It arrived with little fanfare last year, and it is no different this year, but we here are at consider this major news.

The WWE Hall of Fame has announced their Legacy inductees for their Hall of Fame, and this is an excellent way for the WWE to honor the history of wrestling that pre-dates their origin or also a subtle way to acknowledge important parts of their history.

Last year, the Legacy Inductees were Mildred Burke, Frank Gotch, George Hackenschmidt, Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Pat O’Connor, Lou Thesz, and “Sailor” Art Thomas.

Here are this year’s Legacy Inductees:

Judy Grable:  Grable was trained by the Fabulous Moolah and was one of the more recognized female wrestlers of the 1950’s and 60’s.  This may have been one of our bigger oversights on the WWE list.

Toots Mondt:  An accomplished wrestler and bona fide shooter in his day, Mondt is considered a vital cog in the formation of the WWE, during the WWWF creation.  Some have even argued that without Mondt the WWE would not even be existence today.  He had a very healthy rank of #17 by us.

Rikidozan:  Another excellent selection as Rikidozan is without question the father of Japanese wrestling.  Culturally speaking, he is one of the most important sports figures in Japanese history.  He was ranked #68 by us.

Farmer Burns:  Perhaps this one is a little curious, but he was the American Heavyweight Champion in 1895 by defeating Ed “Strangler” Lewis.  We did not have him ranked.

Luther Lindsay:  Another one unranked by us, Lindsay was one of the first African American wrestlers to become a star.  We definitely overlooked this one!

Dr. Jerry Graham:  This was Vince McMahon’s favorite wrestler when he was young and he was the founder of the kayfabe Graham family.  He was a main eventer for the WWE in the 60’s and was ranked #80 by us.

June Byers:  Another major female star prior to the WWE, Byers was a former champion who was almost at the level of Mildred Burke.  She held the #199 rank from us.

While we are excited that the WWE is continuing this practice for their Hall of Fame, we wish that they would mention it more prominently on their television and social media platforms. 

Regardless, it appears that we have some extra work to do in regards to our WWE Notinhalloffame revisions!

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame has announced their 2017 Class and it doesn’t get more loaded with offensive firepower than this group.

The headliner for most, is former Quarterback, Anthony Calvillo, the Canadian Football League’s all-time leader in virtually every statistic from his position.  Calvillo, a product of Utah State, has 79,816 Passing Yards, by far the most in professional football.  He also has 455 Touchdown Passes and 5,892 Completions.  He debuted for the Las Vegas Posse, moved to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but it was his third and final team where he became the best in the CFL.

That team was the Montreal Allouettes, a team he would take to three Grey Cup Titles and where he would win the league’s Most Outstanding Player Award three times. 

The elite pivot is joined by former Wide Receiver, Geroy Simon, who is the CFL’s all-time leader in Receiving Yards and receptions.  Simon spent twelve of his fifteen seasons in the CFL with the B.C. Lions where he would help them win three Grey Cups.  The former Maryland Terrapin would win the Most Outstanding Player Award in 2006.

Two other players and two builders were also selected.

Kelvin Anderson, a two time Grey Cup Champion was a Running Back who topped 1,000 Yards eight times.  Out of Southeast Missouri State, Anderson was the 1996 CFL Rookie of the Year.

Canadian Linebacker, Mike O’Shea is second all-time in Tackles in the CFL and is a three time Grey Cup Champion.  He is currently the Head Coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Long time Coach and Executive, Stan Schwartz and college Head Coach, Brian Towriss were also chosen.

The ceremony will take place in mid-September of this year.

We here at would like to congratulate this latest class.
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony has announced additional inductors, as former WCW Executive and RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff will be inducting Diamond Dallas Page and current WWE Diva Natalya will be inducting former multi-time Women’s Champion, Beth Phoenix.

Both Dallas Page and Eric Bischoff cut their teeth in the wrestling industry in the American Wrestling Association in the last 80’s.  The two, though not together would both have failed tryouts in the then named World Wrestling Federation but would find themselves in World Championship Wrestling, Bischoff as a low level announcer and Page as a mid card manager, though the two friends would find themselves ascend through the 1990’s in much larger positions. 

As Bischoff gained charge of WCW, Page would slowly morph into one of the top workers and would feud with Eric Bischoff and the New World Order, even so much as being on opposing tag teams on a WCW Pay per View.

In the case of Nattie Neidhart, she an on-screen pairing with Phoenix in a “pin-up string” tag team.  Both Neidhart and Phoenix were precursors to the “Women’s Revolution” and were both accomplished performers in the ring and were physically stronger than their peers.

This announcement adds to Jim Cornette as the inductor for the Rock and Roll Express, John Cena as Kurt Angle’s inductor, the A.P.A. as Teddy Long’s inductor and Ricky Steamboat inducting Rick Rude.

Always onward and upward for us here at!

We are ready to unveil a new Top 50, and once again it comes from the hardwood.  It is the Top 50 of the Atlanta Hawks.

The franchise began in Buffalo in 1946 as the Bisons in the NBL, though they were only there for a month relocating to Moline, Illinois where they were rechristened the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and would be part of the merger of the NBL and NBA in 1949. 

The team would relocate to Milwaukee in in 1951 upon the realization that Moline was too small to support the team.  Now named the Milwaukee Hawks, the franchise stayed there for only four years, but it do one major thing of note; it drafted Bob Pettit. 

The last half of the 1950’s and early 1960’s were the best in franchise history.  Now relocated to St. Louis, the Pettit led Hawks went to four NBA Finals (1957, 1958, 1960 & 1961) and would win the NBA Title in ’58, which to date is the only title the team has won.  The Hawks continued to b good through the 60’s, but despite the solid crowds, the ownership sought a bigger facility, which the city of St. Louis was not willing to provide.

Relocating to Atlanta in 1968, the Hawks have yet to make the Finals since their relocation despite multiple trips to the playoffs.  Currently, they have the second longest drought of not winning the NBA Title, though this does not mean that this list does not include some excellent players.

The entire list can be found here but for those who want a sneak peak, the top five are:

1. Bob Pettit

2. Dominique Wilkins

3. Cliff Hagen

4. John Drew

5. Lou Hudson

This list takes into account traditional statistics, advanced metrics and playoff performance.

It is up to the end of the 2015-16 Season.

We will be continuing our ongoing process of Top 50 teams with a return to the diamond, the Milwaukee Brewers.

As always, we thank you for your support!