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Cris Carter Speaks out on his HOF Snub

Our top rated Wide Receiver, Cris Carter took to venting a bit on the Michael Irvin radio show recently.  We have attached an exceprt of the interview here, which sums up a lot of what we actually think ourselves.

First off how are you doing? [After being snubbed by the NFL Hall of Fame]

“I’m doing pretty good. I had a great Super Bowl…I say recovery from the Hall of Fame. The reason why is because I got friends like you and we also saw Andre Reed. We were able to spend a lot of time together. It really helped me because I thought he would get through, but I mean it’s real. It’s real life and I’m glad that I have people that really, really care about me, but ultimately you know there is nothing I can do. There’s nothing I can do. That’s really how I feel about it.”

You had to see the guys up on that list for the Hall of Fame this season and felt like you had a pretty good chance going into the day?

“Michael I don’t look at the list every year. I mean I felt good my first year. I mean I am the only person alive that’s eligible for the Hall of Fame that has 130 touchdowns that is not in it, so when you have a stat like that. You got more touchdowns than Jim Brown and Walter Payton like…I mean I am not campaigning for the Hall of Fame, so for me Mike the list doesn’t change every year. My numbers ain’t going to change. It’s just too much productivity over the time…like I have no argument Mike. I really don’t.”

What is the issue here with wide receivers not getting any love from the Hall of Fame?

“I just think it is the wide receiver. I think the modern day wide receiver I would say that his skill level is not appreciated. It’s not just about the numbers. It’s the ability to catch the football and put your talent on display. That being in the 1980′s and 90′s and you know I played in three different decades, so Mike people like yourself…people like Joe Montana, man people have said things to me…Hall of Famers. Mike Haynes. Ronnie Lott. I talked to him at the Super Bowl. When you all say something to me it really means a lot more. I can’t do no more. I appreciate what you guys are saying and doing everything, but I pleaded my case those 16 years I played in this league.”

Why should anyone believe Randy Moss when he says he wants to come back?

“Well if he could run…if he could run and if he has the hunger to play? I think you can give him an incentive-laden contract. Every other time Randy said that he was ready to play? He was ready to play. Having a year off and he’s been relatively healthy. I like to see Randy put on a workout and say, ‘Hey man I am going to show you all this is what I can do. I want to show you all how fast I can run.’ Once I see that and he already said he wanted to play. That’s enough for me and given what’s out there? Given the other receivers out there? I’d give him a shot at that.”

Will Randy Moss be okay in the locker room?

“I believe the best place for him is New England. Now I believe a team that might want to look at him is Chicago with Jay Cutler and Mike Tice because him and Mike Tice get along great. He has respect for Tice. Jay Cutler and Moss? I think they could work that out.

RIP Gary Carter

Today, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Fame Catcher, Gary Carter.  The former Met and Expo was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and sadly the man nicknamed the "Kid" was unable to conquer his greatest foe.  Personally, Gary Carter was an early favorite of mine and the multi-time All Star will be mourned by many.  He was only 57.

Six Major Backing Bands enter the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

Our apologies as we should have put this up five days ago....but considering that it took the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decades to right some of these wrongs, we don't feel so bad.

One of the major (of the many) criticisms of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is that it ignored many of the great backing bands of the early stars of Rock and Roll.  The Hall may have liustened to this as they have done something progressive (for them) and have inducted six backing bands who helped shape the Rock and Roll landscape that we know.

The new inductees are The Famous Flames, who backed up James Brown.  As the pioneers of modern funk, many musical critics have lobbying for this induction for years.   It also includes the Crickets, who along with Buddy Holly were responsible for the some of the best Rock and Roll from the 1950's.  Gene Vincent's Blue Caps, Hank Ballard's Moonlighters and Bill Haley's Comets are also going to be inducted this spring.

For us though, we are very happy to see the Miracles inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Many musical critics were not happy when Smokey Robinson was inducted without them, and although it took well over twenty years to right this wrong, we are happy that it did occur.

Congratulations to all these wonderful musicians who are receiving this well deserved accolade.

RIP: Whitney Houston

I wish I could say that this was a surprise but I don't that there is anyone who has watched the downfall of Whitney Houston over the last ten years that is shocked but the news of her passing.

Whitney Houston seemed meant for stardom.  With the look of a star, the voice of an angel and the poise of a seasoned celebrity, she dominated the Pop charts for years n the late 80's and early 90's.  Everything she touched, turned to gold and as an artist who was not known for edgy material, there was really no reason to think that she wouldn't age gracefully and have hits for decades to come.  We all know, it didn't happen that way.

Houston would meet Bobby Brown, and the princess unravelled before our eyes.  Her drug use became apparent, and her public appearances were ravaged with incoherent ramblings.  Her looks faded, her album sales dropped, and the woman who had it all turned into a punchline.

Tonight we will forget that, and honor one of the greatest voices we have ever heard.