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: Spheniscus, there are three Finalists who are on their first year of eligibility, LaDaininan Tomlinson, Brian Dawkins and Jason Taylor. Dawkins might get in this year, Taylor might get in this year, but Tomlinson WILL get in this year. I would bet my dog on that…and I really love my dog.
Speaking of the former San Diego Charger, have you seen the new logo for the now Los Angeles Chargers? This has to be the laziest thing in sports since the Canadian Football League had two teams named the Rough Riders.
Spheniscus: That is the second laziest thing about the Chargers. The first is that they are moving to L.A. where no one wants them because… it’s L.A. and it’s there.
As for LaDanian, he mortal lock for being first ballot for the Hall of Fame and my Mount Rushmore of players who never made a Super Bowl because incredible talents were overshadowed by their whininess. He was unnecessarily one of the whiniest players the league has ever seen.
Great running back, sure. Sure fire Hall of Famer. But I can’t watch the NFL network when he is on. It just seeps out of his pores, through the screen, and into my cerebral cortex. I guarantee you a full third of his Hall of Fame speech will be whining. He can’t help himself.
Committee Chairman: Maybe from becoming obsessed with the National Basketball Association and from watching a lot of English Premier League Soccer, my take on whining is a little different, so maybe Tomlinson doesn’t quite measure up to what I regularly see.
Nobody could have a whinier and more classless speech than Michael Jordan.
Since we agree that Tomlinson is getting in right away, it might be more fun debating when a team is going to leave Los Angeles and who first.
Spheniscus: The Chargers. In fact, if they never fully move to Los Angeles would anyone be surprised? I mean, they’ll do the two years in the mini-me stadium. But then the San Antonio Chargers seem like a distinct possibility, don’t they?
Committee Chairman: It wasn’t all that long ago when the Saints were seriously thinking of moving there. I agree that the Chargers are going to leave first. L.A. doesn’t like hand-me-downs. The Rams were a reclamation project. The Dodgers were a coming of age. The Chargers trip north is nothing more than a passing the dutchie pon da left hand side.
Yes, I worked in a Musical Youth reference!
Back to the Running Back in question. Tomlinson is going in on both my vote and the real one.
Spheniscus: He is in. Probably unanimously (although that is not something we would ever find out). Although I wish if someone voted against Tomlinson, we’d find out just so he would whine about it the whole time. It would seriously bother him for the rest of his life. That’d be awesome!
I just realized that there are times I am a terrible person.