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Kirk Buchner, "The Committee Chairman", is the owner and operator of the site.  Kirk can be contacted at [email protected] .

Sammy Sosa speaks out

We were wondering when we were going to hear from Sammy Sosa. Today, on the website, Ustream.com, Sosa was asked if he felt that he and/or Mark McGwire should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame he answer simply “I think so” and that “time will determine everything” and that he does not want to seek any controversy. We are not sure if he had an interpreter with him when he said it…..

Our retro joke aside, neither he nor McGwire were even close on this year’s HOF ballot. In fact, Big Mac’s vote support has hit an all-time low indicating to many that his HOF chances are remote at best. This was the first year in a long time where nobody was selected and the players associated with performance enhancing drugs received far less votes than their statistical achievements would have indicated they should. We are curious if we will hear more from Sammy, or perhaps Rafael Palmeiro who has remained relatively silent.

One thing we know for sure is that this is a story that is not going away!

KGB to the Packers HOF

The Green Bay Packers may not have advanced to the Super Bowl this year, but they remain one of the NFL teams with the proudest traditions in Football. As such, when they announce new names to their own Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, we stand up and take notice.

This year, they will induct three new names to their Hall. The headliner is Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila who is the Packers’ all-time leader in Sacks. Known as “KGB”, the Defensive End spent his entire nine year career in Green Bay and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003. Place Kicker, Chris Jacke will also be part of the class of 2013. Jacke in third all-time in points for Green Bay, and also was a one time Pro Bowl selection in 1993. The third and final inductee is Emile Fischer who was their President and Chairman of the Board in the 50’s.

We congratulate the three for their induction to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Bob Backlund enters the WWE HOF

Today, the WWE has announced their second inductee to the 2013 Hall of Fame Class. Former two time WWE World Heavyweight Champion; Bob Backlund is taking his rightful place in the Hall. His first World Title reign lasted a whopping six years, and he headlined countless main events in the fabled Madison Square Gardens. Backlund was a technical marvel, and he bested challenger after challenger. He lost the belt to the Iron Sheik in December of 1983, and was barely a factor in the then named WWF after, as Hulk Hogan took the belt from the Sheik and the Vince McMahon owned fed, moved in a different direction.

Backlund would go into semi-retirement to return in 1992. His first few months provided few highlights, but a heel turn led to a second reign, and a psychotic personality that fit into what wrestling became. Backlund would again ease back into semi-retirement, and has allegedly been approached by the WWE to enter the Hall of Fame for years. We are glad to see that he has accepted, and like the first inductee announced (Mick Foley) it is only fitting to see him inducted in Madison Square Gardens.

Bob Backlund was ranked #4 on our list and along with Foley (#7) makes two of our top ten to be selected for this year. He will remain on our list until we revise it shortly after Wrestlemania. We congratulate Bob Backlund on this well-deserved accolade.

RIP: Stan Musial

Baseball lost a legend today. Stan “The Man” Musial passed away this evening at the age of 92. In this era of tearing down athletes (whether justified or not), the amount of negative words around Musial appears to be zero. As talented as he was classy, Musial spent his entire 22 year with the St. Louis Cardinals where he won three MVPs and three World Series.

Musial was one of those rare players who can be considered among the best players in Baseball history without generating much of a counter argument. Along with the accolades mentioned earlier, Musial won seven batting titles and finished his career with a .331 career batting average. He matched this keen batting eye, with power as he belted 475 career home runs.

Stan Musial’s number was the first retired by the St. Louis Cardinals, and he remains to this day, the man considered to be the greatest player ever for that storied franchise.   We tip our caps tonight to Musial, and wish we would see someone like that again. Not only could Baseball use him, but the entire sporting world.