Here we are in the National Football League playoffs but for us that it means it is time to discuss the potential class of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Finalists have been announced, and along with regular contributor, Spheniscus, we will go back and forth with each candidate and openly debate as to which player would be a worthy Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Committee Chairman: Love him or hate him, there is only one Jerry Jones. Featured prominently on Awfulplasticsurgery.com, Jones is an owner I really like, mainly because I only want two things from an owner:
1. That he/she/they wants to keep the team in the city.
2. That he/she/they wants to win.
That isn’t much in terms of criteria, but amazingly a lot of owners fail to meet them. Jones is a meddler, but his desire to win outshines a lot of his flaws. He also has a nice collection of rings, and could add another one soon.
Spheniscus: Sigh. Well… I will not rant about Halls of Fame electing too many non-players, I will not rant about Halls of Fame electing too many non-players, I will not rant…
Phew. Okay. If Al Davis is a Hall of Famer then so is Jerry Jones. He has 2 championships and a rather nice building. He is one of the foremost people you think of when you think of owners in the United States. He is also a thoroughly mediocre General Manager. But if there is a current owner who deserves to go in, it is Jones.
And I think he will.
Committee Chairman: You know I never thought I would ever like an owner like Jones. As a kid, I grew up in the Harold Ballard era, the cantankerous owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the 80’s they were awful, and he was a crotchety who put crap on the ice knowing that he would sell out Maple Leaf Gardens every night and make a serious profit, which he did.
So, when I see a loud mouthed owner, I worry, but that stems from Ballard’s non committal attitude towards winning. Jones isn’t that.
So if we both agree that he should be a Hall of Famer, do we think we are going to see an Al Davis like decline?
Spheniscus: Up until this season, you can argue that it was already here. He is a seriously mediocre general manager. But we’ll see.
The better question for me is who is the next owner to get nominated? Doesn’t it have to be Robert Kraft? Particularly if the Patriots win the Super Bowl next week? How would that debate go?
Committee Chairman: There is no debate from my end. Robert Kraft should be in now. He is loved, he is successful and even those who hate the Pats can’t make an argument against it. As for whether Jerry should be in, I think he should, but I wouldn’t vote for him this year. I don’t think the HOF committee will either.
Spheniscus: Robert Kraft would also be a stone cold lock for giving the drunkest induction speech in history. If the Pats win on Sunday, the over/under on shots he will have between the end of the game and getting down for the trophy presentation will be approximately three handles of Jack Daniels. I can’t imagine what his Canton speech would be like.
I think Jones probably goes in. Honestly, other than Kraft, what other candidates are there? Art Modell? Bill Bidwill? Pat Bowlen? Tom Benson? Jerry Richardson? Unless you want to go Virginia McCaskey, I just don’t think anyone else is there yet.
So Jones goes in. But this should be the last time we have two contributors and one senior candidate. That is just insulting. Unless of course, coaches move to this category. Then I can understand the two from time to time.