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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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:


Receiving Yards



All-Purpose Yards

























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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 Celebrity Wing Top Ten, is not a horrible choice.

Should Lemmy be in our 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 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 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 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 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




Marc Anthony

Mercury Rev

Naughty by Nature

Pearl Jam

PM Dawn

Ricky Martin


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 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!

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 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 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 feel as last night, Don Cherry who is ranked #2 on our 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 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 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 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
The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced their preliminary candidates for the 2016 Class.  As announced earlier, the Hall has reduced the amount of wait time from five years to four years after retirement.

Here is the complete list of nominated players/coaches/contributors:

North American Committee Nominations

Mark Aguirre: Ranked #7 on

Geese Ausbie

Bill Bertka

Junior Bridgeman

Irv Brown

Maurice Cheeks: Ranked #18 on

Terry Cummings: Ranked #19 on

Lefty Driesell

Hugh Evans

Bill Fitch

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Darell Garretson

A.C. Green: Ranked #54 on

Tim Hardaway: Ranked #8 on

Del Harris

Robert Hughes

Allen Iverson: Ranked #1 on

Tom Izzo

Kevin Johnson: Ranked #12 on

Marques Johnson: Ranked #24 on

Bobby Jones: Ranked #31 on

Jerry “Tiger” Jones

Gene Keady

Rollie Massimino

George McGinnis: Ranked #14 on

Gary McKnight

John McLendon

Danny Miles

Sidney Moncrief: Ranked #4 on

Dick Motta

Swen Nater

Shaquille O’Neal: Ranked #1 on

Mark Price: Ranked #28 on

Glenn Robinson

Lee Rose

Bo Ryan

Jack Sikma: Ranked #5 on

Steve Smith

Fred Snowden

Eddie Sutton

Reggie Theus: Ranked #42 on

Rudy Tomjanovich: Ranked #37 on

Chris Webber: Ranked #4 on

Paul Westphal: Ranked #19 on

Women’s Committee Nominations

Leta Andrews

Jennifer Azzi

Rebecca Lobo

Muffet McGraw

Susie McConnell

Pearl Moore

Kim Mulkey

Harley Redin

Theresa Shank

Marianne Stanley

Barbara Stevens

Sheryl Swoopes

Wayland Baptist

Theresa Weatherspoon


Early African-American Pioneers Committee Nominations

Clarence “Puggy” Bell

Sonny Boswell

Zack Clayton

Chuck Cooper

Bill Garrett

Inman Jackson

Clarence “Fats” Jenkins

Bucky Lew

Dave Minor

Hudson Oliver

Cumberland Posey Jr.

Al “Runt” Pullins

James “Pappy” Ricks

Paul Robeson

Eyre Saitch

William “Wee Willie” Smith


International Committee Nominations

Tal Brody

Jackie Chazalon

Vlade Divac: Ranked #27 on

Nick Galis

Semen Khalipski

Vladimir Kondrashin

Toni Kukoc

Yao Ming: Ranked #3 on

Aldo Ossola

Amaury Pasos

Dino Radja

Manuel Sainz

Togo Soares

Ranko Zeravica

Marcos Leite


Contributor Committee Nominations

Marv Albert

Al Attles

Dick Baumgartner

Marty Blake

Vic Bubas

Wayne Duke

Harry Glickman

Marty Glickman

Curt Gowdy

Tim Grgurich

Mannie Jackson

Tom Jernstedt

Johnny “Red” Kerr: Ranked 53 on

John Kline

Red Klotz

Jerry Krause

Jack McCloskey

Johnny Most

Dennis Murphy

Joe O’Toole

Billy Packer

Jerry Reinsdorf

Zelda Spoelstra

Jim Valvano

Donnie Walsh

Frank Walsh


Veterans Committee Nominations

1936 US Olympic Team*

1964 State Dept Basketball Ambassadors

Zelmo Beaty: Ranked #18 on

Ron Boone: Ranked #99 on

Sid Borgia

Carl Braun

Frank Brian                             

Joe Caldwell

Mack Calvin

Charles Eckman

Leroy Edwards

Leo Ferris

Clarence “Bevo” Francis

Buck Freeman

Donnie Freeman

Travis Grant

Bob Grody

Joe Hammond

Robert Harrison

Flo Harvey

Cam Henderson

Robert Hopkins

Lou Hudson: Ranked #22 on

Warren Jabali

Jimmy Jones

Freddie Lewis

Jim Loscutoff

Loyola of Chicago

George McGinnis: Ranked #14 on

Ray Mears

Donald Moore

Willie Naulls: Ranked #92 on

John O’Brien

Philadelphia SPHAS

Mel Riebe

Glenn Roberts

Holcombe Rucker

Kenny Sailors

Fred Schaus

Charlie Scott: Ranked #44 on

Kenny Sears

Frank Selvy

George Senesky

Paul Seymour

Charles Siler

Talvin Skinner

Ken Suesens

Tennessee A&I

Dick Van Arsdale

Tom Van Arsdale

Willie Wise

Max Zaslofsky: Ranked #8 on

The Finalists will be announced during All Star Weekend in Toronto on February 12.  The Class of 2016 will be announced at the Final Four in Houston on April 4.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 00:39
We told you that this would be a task that we would eventually get to.

Regular visitors to 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.

For those unsure who exactly what the major North American Franchises are, it refers to the National Hockey League, National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. 

Selected first are the Charlotte Hornets.  Why?  Honestly, there is no reason.  One of the 100 plus franchises has to go first, and the Hornets were chosen randomly.  Although the NBA season is in full flux now, this list will reflect only up to the end of the 2014-15 season.

Keep in mind that the Hornets absorbed the past history of the original franchise that relocated to the New Orleans and are known as the Pelicans.  This means that there are many players on this list who never had “Hornets” on their chest, but “Bobcats”.  For all intents and purposes, they are all Hornets now.

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. Gerald Wallace.

2. Larry Johnson.

3. Muggsy Bogues.

4. Dell Curry.

5. Emaka Okafor.

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

Up next will be the Baltimore Ravens.  Look for that in the upcoming weeks.

Sunday, 20 December 2015 22:52
It is another sad day in the world of hockey as Dickie Moore, the legendary Hall of Famer and Montreal Canadians legend passed away today at the age of 84.

Moore would win six Stanley Cups as a member of the Canadians, playing alongside Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Jean Beliveau.  Moore was not just a participant, but a legitimate star in his own right, leading the National Hockey League in scoring twice and was an integral part of all of his six Stanley Cup rings.

Moore could not only score as he was known for his defensive skills and aggressive style of play and locker room leadership.

The forward would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974 and in 2005 would have his number retired by Montreal.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Dickie Moore at this time.

Saturday, 19 December 2015 19:57
When we set up our inaugural Rock and Roll list, the con that we stated against inducting Deep Purple was the immense amount of members that they had in the band and who they would induct.  As it turns out, members of Deep Purple had the same concerns.

With the announcement that Deep Purple would be inducted, drummer, Ian Paice had this to say about those who would be chosen for the Rock Hall, and those who were not:

"It'll be interesting, won't it?  It's a somewhat complicated situation. The personalities that are involved didn't always get on terrifically well, so that has to be taken into consideration. I don't think there'll be anybody swinging at anybody else -- I think there's a possibility that some people just won't be there. We may all turn up and be happy on the night and it'll go wonderfully well, or two or three people will be studiously ignoring each other. It could almost be like a reality TV show. I'd rather it wasn't, but there we go.

"If they ask us to play there, who's gonna play what? Who's prepared to play what, and with who? As we've been blessed with so many virtuoso players in the band over the years, it might have been easier to take us individually to be inducted rather than as a band. We've just got a lot of details to work out -- what they're going to ask us to do, what we can do, what will be impossible. It's not a band of four or five guys who have stayed together throughout their career and are asked to do something. It's more complex than that. So we'll just have to make a decision of what's right for us, not what's right for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Everybody who's ever been involved with the band, even for a short time, is instrumental in making it work and ensuring it still exists to this day. So I think if you're gonna do it, everybody should have been invited to join the club.”

Paice is referring to the fact that several key members of Deep Purple’s past and present were not chosen to be inducted.  These notable members are:

Steve Morse, a current band member and guitarist since 1994.

Don AIrey, a current band member and keyboardist since 2001.

Tommy Bolin, a guitarist with the band from 1975 to 1976.

Joe Lynn Turner, the lead vocalist on their 1990 album, Slaves and Masters. 

Would it be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony without drama?

Of course not, and we here at are looking forward to watching it all unfold. 

Saturday, 19 December 2015 15:11
It appears that the change is official and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has reduced the time required to enter the institution after retirement from five years to four. 

As such, we here at looked at those who were eligible in 2017, and found that there were five former players who are worthy of our top 100 and changes were made right from the top.

Allen Iverson was at number one, but the former Point Guard lost that spot to the multi time NBA Champion, and one of the most dominating big men of all-time, Shaquille O’Neal.  It is expected, that O’Neal will get in immediately.   

Yao Ming will debut at number three, just edging out a former number one, Chris Webber who has now dropped to the fourth spot.  Ming had a relatively speaking short NBA career, but he was a five time post season All-NBA selection and almost single handedly raised the game in China to huge proportions. 

The three other players who have advanced from the futures to the main Notinhalloffame Basketball list are Peja Stojakovic (#39), Zydrunas Ilgauskas  (#57) and Antonio McDyess (#68).

All other Future eligible players have had their sections moved up one year in accordance with the new rules.

If you have not cast a vote for the players on the basketball list, we certainly encourage you to do so and we thank you for all of your support!

Friday, 18 December 2015 20:09
While we here at have always been consumed with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the news that stemmed with the newest class, another fairly significant Hall of Fame has announced their latest class.

The International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame has announced the six new members of their Hall, all due for induction in 2016.

The biggest name for most hockey fans is Sergei Fedorov, the flashy player from Russia.  Fedorov won the Stanley Cup three times with the Detroit Red Wings and was a former Hart Trophy winner and internationally he represented the Soviet Union three times in the World Junior Championships winning a Silver Medal in 1988 and Gold in 1989.  He would later be a part of the Soviet team that would win two consecutive Gold Medals in 1989 and 1990.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Federov would play for Russia representing them in the Olympics three times winning two Silvers and a Bronze and would win another World Championship in 2008.  Overall, he would score 57 Points in 64 games Internationally as a senior player.  Federov entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

Fellow countryman, Valeri Kamensky was also chosen.  Kamensky is a member of the “Triple Gold Club”, signifying that he has a Stanley Cup Ring, World Hockey Championship and Olympic Gold Medal.  Kamensky was an Olympic Gold Medalist for the Soviet Union in 1988 and was a member of five World Hockey Championships in the 1980’s.  He would score 64 Points over 84 Games internationally for the Soviet Union and Russia.

Slovakian, Peter Bondra was also chosen.  Seven times, Bondra would represent his country on the ice, the highlight being taking his team to a shocking upset in the 2002 World Championship over Russia in the Gold Medal Game, a contest in which he scored the game winning goal.  He would also be the leading scorer of the tournament.  Overall he would average more than a point per game internationally.

Finnish Left Winger, Ville Peltonen, is the fourth and final player selected for the 2016 IIHF Hall of Fame class.  Peltonen represented Finland in four Olympics, two World Cups and thirteen World Championships, and played a total of 134 games scoring 107 Points.  The highlight of his international career came in 1995 when he scored three goals in the finals, which Finland’s first ever World Championship win.

Pat Quinn, the late Canadian head coach was also chosen.  Quinn won Gold at the World Hockey Championship, the World Cup and the Olympics.

Ben Smith, an American coach was also selected.  Smith coached the United States Women’s team to gold at the Nagano Olympics in 1998.

We here at would like to congratulate the latest IIHF Class.

Friday, 18 December 2015 12:28
For us at, Christmas always comes early.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the new inductees and there are many people who are rejoicing and just as many who are disgusted.

Deep Purple, who held the top stop on our list and have been in the top five since our website’s inception has made it on its third try.  Numerous band members have been vocal about their distaste for the Hall, however many Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been very open about their desire to see the British rockers in.  This will necessitate a change in our logo, which currently features the band as the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub.

N.W.A. has also been chosen.  This selection coincides with the successful biopic of the band that received critical acclaim and also educated a new generation to the impact of the hip hop group.

Chicago, who have been eligible for the Hall since 1994, finally received their first nomination this year.  The classic rock group has been named on multiple snub lists for years.

The same holds true for the Steve Miller Band, who have also been eligible for over two decades and received their first nomination this year.

The final inductees are the power pop group, Cheap Trick who also had their first nomination this year. 

While fans of those artists are certainly pleased, there are an equal amount of fans who will wake up disappointed.

Janet Jackson who has significant online support (led by Mike Litherland who we have had the pleasure of interviewing twice) did not get in.  This was her first nomination, and her snub this year will likely increase the support for her candidacy.

Progressive rock group, Yes, were told “No”.  They too have a large throng of fans clamoring for their induction.

The Smiths were denied as were Nine Inch Nails, who have been on the ballot for the first two years of their eligibility.

For the tenth time, Chic failed to get in.  The only thing we seem to know for sure is that this trend will happen again next year.

The Spinners, Chaka Khan, The J.B’s and Los Lobos were also not chosen.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 8th at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.

With this, we will be taking a deeper look at the inductees in upcoming articles and will begin work on a revised list, which we are looking to have up in late January.

We here at would like to congratulate this group of inductees and look forward to debating this topic for years to come.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:27
The International Boxing Hall of Fame has announced their latest class, and the headliner is the late Hector “Macho” Camacho, who was a champion in three different weight classes.

Camacho, who fought out of Puerto Rico, finished his career with a record of 79-6-3 (45 by KO) won the WBC Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight, WBO Junior Welterweight, IBC Welterweight and IBC Middleweight Titles and hold wins over Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Felix Trinidad and had hard fought losses to Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez.  He died in 2012 after he was shot.

The “Macho Man” is joined by Mexican, Lupe Pintor, who had a 56-14-2 (45 by KO) and was a former Super Bantamweight Champion.  A third boxer was chosen in Panamania, Hilario Zapata.  Zapata was a former Junior Flyweight and Flyweight Champion of the world and had a record of 43-10-1 with 14 KOs

The Hall of Fame also inducted four others in the non-participant/observer category.  The new inductees are Harold Lederman (a judge for 30 years), Newark Star Ledger columnist, Jerry Izenberg, 14 Year executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Marc Ratner and longtime broadcaster, Col. Bob Sheridan.

We here at would like to congratulate the newest class for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 22:14