who portrayed the player/coach with every ounce of charisma he had.  The film saw Dunlop, an aging veteran pull every trick he had to keep his team, the Charlestown Chiefs from folding.

These fictional athletes were elected over the process of a yearlong online vote, which started with over 300 Preliminary Candidates, was reduced to 50 Semi-Finalists, then reduced to an elite 15 in a Final Round, which produced the first Full Class of the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.

These new inductees beat out the following finalists (in order of their vote totals) in the Final Round:



- Charlie Conway (The Mighty Ducks)

- Apollo Creed (Rocky)

- Willie “Mays” Hayes (Major League)

- Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)

- Ricky Bobby (Talladega Nights)

- Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy)

- Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez (The Sandlot)

- Al Bundy (Married…With Children)

- Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid)

- Kenny Powers (Eastbound and Down)

- Sam Malone (Cheers)

- Clubber Lang (Rocky III)

Like “real” Athletic Halls of Fame, the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame has a “wing” for contributors; again decided by three stages of online voting.  This year however there were two Fictitious Contributors selected as opposed to one form last year.

Joining Harry Doyle (Major League) who was the first contributing inductee from last year’s vote are Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), the karate instructor from the Karate Kid series of movies and Carl Spackler, the groundskeeper played by Bill Murray in Caddyshack.

Mr. Miyagi and Carl Spackler beat out the other finalists (in order of their vote totals) in the Final Round:



- Ray Kinsella (Field of Dreams)

- Jimmy Dugan (A League of Their Own)

- Norman Dale (Hoosiers)

- Chubbs Peterson (Happy Gilmore)

- Mickey Goldmill (Rocky)

- Lou Brown (Major League)

- Gordon Bombay (The Mighty Ducks)

- Jerry Maguire (Jerry Maguire)

- Bud Kilmer (Varsity Blues)



For the first time ever, a Veteran’s Inductee was chosen as Andy “The Champ” Purcell from the original “The Champ”, which was released in 1931.  This beat out the other two finalists Dennis Ryan (Frank Sinatra) from Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Joy Boyd (Tab Hunter) from Damn Yankees.

The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame launched in November, 2014.  As per the 2015 ballot, the 2016 Ballot begins again with over 300 preliminary nominees, who will again be reduced to Semi Finalists and Finalists until we unveil next year’s class on December 30, 2016.

As per last year, there will be three categories for next year, with Athletes, Contributors, and a new category of Veteran Candidates, who are fictitious athletic characters who existed before 1970.

Are you ready to vote for the next class?

You can go right to the voting here!

http://www.notinhalloffame.com/the-voting/2016-fictitious-athletes-round-1

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 09:09
In the world of heavy metal, this is a loss of epic proportions.  Today, at the age of 70, bass guitarist and front man of Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister died after a brief but aggressive bout of cancer.

Born in 1945 in Stoke-on-Trent, England, would first break into the musical spotlight with Hawkwind, the space rock outfit where he would spend three years, but after leaving the band he would form Motorhead in 1975, and the group would be considered pioneers of speed metal, specifically the fast pace of Lemmy, whose gravelly voice was the perfect pairing for the powerful sound. 

Motorhead would become one of the most successful metal bands of all time and easily one of the most historically significant of the genre.  The band put out 22 studio albums, most notably, the 1980 album, Ace of Spades, which featured the song of the same name.  The band was set to embark on a world tour to promote their latest album.

This death sadly comes only a few weeks after former drummer, Phil Taylor died at the age of 61.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Lemmy at this time, and for us, we are going to do what Lemmy would want.  Play his music loud and drink excessively. 



Tuesday, 29 December 2015 00:38
One of the greatest basketball players of all time died yesterday, though this is a man who never played in the NBA, but did play for the most recognizable team worldwide.  Meadowlark Lemon passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 83.

Lemon was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for over twenty years and was one of the most recognizable faces of the organization.  The “Clown Prince of Basketball” first joined the team in 1954 and stayed with them until 1978 where he appeared in at least 16,000 Games in over 100 countries.

A contract dispute would see Lemon set up his own touring company, and he would venture out in television and films, most notably in the basketball film, “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh”. 

While Lemon was never in the pros, in his prime, he was viewed to be one of the best in the game.  Lemon would be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2003.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Meadowlark Lemon at this time.



Monday, 28 December 2015 16:52
Number two is endorsing number one.



At least that is how it is for us at Notinhalloffame.com feel as last night, Don Cherry who is ranked #2 on our Notinhalloffame.com Hockey List emphatically spoke on how our #1 man on the Hockey List, Eric Lindros, should be in.



“When he was a junior player, he played for Oshawa, he won the Memorial Cup; he was player of the year in junior; at 18 years old he played in the Canada Cup and when they won, he was a force; 760 [NHL] games, 875 points; 53 playoff games, he got 57 points; Legion of Doom, [Mikael] Renberg and [John] LeClair, a highest-scoring line maybe of all time; most dominant player for five years; seven times an All-Star; NHL MVP, the Hart Trophy; top scorer in the NHL, the Art Ross; two [World Junior Championships] golds; captain of the Olympics; and when he retired, he gave $5 million to the hospital, And he isn’t in the Hall of Fame!”



Mr. Cherry we agree, but guess what?  So should you!



Monday, 28 December 2015 02:41
Although Freddy Sanchez has not played in the Majors since 2011, the former batting champion had not officially retired, until today.

Sanchez, 38, who won his batting title on the final day of the season in 2006 while with the Pittsburgh Pirates officially finishes his career with 1,012 Hits with a .297/.335/.413 Slash Line and three All Star Game appearances.

He is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2017, though he is not expected to get in. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com wish Freddy Sanchez the best in his post MLB career.



Thursday, 24 December 2015 19:02
We thought this was interesting

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Slipknot frontman, Corey Taylor was asked about this year’s class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Taylor’s bluntness might entertain a lot of you:


“The fact that Madonna got in before Deep Purple got in? Those people can kiss my ass. Like, fuck you. Stop calling it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stop. Because it's obvious that you don't give a shit about rock & roll. If you did, bands like Deep Purple and Cheap Trick would've been in years ago. And that's fucking upsetting. Call it the Popular Music Hall of Fame. Call it anything other than that. Because all you do is fucking piss me off.”


Taylor was later asked his opinion if Slipknot would later be inducted:


“No. I wouldn't even go, dude. I don't give a shit. All of that stuff is counterproductive. It's like, "Oh, God. I hope they like me." That's why you go out on tour. That's why you try to sell albums. I don't give a shit about a museum. Put me in a fucking museum? Are you kidding me? We'll put our own museum together and share it with our fans.”





I don’t about you, but there was a big part of us that enjoyed reading that!



Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:03
The Boston Red Sox have announced that they will be finally retiring the number 23 of Wade Boggs, the first ballot hall of famer who spent the best years of his career playing in Fenway.

In the 80’s, Boggs was regarded as one of the best contact hitters in baseball, his only rival being Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres.  Boggs would go on a tear, winning the Batting Title five times, the On Base Percentage Title six times and would have seven consecutive seasons collecting over 200 Hits.  The popular third baseman would be an All Star in Boston eight times.

Wade Boggs overall numbers as a member of the Red Sox is astounding.  He would have 2,098 of his 3,010 Hits in Boston.  He would smack 422 Doubles, with 85 Home Runs, have a Slash Line of .338/.428/.462 with a bWAR of 71.6.

Boggs has not played in Boston since 1992 and has hid share of controversy, which has likely delayed this accolade.  There was the longtime affair with Margo Adams, which ended as acrimonious as possible.  The fact that he would later player for Boston’s bitter rivals, the New York Yankees and would later (allegedly) broker a deal where by he would go into the Hall of Fame wearing a Tampa Bay Devil Rays hat did not do him any favors. 

Boggs would however go into Cooperstown wearing the Red Sox cap, as the Baseball Hall stepped in and took the decisions away from the player to prevent something like that occurring.

None of this matters anymore as Fenway is retiring a number that more than holds it own.

The event will take place on May 26.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Wade Boggs and the many fans of the Boston Red Sox who will be on hand to celebrate that day.



We wish we could be there too!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 14:39

A major retirement will take place at the end of the season as Oakland Raiders, Safety, Charles Woodson, has stated that this will be his final season in Professional Football.

Woodson spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers and he helped them with a Super Bowl.  Eight times, he was named to the Pro Bowl and three times, a first team All Pro.  Woodson was also named the Defensive Rookie of the Year and in 2000, was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

There are many who have named Charles Woodson as the best Defensive Back of his era and his Hall of Fame chances are very good.  Woodson will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2021.

Overall Woodson has played 252 Games (with two to go) and has 20 Quarterback Sacks, 65 Interceptions with 11 of them returned for Touchdowns. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Charles Woodson for the memories and we don’t put it past him to created one more in the two games remaining in the season.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 14:29