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It is a sad day for the New York Islanders and the National Hockey League as it was announced that Al Arbour passed away at his home in Sarasota, Florida from complications of Parkinson’s and Dementia.  He was 82 years old.

Arbour was best known as the Head Coach of the Islanders dynasty that won four consecutive Stanley Cups (1980, 1981, 1982 & 1983) and won nineteen playoff series.  He would coach an even 1,500 games for the Islanders, and would be selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.

Al Arbour may have been best known for building the Islanders into a powerhouse but he also won another four Stanley Cups as a player, (one with Detroit 1954, one with Chicago 1961 and two with Toronto 1962 & 1964).  Arbour was viewed by many as a master tactician, and many of his former players have cited him as the best coach they ever had.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com offer our condolences to the friends and family of Al Arbour. 



Friday, 28 August 2015 21:16
One of the best dunkers ever is no more.

Former fourteen-year NBA veteran, Darryl Dawkins passed away yesterday at the age of 58 from a heart attack.  Dawkins, a Center, was known for his powerful dunks that shattered glass twice in the 1979 season.  The Pennsylvania native spent the majority of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers and is currently fourteenth all-time in True Shooting Percentage and seventh in Field Goal Percentage.  Dawkins was a very popular figure on very good Sixers teams.  While he was never an All Star, Dawkins had a 12.0 Points per Game average and a 15.8 PER.

While he is not a Hall of Famer, he was a colorful and memorable player and this is a loss to the basketball community.

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





Friday, 28 August 2015 18:26
Perhaps it did not get the attention it should have but former New York Giant and two-time Super Bowl Champion, Osi Umenyiora retired this week.

Umenyiora, a former second round draft choice out of Troy, would shine the brightest when the pressure was on and Umenyiora would make two Pro Bowl Teams along with a pair of All Pro Selections.  The Linebacker would record 85 Quarterback Sacks, including three seasons where he recorded two digit Sack campaigns.

The Nigerian born player was a major force in the G-Men’s last Super Bowl win and while he is unlikely to be honored by Canton, it is very possible that the Giants will honor him in some capacity now that his playing career is over.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Osi Umenyiora for the memories and wish him the best in his post NFL playing career. 



Friday, 28 August 2015 00:48
The Hockey Hall of Fame works a little faster than other North American sports hall doesn’t it?

With only a three year waiting period after retirement from the game (playing in Europe still counts as being active), we have decided some time ago that active players over the age of thirty-five would be profiled and made available for your vote.

Rather than only mention the new entries, we are listing all of the “TBD” players who are currently in that section.

The players listed are as follows:


Alex Tanguay, a member of the 2001 Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche and an All Star in 2004.

Andrei Markov, a two time All Star and member of the 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Champions.

Brad Richards, a key member of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup winners and past winner of the Conn Smythe and Lady Byng Trophies.

Brian Campbell, a member of Chicago’s 2010 Stanley Cup Champs and was once a Second Team All Star and Lady Byng winner.

Dan Boyle, a two time All Star Defenceman and member of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Champions.

Eric Brewer, a traditional Defenceman who won Olympic and World Cup Gold with Canada.

Jarome Iginla, a former Art Ross Trophy Winner, two time Goal Scoring Champion, two time Olympic Gold Medalist and three time First Team All Star.

Jaromir Jagr, a scoring machine who has won two Stanley Cups, an Olympic Gold Medal, a Hart Trophy, and has appeared in nine All Star Games.

Joe Thornton, a former Hart Trophy winner and multi-time All Star with both the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks.

Lubomir Visnovsky, an All Star in 2007 and four time representative for Slovakia in the Olympics.

Marian Hossa, a three time Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks and one time Second Team All Star.

Mark Streit, a four time Olympian with Switzerland and one time NHL All Star.

Mike Ribeiro, a one time All Star known for his shooting accuracy.

Niklas Backstrom, a Finnish Goalie who has played his NHL career thus far with Minnesota Wild.

Olli Jokinen, a multi time Finnish Olympian who was an All Star in 2003.

Patrik Elias, a ling time player for the New Jersey Devils with two Stanley Cup Rings and three All Star nods. 

Patrick Marleau, a longtime San Jose Shark with two Olympic Gold Medals and three NHL All Star Games.

Pavel Datsyuk, a Russian who won two Stanley Cup Rings (Detroit), the Lady Byng four times and the Frank J. Selke Award three times.

Roberto Luongo, a two time Gold Medalist with Canada and three time NHL All Star.

Scott Gomez, the Alaska born forward who won two Stanley Cups with New Jersey and was the Calder Trophy Winner in 2000.

Sergei Gonchar, a smooth Russian who is a four time Al Star.

Shane Doan, who spent most of his career with the Coyotes and is a two time NHL All Star.

Shawn Horcoff, who was a one time NHL All Star. 

Simon Gagne, who is a former Olympic Gold Medalist and Stanley Cup Champion.

Stephane Robidas, a one time All Star Defenceman.

Vincent LeCavalier, a four time All Star, Stanley Cup Champion with Tampa Bay and a former Rocket Richard Award winner.

Zdeno Chara, a former Norris Trophy winner, six time post season All Star and Stanley Cup Champion with the Boston Bruins

I think you know what we are looking for you to do!

When your time permits, take a look at this group and let us know if their Hall of Fame inductions are justified!

Thursday, 27 August 2015 20:56
The Phoenix Suns announced that Steve Nash will become the 14th man to enter their Ring of Honor.  That will take place at halftime of this season’s home game with the Portland Trail Blazers on October 30th.

The Canadian raised Point Guard had his best seasons with Phoenix where he would become a two time MVP winner and earned six of his eight All Star Appearances.  He is currently the franchise’s leader in Assists, Three Pointers and Free Throw Percentage and as a Sun he had an average of 14.5 Points and 9.4 Assist per Game along with a PER of 20.8.

The future Hall of Famer will join a Ring that includes Charles Barkley, Tom Chambers and Dan Majarle.

Congratulations to Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns!





Thursday, 27 August 2015 20:47
Over the past weekend, The New York Yankees officially gave former battery mates, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte the highest accolade they can give, as their numbers were officially retired by the organization.

Posada had his number #20 retired on Saturday by the only MLB organization he ever played for.  Posada was a member of four World Series Championship teams, was a five time All Star and five time Silver Slugger Award winner. 

Pettitte’s ceremony took place on Sunday.  As a Yankee, #46 won five World Series Rings won 219 Games and another 18 in the post-season.  He also has the most Strikeouts in Yankees history.

This is no small honor as they join a very exclusive list of legends which includes:



Billy Martin #1

Babe Ruth #3

Lou Gehrig #4

Joe DiMaggio #5

Joe Torre #6

Mickey Mantle #7

Bill Dickey #8

Yogi Berra #8

Roger Maris #9

Phil Rizzuto #10

Thurman Munson #15

Whitey Ford #16

Don Mattingly #23

Elston Howard #32

Casey Stengel #37

Mariano Rivera #42

Reggie Jackson #44

Ron Guidry #49

Bernie Williams #51



It should be noted that the numbers are displayed in Monument Park, adjacent to left field.  It is expected that Derek Jeter’s #2 will join this list shortly.

Congratulations go out to the New York Yankees, which have the best lot of retired numbers in Baseball.











Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:07
As always, it is onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com.

It was not that long ago that we revamped our Basketball section and named Allen Iverson as our new number one player who should be considered for the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Following this, we endeavored to work on our futures section and update them accordingly.

As such, we are pleased to present to you the men who are now part of our updated Basketball Futures Section who will be eligible in 2021


Andrei Kirilenko, a Russian who once led the NBA in Blocks. 

Kenyon Martin, an All Star in 2004 and versatile player with many NBA teams.

Shawn Marion, a four time All Star and champion with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.


We think you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at this group of basketball players who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2020 and let us know if any of them Hall of Famers.





Saturday, 22 August 2015 02:36
Only a couple of weeks ago, the Football Hall of Fame officially inducted last year’s Senior Nominee, Mick Tingelhoff.  This year, the Hall returns to two Senior Nominees, and while we are upset that former Green Bay Packer, Jerry Kramer is not one of them, we can’t say that we have a lot of issues with the two they did select.

Former Oakland Raiders Quarterback, Ken Stabler, who died earlier this year has been named as a Senior Finalist.  “The Snake” had been a popular choice for many in terms of long time omissions for the Hall, and was himself a Finalist three times (1990, 1991 & 1993).  Stabler is ranked at #6 on the Notinhalloffame.com Football countdown for 2016.

The other Senior Nominee is Dick Stanfel, who also died this year.  The Offensive Lineman split his playing career in the 1950’s with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins and was named a First Team All Pro five times.  Stanfel would go on to have a successful offensive line coaching career, most notably earning a Super Bowl Ring with the Chicago Bears in 1986.  He is ranked at #30 on the Notinhalloffame.com Football countdown for 2016.

It should be noted that roughly two thirds of Senior Nominees make the Pro Football Hall of Fame and that the Senior Nominees automatically are Finalists for this year’s Hall of Fame.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com only wish that both Stanfel and Stabler were still alive to enjoy this day.



Thursday, 20 August 2015 16:57
It has been speculated for some time that Daniel Briere would be retiring this off season.  That has apparently come to fruition as the 37 year old forward has announced that he is officially retiring from the game from hockey. 

An undersized Centre, Briere would break in to league with the Phoenix Coyotes, but it was his season with the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006-07 season where he really turned heads, finishing with 95 Points and securing his first All Star Game appearance.  Statistically, that would be his best season, but it would be with his next team, the Philadelphia Flyers, that he would have greater success. 

Briere would lead everyone in scoring in the 2010 Playoffs in Philadelphia’s failed Stanley Cup run and two years later would lead the league in Playoff Goals.  His overall playoff production saw him net 116 Points in 124 Games.

Daniel Briere retires with 696 Points and two All Star Game appearances.  This is not likely to be a good enough career for the Hockey Hall of Fame, but probably for the back end of our list once eligible.



We have moved Briere to the 2018 Hockey Futures accordingly.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 16:38
We have watched year after year the plight of Edgar Martinez, the former Seattle Mariners Designated Hitter who has not gotten enough support for the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

When asked about by the Boston Herald fellow DH, and Boston Red Sox superstar, David Ortiz, Martinez is emphatic about what he thinks of Ortiz in the Hall:

“No doubt.  Ortiz definitely is a Hall of Famer.”

Martinez may have had an emphatic opinion on it, but will that matter?  Many as the greatest DH of all time regard him, but that same designation is what many believe has kept him out.  To date, he has only received as high as 36.5 percent of the vote (which was in his first year on the ballot), and with the reduction to ten years of eligibility from fifteen, the window is closing sooner.

Martinez finished his career with 2,247 Hits, 309 Home Runs, a .312/.418/.515 Slash Line and a bWAR of 68.3.  At present, Ortiz is at 2,263 Hits, 491 Home Runs, .284/.378/.545 and a bWAR of 48.9, though even at the advanced age of 39, he still has some time left to pad those stats; though it can’t be ignored that he has three World Series rings, including an ALCS MVP and a World Series MVP.

This is not to say that is impossible for Ortiz or even Martinez for that matter to get in.  Paul Molitor, who played close to 45 percent of his games at Designated Hitter got in and Frank Thomas played 56.4 percent at DH.  Martinez was the DH 68.2 percent of his games and Ortiz is at 83.4, a number that is likely to climb.

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are very curious to see how perception changes with the Baseball Hall of Fame.



Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:26
As always, it is onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com.

It was not that long ago that we revamped our Basketball section and named Allen Iverson as our new number one player who should be considered for the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Following this, we endeavored to work on our futures section and update them accordingly.

As such, we are pleased to present to you the men who are now part of our updated Basketball Futures Section who will be eligible in 2020

Antawn Jamison, a star at UNC and a two time NBA All Star as well as a former Sixth Man of the Year.

Chauncey Billups, who was the leader of the shocking 2004 Detroit Pistons Championship win and the MVP of that series.

Jermaine O’Neal, a six time All Star and three time post season All NBA selection.

Josh Howard, a one time NBA All Star. 

Rashard Lewis, a two time NBA All Star and NBA Champion with the Miami Heat in 2013.

Ray Allen, one of the sweetest shooters of all time who holds the three point record in the NBA.

Steve Nash, the Canadian who is a two time National Basketball Association MVP. 

World Metta Peace, the former Ron Artest and one time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

We think you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at this group of basketball players who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2020 and let us know if any of them Hall of Famers.





Tuesday, 18 August 2015 09:28
We here at Notinhalloffame.com have been very open about our admiration for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, which has not been in existence for long.  In a brief amount of time, the Cardinals have embraced their history and have made their HOF an envy of most of the Baseball teams in MLB.

As such it is with great delight that we speak of the Redbirds official inauguration of their latest Hall of Fame Class.

In our eyes, the headliner of this year’s class is Catcher, Ted Simmons, who spent thirteen years with them and made six All Star Teams while there.  Simmons would belt 1,704 Hits, with 172 Home Runs, a .298/.366/.459 Slash Line and a bWAR of 44.8 as a Cardinal.

Simmons is joined by Curt Flood, the man who challenged the reserve clause and ushered in Free Agency in Major League Baseball.  While Flood did not profit from what he accomplished, as a Cardinal he would lead the National League in Hits in 1964, was a seven time Gold Glove recipient and was a three time All Star.  He would smack 1,853 Hits with a 42.2 bWAR in St. Louis.

Bob Forsch was also inducted.  Forsch spent fifteen seasons in St. Louis where the hurler posted a 163 and 127 record with 1,079 Strikeouts and a bWAR of 21.5.  Forsch was also a two time Silver Slugger winner.

This group is joined by George Kissell, a long time executive within the Cardinals organization.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com congratulate the Cardinals and this group of inductees to what is becoming a very prestigious Hall of Fame.





Monday, 17 August 2015 04:17
Over the last few months, we here at Notinhalloffame.com have been so focused on other endeavors at the site, that we neglected to tell you about the continuing opportunity fro you to cast your opinion on existing Hockey Hall of Famers.

With that in mind, we here at Notinhhalloffame.com have expended greatly to allow you to vote on Hockey Hall of Fame inductees from 1996-98.

The Players/Builders from that existing time frame include:

The 1996 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Al Arbour, the Head Coach of the New York Islanders dynasty.

Bobby Bauer, a three time Lady Byng winner and two time Stanley Cup winner with the Boston Bruins. 

Borje Salming, a star Defenceman from Sweden who was known for his play with the Toronto Maple Leafs

The 1997 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Bryan Trottier, a gifted playmaker and seven time Stanley Cup Champion. 

Glen Sather, the Head Coach and pseudo-architect of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty.

Mario Lemieux, the two time Stanley Cup Winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins, three time Hart Trophy winner and six time Art Ross Trophy Winner.

The 1998 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Michel Goulet, a former star for the Quebec Nordiques, a three time First Team All Star and a two time Second Team All Star.

Monsignor Athol Murray, who helped developed amateur hockey in Saskatchewan.

Peter Stastny, the Czechoslovakian born forward who became a six time All Star with the Quebec Nordiques.

Roy Conacher, a two time Stanley Cup Champion with the Boston Bruins and a former Art Ross Trophy winner.

I think you know what we are looking for you to do!

When your time permits, take a look at this group and let us know if their Hall of Fame inductions are justified!

Monday, 17 August 2015 03:45
Yesterday, the Baltimore Orioles officially inducted four new members to their Hall of Fame.

Two time All Star selection, Melvin Mora, was a very flexible player who played Third Base, Shortstop and Outfield for the Orioles.  The Venezuelan had his best season in 2004, where he won the Silver Slugger Award and led the American League in On Base Percentage.  Mora’s overall Oriole career saw him smack 1,323 Hits, 158 Home Runs, a .280/.355/.438 Slash Line with a 29.0 bWAR.

Mora is joined by Gary Roenicke who played Outfield for Baltimore from 1978 to 1985.  Roenicke played for the 1983 World Series Championship Team and had 555 Hits with 106 Home Runs and a 15.7 bWAR.

The third player inducted is John Lowenstein, who played in the outfield for Baltimore for seven of his sixteen Major League Seasons.  Lowenstein was another member of the ’83 World Series Team and had 428 Hits with a bWAR of 7.0 while playing there.

Longtime Scout and Executive, Fred Uhlman Sr. was also chosen.

The Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame first took shape in 1977 inducting Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson and focuses only on the franchise’s time in Baltimore and not their time as the St. Louis Browns. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Baltimore Orioles and their newest Hall of Fame Class.





Monday, 17 August 2015 01:45
As always, it is onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com.

It was not that long ago that we revamped our Basketball section and named Allen Iverson as our new number one player who should be considered for the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Following this, we endeavored to work on our futures section and update them accordingly.

As such, we are pleased to present to you the men who are now part of our updated Basketball Futures Section who will be eligible in 2019. 

Corey Maggette, a fourteen year NBA veteran most known for his play with the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Grant Hill, a star at Duke where he was a two time NCAA Champion, who may have had a disappointing career to some professionally due to injury, but was still a one time First Team All NBA selection as well as a four time Second Team choice.

Jason Kidd, a five time First Team All Star, five time Assists Champion and one of the best point guards of all time.

Jerry Stackhouse, a natural scorer who led the NBA in Points in the 2000-01 season. 

Lamar Odom, a two time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and a former Sixth Man of the Year.

Marcus Camby, a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year and five time Blocks Champion.

Rasheed Wallace, a member of the 2004 Detroit Pistons Championship Team and four time All Star.

Richard Hamilton, another member of the 2004 Detroit Pistons Championship Team and three time All Star.

Tracy McGrady, a two time scoring champion and seven time post season All NBA selection.

We think you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at this group of basketball players who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2018 and let us know if any of them Hall of Famers.





Friday, 14 August 2015 05:17
Recently, we here at Notinhalloffame.com unveiled our new (2016) list for our hockey section, naming Eric Lindros as the man most worthy of consideration for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This came with an updated list, a few new entries (Alex Kovalev, Roman Hamrlik and Miroslav Satan) and a shuffling of positions based on your votes, emails and comments.

Now once we do the repositioning on the main section, we fee it is our duty to address and upload potential entries that will come up in coming years, and allow you to vote ahead of time, BEFORE it gets on to the list without receiving your input.

With that in mind, lets take a look at part 2 of 2 of our revised hockey futures shall we?

First off, the 2015 and 2016 Futures have been removed completely.  Those players who were in the sections previously but were not able to make the Top 100 (as they are all now eligible) are no longer featured on Notinhalloffame.com, that is unless we expand to 250, which we have discussed!

The 2018 Hockey Futures are up and includes:

Evgeni Nabokov, a Russian Goalie who was a two time All Star.

Martin Brodeur, the all-time NHL leader in Wins, three time Stanley Cup winner and two time Olympic Gold Medalist.

You know what to do next!

Check out this pair of goalies and let us know whether they are Hall of Fame material!



Friday, 14 August 2015 03:28
As always, it is onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com.

It was not that long ago that we revamped our Basketball section and named Allen Iverson as our new number one player who should be considered for the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Following this, we endeavored to work on our futures section and update them accordingly.

As such, we are pleased to present to you the men who are now part of our updated Basketball Futures Section who will be eligible in 2018. 

Antoine Walker, a former three time All Star and forward most known for his time with the Boston Celtics. 

Baron Davis, who twice led the NBA in Steals per Game.

Ben Wallace, a four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and member of the Detroit Pistons 2004 Championship Team.

Brad Miller, a two time All Star from Purdue.

Gilbert Arenas, a controversial figure but also a former Second Team All Star and two time Third Team All Star.

Jamaal Magloire, a one time All Star and one of the first Canadian born stars in the NBA.

Mehmet Okur, a Turkish born player and former All Star most notably with the Utah Jazz.

Michael Redd, a star for years with the Milwaukee Bucks and one time Third Team All Star. 

Mike Bibby, who had some good seasons notably with the Sacramento Kings and was a former NCAA champion with Arizona.

Gang, you know what we are going to ask from you!

Take a look at this group and cast your opinion on to whether this crop of players are Hall of Fame worthy.

As always, we thank you all for your support!





Tuesday, 11 August 2015 01:47
Over the last few months, we here at Notinhalloffame.com have been so focused on other endeavors at the site, that we neglected to tell you about the continuing opportunity fro you to cast your opinion on existing Hockey Hall of Famers.

With that in mind, we here at Notinhhalloffame.com have expended greatly to allow you to vote on Hockey Hall of Fame inductees from 1993-95.

The Players/Builders from that existing time frame include:

The 1993 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Billy Smith, the Goaltender for the New York Islanders dynasty and one time winner of the Vezina Trophy.

Edgar Laprade, a former Lady Byng Trophy Winner and four time All Star.

Frank Griffiths, a successful executive with both the Vancouver Canucks and the National Hockey League.

Fred Page, an executive with both amateur hockey and the IIHF.

Guy Lapointe, a member of the Montreal Canadians’ “Big Three” of blueliners and six time Stanley Cup Champion.

Seymour Knox, the man who brought the NHL to the city of Buffalo.

Steve Shutt, a goal scoring machine for the Montreal Canadians and a five time Stanley Cup Champion and three time post season All Star.



The 1994 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Brian O’Neill, a longtime executive in the National Hockey League who held multiple roles.

Harry Watson, a five time Stanley Cup Champion.

Lionel Conacher, “The Big Train”, who is considered to be one of Canada’s greatest athletes and was a two time Stanley Cup Champion.



The 1995 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Bill Torrey, the General Manager of the New York Islanders dynasty.

Bun Cook, a former star with the New York Rangers and former Stanley Cup Champion.

Gunther Sabetzki, a former President of the IIHF.

Larry Robinson, the star of the Montreal Canadians defense who was a surefire Hall of Fame entry and nine time Stanley Cup Champion.

Gang, you know what we want you to do!

Take a look, cast your votes and offer us your opinions!



As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you for your support and encourage your opinions!







Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:30
A fairly major retirement in the world of professional football will take place at the end of this season as Baltimore Ravens’ Wide Receiver, Steve Smith Sr., will hang up his cleats following this year’s campaign. 

Smith is entering his second (and final) season with Baltimore after spending the first thirteen seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.  Seven times, Smith eclipsed 1,000 Yards Receiving in a season and in 2005 he would lead the NFL in both Receptions and Yards Receiving.  A two time First Team All Pro, Steve Smith currently ranks 14th in Yards and a 800 Yard season would put him in the top ten, and improve his Hall of Fame probability, even in an era with inflated numbers for wideouts.

Is Steve Smith Sr. a Hall of Famer?  We’re not sure that he is, but another Pro Bowl season, or a deep playoff run by the Ravens could put him over the top.

Monday, 10 August 2015 20:12
Recently, we here at Notinhalloffame.com unveiled our new (2016) list for our hockey section, naming Eric Lindros as the man most worthy of consideration for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This came with an updated list, a few new entries (Alex Kovalev, Roman Hamrlik and Miroslav Satan) and a shuffling of positions based on your votes, emails and comments.

Now once we do the repositioning on the main section, we fee it is our duty to address and upload potential entries that will come up in coming years, and allow you to vote ahead of time, BEFORE it gets on to the list without receiving your input.

With that in mind, lets take a look at part 1 of 2 of our revised hockey futures shall we?

First off, the 2015 and 2016 Futures have been removed completely.  Those players who were in the sections previously but were not able to make the Top 100 (as they are all now eligible) are no longer featured on Notinhalloffame.com, that is unless we expand to 250, which we have discussed!

The 2017 Futures Section includes the following:

Daniel Alfredsson, a former superstar for the Ottawa Senators and Calder Trophy winner.  The Swedish born player retired with over 1,100 career Points and a 0.93 Points per Game Average. 

Ed Jovanovski, an excellent two-way defenceman and five time All Star.

Jean Sebastien Giguere, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner with the Anaheim Ducks.

Nikolai Khabibulin, a four time All Star and durable Goalie who was a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup win.

Ray Whitney, a 1,000 Point scorer, a one time Second Team NHL All Star and a member of the Carolina Hurricanes’ first Stanley Cup Championship.

Ryan Smyth, a star player for the Edmonton Oilers who led the NHL in Power Play Goals in the 1996-97 season.

Teemu Selanne, the “Finnish Flash”, is a three time NHL goal scoring champion and four time post season NHL All Star.  Selanne is also a Bill Masterton Trophy winner and Stanley Cup Winner with the Anaheim Ducks. 

Tim Thomas, a Goalie who was a First Team All Star twice and Conn Smythe Trophy winner with the Boston Bruins in 2011.

Todd Bertuzzi, a controversial player who was at one time, a First Team All Star in 2003.

Tomas Kaberle, a four time All Star and classy blueliner who recorded over 500 Points in the NHL.

Gang, you know what we want you to do!

Take a look, cast your votes and offer us your opinions!

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com look forward to your opinions and thank you for your support.







Sunday, 09 August 2015 21:42

On a weekend where the world of professional football is celebrating their Hall of Fame and the legends that made the sport great, one of the great ones has passed away.

 

It was announced today that Frank Gifford died of natural causes at the age of 84 at his home in New Haven, Connecticut.  

 

A star at USC, Gifford was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants, the only team he would play for and one that he would suit up for fifteen seasons.  As a player, Gifford would make eight Pro Bowls, and help bring the Giants to five NFL Championships, winning one in 1956.  That would easily be the best year of his career, as not only did he win the NFL title, he was also named the Most Valuable Player of the league.  

 

A testament to his versatility is that Gifford was a Pro Bowler at three different positions and his longevity was that he was a member of the 1950’s All-Decade Team.  Gifford, who would suffer a severe head injury in 1960, would return to the National Football League in ’62, winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.  

 

Following the end of his playing career, Frank Gifford would become a very successful broadcaster, notably as a commentator on the iconic, Monday Night Football, where he would work for over two decades.  

 

Frank Gifford is a member of both the College Football and the Pro Football Hall of Fame and this is a major loss for the community of American Football.

 

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

 

Sunday, 09 August 2015 21:25

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but we had a logo change here at Notinhalloffame.com.

 

Since the inception of our site in 2009, our core logo has always had an image of a filmstrip with four different potential Hall of Famers from respective fields.  We have alternated from Pete Rose and Barry Bonds for baseball[1], Don Cherry for Hockey and in the past we have had Alice Cooper, Rush, Kiss (who would all get in) and now currently Deep Purple representing Rock and Roll.

 

The WWE, had always been represented by an iconic picture of Randy “Macho Man” Savage holding the Intercontinental Title.  Savage had fallen so far out of favor with the WWE that it almost literally took his death and a few years in top of it to get him into the Hall.

 

With Savage’s induction, a new WWE figure was needed…something that pops out right away.

 

We have elected to go with former three time Tag Team Champions, Demolition.

 

I know what some of you might be thinking.  Ax and Smash aren’t even in your top twenty-five and there has been little push for them to get in.  That may be, however this was a very popular team in their day, and damned if that look doesn’t stick out on the logo!

 

Besides with Bruno Sammartino, The Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage now in, the ones who are no longer active or deceased who NEEDED to be there are now there.  That makes the other spot a lot harder to fill, so why not with a tandem of a former Masked Superstar and Soviet sympathizer? 

 

For the record, here are the other wrestling personalities that had been considered to take the spot of the “Macho Man” on the Notinhalloffame.com logo.

 

Owen Hart

Lou Thesz

“Ravishing” Rick Rude

“The British Bulldog”, Davey Boy Smith

Ivan Koloff

 

So there it is. 

 

Our current Notinhalloffame.com logo has Barry Bonds, Don Cherry, Demolition and Deep Purple.

 

Who will be the next one from our logo who will have to be removed because he/they got into their respective Hall of Fame?

 

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank you for your support and look forward to your feedback!



[1] With the PED controversy, it seemed more appropriate to interject a steroids guy over a gambler.  Notice we didn’t say “inject”!

Sunday, 09 August 2015 20:40
The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that there will be two new members of their franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Brian Westbrook and Maxie Baughan will enter the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame officially on October 19, the date of Philly’s home game against divisional rival, the New York Giants. 

Westbrook would spend eight of his nine NFL seasons with the Eagles, where he helped the team make playoff after playoff.  He would finish with 5,995 Rushing Yards, 3,790 Receiving Yards with 66 Touchdowns as an Eagle.  This would be framed by two Pro Bowl appearances.

Maxie Baughan spend the first half of his twelve season career with Philadelphia.  Baughan earned five Pro Bowls and one First Team All Pro nod as an Eagle.  The Linebacker started all 80 of his Games as an Eagle.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate both Westbrook and Baughan for earning this honor.

Friday, 07 August 2015 16:14
We can’t lie to you.  The passing of former Major League Baseball Pitcher, Billy Pierce, completely slipped by us and we thank regular contributor, D.K. Orlandini for alerting us to his passing on July 31 at the age of 88.

Pierce would spend the majority of his eighteen year career with the Chicago White Sox, where the southpaw would make all of his seven All Star Teams and was a two time 20 Game winner.  His best season would be in 1955 where he would lead the American League in Earned Run Average, FIP, ERA+, WHIP and SO/BB.  In other years he would lead the AL in Wins (1957) and in Strikeouts (1953).

The Pitcher would complete his career with a record of 211 and 169, 1,999 Strikeouts and a bWAR of 53.1.

The highest that Pierce has ever received in Hall of Fame voting was a miniscule 1.9 percent in 1971, however as recent as 2014, he was on the Hall of Fame Veteran’s ballot, indicating he may yet have a shot one day.  We here at Notinhalloffame.com have him ranked at #64 on our latest baseball list.

We would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Billy Pierce at this time.



Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:54
The United States Hockey Hall of Fame has announced the next four members of their institution.

The Class of 2016 will comprise:

Chris Drury

Drury was a former NHL Centre who scored over 600 Points and was a member of the 2001 Stanley Cup Championship Team with the Colorado Avalanche.  Drury would win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1999, the year after he would capture the Hobey Baker Award as MVP in NCAA. Internationally, he would represent the United States in three Olympics (winning two Silver Medals), the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and in three World Championships.

Mathieu Schneider

A twenty-one year veteran of the NHL, the Defenceman had 743 Points in 1,289 Games and was a member of the 1993 Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadians.  Schneider would be a part of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Team and was a three time Olympian.

Angela Ruggerio

A fifteen year member of the U.S. National Women’s Hockey Team, Ruggerio suited up for more than 250 Games internationally where the Defenceman was part of four World Championships and an Olympic Gold Medal. 

Ron DeGregorio

The President of U.S.A. Hockey for the last dozen years and the recipient of the Lester Patrick award in 2003.

The ceremony will official take place in Boston on December 17 of this year.



We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the new class of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and applaud their growth over the past ten years. 

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 15:35
In between the deaths of WWE Hall of Famers, Dusty Rhodes and Roddy Piper, a former title holder in the WWE retired to little fanfare.

The winner of the 2006 WWE Diva Search and former WWE Woman’s Champion and Diva’s Champion, Layla El has announced that she will be retiring from professional wrestling at the age of 38.

The former England born Miami Heat cheerleader, did not make that much of a splash after debuting in the WWE, and really wasn’t focused much until she was moved to the ECW brand and was paired with Brooke and Kelly Kelly as “Extreme Expose”, a dance troupe who did get somewhat regular television time on the E’s third brand.  The group would disband and while she would wrestle on occasion but it was not until she was drafted to RAW where she would be able to show a little more of her personality.

It was shown initially with a pairing with Steven Regal and that heel persona would serve her even better on Smackdown where her pairing with Michelle McCool as “LayCool” was easily the highlight of both of their careers. 

Layla’s retirement asks us this question…is she a WWE Hall of Famer?

Our gut instinct is that she is not, and while she is a former women’s champion and someone who helped change the ethnic makeup of the women’s roster, the fact was that she was just a passable wrestler and we are not even sure that she makes our top 300 list once we revise that in the upcoming year.



Wrestling fans, we would love to hear your take on this one!



Tuesday, 04 August 2015 13:19
Don’t you love it when the people talk and Halls of Fame listen?

Roughly a week ago, the Professional Football Hall of Fame stated that Sydney Seau, the daughter of Junior Seau, the late Linebacker who was chosen for Canton on his first year of eligibility, would not be speaking when inducting her dad.  The Hall had cited a previous (and little known) rule that was instituted in 2010 where a deceased player would not have a substitute speaker accept on their behalf. 

As all of you know, the perceived belief from fans and media alike was that the Hall was concerned (and possibly pressured by the NFL) that due to Seau’s death by suicide brought on from CTE conditions that Sydney Seau would bring up the cause of his death.  It should be noted that Sydney had claimed on multiple occasions that she would not do not do so.  Clearly the backlash brought unintended attention to the issue of head trauma in football, which was what they were trying to avoid all along.

It is reported now, that Sydney will be allowed to accept the enshrinement on her father’s behalf, a decision that should have made all along.



While we here at Notinhalloffame.com hate how they arrived in this decision, we are glad that the Pro Football Hall of Fame made the right call.



Tuesday, 04 August 2015 02:44
The Montreal Canadians have announced that they will be closing their franchise’s Hall of Fame as of August 30 of this year.

The home of the Habs, The Bell Center, is closing that portion of the facility to concentrate on renovations that “will enhance the fan experience” at the facility.  With the impending close of the Hall, the institution has announced that fans can visit it at no cost until the end of the month.

The Habs will be redeploying the memorabilia around the Bell Center or will be given back to those who originally provided the items to begin with. 

While it was not announced, we are certain that an organization with the tradition and the class of the Montreal Canadians will have a dedicated facility in the future that will again celebrate the team’s past.

Monday, 03 August 2015 01:30
We here at Notinhalloffame.com have another major update that we are excited to present to all of you.

Recently, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley would be the Class of 2015.  Once a Hall of Fame Class is announced, our next task is obvious….work on the next list!

We here at Notinhalloffame.com have created the new list and it is a little different than it has been in years past.  What we mean by that is that for the first time ever we do not have any new entry that placed in our top ten.  For that matter, we do not have any new entry that made the top twenty!

Let’s take a look at the new Notinhalloffame.com top ten and the new entries, shall we?

For the first time ever, former NHL Hart Trophy winner, Eric Lindros ascends to the top of the list.  Lindros rocketed from the #7 spot and in our opinion is in the best spot of his career to potentially make the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Don Cherry, the enigmatic coach of “Coach’s Corner” remains at number 2.  Cherry, a former Jack Adams Trophy winner might be the most known personality on the hockey list. 

Coming in at #3 is Sergei Makarov, a Soviet born player who was in the NHL at the tail end of his career.  Makarov moved up three spots from last year.

At #4 is Paul Kariya, a former Anaheim Duck who moved up from number six.  Kariya is a former seven time NHL All Star. 

The number #5 spot belongs to Mark Recchi who also moved up three spots.  

Number #6 on the Notinhalloffame.com countdown belongs to Thereon Fleury who also moved up a few spots.  

The #7 spot belongs to Alexander Mogilny, who moved up from the #11 spot. 

The number #8 spot on this years’ countdown belongs to Dave Andreychuck, who holds the record for the most power play goals in the game.  

The #9 slot belongs to Bernie Nicholls, who is having his best offensive numbers for the list and the highest ranking ever of his career.

Rounding out the top ten of the 2016 list is Jeremy Roenick who moved to the elite top ten.



For the first time since we began our site, this will be the first time where there will be no new eligible entry for the top ten, in fact none of the new eligible players cracked the top twenty-five.

The highest debut this year belongs to Alex Kovalev, who makes his Notinhalloffame.com hockey debut at #33.  The Russian is a former Second Team All Star.

Kovalev is joined by Roman Hamrlik (#85) and Miroslav Satan (#91) also make their first appearance on the list.

There is a new debut on our list, but not of a first year eligible player as the late defenceman, Carol Vadnais, takes the #100 spot.

With no surefire first year inductees eligible for the Hall, could this propel the Hockey Hall of Fame to induct men like Lindros, who many feel have been passed over for a few years.

If it is going to happen, 2016 seems like a wide open window to us!

So with this major update set up here at Notinhalloffame.com, you know what we want you to do right?

We encourage all of you to take a look and cast your votes and make your voices be heard.  If you have not voted on anything previously, we ask you to tell us your thoughts!

     











Monday, 03 August 2015 00:13
The phrase “part of my childhood died today” is thrown around so much I often wonder if the people who utter those words really mean it.  I can tell you now at this moment as I sit in an airport waiting to board a flight back home that is exactly how I feel upon learning that “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died of natural causes at the age of 61.

I won’t go into a detailed biography on his career.  If you were a wrestling fan in the 1980’s like I was you know exactly who the “Hot Rod” was.  While so many people gravitated towards Hulk Hogan and “Hulkamania” it was Piper who I wanted to be as a kid.  I tried to talk like him, act like him and even had a friend of mine pretend to be my bodyguard, “Ace”.  I remember making a compilation VHS tape (Remember those) of his best matches, interviews and every Piper’s Pit I could get my hands on. 

Decades later, I would listen to his podcasts and while I never met him, in becoming friends with Chavo Guerrero Sr., a man who befriended a young Piper in Los Angeles in the late 1970’s I had the pleasure of hearing stories about Piper, all of which made me love Piper even more. 

I apologize to all of you for as much as I want to give you a heartfelt tribute to Roddy Piper, for the first time in years I find myself at a real loss for words. 

Needless to say, all of us at Notinhalloffame.com offer our condolences to the friends and family of Roddy and as for me, I am going to try to catch a classic Piper’s Pit on YouTube before I fly across country.  Somehow, I know that it will put a smile on my face and remind me of how much he entertained me not only as a kid but also as a grown man. 



Friday, 31 July 2015 18:46
The Baseball Hall of Fame has changed the rules as to who can vote, and while it might seem minor it could have a huge impact as to who might get inducted in the future.

The Hall has stated that the Baseball writers who have not been active in the sport for the past ten years will no longer have a vote.

What does this mean?

Well, first off, many of the older voters are adamant against PED users and many of the younger voters have a more relaxed attitude towards those who did use enhancements. 

Could this help men like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens; players who are regarded as two of the best ever?  It should, as those former superstars are hovering below the 40 percent mark, but while we expect a jump in the tally, we would be shocked if it put them over…at least in the short term.

The men that it could help immediately are Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell, sluggers who are on the cusp but have been suspected (though never proven) of taking Performance Enhancing Drugs.  A significant jump in the tally could put one or both in the Hall of Fame.

Suddenly that ten year term for a player to be eligible for the Hall of Fame that for many was a thin veil to get the PED users off the ballot sooner, has been countered with an amendment that might eliminate that issue.



As always, the Baseball Hall of Fame remains interesting!



Friday, 31 July 2015 01:58
Over the last few months, we here at Notinhalloffame.com have been so focused on other endeavors at the site, that we neglected to tell you about the continuing opportunity fro you to cast your opinion on existing Hockey Hall of Famers.

With that in mind, we here at Notinhhalloffame.com have expended greatly to allow you to vote on Hockey Hall of Fame inductees from 1990-92.

The Players/Builders from that existing time frame include:



The 1990 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Bill Barber, a star Flyer with over 1,000 career points also was a of of two Stanley Cup Championship Teams with the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Bud Poile, a former NHL player who was the architect of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Fernie Flaman, a stay-at-home Defenceman, and six time All Tar known for his work with Boston Bruins.

Gibert Perreault, the leader of the Buffalo Sabres “French Connection” and a two time Second Team All Star. 



The 1991 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Bob Pulford, a five time All Star as a player and four Stanley Cup winner with the Toronto Maple Leafs and a 1975 Jack Adams Trophy winner with the Kings.

Clint Smith, a member of the 1940 New York Rangers Stanley Cup championship team and two time Lady Byng Trophy Winner.

Denis Potvin, the defensive leader of the New York Islanders dynasty and three time Norris Trophy Winner.

Mike Bossy, the leader of the Islanders dynasty and a two time goal scoring champion.  Also a four time First Team All Star. 

Scotty Bowman, a two time Jack Adams Award winner and would have his name etched on the Stanley Cup twelve times.



The 1992 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Bob Gainey, a six time Stanley Cup Champion and four time Frank J. Selke Award winner as the NHL’s best defensive forward.

Bob Johnson, a successful coach in both the NCAA and the NHL.

Frank Mathers, a longtime player, coach and administrator in the AHL.

Keith Allen, a successful minor league coach turned administrator of the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Lanny McDonald, a 1,000 point scorer and owner of one of the best moustaches in all of sports.

Marcel Dionne, a gifted scorer and five time post season NHL All Star selection. 

Woody Dumart, a solid two way player with the Boston Bruins and former two time Second Team All Star.

If you get a chance, take a look and let us know if the Hockey Hall of Fame got it right.



Should you get the chance cast your vote if you feel they belong in the Hall!

Friday, 31 July 2015 01:33
Even amidst the constant controversy that surrounds the Baseball Hall of Fame, there is always something magical about Cooperstown, and when they have a former player from the modern era elected it makes the ceremony that much more special.

This year they have four.

On what was a beautiful summer day in front of 40,000 fans and forty-nine Hall of Famers in upstate New York, four baseball legends are now enshrined with a bronze bust that will forever be on display.

Rather than recap the accomplishments of the four (regular visitors know that we have done that often), let’s read the etchings on each of the four new inductees.

CRAIG ALLAN BIGGIO: HOUSTON, N.L. 1988-2007

GRITTY SPARK PLUG WHO IGNITED ASTROS OFFENSE FOR 20 MAJOR LEAGUE SEASONS, BECOMING FIRST PLAYER IN HISTORY WITH AT LEAST 3,000 HITS, 600 DOUBLES, 400 STOLEN BASES AND 250 HOME RUNS.  TRANSITIONED FROM ALL-STAR CATCHER TO GOLD GLOVE SECOND BASEMAN TO EVERYDAY OUTFIELDER, AMASSING 3,060 HITS, INCLUDING 668 DOUBLES – MOST BY A RIGHT-HANDED BATTER – AND A MODERN-DAY RECORD 285 TIMES HIT BY A PITCH.  A SEVEN-TIME ALL-STAR, WON FIVE SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS AND FOUR GOLD GLOVE AWARDS.


JOHN ANDREW SMOLTZ: ATLANTA N.L. 1988-99, 2001-08; BOSTON, A.L. 2009; ST.LOUIS, N.L. 2009

A WORKHOUSE POWER PITCHER, TRADED HIS STARTING DOMINANCE TO DEVELOP INTO PREMIER CLOSER BEFORE RETURNING TO ROTATION.  BECAME THE FIRST PLAYER IN HISTORY WITH 200 WINS AND 150 SAVES.  WITH A DYNAMIC FASTBALL, A DECEPTIVE SLIDER AND A DARTING SPLITTER, FANNED 3,084 BATTERS AND WAS NAMED TO EIGHT ALL-STAR TEAMS, THE 1996 N.L. CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER AND 1992 NLCS MVP.  SET N.L. RECORD WITH 55 SAVES IN 2002.  PITCHED BEST WHEN GAME WAS BIGGEST, RECORDING A 15-4 POST-SEASON RECORD, HELPING BRAVES TO 1995 WORLD SERIES TITLE.

PEDRO JAIME MARTINEZ:  LOS ANGELES, N.L. 1992-93; MONTREAL. N.L. 1994-97; BOSTON, A.L. 1998-2004; NEW YORK, N.L. 2005-08; PHILADELPHIA, N.L. 2009


FEATURING AN ELECTRIC ARSENAL OF PITCHES THAT VANQUISHED BATTERS DURING AN ERA OF HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE, THE FIERY RIGHTY FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OWNED THE INSIDE PART OF THE PLATE WITH AN EXPLODING FASTBALL AND CONFOUNDING CHANGE-UP.  LED LEAGUE IN E.R.A. FIVE TIMES AND STRIKEOUTS THREE TIMES EN ROUTE TO THREE CY YOUNG AWARDS AND EIGHT ALL-STAR SELECTIONS.  FIRST PITCHER TO RETIRE WITH 3,154 STRIKEOUTS IN FEWER THAN 3,000 INNINGS.  WON 219 GAMES WITH AN ASTOUNDING .687 WINNING PERCENTAGE.  POSTED 117-37 RECORD IN BOSTON HELPING TO LEAD RED SOX TO 2004 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP.


RANDALL DAVID JOHNSON:  “RANDY” “THE BIG UNIT”:  MONTREAL, N.L. 1988-89; SEATTLE, A.L. 1989-98; HOUSTON, N.L. 1998; ARIZONA, N.L. 1999-2004, 2007-08; NEW YORK, A.L. 2005-06; SAN FRANCISCO, N.L. 2009

AT 6’10’, A TOWERING AND INTIMIDATING LEFTHANDER WHOSE CRACKLING FASTBALL AND DEVASTATING SLIDER PARALYZED HITTERS FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, FIVE-TIMES CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER, INCLUDING FOUR CONSECUTIVE, 1999-2002.  LED LEAGUE IN STRIKEOUTS NINE TIMES AND POSTED SIX 300 STRIKEOUT SEASONS.  TEN-TIME ALL-STAR AND THREE-TIME 20-GAME WINNER, RANKED SECONS ALL-TIME ON STRIKEOUT LIST (4,875) AND FIRST IN STRIKEOUTS PER NINE INNINGS (10.6) UPON RETIREMENT.  WON 303 GAMES AND LED LEAGUE IN E.R.A. FOUR TIMES, WON THREE GAMES IN 2001 WORLD SERIES WITH CHAMPION DIAMONDBACKS EARNING CO-MVP HONORS. 


Capital letters do make it more emphatic doesn’t it?

Do you want to know what makes it even better?

The fact that Randy Johnson was inducted with his mullet is far greater to us than his hat (the first for Arizona) and the hat worn by Craig Biggio (Astros, also a first.

So what do we do now?

What we always do!

We look forward to the next class of Baseball Hall of Famers and debate their merits.

Hopefully, all of you will participate and lend us your opinions as to who you want to see in the next Baseball Hall of Fame class.

Monday, 27 July 2015 02:31
It was not that long ago that the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the presenters for this year’s group of inductees.  On the list was Sydney Seau, the daughter of the late Junior Seau, who was chosen for Canton on his first year of eligibility. 

Traditionally, those who are presenters get to do a speech.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame will not have Sydney Seau speak.

In its place, a five minute video, which does include an interview with Junior Seau’s daughter, but does not include mentions of his suicide, depression and post concussion syndrome.

The Football Hall of Fame is clearly playing it safe and are concerned that Sydney would have addressed that issue.  In an interview with the New York Times, Sydney Seau stated that she was never going to mention any of those things.

“It’s frustrating because the induction if for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak it’s painful…I just want to give the speech he would have given.  It wasn’t going to be about this mess.  My speech was solely about him.”

Hall of Fame spokesman, Joe Horrigan claimed the decision was not based on the way Seau died but that there was redundancy where a presenter would reiterate what was stated in the video package.

Can we agree to call bullshit on that one?

Hall of Fame Chairman, David Baker, weighed in stating that the Pro Football Hall of Fame and not the NFL made the decision, and reminded the media that they are two separate entities and stated that “We’re going to celebrate his life, not the death and other issues.”

While it was known that the topic of how Junior Seau passed away would shine a light on concussion issues in the game of football, this cowardly act by the Hall of Fame (and let’s face it, the NFL had their hand in this too) only highlights the issue more and is completely disrespectful to the family of Junior Seau. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com have always talked about our admiration for the Football Hall, but today we are very disappointed in their actions. 







Friday, 24 July 2015 21:22
The Basketball Hall of Fame has always been a focus of ours but we have never really aid a lot of attention to the FIBA Hall of Fame.  It is next to impossible not to notice it this year, as the largest name in the sport’s history will be joining their Hall of Fame.

Michael Jordan, who led the 1992 United States Dream Team in Barcelona to Gold at the Olympics will be the undeniable headliner for this year’s class.  Jordan also was a member of the 1984 team that won Gold in Los Angeles.  MJ was also a member of the United States team that won Gold at the 1983 Pan American Games and the FIBA Americas Championship in 1992.

Jordan is joined by another American, current Connecticut Sun Head Coach, Anne Donovan.  Donovan is a two time Gold Medalist (1984 & 1988) and won two more Gold Medals as an Assistant Coach (2004) and Head Coach (2008).

The rest of the class consists of:

Roberto Herrera Tabio, a Cuban Forward whose highlight was leading his team to a Bronze Medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Sarunas Marciulionis, a Lithuanian Guard, who was a Gold Medalist for the Soviet Union in 1988 and was named as one of FIBA’s 50th Greatest Players in 1991.  The former Golden State Warrior won two Olympic Bronze Medals for Lithuania.

From France, Antoine Rigaudeau will also be enshrined.  The French Center took France to a Silver Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

From Ukraine, via the Soviet Union, Vladimir Tkachenko will enter the Hall.  He is a two time Gold Medalist (1976 & 1980) with the Soviets and is a former Mr. Europa. 

They are joined by Australian Coach, Jan Stirling, French Technical Official, Robert Blanchard and Isreali Contributor, Noah Klieger. 

The enshrinement ceremony will take place on September 19, followed by an official presentation during half time at the Eurobasket Championship Game the following day.
Saturday, 18 July 2015 05:56
As we look forward to the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony in a couple of weeks, speculation always goes toward the next group.  Brett Favre is a favourite of many to get inducted into the Hall next year, but what about Terrell Owens?

Owens is also eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and like Favre is entering his first year of eligibility.  While we have Favre ranked at #1 and Owens at #7, this is a rank that puts him into the radar by us and by many other football pundits.

Statistically, Owens has everything you would want for the Hall.  He is number two all-time in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns and fifth in overall touchdowns.  While he does not have a Super Bowl Ring, his lone appearance in the big dance saw him shine when he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. 

That’s the good news for his candidacy.  I think we know the dark side of the ledger though don’t we?

Owens was known for his brushes with the media, the quarterbacks he “killed” and overall being a lockerroom cancer. 

Is this what could keep him out, or at the very least delay his induction for a bit?

We are not sure, however in an interview with the Rich Elsen Show, Owens had the following to say:

"I understand what I've done on the field and it's probably well deserving of (the Hall), but I'm being honest, it really doesn't bother me whether I get in or not.

I guess (being in the Hall) from a standpoint of a legacy or what my kids can really see what I've done, the body of work and appreciate it, then yeah, and my family," Owens told Eisen. "But me, personally, it really doesn't do anything for me because I never played the game for that. I played it because I was competitive. I played it to the point that I realized my talent and I became pretty good at it. That was my motivation. I wanted to win at all costs."

Hmmmm.

Is this a front by Owens?

Who is to say!

Our opinion at Notinhallofame.com is that Owens is a Hall of Fame Football Player, but we strongly suspect that the former wideout will be forced to wait for Canton, but realistically, he can’t wait forever.



Still, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are very curious to see how Terrell Owens will fare in regards to the Pro Football Hall of Fame!





Friday, 17 July 2015 01:52
The Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony is coming soon and the inductors have been announced for this group, some of which should be known to football fans.

For the August 8 induction, here are the following inductors for the next eight members of the Pro Football Hall.

Hall of Fame Coach, Marv Levy, will induct Bill Polian.

Hall of Fame Quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, will induct his Offensive Lineman and teammate of seventeen years, Mick Tingelhoff.

Former San Francisco 49ers owner, Eddie DeBartolo Jr. will induct Charles Haley.  This marks the fifth time that DeBartolo Jr. has inducted someone into the Hall of Fame.

The rest of the inductions will be a family affair.

Running Back, Jerome Bettis will be inducted by his brother, John Bettis III.  Wide Receiver, Tim Brown will be inducted by his brother, Donald Kelly.  His son Sydney will induct the late Junior Seau.  Ron Wolf will be inducted by his son Elliot.  Will Shields will be inducted by his close friend, Adrian Lunsford.

Again, we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the new class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and we have to be honest…we are ready for some football! 

Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:00
We here at Notinhalloffame.com have continued our expansion of our Baseball section with a look at those who will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. 

The following players will be the eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019:

Andy Pettitte

Barry Zito

Brad Penny

Darren Oliver

Derek Lowe

Freddy Garcia

Jake Westbrook

Jason Bay

Jon Garland

Jose Contreras

Juan Pierre

Kevin Youkilis

Lance Berkman

Mariano Rivera

Michael Young

Miguel Tejada

Octavio Dotel

Placido Polanco

Rafael Furcal

Ramon Hernandez

Roy Halladay

Roy Oswalt

Ryan Dempster

Ted Lilly

Todd Helton

Travis Hafner

Vernon Wells

Yorvit Torrealba

A few things certainly stand out from this group.

Mariano Rivera, who without question is the greatest relief pitcher of all time is expected to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot. 

Roy Halladay, a two time Cy Young Award winner is also a huge name on the ballot, and conceivable the eight time All Star could also join Rivera on the first ballot. 

For our money, the most interesting name on the ballot is Todd Helton, who for a five year period was one of the top offensive players in the National League and has accumulatively put together a Hall of Fame resume.  Will the Coors Field bias affect him as it did Larry Walker?

Andy Pettitte is another intriguing candidate as his stats put him on the fence, but his admitted (though contrite) PED use could place him on the wrong side of the vote.

The third “Killer B”, Lance Berkman should also get a decent percentage of the vote.

Beyond those five, it is difficult to imagine anyone else making the second year of eligibility, though didn’t many peg Miguel Tejada as a strong contender once upon a time?

For what it is worth, there is also a healthy contingent of former World Series Champions from the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gang, you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at the new entries and cast your vote and offer us your opinion.

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you for your support and we will continue to provide updates as often as possible.







Thursday, 16 July 2015 22:47
Follow my blog with BloglovinIt was not that long ago that Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Goose Gossage and Frank Thomas made comments about suspected PED users entering the Hall of Fame.  Their stance was very strong that players such as Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds had no place in Cooperstown and should not be elected in to the Hall. 

Gossage and Thomas however do not have the same opinion on Pete Rose’s candidacy.

The former relief pitcher spoke with Platform Media and had the following to say about Pete Rose and a potential Baseball Hall of Fame induction:

It’s only a formality that Pete be elected to the Hall of Fame...As young players, the thing you learn early is to not gamble on the game or you will be suspended for life.

If we let Pete in, then gambling and everything else is out the window...The horse is out of the barn. What will that mean?...An old man once told me there’s a paddle for everyone’s ass. The paddle for Pete’s butt is not getting inducted into the Hall of Fame.”

Paddle for Pete’s butt? 

As for Frank Thomas, he spoke with CBS.Sports.com and had a different take on the matter:

“What he did on the field was worthy of the Hall of Fame. Yes, he made a huge mistake and he’s been living his life trying to repair that. Based upon what he did on the field, I believe he should be in the Hall of Fame.”

Thomas clearly has a different take on gambling than he did in regards to performance enhancing drugs.

What this means for Rose is that there are certainly players, and it is many former players who comprise the Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee, the only avenue in which Rose can get in that are adamant against the Hit King joining them. 



As you can imagine, the Pete Rose Hall of Fame watch will continue to remain interesting!

Monday, 13 July 2015 12:34
It was announced that Ken Stabler, famed Oakland Raiders Quarterback, has died today from colon cancer at the age of 69 in Gulfport, Mississippi. 

Stabler was a standout at the University of Alabama and would be drafted by the Raiders in the second round in 1968 but would not play for the team until 1970.  Emerging as a classic drop back passer, “The Snake” would win the 1974 MVP award and later in 1976 would win the Offensive Player of the Year.  He would have his greatest moment in Super Bowl XI when he would lead his team to victory.  He would finish his career with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints, but it was with the Raiders of which he has become synonymous. 

Over his career, Ken Stabler would throw for nearly 28,000 Yards and was a former four time Pro Bowl selection.  He would also compile an impressive 96-49-1 record as a starting Quarterback.

There have many who have claimed that Stabler is one of the biggest snubs from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He is the only member of the 1970’s NFL All-Decade Team.  At present, we at Notinhalloffame.com have him ranked at number six of those who should be considered for the Hall.  He was a Finalist for Canton in 1991, 1992 and 2003.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Ken Stabler at this time.  He will be missed. 



  

Thursday, 09 July 2015 23:06
We always look to the future here at Notinhalloffame.com and as such we are pleased to announce that we have expanded the Rock and Roll Futures up to 2026.  These are the acts who will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that year and you can give us your opinion now as to whether anyone from this class has already done enough to be deemed RRHOF worthy.

Who are those that you can vote for whom are eligible in 2026?

They are:

Alicia Keys

Avenged Sevenfold

Bayside

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Blake Shelton

Brand New

British Sea Power

Broken Social Scene

Bubba Sparxxx

Clinic

Constantines

D12

Damian Rice

Daniel Bedingfield

David Guetta

Dirty Vegas

Drowning Pool

Flobots

Gorillaz

India Arie

Jack Johnson

Josh Groban

Liars

Lostprophets

Mastodon

Midlake

Miranda Lambert

N.E.R.D.

Nelly Furtado

Norah Jones

Pete Yorn

Psy

Puddle of Mudd

Regina Spektor

Rise Against

RJD2

Stars

Starsailor

T.I.

Tenacious D

The Black Dahlia Murder

The Coral

The National

The Shins

The Strokes

The Vines

The Von Bondies

Thrice

Tiesto

Will i.am

Yellowcard

As of this writing in the summer of 2015, is there really any artist that stands out as a sure thing at this point?

Are the Strokes the best contender from this group?  How about Alicia Keys? Maybe even a dark horse like David Guetta as the first DJ in the Hall?

The top candidate might a band that in theory doesn’t exist; the virtual band, Gorillaz.

We know this much.  With over a decade to go before they are eligible, a lot can change.

Here is what else we know. 

All of the above are now in the 2026 Rock and Roll Futures Section and are ready for your votes and comments.


As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank for your support and look forward to your input. 







Thursday, 09 July 2015 18:03
It was announced today that Tom Jackson will be receiving the Pete Rozelle Radio Television Award, which is awarded annually to the broadcaster who exemplified “for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football".

Tom Jackson was a fourteen year veteran in the National Football League, playing Linebacker for the Denver Broncos and is a member of their Ring of Fame.  Following his career as a player, he joined ESPN as an analyst and has been with the company ever since.

Jackson won the Sports Emmy in 2009 and will receive this honor from the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8 in Canton along with the other members of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

The Pete Rozelle Radio Television Award has been awarded annually since 1989.    

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Tom Jackson for receiving this honor. 

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:49
This retirement caught us a little by surprise.

Coveted hockey Free Agent, Martin St. Louis has announced that he is retiring from the game after seventeen seasons.  The question we now always ask is has he done enough to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame?

St. Louis was a star player in the NCAA for the Vermont Catamounts where he would set the all time record for points scored for the collegiate hockey power.  Considered undersized at five foot nine, the forward did not receive the attention from the National Hockey League and went undrafted but he would sign with the Calgary Flames, though that was after having to prove himself with the Cleveland Lumberjacks in the IHL.

He would make his official debut in the NHL in 1998 and was regulated to the fourth line and left unprotected in the NHL expansion draft.  Following that he was released by Calgary and would sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that he thought would afford him the most playing time.  As it turns out, he was right.

It was with the Lightning that his game would blossom and he would open up his game and rely on his initial instincts.   In his third year with Tampa Bay, St. Louis would win the scoring title, led the NHL in plus/minus, and won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player.  Even better, this would be the season where he would win the Stanley Cup with the Lightning, which would be his only. 

While Martin St. Louis would not win the Hart Trophy again, his trophy case continued to grow.  Complimenting the NHL First Team honors he won during his Stanley Cup winning season, St. Louis would be named to the Second Team four times and win the Lady Byng three times.  He would also win the Art Ross Trophy a second time, this time late in his career during the 2012/13 season. 

St. Louis would finish his career with the New York Rangers where he was seeking a second Stanley Cup ring.  It was expected that the still productive 39 year old would latch on to another NHL club, but he elected to retire instead.

His career would end with 1,033 Points in 1,134 career Games, a stat that accumulatively may not reflect other Hockey Hall of Fame inductees but is impressive when you look at the era in which he played.  We here at Notinhalloffame.com expect that he has done enough to enter the hallowed halls of Toronto and will be giving him a very high ranking on out hockey list in three years when he is eligible. 


Sunday, 05 July 2015 23:33
While we know that the Basketball Hall of Fame is the most convoluted of the big four of North American sports, we have noticed that based on our Analytics and feedback, more of you seem to be interested in the sport’s hall.

Saying that, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are very excited to unveil the next ranking for the Basketball list culminating in the 100 who we feel should be considered for the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  This was created based on your votes, new eligible players and the removal of those who got in.

To recap, the Basketball Hall of Fame chose four players from our list last year, in a class headlined by our number one selection, Dikembe Mutombo, who got in on his first year on the ballot.  Spencer Heywood (ranked #3), JoJo White (#12) and Louie Dampier (#48) were also chosen.

This year another first ballot entry cracks the top of the list, though dare we say it is also the most controversial.

“The Answer” to who is now atop of the Notinhalloffame.com Basketball rankings is Allen Iverson, the enigmatic four time scoring champion who lifted the 76ers on his back to an NBA Final.  Iverson is also a two time steals champion and a three time First Team All NBA selection.  Statistically, Iverson is Hall of Fame worthy by all accounts, but could his controversial off court antics keep him out?  It’s possible that this could happen, but if it does it won’t be for long. 

Chris Webber returns at #2.  Webber had a stellar pro career but is remembered by many for the non-timeout he called while a member of the Michigan Wolverines in his final NCAA game.  The fact that he was banned from the NCAA following a booster scandal probably explains why he has never been once named at least a Finalist for the Hall.  We are hoping that the Hall gets over that and at the very least considers him Finalist material this upcoming year. Two years ago, we ranked Webber at number one.

At #3 is Jack Sikma, who moves up one spot.  Sikma is a former NBA Champion with the Seattle SuperSonics and a seven time All Star. 

Coming in at #4 is Sidney Moncreif, who also moved up one spot.  The former Milwaukee Buck is a former two time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

At #5 is Mark Aguirre.  The Small Forward was a three time All Star and a two time NBA Champion with the Detroit Pistons. 

The #6 ranks belongs to Max Zaslofsky.  The late 1940’s star and four time First Team All NBA Selection moves up two spots and has climbed our ranking since our site’s inception. 

Our #7 selection is former six time All Star and Seattle SuperSonic, Shawn Kemp.  Kemp moved up three spots this year.

At #8 is Tim Hardaway, a former Finalist.  Hardaway moved up three spots and has gained traction every year on our list.

The #9 position is held by Buck Williams, a former NBA Rookie of the Year and defensive specialist.  Williams fell from #7 from the previous year and is a former three time All Star. 

Rounding out the top ten is Kevin Johnson.  “K.J.” is the current Mayor of Sacramento and a former three time All Star.  Johnson was ranked at #13 last year.

There are other additions to the Notinhalloffame.com Basketball list this year.

Michael Finley enters our list at #55.  This is his first year of eligibility.  The back end of our list needed to be completed, and old time players, Larry Costello and Carl Braun enter at #99 and #100 respectively.

Gang, you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at the new entries and cast a vote and give us your opinions!  If you haven’t voted or done so on the previous basketball entries, we encourage you to do so.

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you all for your support!





Sunday, 05 July 2015 17:20
It was announced yesterday that Pro Football Hall of Fame Tight End, Charlie Sanders died yesterday at the age of 68. 

Sanders was a very popular figure with the Detroit Lions and would spend his entire playing career there.  The Tight End was initially drafted in the third round in 1968 and would go on to make seven Pro Bowls and was also chosen for the 1970’s All-Decade Team.  He would record nearly 5,000 receiving yards, an excellent amount for a Tight End in that era.

Sanders would go on to become a successful broadcaster for Detroit Lions broadcasts and later was an Assistant Coach.  Overall, Charlie Sanders would spend over four decades affiliated in some capacity with the Detroit Lions.

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



Sunday, 05 July 2015 15:28
Sometimes news gets by us.  Thankfully, we were reminded by one of our bloggers, D.K., that a major figure in Pro Football Folklore passed away, and is worth a few words from us.

Last week,
Dick Stanfel, a man who is ranked at #30 by us on our Notinhalloffame.com Football list passed away at the age of 87.  Stanfel was a two time NFL Champion (1952 & 1953) with the Detroit Lions and was a member of the 1950’s All-Decade Team.  The Offensive Guard would also be chosen for five Pro Bowls.

Following his playing career, Stanfel would enjoy a long tenure as an Offensive Line Coach, most notably a decade with the Chicago Bears, where he was a coach on the 1985 Bears Super Bowl winning team. 

Stanfel would twice be named as a Senior Nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but would not be selected. 

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

Friday, 03 July 2015 17:38
Lost amidst the hoopla of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s announcement of their latest class, the Philadelphia Flyers have announced who the next members of their Hall of Fame will be. 

Jim Watson, a member of the Philadelphia Flyers back-to-back Stanley Cup Championship teams from the 1970’s was chosen.  There are many Flyer fans that have called for this induction for years, and the five time All Star and ten year NHL veteran (all with Philadelphia) finished his career with 186 Points and a +295.

The Defenceman is joined by Centre, Rod Brind’Amour who plied his trade In Philadelphia for nine seasons from 1991 to 1999 and would score 601 Points for the team.  Brind’Amour was known for his work ethic and gritty play and his lone All Star Game appearance would take place in 1992, while playing for the Flyers. 

Brind’Amour’s Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on their home game against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 23, the team where he won his lone Stanley Cup.  As for Watson, that ceremony will transpire on the home game in February against the Calgary Flames.

The Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame first began in 1988. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate both Jim Watson and Rod Brind’Amour for entering the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame.





Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:54
Honestly, I am not sure that this is even news.  With the continued downward spiral of TNA wrestling it can be openly questioned that the fourth announced entrant into their Hall of Fame could be their last.  If that is the case, at least they will go down with the man who should have been the first inductee, Jeff Jarrett in their Hall of Fame.

Jarrett, a multi time former WCW World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion left the WWE when he held them up (although this has been disputed by Jarrett himself) for a quarter of a million dollars as his contract expired the day of a pay per view, in which he was defending his IC Title.  Once WCW went under, it was evident to everyone that the WWE would have no interest in bringing him back. 

Rather than complain, Jarrett would form his own promotion, TNA, which would be affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance. 

Jarrett would become the face of the promotion, but more importantly he would create a place for other wrestlers to work, especially necessary in a down time for wrestling.  Jarrett would sell his controlling interest to Panda Energy but a dispute a decade later would see him leave the company he formed.  He recently returned to TNA television but now as the owner of Global Force Wrestling.  TNA President Dixie Carter announced in the ring that Jarrett would enter the Hall.

While we are happy for Jarrett, we openly wonder if this lackadaisical induction announcement and lack of interest from fans has rendered this accolade pointless.  While Jarrett’s inclusion to the TNA Hall does give it a certain legitimacy, the wrestling promotion’s fall from even being a number two in the United States takes away the lustre from what was already a mishandled announcement. 

Will TNA survive to add someone else to Sting, Kurt Angle, The Dudley Boys and now Jeff Jarrett? 

They might have to do it fast!







Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:12
We imagine the city of Detroit is rejoicing today with the announcement of the latest class of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Nicklas Lidstrom will be entering the Hockey Hall on his first try, which should be a surprise to nobody.  The Swedish born Defenceman, who was ranked #1 by us on Notinhalloffame.com helmed the Red Wings to four Stanley Cup wins and earned the Norris Trophy seven times. 

Our number #3 selection, Chris Pronger will also be inducted.  Pronger, who has not officially retired but has not played in the NHL for three years due to post-concussion syndrome is also a former Norris Trophy winner and won the Hart Trophy in 2000.  Pronger also won the Stanley Cup in 2007 as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

Sergei Fedorov, a teammate of Lidstrom on three Stanley Cups will be enshrined in Toronto too.  The flashy forward is a former Hart Trophy winner (2004) and two time Frank J. Selke winner.  The Soviet born player was ranked at #4 by us.

A mild surprise is the induction of American born Defenceman, Phil Housley, who holds the record for the most points for a blueliner born in the U.S.  Housley has been eligible since 2006 and was ranked #14 at Notinhalloffame.com

The remainder of this year’s class includes Bill Hay, a former President of Hockey Canada, American female player, Angela Ruggerio, and Peter Karmonos Jr., the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes

A perceived snub by many is that of Eric Lindros, whose HOF momentum has been growing in recent years.

Next month, we here at Notinhalloffame.com will unveil our new ranking for next year.



Monday, 29 June 2015 19:07
The University of Kentucky has just announced the next class into their Hall of Fame, and a quick look breeds some familiar faces to the sporting world.  The Hall, which was first founded in 2005, will be adding seven new members.


The headliner (in our eyes anyway) is Antoine Walker, who was a Power Forward on the 1996 NCAA Championship Team.  Walker was also named the SEC Tournament MVP and was First Team SEC in ’96.  He would go on to have a successful career in the NBA, mostly with the Boston Celtics where he would be a three time All Star.  Walker was also a member of the 2006 NBA Championship Miami Heat team.


From the gridiron, “The Hefty Lefty”, Jared Lorenzen will also be inducted.  Lorenzen was the Quarterback for the Wildcats from 2000 to 2003 and amassed over 10,000 Passing Yards.  He would go on to the NFL, playing backup for the New York Giants and earned a Super Bowl Ring.


A historic induction also comes with Nate Northington, who was the first African-American to play football for the Wildcats and for the matter the first man of color to play in the SEC.  Greg Page, who would have joined Northington as the first black man to play in the SEC will also be inducted. Page passed away before he could play for Kentucky due to complications from a neck injury suffered in practice. 


The other three inductees include Andy Green (Baseball), Lisa Breiding-Deurr (Track & Field) and Taryn Ignacio-Black (Swimming).


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


Saturday, 27 June 2015 23:08