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Football Hall of Fame Preliminary Nominees





Once again it is time to look at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as they have announced their latest (and always large batch) of preliminary nominees.



We have placed them in order by position and then alphabetically.

* Will indicate a past Finalist

** Will indicate a first time on the ballot    



QUARTERBACKS

DREW BLEDSOE

1993-2001 New England Patriots, 2002-04 Buffalo Bills, 2005-06 Dallas Cowboys
Four Pro Bowls, 14 Year career, 251 TDs
 

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM 

1985-1995 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 Baltimore Ravens
Four time All-Pro, Four Pro Bowls, 201 TDs, 35 TDs on the ground (4,928 Rushing Yards)

DOUG FLUTIE


1986 Chicago Bears, 1987-89, 2005 New England Patriots, 1998-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-04 San Diego Chargers.
One Pro Bowl, Three Grey Cup wins

**TRENT GREEN


1997-98 Washington Redskins; 1999-2000, 2008 St. Louis Rams, 2001-06 Kansas City Chiefs, 2007 Miami Dolphins
Two Pro Bowls, three 4,000 Yard Passing seasons

STEVE MCNAIR


1995-2005 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans. 2006-07 Baltimore Ravens
NFL 2003 MVP, Two Pro Bowls. 211 Total TDs

PHIL SIMMS


1979-1993 New York Giants
Super Bowl XXI MVP, One All Pro and two Pro Bowls

Quarterbacks Synopsis


Of the Quarterbacks available, nobody seems like they have the overall body of work to get in. As much as all of them are QBs that franchises coveted (ok, except Flutie) in their time, nobody here screams Hall of Fame. It is unlikely that any of them will make the Semi-Final list in November.


RUNNING BACKS

**SHAUN ALEXANDER

2000-07 Seattle Seahawks, 2008 Washington Redskins
2005 NFL MVP. All Time Seattle Seahawks TD leader with 9,453 career rishing yards 

OTTIS ANDERSON

1979-1986 St. Louis Cardinals, 1986-1992 New York Giants
Super Bowl XXV MVP. Two Pro Bowls. Rushed for over 10,000 yards and caught for over 3,000

TIKI BARBER

1997-2006 New York Giants
Rushed for 10,449 Yards in only ten seasons. Also caught 5,183 yards. One time All Pro and two time Pro Bowl.

*JEROME BETTIS


1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl Champion. Two Time All Pro. Six Pro Bowls. 13, 662 Rushing Yards

LARRY CENTERS

1990-98 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1999-2000 Washington Redskins, 2001-02 Buffalo Bills, 2003 New England Patriots
One time All Pro, Three Pro Bowls

ROGER CRAIG


1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
The first player in the NFL to have 1,000 Yards Rushing and 1,000 Yards Passing in a season. One Time All Pro, and four Pro Bowls. Three time Super Bowl Champion.

STEPHEN DAVIS


1996-2002 Washington Redskins, 2003-05 Carolina Panthers, 2006 St. Louis Rams
One time All Pro and three Pro Bowls

TERRELL DAVIS


1995-2001 Denver Broncos

One of the fastest starts in Running Back history. Two time Super Bowl Champion & MVP of Super Bowl XXXII. Three time All Pro and Pro Bowl selection. All NFL 1990’s Decade Team
 

**WARRICK DUNN

1997-2001, 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-07 Atlanta Falcons
Three Pro Bowls. Rushed for 10,967 Yards and Received 4,443 over twelve seasons

EDDIE GEORGE


1996-2003 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 2004 Dallas Cowboys
Nine Seasons, Rushed for 10,441 Yards and 68 TD.
 

PRIEST HOLMES

1997-2000 Baltimore Ravens, 2001-05, 2007 Kansas City Chiefs
27 TD in 2003. 11 Seasons and three Pro Bowls.
 

DAVE MEGGETT

1989-1994 New York Giants, 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998 New York Jets

Two Time All-Pro as a Punt Returner. One Super Bowl. Nearly 14,000 All Purpose Yards

ERIC METCALF

1989-1994 Cleveland Browns, 1995-96 Atlanta Falcons, 1997 San Diego Chargers, 1998 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Carolina Panthers, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002 Green Bay Packers
17,000 All Purpose Yards. Two Time All-Pro. Three Pro Bowls
 

HERSCHEL WALKER

1986-89, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992-94
Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 New York Giants, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys
18,000 All Purpose Yards. Set USFL Rushing Record. Two Pro Bowls
 

RICKY WATTERS

1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks
One Time Super Bowl Champion. Rushed for 10,643 Yards. Five Pro Bowls

Running Backs Synopsis

This could be Jerome’s year, as he is at the top of the Rushing class, but what we are focused in on is Shaun Alexander, a man who is a former MVP, but failed to make our 100 cut due to an overall body of work that we felt just fell short. We are wondering if we will be proven wrong and the former Seahawk will make the Semi-Finalist list.

WIDE RECEIVERS

*TIM BROWN

1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nine Pro Bowls. 1,094 Receptions with 14,934 Yards and 100 TDs. Including Kick Returns and Punt Returns had 19,679 All Purpose Yards

GARY CLARK

1985-1992 Washington Redskins, 1993-94 Phoenix /Arizona Cardinals, 1995 Miami Dolphins
Two time Super Bowl Champion. 10,856 Yards. Two time All-Pro and Four Pro Bowls

MARK CLAYTON

1983-1992 Miami Dolphins, 1993 Green Bay Packers
Five Pro Bowls and 84 TDs.
 

HENRY ELLARD

1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1994-98 Washington Redskins, 1998 New England Patriots
Three Time All Pro and Three Pro Bowls. 13,777 Yards and 65 TD

**MARVIN HARRISON

1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts
Six Time All-Pro and Eight Pro Bowls. Twice led the NFL in receiving. 1,102 catches, 14,580 Yards and 128 TDs

KEYSHAWN JOHNSON


1996-99 New York Jets, 2000-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-05 Dallas Cowboys, 2006 Carolina Panthers
10,571 Yards, 64 TDs. Three Pro Bowls
 

KEENAN MCCARDELL

1991, 2007 Washington Redskins, 1992-95 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneeers, 2004-06 San Diego Chargers
Two Pro Bowls. 11,373 Yards and 63 TDs.

*ANDRE REED


1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Seven Pro Bowls and Second Team All Pro three times. 13,198 Yards with 87 TDs.

STERLING SHARPE


1988-1994 Green Bay Packers
Three Time First Team All Pro and Five Pro Bowls. Three time leader in receptions. Only seven seasons.
   
JIMMY SMITH


1992 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-2005 Jacksonville Jaguars 
Five Pro Bowls. 12,287 Receiving Yards and 67 TDs  

ROD SMITH


1995-2006 Denver Broncos
Two time Super Bowl Champion. Three Pro Bowls. 11,389 Yards and 68 TDs

Wide Receivers Synopsis

You have to feel bad for Tim Brown and Andre Reed. It seems like it has been since Reagan was in office that they have been on the ballot and fans in Oakland and Buffalo crying over their omission. Now Marvin Harrison enters the ballot and will probably leapfrog them both. Could we see another bridesmaid appearance for both Brown and Reed?
 


TIGHT END


MARK BAVARO


1985-1990 New York Giants, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993-94 Philadelphia Eagles
Two All Pro Selections and Two Pro Bowls. Two time Super Bowl Champion
 

Tight End Synopsis:

This is easy. Bavaro isn’t getting in.


OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

**WILLIE ANDERSON

1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens
Three All Pro Selections and Four Pro Bowls

TONY BOSELLI


1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans
Three All Pro Selections and Five Pro Bowls

LOMAS BROWN


1985-1995 Detroit Lions, 1996-98 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2000-01 New York Giants, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18 Seasons. Seven Pro Bowls and Six All-Pro Selections. One Super Bowl Ring

JIM COVERT


1983-1990 Chicago Bears
Two All-Pro Selections and Two Pro Bowls. One Super Bowl. 

JAY HILGENBERG

1981-1991 Chicago Bears, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993 New Orleans Saints
Seven Pro Bowls and Three All-Pro Selections.

CHRIS HINTON


1983-89 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1990-93 Atlanta Falcons, 1994-95 Minnesota Vikings 
Five Time All-Pro and Seven Pro Bowls

KENT HULL


1986-1996 Buffalo Bills
Three Time All-Pro and Three Pro Bowls

JOE JACOBY


1981-1993 Washington Redskins
Three Time All-Pro and Four Pro Bowls. Three Super Bowl Rings

*WALTER JONES


1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks
Nine Pro Bowls and Six All-Pro Selections

MIKE KENN


1978-1994 Atlanta Falcons
17 Seasons,most in Falcons history. Three All-Pro Selections and Five Pro Bowls
 

JIM LACHEY

1985-87 San Diego Chargers, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-1992, 1994-95 Washington Redskins 
Three time All-Pro and Three Pro Bowls

DON MOSEBAR

1983-1994 Los Angeles Raiders
One Super Bowl Ring. Three Pro Bowls and One All Pro Selection

TOM NALEN

1994-2007 Denver Broncos
Two Super Bowl Rings. Five Pro Bowls and Three All-Pro Selections

NATE NEWTON

1986-1998 Dallas Cowboys, 1999 Carolina Panthers
Three Super Bowl Rings. Six Pro Bowls and Two All-Pro Selections
 

*WILL SHIELDS

1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
12 Pro Bowls and Three First Team All-Pro Selections

STEVE WISNIEWSKI


1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Eight Pro Bowls and Seven All-Pro Selections

Offensive Linemen Synopsis


With the exception of the continued snubbing of Jerry Kramer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has always been respectful of Offensive Linemen. Realistically, Will Shields is the one to watch who should at least make the Finals, if not get inducted in the next ballot.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN


JEROME BROWN

1987-1991 Philadelphia Eagles
Two Time All-Pro and Two Pro Bowls. Died early due to a car accident.

*CHARLES HALEY


1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Only player in NFL History to win Five Super Bowls.

ED “TOO TALL” JONES


1974-78, 1980-89 Dallas Cowboys
Three Pro Bowls. Exceptionally popular

DEXTER MANLEY

1981-89 Washington Redskins, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Two Super Bowls Rings. One Time All-Pro and One Pro Bowl

CHARLES MANN


1983-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 San Francisco 49ers
Four Pro Bowls and Three Super Bowl Rings

STEVE MCMICHAEL


1980 New England Patriots, 1981-1993 Chicago Bears, 1994 Green Bay Packers
Two Pro Bowls and One Super Bowl Ring

FRED SMERLAS


1979-1989 Buffalo Bills, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 New England Patriots
Three All-Pro Selections and Five Pro Bowls

*MICHAEL STRAHAN


1993-2007 New York Giants
Single Season Sack Record Holder. Seven Pro Bowls, Five Time All-Pro. 141.5 Total Sacks

TED WASHINGTON


1991-93 San Francisco 49ers, 1994 Denver Broncos, 1995-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-02 Chicago Bears, 2003 New England Patriots, 2004-05 Oakland Raiders, 2006-07 Cleveland Browns
One Time All Pro and Four Pro Bowls

BRYANT YOUNG


1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers
1999 Comeback Player of the Year. Two Time All-Pro Selection and Four Pro Bowls

Defensive Linemen Synopsis

All eyes should be on returning nominees Michael Strahan and Charles Haley. Strahan was a curious omission (especially with Warren Sapp chosen over him) and Haley’s momentum continues to grow. Five Super Bowl Rings will do that.


LINEBACKERS

CORNELIUS BENNETT

1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts
1991 Defensive Player of the Year. Three Time All-Pro and Five Pro Bowls

**DERRICK BROOKS


1995-2008 Tampa Bay BuccaneersOne Super Bowl Ring. 11 Pro Bowls and Six First Team All-Pro Selections. 25 Career Interceptions

**TEDY BRUSCHI


1996-2008 New England Patriots
Three Super BowlRings. One Pro Bowl

*KEVIN GREENE


1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
160 Career Sacks 1990’s All Decade Team and Five Pro Bowls

KEN HARVEY


1988-1993 Phoenix Cardinals, 1994-98 Washington Redskins
Two Time All-Pro Selection and Four Pro Bowls

CLAY MATTHEWS


1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons
19 Seasons. Four Pro Bowls and One All-Pro Selection

KARL MECKLENBURG


1983-1994 Denver Broncos
Six Pro Bowls and Four Time All-Pro Selection
 

**WILLIE MCGINEST

1994-2005 New England Patriots, 2006-08 Cleveland Browns
Three Time Super Bowl Champion. Two Pro Bowls

SAM MILLS 


1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers
Three Time Frist Team All-Pro and Five Pro Bowls

DARRYL TALLEY 


1983-1994 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1996 Minnesota Vikings
Two All-Pro Selections and Two Pro Bowls

**ZACH THOMAS 


1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys
Five Time First Team All Pro and Seven Pro Bowls

Linebackers Synopsis


Kevin Greene returns for another shot, but all eyes are on Derrick Brooks who is entering his first year on the ballot. Zach Thomas’ debut on the ballot is also very interesting to see how far he can go, or if he passes Greene on the depth chart.


DEFENSIVE BACKS


ERIC ALLEN

1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders
Three Time All-Pro and Six Pro Bowls. 54 Interceptions over 14 Seasons.

STEVE ATWATER


1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
Four Time All-Pro Selections and Eight Pro Bowls. Two Super Bowl Rings and 24 Picks.

JOEY BROWNER


1983-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Four Time All-Pro and Six Pro Bowls. 37 Career Interceptions

LEROY BUTLER 


1990-2001 Green Bay Packers
Four Time First Team All-Pro and Four Pro Bowls. 38 Interceptions and 20.5 Career Sacks

**RODNEY HARRISON


1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots
Retired as all-time Sack leader for a Defensive Back (30.5) Two Super Bowl Rings

ALBERT LEWIS


1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Four Pro Bowls and Two All-Pro Selections

JOHN LYNCH


1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
Three All-Pro Selections and Nine Pro Bowls. One Super Bowl Ring

**SAM MADISON


1997-2005 Miami Dolphins, 2006-08 New York Giants
Four Pro Bowls and Two All Pro Selections

**PATRICK SURTAIN


1998-2004 Miami Dolphins, 2005-08 Kansas City Chiefs
Three Pro Bowls and Two First Team All-Pro Selections. 37 Career Interceptions

TROY VINCENT

Miami Dolphins, 1996-2003 Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-06 Buffalo Bills, 2006 Washington Redskins
47 Interceptions for 711 Yards. One Time All Pro and Five Pro Bowls

EVERSON WALLS


1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns
Three time NFL Leader in Interceptions. One Super Bowl Ring. Four Pro Bowls and Three First Team All-Pro Selections.

*AENEAS WILLIAMS


1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
1990’s All-Decade Team. 55 Interceptions and 807 Yards. First Team All-Pro Selection Four Times & Eight Pro Bowls.

DARREN WOODSON


1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys
Three Super Bowl Rings. Four Time All-Pro Selection and Five Pro Bowls
 


Defensive Backs Synopsis

Realistically, this is a one man show, and the question is can Aeneas Williams reach the final level. He hasn’t yet, and there really has not been any push from any source to get him there.

SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKERS/PUNTERS

MORTEN ANDERSEN


1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
NFL All-Time Leading Scorer. Five Time All-Pro and Seven Pro Bowls

GARY ANDERSON


1982-1994 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995-96 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2002 Minnesota Vikings, 2003-04 Tennessee Titans
Four Pro Bowls and Two First Team All-Pro Selections

SEAN LANDETA


1985-1993 New York Giants, 1993-96, 2003-04 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1998 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2002, 2005 Philadelphia Eagles
Two Super Bowl Rings. Two Pro Bowls and One First Team All-Pro Selection

NICK LOWERY


1978 New England Patriots, 1980-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-96 New York Jet
Four First Team All-Pro Selections and Three Pro Bowls.


SPECIAL TEAMS/POSITION PLAYER

BRIAN MITCHELL

1990-99 Washington Redskins, 2000-02 Philadelphia Eagles, 2003 New York Giants
Two Time All-Pro Selection

STEVE TASKER


1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Seven Pro Bowls as a Special Team Player. Five All-Pro Team Selections


Special Teams Synopsis


At what point has the Special Teams been respected by the Football Hall of Fame? Ray Guy may be on the Veterans’ Ballot (and will probably finally get in), but other than Steve Tasker, there is nobody here who really has a shot to get past the Semi-Finalist list.

COACHES


 
BILL ARNSPARGER

1964-69 Baltimore Colts, 1970-73, 1976-1983 Miami Dolphins, 1974-76 New York Giants
Two Super Bowl Rings; Defensive specialist.  

DON CORYELL


1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers.
Revolutionized the modern passing game. 1974 Coach of the Year 

BILL COWHER

1992-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers
Two Time Coach of the Year with a Super Bowl Ring. A Record of 166-99-1

*TONY DUNGY


1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts
One Super Bowl Ring. Only one season as a Head Coach. 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team

TOM FLORES


1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
Two Super Bowl Rings

*JON GRUDEN


1998-2001 Oakland Raiders, 2002-08 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One Super Bowl Ring over 11 Years.

*MIKE HOLMGREN


1992-98 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2008 Seattle Seahawks
One Super Bowl Ring with a 174-122 Record 

JIMMY JOHNSON


1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins
Two Super Bowl Rings, 1990 Coach of the Year  

CHUCK KNOX


1973-77, 1992-94 Los Angeles Rams, 1978-1982 Buffalo Bills, 1983-1991 Seattle Seahawks
Three Time NFL Coach of the Year

BUDDY PARKER


1949 Chicago Cardinals, 1951-56 Detroit Lions, 1957-1964 Pittsburgh Steelers
1956 NFL Coach of the Year

RICHIE PETITBON


1974-77 Houston Oilers, 1978-93 Washington Redskins
Three Super Bowl Rings with the Redskins as the Defensive Coordinator

DAN REEVES

1981-1992 Denver Broncos, 1993-96 New York Giants, 1997-2003 Atlanta Falcons
Three-Time NFL Coach of the Year

LOU SABAN


1960-61 Boston Patriots, 1962-65, 1972-76 Buffalo Bills, 1967-1971 Denver Broncos
Two-Time AFL Coach of the Yar and two AFL Championships.

MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER


1984-88 Cleveland Browns, 1989-1998 Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002-06 San Diego Chargers
2004 NFL Coach of the Year. 205-139-1 Record over 21 Seasons
 

CLARK SHAUGHNESSY

1944-47 Washington Redskins, 1948-49 Los Angeles Rams, 1951-1962 Chicago Bears
Credited with developing the T-Formation. Longtime assistant Coach for George Halas.

DICK VERMEIL


1976-1982 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 St. Louis Rams, 2001-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Two-time NFL Coach of the Year. One Super Bowl Ring

Coaches Synopsis


My God, do you see these names? Looking this up and down makes us want to included Coaches on our Football list. The new talent eligible, namely Tony Dungy, makes us really more excited about the potential Coaches than the players. Only in Football (where we can argue that the coaches are more important than the other three North American sports combined) can this happen.


CONTRIBUTORS


K. S. (BUD) ADAMS, JR.

Owner: 1960-Present Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
Original founder of the Houston Oilers, original AFL franchise. Two AFL Champiosnhips.

BOBBY BEATHARD


Team Executive/General Manager  – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers
Four Super Bowl Rings as an executive

GIL BRANDT


Team Executive/Personnel Director – 1960-1988 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-present National Football League
Noted for Innovation Scouting and Personnel systems that are standard practice in the NFL.
 

LEO CARLIN

Team Administrator – 1960-Present Philadelphia Eagles
Considered to be a vital member of the Eagles organization and credited with many innovations in the ticketing industry.

RED CASHION


Official 1972-1996 National Football League
25 Seasons as an on-field official. Refereed two Super Bowls.

JACK KENT COOKE


Owner – 1974-1997 Washington Redskins
Three Super Bowl Rings as a Owner

OTHO DAVIS


Trainer – 1971-72 Baltimore Colts, 1973-1995 Philadelphia Eagles
Recognized as a the Professional Trainer of the Year Five Times.

*EDWARD DEBARTOLO, JR.


Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
Five Super Bowl Rings as an Owner 

RON GIBBS

Official 1940-1962 National Football League
Referee for 23 Seasons. Worked 14 NFL Championship

JERRY JONES


Owner/President/General Manager – 1989-present Dallas Cowboys
Won Three Super Bowls as an Owner

EDDIE KOTAL


Scout – 1947-1961 Los Angeles Rams
Regarded as the first full time Scout in the NFL, and the pioneer of modern techniques in the field.

ROBERT KRAFT


Owner – 1994-Present New England Patriots
Three Super Bowl Rings as an Owner.

ELMER LAYDEN

Commissioner – 1941-46 National Football League

ART MCNALLY


Official/Administrator – 1959-present National Football League
Nine Seasons as an on-field Offical, one year as a Field Judge and eight as a Referee. Was appointed as the Supervisor of Officials in 1968. Credited with bringing technology to the NFL and implemented in-depth training for officials.

*ART MODELL


Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
Owner for 43 Years. One Super Bowl Ring as an Owner.

BILL POLIAN


Team President/General Manager – 1978-1982 Kansas City Chiefs, 1984-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993-94 National Football League, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers, 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts
One Super Bowl Ring

STEVE SABOL

President, NFL Films – 1964-2012

Distinguished filmmaker whose artistic vision helped revolutionize the way fans watch the NFL. Won 35 individual Emmys in numerous categories and in 2003 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

PAUL TAGLIABUE


Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
17 Years as the Commissioner of the NFL

JIM TUNNEY


Official – 1960-1991 National Football League
NFL Referee for 32 Years. Referee for Three Super Bowls

RON WOLF


Team Executive/General Manager – 1991-2001 Green Bay Packers
One Super Bowl Ring

GEORGE YOUNG


Team Executive/General Manager – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League
Two Super Bowl Rings

Contributors Synopsis

We won’t lie as this is not nearly as much fun as the Coaches, and we are not inspired to create a Contributor list. With that said, we will make a case up and down for Steve Sabol.

In late November, the Football Hall of Fame will announce their 25 Semi-Finalists. As we have stated many times on this site, we have major respect for the way Canton builds up anticipation for their process. The question now is who will be selected!

RRHOF Predictions



Last year three of us here at Notinhalloffame.com (Spheniscus, DDT and myself, the Committee Chairman) had a bit of fun attempting to predict what 15 acts the fine people at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will nominate.  


Cockiness would dictate that I point out to my cohorts that I “won” last year and had the most correct. As I defend this title, I throw this challenge out: Sooner or later my travels will take me to either Boston or San Francisco respectively and perhaps you both will at some point venture to Toronto. I propose a basic beer bet (I am Canadian after all) where the loser covers the beer tab of the winner for an evening.

Gentleman, I will await for your answer….and without further ado, the predictions:



Spheniscus:

First Time Eligibles

Nirvana

This is the third year in a row that we have had one absolute no-brainer first year inductee, following Public Enemy last year and Guns ‘N Roses two years ago. If Nirvana is not nominated my entire generation will march on Cleveland and burn all our remaining flannel shirts in protest. Okay, maybe we’ll save one for when Dave Matthews Band becomes eligible. And besides, flannel is just really comfortable, okay?

Spheniscus:

Traveling Wilburys

George Harrison. Bob Dylan. Roy Orbison. Tom Petty. Jeff Lynne. Uh, wait who is that last guy again? All kidding aside, the Wilburys were created on a lark, (well actually a lunch combined with George Harrison forgetting his guitar at Tom Petty’s house), and only recorded two albums. But look at those names again. There is little chance in my mind that the committee allows them to slip by without a nomination. Plus, we will have a second member of the Clapton club with George Harrison getting his third induction. Although I will admit that I will be very sad if Jeff Lynne gets in for the first time with the Wilburys and not the Electric Light Orchestra.



Returning from Last Year

Spheniscus:

N.W.A.

While it is possible that Erik B. and Rakim or LL Cool J make a return to the ballot, I think this year N.W.A. gets the only rap spot on the ballot. Because unless you think that Slick Rick, Tone Loc or Sir-Mix-A-Lot are rock hall worthy (in which case, go home you’re drunk), there are no new candidates to challenge them this year. N.W.A.’s issue for induction is that they only released two studio albums, but the first was Straight Outta Compton, which went double platinum with nearly no airplay nationwide. They are in many ways the Stooges of the rap world, so it may take them some time to get in. But they will be nominated again this year.

Spheniscus:


Deep Purple


Oh, how I wanted Deep Purple to get in last year. I was dreaming of that Smoke on the Water/Barracuda combo we could have had with deserving enshrines Heart, but it was not to be. The good news was that they were finally nominated. Once you get a band this good over that initial hurdle, they tend to stay in the committee’s mind until they are voted in. I hope that is the case with Deep Purple this year.

Spheniscus:

Chic

The good news is that Nile Rodgers is still alive and apparently now cancer free. The better news is that with that pesky Donna Summer now in the Rock Hall, there are no other disco acts in their way for nomination. The really bad news is that they are likely to be nominated again as the disco act and the Rock Hall more than slightly hates disco, only putting Summer in because they were guilted into it by her death. But on the bright side, The Stooges, Black Sabbath, Gene Pitney, Duane Eddy, Little Willie John, and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers all got in on their eighth nomination. And only one artist, the late Solomon Burke, has ever gone more than eight nominations without getting in, finally getting in on his tenth try. So if they do get nominated either they get in, or they keep trucking towards a (dubious) new record.

Spheniscus:

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

I, too, love rock ‘n roll, but I don’t get the love for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Particularly in a world where her first band, The Runaways, and the much harder rocking and much more successful Pat Benatar are still without a nomination. But it appears the committee has decided that they need someone in the Patti Smith role on the ballot and goshdarnit, it might as well be that still very foxy Joan Jett. I suspect we will see her on here next year as well, because she probably doesn’t have the juice to get in on the back of her two hits.

Spheniscus:

The Marvelettes

The Marvelettes are pretty much the original Glee crew. Singers from a suburb of Detroit enter a talent show, get the opportunity to record something for Motown, catch the ear of Smokey Robinson and Barry Gordy and earn a #1 hit for their first record, Please Mr. Postman. There are several Motown groups which still have not been recognized, particularly female groups. Knowing that, it would not surprise me to see the committee take the group they brought forward for the first time last year and nominate them again.

Spheniscus:

Procol Harum

This is the British Invasion spot that exists every year. Last year I gave this spot to the Zombies. This year, after due consideration, I wanted to give this spot to the Moody Blues. What I don’t want to do is give this spot to Procol Harum. Really, really, I don’t. They are a one-hit wonder with a long career. But we are predicting who we think WILL be nominated, not who SHOULD be nominated. And they are apparently Little Stevie Van Zandt’s new pet project. And what Little Stevie wants, Little Stevie gets (see: The Rascals, The Hollies, Donovan, The Small Faces, Darlene Love, Dave Clark Five, etc.) So they will be nominated. His next band after Procol Harum gets in, (and they will) is Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘N Roll Trio, who has never been nominated, but I have already prepared my paragraph on them for this article next year.

Returning from Previous Years

Spheniscus:

Gram Parsons


Last year I said that for their songwriter spot, the committee would go back to someone they had nominated before. And I was right. Unfortunately it was fellow 2005 nominee Randy Newman (if you want my opinion on him, look up Randy Newman and MadTV on youtube. You’re welcome fellow haters), rather than Gram Parsons. While I hope that someday Warren Zevon gets a shot here, with Newman in, I think the Committee goes back to Parsons this year.

Spheniscus:

KISS

Let’s face it, this is probably not likely to happen. I see no evidence anywhere that there is any momentum behind this nomination. So why do I choose them? Because now that Rush is out of the way, the Kiss Army now becomes the most vocal fanbase pounding at the doors of the Hall in Cleveland. And that is a scary group of people to have angry with you. And face it, this is LONG overdue.

First Time/Long Time

Spheniscus:

Stevie Ray Vaughan


Last year I thought that Stevie Ray would get the “Blues Performer” spot on the list previously held by Dr. John and Freddie King. Mainly because there weren’t that many bluesmen left to be nominated. I overlooked Albert King (who got in). So I repeat, there now REALLY can’t be that many more bluesmen between critical fave Stevie Ray Vaughan and his inevitable nomination. I think this is his year.


Spheniscus:

Joy Division/New Order


I get no joy in combining these two bands into one nominee. It makes me feel icky. But as I said last year, it is better for both to go in together than making them both wait indefinitely while you decide who should be nominated first (Joy Division is my vote on that front if you are scoring at home). While New Order was much more commercially successful and has had a longer run, Joy Division changed music and before Ian Curtis’ suicide more or less created the Post-Punk sound. I’d love to get them in separately, but the last exhibit you see in the Rock Hall’s main gallery in Cleveland are the two of them combined in one panel and I think that is the only way they get in. I just hope it is this year.



Spheniscus:

Linda Ronstadt


The woman is the greatest female rock icon of the 1970s. She just is. Look it up. She has 38 Hot 100 hits, 21 top 40 hits, released 30 albums, and won 11 Grammies. That she has never received a nomination is an abomination at this point. So why do I think that will change this year. Because she just announced she has Parkinson’s and cannot sing any more. Much like Donna Summer finally got in once she passed away, Rondstadt’s inability to sing will put her career back in the mind of the Committee and she will finally get remembered this year.

Spheniscus:

Peter Gabriel

Gabriel is already enshrined as a member of Genesis, but after leaving the band in 1974 Gabriel became one of the greatest solo artists of our time. Solsbury Hill, Games Without Frontiers, Biko, Shock the Monkey, Sledgehammer, In Your Eyes, Red Rain, the list goes on and on. I have no basis for why the Committee will pick him. He is an artist they have looked at multiple times before without giving him a nomination and I think the time for his first nomination is now.

Spheniscus:

Barry White

I agonized over my last spot, which is the wild card spot. The band or artist who has been eligible for many years and has never been nominated, probably because everyone thinks they are in already. Or a complete left field choice, like the Chairman’s pick of Fela Kuti last year. Let’s be honest, this one is probably not going to happen. Barry is dead and there is probably little momentum for him to get in at this point. But Isaac Hayes waited nine years and then skated into the Rock Hall on his first nomination. It just seems strange that he has been in for over a decade and Barry is still sitting on the sidelines.



Rookie Sensation

DDT:

Nirvana

There isn't a lizard-eyed bookmaker in Vegas who'll go beyond even money on Nirvana getting the nod to the Hall on its first-ever appearance on the ballot, although a few of the evil ones will dangle a 20-to-1 carrot against the Biggest Grunge Act Ever making it in front of the bloodshot eyes of a desperate IT manager who blew half of this month's mortgage nut during the company retreat at Mandalay Bay—and when he blows the other half on that sucker bet his wife will drag him down Fremont Street tied to the back bumper of the Honda Odyssey before cutting him loose in front of the gibbering Jesus freak pacing outside the Golden Nugget. Or as the Great Scorer would put it, Nirvana is as sure to make it as Richard Nixon is sure to stay in the grave. We hope. On both counts.

Rookie Sacrifice

DDT:

Living Colour

The white liberal fixers who run this nominating game—the same ones who make everyone from desiccated babbler Pat Robertson to slick huckster Rand Paul howl with toothless fury—still feel truckloads of guilt knowing that the white rock and roll that made them richer than Croesus owes its very life to poor black guys whose misery got transmuted into thick Delta chords of pain and lust, which then props up half the rock songs ever written. So who better to salve that Upper West Side conscience than black guys who not only played hard rock, they could play heavy metal, with Vernon Reid's axe slicing through Caucasian cock-rock like a Brothers' revenge scene from Dave Mustaine's deepest race-riot fantasy? These fixers know that, like every Democratic sacrifice run out against every Republican presidential juggernaut, from John Kerry to Walter Mondale to George McGovern to Adlai Stevenson—twice—Living Colour will get beaten like a gong during Chinese New Year on its first and only time on the ballot. But the fixers can then say that they tried.

Last Year's Also-Rans

DDT:

Chic

Last year it was N.W.A.'s turn to be the rookie sacrifice, and using the same twisted logic that puts Living Colour on the ballot this year, no one is going to put these big black nig—well, you know that comes with attitude from Compton to Newark—back on the ballot. So, in the Hall's belated recognition of disco, which half the Western world thought was the musical equivalent of Day-Glo polyester even as it did manage to capture that Generation of Seventies Swine in a frenzied boogie-oogie-oogie nutshell, the Hall will decree that you don't have to be a dead black disco artist to make it past the Cleveland gate-keepers. That means that Chic gets another chance to woo the voters. But it doesn't make this sorely underrated band Barack Obama. Or, should they fail to impress this year, even Alan Keyes.

DDT:

Deep Purple

Cazart! Just how rattlesnake mean are the Hall fixers going to be? After ignoring the band for two decades, they're going to put these poor, benighted suckers back on the ballot this year. Then, like Lucy in that damn dirty trick with Charlie Brown's football that kept repeating in Peanuts like chili-and-cheese fries in the rumbling gut of a lactose-intolerant rock critic, they're going to keep dangling before Deep Purple the promise of eternal enshrinement next to their fellow Blistering Blustering Brits Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, only to let the voters yank it away. Just like that wizened, crafty old Senate Confederate Strom Thurmond, Deep Purple soldiered on long past its short-lived relevance, but legions of fans starved for "real" rockers not yet in the Hall keep baying for blood over the injustice of it all. At least unlike Thurmond, they didn't father an illegitimate black child (in time or not) although—who knows?—maybe that would have helped.

DDT:

Kraftwerk

Who says the evil Nazis and their nasty Japanese fascist allies didn't win the Second World War? Back in the Watergate days, Washington insiders snickered that it was a good thing they didn't, or else everyone in government would be named Ehrlichman, Kissinger, and Kleindienst, and we'd all be driving German and Japanese cars. Kraftwerk wasn't nearly as brutal, but it did perform a musical Anschluss on the Eighties and beyond with that damn repetitive, hypnotic, Teutonic blipz-krieg that started showing up everywhere from carnal raves drenched in Ecstasy frenzy to half-mad sound scientists in codeine-laced rat holes insolently saving their elaborately simple ambient grooves to disk. One of these days, it'll be Kraftwerk, Kraftwerk uber alles. Why not now?

Back for Another Shot

DDT:

Bon Jovi

The Hall does hard rock like Michelle Bachmann does the campaign trail—half the time it doesn't know where the hell it is but it keeps tap-dancing on the stump as if it knew what the hell it was talking about. That means that it's time to dredge back up these Jersey boys as prime examples of what it was like to Rock in America in the Eighties, and to hell with Night Ranger for coming up with that song title in the first place—Bon Jovi should have owned it. So says the Hall, and if it says an overhyped glam-rock act like Queen has the heavy credibility to park its Marshall stacks in Cleveland, then surely a pretty boy like Jon, who can make the girls' panties damp crooning a power ballad without mussing his golden locks, is a better bet than some Limey operatic diva of the kind of peculiar persuasion that would make Bachmann's eyes boil inside her skull? But what do the people say?

DDT:

KISS

As the Back Door Man might have put it, what the fixers don't know, the KISS kids understand: Rock and roll is supposed to be fun. So what if these guys look like they were ejected from an exploding Kabuki theme restaurant? Punk rock gets a lot of lip service for sticking the sword into the sides of those bloated greedhead carcasses Arena Rock and Progressive Rock, but while these Greasepaint Gonzos probably made Jeff Beck writhe in virtuosic disgust, they reminded everybody that taking rock too seriously is like taking sex too seriously—if you do, you won't get off nearly as much as you should. Does this mean KISS is going to the Hall? Probably not—but the fixers are going to roll the dice and put it to the voters to decide. Then they'll hold their breath.

DDT:

LL Cool J

If the fixers are pissing themselves at the thought that, sooner rather than never, they're going to have to fully face the Urban Beast Called Hip-Hop, they should smile favorably on LL. With Public Enemy safely filed away in the shrine, its scary street politics now acknowledged as a Major Statement for Rock and Soul Edginess As We Know It, the Hall can embrace Cool James as the Acceptable Face of the 'Hood, maybe not a tap-dancing Barack Obama but certainly devoid of the uncomfortable home-truth stomp of a Jesse Jackson. In fact, the guy the Ladies Love looks and sounds like he could glide into a local-government gig with either a D or an R after his name. Why not? It worked for Sonny Bono, right? Let's just hope that he doesn't take up skiing.

DDT:

The Spinners

Like Forrest Whittaker in some recent movie that's playing on the Hallmark Channel—or maybe it's in the local MegaPlex, fighting for attention alongside the latest Slow Walkaway from Explosion starring Turbo Diesel or somebody like that—the Spinners have played the loyal retainer to the Rock and Soul White House into their retirement years. This engaging, unassuming valet of R&B kept its cheer and its temper in check in the stoned-out Sixties before attaining middle-aged respectability in the coked-up Seventies, and it is still concluding its rounds of valedictory congratulation at the middlebrow middle-class casino over in the next county. After a lifetime of service, the Spinners deserve a lot more than a gold watch and a pat on the back from the Man in Charge. At least Forrest Whittaker could play the Rubberband Man in the movie.

Never Been Nominated . . . Yet

DDT:

Whitney Houston

I might sound like a ghoulish Koch Brother by saying that death becomes her—but look what happened to Donna Summer last year. The Melisma Thrush might not have put together such an impressive body of work—if she were white and sang country-pop, Whitney Houston would be called Reba McEntire and would have had her own sitcom on some network down the channel listing from the Serious Broadcasters—but her death last year has put everybody in a sentimental mood. But for the fixers, here's the real reason why Whitney Houston matters: She could stretch out a word like "love" until it had fifteen syllables across eight bars, and she did it with the passion of a Manson-eyed televangelist exhorting you to believe that fire and brimstone, the likes of which would make Sodom and Gomorrah look like a refreshing summer shower, was about to rain down on your sin-encrusted world. Suddenly every punk karaoke joker who could make it to the end of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" without blubbering was pounding melisma harder than Pee Wee pounded his Herman in that darkened cinema. It ain't exactly a proud accomplishment—but damn if it isn't everywhere now.

DDT:

Jethro Tull

After 20 years of whistling on a park bench at the corner of Yes We're Eligible and Maybe We're Worthy, these poor old moth-eaten castoffs from a failed Dickensian musical satire are still awaiting alms from the fixers. Maybe it's the songs about pedophile pensioners, cockeyed concubines, or cuckolded conductors that make everyone start away uneasy. Then again, the Elizabethan Boogie that stems from the flute of Ian Anderson just might be too droll even for an outfit with a twisted enough sense of humor to induct the Dave Clark Five. Just because Anderson acts as if Walter Raleigh had been smoking coca leaves and not tobacco ones isn't a sound enough reason to not at least nominate Jethro Tull. Maybe the farce of the 1989 Grammys still lingers, when Tull was crowned that year's Heavy Metal King over AC/DC and Metallica. But everyone knows that Grammy has all the agility of George W. Bush at a Mensa convention, so don't hold that against the band. With Rush off the books, what other left-field act that plays so fervently to its fanbase is left? If the fixers don't nominate Tull this year, they are in essence telling Anderson to stick his flute almost, but not quite, where Alyson Hannigan stuck hers in American Pie.

Legacy Lip Service

DDT:

Albert Collins

When it comes to which bluesmen get the ticket to Cleveland, the fixers are not always consistent about where they get shoehorned. Freddie King is an "Early Influence" even though Grand Funk bragged about partying with him in their only Hall of Fame moment "We're An American Band"? Not to mention all that residual White Liberal Guilt about having built so much rock on the back of the blues? (See: Living Colour.) Or that once you get past Memphis Minnie and Koko Taylor, pickings for blueswomen get pretty slim? Albert spit out shards of lead guitar like he was Rodin attacking a block of ice while jacked up like a toothless hillbilly on crystal meth, cold steel lodging in the eardrums before working their way into your brain and then down to your gonads. That's the kind of axe-slinging that screams rock and roll. Even if they call it the blues.

Off the Wall or Dreaming/Hallucinating

DDT:

The Cure

With his Gothic pallor, tousled hair, and mournful eyes all seeming to attract willing partners from both sides of Fascination Street, Robert Smith was probably getting beat to a fine pulp just on general principles all the way back in nursery school. But he grew up to read Camus—or at least crib The Stranger—learn a few instruments, and form a band that tossed glam and gloom into the New Wave Cuisinart, a band that has been moping and pouting in the velvet shadows even long after Joy Division hung it up to become New Order and hit the dance floor. The Cure might not be your hypodermic of choice, but it is definitely a shot in the arm for modern rock—and a more attractive Goth offering for the skittish fixers.

DDT:

Ozzy Osbourne

They laughed at Ronnie Reagan too, the guy who played second banana to a chimp before he—or his brass-knuckle handlers—decided that, like Frank Zappa intuited, politics was show-biz for ugly people, and with Smilin' Ronnie that ugliness was on the inside. But we're barreling down another dangerous tangent again. Ozzy too has a brass-knuckle handler, one who would make even Michael Deaver flinch, but even though His Ozzness is already a Cleveland resident with Black Sabbath, his solo career is a whole other gig to be considered. Randy Rhodes was a big part of that at the beginning, before he joined the Heavenly Combo because of a plane crash that would make Ronnie Van Zant roll his eyes, but Ozzy lumbered on, and the Clown Prince of Heavy Metal turned out to be a Rock and Roll True Believer to the bitter end. And that's music to the ears of the fixers.

DDT:

Roxy Music

Look, we can settle in with a snoot full of ibogaine and a quart of Wild Turkey to lock horns over the sixty-three best reasons why this exquisite Prog/New Wave/Romantic/Cabaret Mother of Pearl is as overdue for the Hall as Henry Kissinger is overdue for the International Criminal Court—although just as criminal is the ugly reality that the Hall fixers have never nominated Roxy Music even once. But sweating like a State Department spokes-spinner backpedaling on Syria, I'm sprinting to finish this piece before it becomes as stale as a Romney/Ryan bumper sticker. And when I got this assignment I had been revisiting old Doctor Gonzo's finely twisted reporting on the '72 presidential campaign, and that flooded my thinking about what kind of badly-stitched ballot the Hall fixers would throw at us this year. But trying to figure out just how those jack-booted industry Mandarins on the nominating committee are going to pick the candidates is as dangerous to my mental health as trying to figure out why Dick Cheney's liver hasn't exploded from spite and greed yet—it defies logic, and if I knew any smarter, probably a few laws of physics as well. So, this set of predictions is truly my best guess as to the inner workings of the Hall fixers—along with my foolish, fervent belief that they will actually nominate Roxy this year. But the Mojo Wire is beeping at me with all the menace of a Predator drone, so I must put the "30" on this screed now. Res ipsa loquitur.

Committee Chairman:

Deep Purple

In the early days of constructing this website, the first thing was to first determine just who is eligible. Although they were not designated #1 on our list, the omission of Deep Purple was always the most baffling, as not only had they never been inducted, they had yet to be nominated! Last year, the nominating committee changed that, and I was begging for this oversight to be corrected. It wasn’t, but I don’t think this is a “one and done”. They are the perfect Classic Rock nominee, and it can be argued (and I will) that this is the most “Rock and Roll” eligible act available, hence why every guitarist began with “Smoke on the Water”….and why you are humming that riff right now.

Committee Chairman:

Kraftwerk

Last year I selected Rush. Not necessarily because I thought they would be selected, but because I WANTED them to be. Rush was nominated and inducted, and I will follow this tradition with Kraftwerk. It actually is a logical pick, as they were nominated last year and fit an electronic slot, and certainly the credo of innovation that the Hall claims to covet. The ironic thing is that I doubt if the German group or even their fans care if they are inducted or not. Unlike the KISS army, or Rush’s fans from years before; there is no discernable movement to induct them. Ironically, that may be what the Hall of Fame likes the most! Now, I have to figure out why I care!



Committee Chairman:

N.W.A.

Sorry haters; Rap and Hip Hop are already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and that is how it should be! I am resisting every instinct to go on a diatribe here on this subject and I will just reserve that for a future section that I plan to create for the site which will be reserved for my soapbox tangents. N.W.A. was nominated last year, and had it not been for debuting the same year as Public Enemy, would probably be in already. “Straight outta Compton” is flat out the most important Rap album ever made, and though that pretty much sums up their body of work, that didn’t stop Cleveland from inducting the Sex Pistols. I will predict that not only are they nominated, but that they get in.

Committee Chairman:

Joy Division/New Order


Somehow the Cure took this spot last year, but I will repeat my incorrect choice of last year of this hybrid selection. For the record, I hate that they will combine it. I hated it when the Faces and the Small Faces were inducted together, and I will hate it more when than this British contingent gets in together. Why? Because it isn’t the same band! Joy Division and New Order were both influential but for completely different reasons. Wait, how did I wind back on the soapbox again?

Committee Chairman

MC5

I am going to play the same card as last year. After a long wait and multiple nominations, The Stooges were inducted. MC5 shares the same proto-punk pedigree as Iggy and his gang, and have also been nominated multiple times in the past. Although Punk may not respect the Hall, the Hall respects Punk. Keep in mind, this is a Hall decided primarily by critics, and if any genre is a little overblown it is this one. Sooner or later these forefathers will get in, and I am going to go with the hunch that they are going to at least get the nomination.

Committee Chairman

Chicago

I still remember being a pre-teen hearing Peter Cetera’s sappiness stink through my father’s Grand Prix in the early 80’s and hating them instantly. I was developing my Rock and Roll rebellion, and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, wasn’t cutting it. Yet, like so many other bands you discover, you work backwards and with Chicago I found a deeply textured band and really began to understand why they had a legion of fans. Every year there is a top act who has yet to at least be nominated, and perhaps this will be the year for Chicago; though I wish they could do that without Cetera.

Committee Chairman

Lou Reed

Every year there is a Songwriters nod. Lou Reed has had a career that I have found both beautiful and befuddling, but he is one that there is no real urgency for. Reed is already (justifiably) in with The Velvet Underground, so it is not like he is omitted. However, he was nominated already twice, though that was twelve years ago. Still, a nomination for Reed both occupies a Songwriters and Classic Alternative spot, though frankly I would rather see this go to another past nominee in Gram Parsons.



Committee Chairman

Bon Jovi

Maybe I am “Livin on a Prayer” with this one.   Even though they made headlines for the wrong reasons this year (Richie Sambora’s departure), Bon Jovi is actually a past nominee (bet you didn’t remember that) and say what you want about this band, but this is a “Rock” band; something the Hall is often criticized for not inducting. Sambora’s exodus aside, this is a band that still sells out arenas and would sell tickets at an induction ceremony. This is something that cannot be dismissed!

Committee Chairman

War

Another multiple nominee from the past, War is that band that the nominating committee has shown respect, though that may be about it. It is rare that you hear War discussed as greats or innovators, but they melded musically styles effortlessly and though they haven’t received their due (and even a Rock and Roll induction may not change that) there is a good chance that history will catch up to them. Here is what I really like about a nomination for War; inadvertently, this gives the nomination class a worldly quietly as if any band was a global melting pot, it was them….even if they were from Los Angeles.

Committee Chairman

The Spinners

Every year there is a Motown act on the ballot and though the Spinners are really more of a Philly Soul act, they did get their start in Detroit, thus making them a group that represents both musical hotbeds. Although I made a personal plea for Kraftwerk earlier, frankly it would be the induction of the Spinners that would put the biggest smile on my face. This spot could go to the Marvelettes or Mary Wells (another that would make me very happy), but I think that the Spinners are beeping the loudest on the Hall’s radar.

Committee Chairman

The Zombies

London Calling? It does every year in Cleveland so which discernable British act from the generation past will get a shot? I am going with the Zombies, who though do not have a strong body of work, have a legacy that continues to grow. This could be a spot for Procul Harum again who despite having a much larger catalogue is also known for one signature song. OK…you got me…I am playing a hunch.

Committee Chairman

Chic

This is starting to get sad.   If you ever watched the Daytime Emmy Awards (and chances are you haven’t, and if you do, it is far better while intoxicated) Susan Lucci was nominated nineteen years before finally winning, which was probably out of pity. Chic is dangerously entering that territory. Now that Donna Summer has been elected, the perennial Disco slot is Chic’s, but they have been nominated in the past in years without Summer without ever being selected. Will it take Nile Rogers dying before they get in? Actually, yes…..that is probably what will happen.

Committee Chairman

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

This one bothers me. It is not that I don’t think that Joan Jett is not a kick ass Rock and Roll queen, I really do, but do the Blackhearts really have a Hall of Fame career? I really don’t think so, but her combined work with the Runaways (who I think have a stronger claim to Cleveland) does give her what is close to a Hall of Fame resume. The Runaways should have been on the radar after their biopic (didn’t happen) and Jett has already been nominated. As the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wants more women in the Hall, this is a nomination that will translate into an induction.

Committee Chairman

LL Cool J

Here is another one I personally don’t want to see this year. Last year, there were two Rap/Hip Hop acts on the ballot, and there isn’t any really reason to think that will change. LL is a past nominee, though I have always found that as innovative he was in his youth, he put out a stinkfest in his later years. What works in his favor is that he has maintained a much higher profile than others who could fill this slot (Eric B. & Rakim & Afrika Bambaataa) which gives the Hall the reason to back to “Cali”.

Committee Chairman

The Shangri-Las

I took a swing and a miss on them last year, but I am going to back to gender card here again as I only have Jett on the female side of the ledger. The Shangri-Las also fit have pre-punk ethos, they were rebels in their day and it has a feel good vibe to it. Let’s see if I go for 0 for 2.



That’s my 15, and you may have noticed I didn’t take a Fela Kuti wildcard. You may have also noticed I didn’t take Nirvana, who we have at #1 on the list.  I know, I’m the damned Chairman and creator of this site, and I didn’t take the band I helped peg at #1 for the Hall? Shouldn’t this be a no-brainer? Here’s the thing….I am not convinced they are eligible yet.

Now you’re more confused right?   The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame clearly states that an act is eligible 25 years after their first album (which makes it 2014 for Nirvana) however this is a rule that has been bent by them with their ridiculous induction of Smokey Robinson without the Miracles. It has been suggested that since their first official recording (single) was released in 1988 that they are in fact eligible, but when we ask the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame directly if Nirvana is eligible they respond the way they always do; which is no response at all.

Heaven forbid that they drum up interest and fun with it and post on their site that is now eligible. Baseball does this, even with all the controversial players who are up (and continue to become) eligible. Would it be too much to ask for a little clarification in your already controversial institution? From music critics, yes it is.

That’s it, that’s all from our little peanut gallery.   We await the nominations so that a new round of debate can begin. At least from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we can always count on that.

Todd Helton also retiring



Helton played his entire career with the Colorado Rockies, where he posted excellent numbers and made five All Star games and won a Batting Title. His career Batting Average of .317, 367 Home Runs and 2,505 career Hits have a traditionalist happy, but as always the Sabremetrics tell a different story. His career OPS of .954 is excellent and good for 20th overall and his JAWS (53.8) while under the average for First Basemen (55.7) is sandwiched between Willie McCovey and Eddie Murray. However the statistic that takes into account the ballpark in which you play, OPS+ is 131, which is not a Hall of Fame calibre.


So is this a case where the Coors Field effect is in place again? It is well documented that playing in the thin air and large field has been a hitter’s paradise. It is also known that this is affecting the Cooperstown voters. Case in point: Larry Walker.

Walker has been on the Hall of Fame Ballot and has hovered above the 20% mark without any real reason to think he will improve in the next twelve years. Walker actually has a better JAWS (58.61) than Helton, a higher OPS (.965), a NL MVP award and did not play his entire career in Colorado.

From that basic analogy, is it safe to say that Todd Helton won’t get inducted?

Vladimir Guerrerro Officially Retires


Lost amidst the return of Football and the exciting Wild Card chase was another major retirement. Quietly after failing to latch on to an MLB team this year, he told a radio station in his native Dominican Republic that he was calling it a career.


Guerrero had his best seasons with the Montreal Expos and the Anaheim Angels and won the 2004 AL MVP with the latter. In looking at his overall statistics, it would appear that he is a decent candidate, though far from a lock. On the radio interview, he mentioned that his biggest regret was failing to hit the 500 Home Run mark (he belted 449), and he was not linked to PEDs. Actually, the fact that he was done at the age of 36 (he last played in the Majors two years ago) shows a decline that reflects age, which in this day in age, is actually a positive indicating he may have been clean.

The nine time All-Star has a career OPS of .935 (35th All-Time), A Slugging Percentage of .553 (25th All-Time), and has a JAWS of 50.9 which puts him in the Hall of Fame hunt. He is one of those players who right now feels like you could be talked into Cooperstown or talked out of, and if that is the feeling that others have, we may see another Fred McGriff on the ballot. This one is going to be VERY interesting.