Not in Hall of Fame News http://www.notinhalloffame.com Tue, 28 Jan 2020 02:59:26 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Justin Morneau named to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10837-justin-morneau-named-to-the-minnesota-twins-hall-of-fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10837-justin-morneau-named-to-the-minnesota-twins-hall-of-fame Justin Morneau named to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the Minnesota Twins will be inducting Justin Morneau in their franchise Hall of Fame. Playing 11 of his 14 seasons with the Twins (2003-13), the Canadian born First Baseman would go to four consecutive All-Star Games (2007-10) and would win the American League MVP in 2006 when he had 34 Home Runs, 130 RBIs with a .321 Batting Average.  Morneau would win two Silver Sluggers for the team, and overall as a Twin, he smacked 221 Home Runs, 860 Runs Batted In with a Slash Line of .278/.347/.485. The ceremony will take place on May 23 against the Chicago White Sox. He becomes the 34thmember of the Twins Hall of Fame. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Justin Morneau for earning this honor.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:40:52 +0000
The Giants will retire Eli Manning and Michael Strahan's number http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10836-the-giants-will-retire-eli-manning-and-michael-strahan-s-number http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10836-the-giants-will-retire-eli-manning-and-michael-strahan-s-number The Giants will retire Eli Manning and Michael Strahan's number
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that New York Giants co-owner, John Mara, stated in a recent interview that Eli Manning and Michael Strahan will have their numbers retired. Sort of. This is what he said about Eli’s number: “It’s retired.” When asked to clarify, Mara responded: “Not yet.  We’ll do Michael’s (Strahan) announcement another day, but Eli’s will be retired.” As for when that will happen is anyone’s guess.   Wearing #10, Manning announced his retirement this past Friday.  Playing at Quarterback, Manning threw for 57,034 Yards and 366 Touchdowns, and led the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships, both over the New England Patriots.  He was named the MVP in both of those games, and he is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025. As for Strahan, he has already been inducted into Canton, which occurred in 2014.  Like Manning, Strahan played his entire career with the Giants and he was the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year.  The seven-time Pro Bowl won a Super Bowl in his last game in the league.  He wore #92, which has never been issued since his retirement. At present, the Giants have retired the numbers of Ray Flaherty (#1), Tuffy Leemans (#4), Mel Hein (#7), Phil Simms (#11), Y.A. Tittle (#14), Frank Gifford (#16), Al Blozis (#32), Joe Morrison (#40), Charlie Conerly (#42), Ken Strong (#50) and Lawrence Taylor (#56). We here at Notinhalloffame.com are looking forward to these events in the future and are hopeful that the Giants will move on this action soon.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:59:19 +0000
RIP: Kobe Bryant http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10833-rip-kobe-bryant http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10833-rip-kobe-bryant RIP: Kobe Bryant
This is a terrible day for sports.   This is a terrible day, period. It was announced today on TMZ that Kobe Bryant passed away today in a helicopter crash near his home in Calabasas.  He was 41 years old. Playing his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant was not just one of the best players of his era, he is considered amongst the greatest players of all-time.    Over his career, Bryant won five NBA Championships, won two scoring titles, was an 18-time All-Star and 15-time All-NBA Selection.  He is fourth all-time in Points, and was just passed by current Laker and playoff foe, LeBron James.  Internationally, he led the United States to two Gold Medals in the 2008 and 2012 Games. “The Black Mamba” was considered to be one of the hardest-working players in basketball, and his desire to win had few equals.  The Lakers famously retired both of his numbers (#8 and #24), marking the first time that happened in the NBA. Bryant is entering his first year of eligibility for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, which he was expected to get in and be the headliner of a group that would also include Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Chris Bosh.  Sadly, this will now be not only a tribute to his NBA career but also of his life. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans, and family at this time.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:55:38 +0000
Eli Manning Retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10830-eli-manning-retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10830-eli-manning-retires Eli Manning Retires
Speculated all year, Eli Manning will announce his retirement from the National Football League at a press conference tomorrow. Drafted in 2004 with the third overall pick by the San Diego Chargers, Manning did not want to play for the Bolts, and he was quickly dealt to the New York Giants, where he would play his entire career.  A four-time Pro Bowl Selection, he would take the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships, both against the heavily favored New England Patriots, the first of which was when the Pats were undefeated going into the big game.  Notably, he was the Super Bowl MVP in both of their title wins. Manning lost his starting job this year to rookie, Daniel Jones, but Manning finished the season when Jones went down to injury. He retires with 57,023 Passing Yards with a TD-INT ratio of 366-244. Manning will likely be the most polarizing Hall of Fame candidate if he isn’t already.  The younger brother of Peyton, is a two-time Super Bowl Champion, but was never a First or Second Team All-Pro, and has a .500 record as a starter.  He is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025. In our pre-season rank of potential Hall of Famers, Manning was ranked #22.  Along with Luke Kuechly and Antonio Gates, three of our pre-season top twenty-five selections have now retired. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Eli Manning for the gridiron memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:42:42 +0000
Derek Jeter and Larry Walker named to the Baseball Hall of Fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10829-derek-jeter-and-larry-walker-named-to-the-baseball-hall-of-fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10829-derek-jeter-and-larry-walker-named-to-the-baseball-hall-of-fame Derek Jeter and Larry Walker named to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball fans talk about this every day, and we now know who will comprise the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Let’s take a deep dive look into those chosen, those left off, and those who are off the ballot completely. To the surprise of nobody, former New York Yankee infielder, Derek Jeter enters Cooperstown on his first year of eligibility.  Jeter entered on ___ of the ballot, and he joins his fellow career-Yankee, Mariano Rivera, as back-to-back first ballot Hall of famers.  Jeter would win five World Series Rings, was a 14-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger, and he would accumulate 3,465 Hits, 260 Home Runs and a .310 Batting Average. Jeter was denied a unanimous vote as one voter elected not to put the x by his name. Jeter is joined by Larry Walker, who was in his last year of eligibility.  It is an incredible story, as Walker debuted on the ballot in 2011 with only 20.3% of the ballot.  He dropped as low as 10.2% in 2014, and only crept back to 21.9% in 2017.  He shot up to 34.1% in 2018, and rocketed to 54.6% last year. The momentum was rocketing for Walker, and he becomes the second Canadian to enter the Hall. So, what changed?  Part of it is a re-evaluation of the Coors Field effect.  Another part is that the backlog of players has cleared. Perhaps, the biggest part is the recognition that regardless of what diamond he played on, that this is a former MVP who was a bona fide five-tool player.  That is rarified air.  He received 76.6% of the vote. The former player who came closest is Curt Schilling who garnered 70% of the vote, who bluntly should have been in years ago based on his statistical accomplishments.  With a bWAR of 79.5, 3,116 Strikeouts and three World Series Rings, Schilling was a clutch performer who was at his best when the lights were at his brightest.  In Schilling’s fourth year of eligibility, he received 52.3% of the ballot, but comments against the media and other right-wing charged diatribes rubbed voters the wrong way, and he dropped o 45.0% in 2017.  Last year, he climbed to 60.9%. Forgive us, as we are going to lump Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds together.  How can we not?  Clemens was the best Pitcher and Bonds was the best hitter without debate, but both are associated with PEDs (though neither was ever caught during their playing days), and both have…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:33:25 +0000
The Houston Astros announce their franchise HOF Class of 2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10827-the-houston-astros-announce-their-franchise-hof-class-of-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10827-the-houston-astros-announce-their-franchise-hof-class-of-2020 The Houston Astros announce their franchise HOF Class of 2020
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such it is huge news that Houston Astros have announced their second franchise Hall of Fame Class. The timing is not getting a lot of exposure, as the Astros are embroiled with stealing signs scandal that has transfixed the game.  Nevertheless, this organization ushered in something special last year with their franchise Hall of Fame, and it is time for us to celebrate that. These six individuals will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at the Astros home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 8. Those six are: Lance Berkman:  The third member of the “Killer B’s”, Berkman played for Houston from 1999 to 2010, where he was a five-time All-Star, and in all of those seasons, he finished in the top seven in MVP voting.  Berkman showed power with a pair of 40 Home Run Seasons, and would smack 326 taters with 1,090 RBIs for the Astros.  Berkman was traded to the New York Yankees in 2010, and he left there with a Slash Line of .296/.410/.549. Cesar Cedeno:  From the Dominican Republic, Cedeno was with Houston from 1970 to 1981 where he was a four-time All-Star.  Cedeno had three seasons where he batted over .300, and he would lead the NL in Doubles twice.  From 1972 to 1976, he won a Gold Glove and he would also have six straight 50 Stolen Base seasons, totaling 487 for the team.  Cedeno also could go deep, as shown by his 163 Home Runs with Houston.  He would have 1,658 Hits, with a .289 Batting Average for the Astros. Roy Hofheinz:  Hofheinz was the former Mayor of Houston, and part of the group that the Majors to Houston. Roy Oswalt:  Debuting for the Astros in 2001, Roy Oswalt would finish in the top five in Cy Young voting in five of his six first seasons.  The three-time All-Star would have two 20 Win campaigns, won the ERA Title in 2006 and would have a 143-82 record for Houston.  He also would strike out 1,593 batters. Billy Wagner:  One of the more dominating relief pitchers of his day, Wagner went to three All-Star Games with Houston, and would win the National League Rolaids Relief Award in 1999.  He would record 225 Saves…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:48:29 +0000
The Colorado Rockies to retire Larry Walker's number http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10826-the-colorado-rockies-to-retire-larry-walker-s-number http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10826-the-colorado-rockies-to-retire-larry-walker-s-number The Colorado Rockies to retire Larry Walker's number
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such it is huge news that the Colorado Rockies will be retiring the number 33 of former Outfielder, Larry Walker. After playing for the Montreal Expos for six seasons, he would sign with Colorado as a Free Agent for the 1995 season.  Walker, who was already an All-Star in Montreal, would ascend to greater heights in Colorado.  With the Rockies, the Canadian slugger would go to four All-Star Games, and would win three Batting Titles.  Walker won the 1997 National League MVP, while also capturing five Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers with the Rockies. This is the final year that Walker is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it is considered that he has approximately a 50/50 shot for Cooperstown. Walker joins Todd Helton (#17), and the league wide retirement of #42 of Jackie Robinson. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Larry Walker for earning this prestigious honor.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:11:02 +0000
A look at the Drew Pearson snub http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10824-a-look-at-the-drew-pearson-snub http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10824-a-look-at-the-drew-pearson-snub A look at the Drew Pearson snub
When the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 10 new members from the player’s senior pool, that meant that 10 former legends were left off.  While there was a sizable groan in the Rocky Mountains when former Bronco, Randy Gradishar was left off, the most “visible” one was in Texas, as former Cowboys Wide Receiver, Drew Pearson, was also left off. We use the word “visual” because KTVT from Plano, Texas was on hand to record his reaction.  When he wasn’t chosen, Pearson could not contain his disappointment: “They broke my heart.  They broke my heart; and they did it like this! They strung it out like this.” Pearson is referring to the broadcast on the NFL Network, which began at 7 AM EST.  While most people did not expect that they would go right into the announcement of who was chosen, nobody thought that the inductees would be announced in a reality show format, that dragged across nearly two hours.  The NFL Network did not state at the beginning that the announcements would be spread out over such a long duration of time.  The agony for those not chosen, and the families thereof, had to be excruciating.   Pearson’s frustration continued: “Can’t do nothing about it. Can’t catch no more damn passes. Can’t run no more routes.  It’s there.  What upsets me more is when they say you don’t deserve it.  They talk negative about you.  There’s nothing negative about my career in the NFL. Nothing!” If we were to hazard a guess as to when the mood of the room changed, it had to be when fellow Wide Receiver, Harold Carmichael was announced to the Hall.  He wasn’t just announced on the NFL Network, he was there on hand to discuss the selection.  If he was there, he was obviously told ahead of time, and Pearson and all of the others in that room had to feel that their chances just plummeted. While Pearson may have taken a chance having his reaction filmed live, there was no reason that he would have thought the broadcast would announce the new inductees in that staggered pattern.  None of us did.  This had let to minimal speculation that Hall of Fame President, David Baker, has been milking camera time and exposure for the Hall.  That train of thought began when he appeared on both the CBS and FOX playoff broadcasts to tell Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson respectively that they were now Hall of Famers; leading to some feeling that…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:42:14 +0000
RIP: Rocky Johnson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10823-rip-rocky-johnson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10823-rip-rocky-johnson RIP: Rocky Johnson
It was announced today that WWE Hall of Famer, Rocky Johnson, passed away today at the age of 75.   Born Wayde Bowles in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Johnson was a natural athlete who had initially trained to be a boxer.  While he once sparred with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, his true calling was professional wrestling, which he began in 1964.   Taking on the name of (which he would also legally change his name to) of Rocky Johnson, he would wrestled across North America, breaking out in 1970, when he won the NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship in Los Angeles.  Throughout the 1970s, he performed for various NWA promotions.  In 1971, he wrestled in San Francisco, where he was their United States Champion and later four-time Tag Team Champion, three of those reigns held alongside Pat Patterson.  “The Soulman” would also win other major singles titles in the United States, among which were the NWA Georgia Heavyweight (1974), NWA Florida Heavyweight (1975), NWA Texas Heavyweight (1976), and NWA Mid-America Southern Heavyweight (1976). In the early 80s, a run in Mid-Atlantic would precede the WWF, where he teamed with Tony Atlas to defeat the Wild Samoans for the Tag Team Championship.  He would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, and prior to that his last major appearance for the company was appearing from the crowd to help his son (Rocky Maivia) at Wrestlemania 13. In his personal life, he married Ata Maivia, the daughter of “High Chief” Peter Maivia, and the oldest member of the famed Samoan wrestling clan.  They had a son, Dwayne Johnson, who followed in his father’s footsteps in wrestling, becoming “The Rock”.   We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the fans, friends and family of Rocky Johnson at this time.  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:25:30 +0000
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their Centennial Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10822-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-their-centennial-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10822-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-their-centennial-class The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their Centennial Class
We here at Notinhalloffame.com are trying to think if there has ever been a busier Hall of Fame related day. On the same day that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020, the Pro Football Hall of Fame (coincidentally, also based in Ohio), unveiled their Blue Ribbon Centennial Class.  This is the first time that the Canton based institution has ever had a panel dedicated to producing this many Hall of Famers, who were not part of the Modern Era pool. There were 20 Finalists named to Centennial Slate of former players. The 10 that got in were: Harold Carmichael:  Carmichael was a superstar with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he would lead the NFL in Receiving Yards in 1973, and was a four-time Pro Bowler.  The Wide Receiver would be named to the 1970s All-Decade Team. Jimbo Covert:  The Chicago Bears Offensive Lineman (1983-91) won a Super Bowl with the Bears in 1985, and he was also the NFLPA Offensive Lineman of the Year. Covert would also be selected for the 1980s All-Decade Team. Bobby Dillon:  Dillon was a four-time Pro Bowl Selection and is still the all-time leader in Interceptions for the Green Bay Packers, the only team that he ever played for.  He passed away last August. Cliff Harris:  Playing his entire career at Safety for Dallas, Harris was a Super Bowl Champion, and six-time Pro Bowl Selection.  He was also chosen for the 1970’s All-Decade Team. Winston Hill:  Hill was a four-time AFL All-Star and four-time Pro Bowl with the New York Jets, and was an integral part of New York’s Super Bowl III Championship.  Alex Karras:  The legendary Defensive Tackle played his entire career with the Detroit Lions, and he was a four-time Pro Bowl and 1960’s All-Decade Team member. Duke Slater:  A pioneer in every way, Duke Slater was the first African-American Lineman, joining the league in 1922.  He was a First Team All-Pro four times.   Donnie Shell:  The Steel Curtain gains more representation with the induction of Shell.  A member of all four of their Super Bowl wins in the 1970s, Shell was a five-time Pro Bowl recipient at Safety. Mac Speedie:  Speedie was with the Cleveland Browns for seven seasons, where the End helped take the team to all four AAFC Championships.  He would later go to two Pro Bowls, and overall he was a four-time leader in Receptions. Ed Sprinkle:  The career Chicago Bear (1944-55), “the meanest man in football” is now in the Hall of…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:06:17 +0000
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020 is Announced http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10820-the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-class-of-2020-is-announced http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10820-the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-class-of-2020-is-announced The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020 is Announced
Some people have Christmas. We here at Notinhalloffame.com have the annual announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class.   This isn’t an exaggeration. As we have discussed before, the idea for the website originated from a bar discussion about the glaring omissions to the Rock Hall.  This begat a list, and another, and another, to where are the go-to site to discuss all things Hall of Fame related.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame houses the most hotly debated assortment of entries and snubs, and when you have something as subjective as music, how can it not? We’ll go one step further. Unlike the sports halls that we regularly discuss, the words Rock and Roll, are even debated.  While people might debate the origin of baseball or football, nobody debates what it is.  With Rock, not only is the origin mudded, the definition of rock music varies depending on who you ask.  The only rule they have is that an artist is eligible 25 years after they recorded their first album, and they even broke that when they inducted Smokey Robinson as a solo well under that threshold, this leaving out the rest of the Miracles: who had to wait decades later. Clear as mud, right? Regardless, of that quasi-critical into, we do this because we care, and you are here because you care. Let’s look at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Depeche Mode: Eligible since 2006, Depeche Mode has been a Finalist three of the last four years.  This induction helps open up the door for other 80s Alternative groups, namely The Smiths and New Order/Joy Division The Doobie Brothers:  The Class Rock band have been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1996, and it took until this year before they finally got nominated.   Nine Inch Nails:  Approximately 18 months ago, Trent Reznor trashed the Rock Hall, but then he was an inductor for the 2019 Class.  Eligible since 2014, NIN enters in its third nomination making it the first (and likely only) The Notorious B.I.G.:  This is the first year of Biggie’s eligibility and many expected him to enter immediately.  This will be a posthumous induction, as he was shot and killed in 1997. T. Rex:  It took until this year for the glam rockers to receive their first nomination and after being eligible since 1994, Marc Bolan and company finally got in. Whitney Houston:  Like Biggie, this is a posthumous induction.  The diva…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:13:39 +0000
Luke Kuechly Retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10819-luke-kuechly-retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10819-luke-kuechly-retires Luke Kuechly Retires
Following the somewhat expected retirement of Antonio Gates, a shocking one took place this evening as Carolina Panthers Linebacker, Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement from the NFL.  He is only 28 Years old, but has had issues with concussions in recent years. In a video shared by the Panthers, Kuechly cited that it was “the right time” to retire and that it was the “right time to move on.” Kuechly was the best Linebacker in the NCAA in 2011, where the Boston College player would win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy.  He was drafted ninth overall in that year’s draft by the Carolina Panthers, and he would immediately establish himself as one of the best interior lineman in the pro ranks.  Kuechly started originally but was playing at the exterior until Jon Beason was injured, and Kuechly would take over at his natural Middle Linebacker position.  He would win the Defensive Rookie of the Year, and astounding as that was, this was arguably the weakest of his career. From 2013 to 2019, he would be named to the Pro Bowl, with five of those seasons, seeing Kuechly be named First Team All-Pro. In the two that he didn’t win that honor, he was a Second Team All-Pro.  Kuechly would win the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013.  With the exception of this rookie season, he had an Approximate Value of at least 10, and he was a two-time leader in Tackles. Keuchly did it all.  He was an excellent pass rusher, could stuff the running game, and dropped back at ease.  Also, an exemplary tackler, he was the leader of the Panthers defense almost from the time he got there, and few players ever matched his natural instincts on the gridiron. The Panthers were a successful team while he was there, and he was a huge reason that they reached Super Bowl 50. He retires with 18 Interceptions and 1,092 Tackles, the latter being the most by any Linebacker since 2012.  Kuechly becomes another player in recent years to retire at the height of their game. In our pre-season ranking of active players for Hall of Fame consideration, Kuechly was ranked at #17, and based on his 2019 season, he would have entered the 2020 season even higher. Barring a comeback, he is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025.  We here at Notinhalloffame.com…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 14 Jan 2020 23:43:30 +0000
Antonio Gates Retired http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10818-antonio-gates-retired http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10818-antonio-gates-retired Antonio Gates Retired
A huge name has called it a career in professional football has called it a career as Tight End, Antonio Gates, announced that he is officially retiring.  Gates was an unsigned free agent in 2019, having last played in 2018. Gates was a dual sports star in high school in football and basketball, and would play the latter at Easter Michigan, The College of the Seqioias and at Kent State.  He was not drafted in the NBA, but despite not playing football in college, his agent arranged a pro football tryout with the San Diego Chargers who would sign him as an undrafted free agent. Gates made the team at Tight End, and as a rookie, he would record 24 catches, which again was phenomenal considering that he was not even playing college football the year before.  While he seemingly came out of nowhere, he was then prognosticated to have a breakout season in 2004.  Gates shattered the hype, and he would begin an eight-year streak of Pro Bowl Selections, with the first three seeing him named a First Team All-Pro.   Also making the Second Team All-Pro twice, Gates would have nine seasons where he would have at least 800 Yards, and four years of 10 Touchdowns.  Gates played with the Chargers until 2018, and he leaves the game with 955 Receptions, 11,841 Receiving Yards and 116 Touchdown Receptions, all of which are franchise records.  He would be named to the 2000’s All-Decade Team. In our pre-season ranking of active players for Hall of Fame consideration, Gates was ranked #9. Gates is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2024. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Antonio Gates for the on-field memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 14 Jan 2020 23:16:31 +0000
The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame inductee our 2020 Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10817-the-japanese-baseball-hall-of-fame-inductee-our-2020-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10817-the-japanese-baseball-hall-of-fame-inductee-our-2020-class The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame inductee our 2020 Class
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York will soon be announcing their Class of 2020.  On the other side of the world, they have just inducted their latest class to the Japanese Hall of Fame. The headliner is Koichi Tabuchi, who is one of three members who were chosen for the Hall.  Tabuchi, who was chosen by the Expert Division, played from 1969 to 1978 with the Hanshin Tigers, and from 1979 to 1984 with the Seibu Lions.  The Catcher would have 1,532 Hits with 474 Home Runs over his career, and is a former Rookie of the Year, one-time Gome Run Champion, five-time Best Nine Award winner and a two-time Golden Glove Award winner. He was joined by former college level managers, Yukichi Maeda and Renzo Ishii. Who were inducted by the Special Selection Committee, which focuses on the amateur side of the game.   Notably, nobody from the Players Division was chosen. We here at Notinhalloffame.com, would like to congratulate the newest members of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 14 Jan 2020 19:58:50 +0000
Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson are now Hall of Famers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10816-bill-cowher-and-jimmy-johnson-are-now-hall-of-famers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10816-bill-cowher-and-jimmy-johnson-are-now-hall-of-famers Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson are now Hall of Famers
We thought we would be talking about this on Wednesday. Breaking from tradition, Hall of Fame President, David Baker appeared on the CBS pre-game show on Saturday and announced to former Pittsburgh Steelers, Head Coach, Bill Cowher, that he had been selected by the Blue Ribbon Centennial Committee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Last night, during halftime of the Seahawks/Packers Game, Baker appeared again and made the same announcement to former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins Head Coach, Jimmy Johnson. Cowher became the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, where he would stay until 2006.  He would lead Pittsburgh to a win in Super Bowl XL, and he would have a record of 149-90-1. When Johnson was greeted by Baker it was a very emotional scene.  The joy of his now fellow Hall of Famers (Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Tony Gonzalez) was infectious and Troy Aikman (who was calling the game) watched along.  After taking the University of Miami to the NCAA Championship in 1987, he would take over the helm of the Dallas Cowboys shortly there after.  He won two Super Bowls with Dallas and took them from the outhouse to the penthouse.  He was also the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins for four seasons.  Johnson’s Head Coaching record in the NFL was 80-64. This is the first time that Coaches were selected in a separate committee, and it is expected that it will return back to main committee.  The choices are no without controversy, as Don Coryell, who has been a Finalist six times was not chosen.  Tom Flores, who has been a Finalist the last two years, was also passed over.  Flores is 88, and based on online reactions, he is the biggest perceived snub.   As both Cowher and Johnson are NFL analysts on major networks, there has been some speculation that the Pro Football Hall of Fame looked to make moments as opposed to honor the two most deserving candidates. Only the people on the Blue Ribbon Committee will know if that is true.  The other Finalists amongst the Coaches were Mike Holmgren, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves and Dick Vermeil. This Wednesday morning on Good Morning Football, the remaining 13 selections will be announced.   We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate both Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson for entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:25:54 +0000
RIP: Neil Peart http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10813-rip-neil-peart http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10813-rip-neil-peart RIP: Neil Peart
This is a dark day in Rock and Roll.  It was announced today that Rush Drummer, Neil Peart passed away three days ago after a long battle with brain cancer.  He was 67 years old. Peart was considered by musicians and critics alike as one of the most technically proficient drummer that rock music had ever seen. Along with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, the Canadian Progressive Rock trio of Rush first recorded in 1974, and they received immediate airplay in Canada.  Unlike many Canadian bands in the 1970s, their popularity went well beyond their border.  In addition to his drumming expertise, he was an exceptional lyricist, a fact not well known considering that Lee was the band’s lead singer. The group would go on to produce 19 studio albums and 11 live albums, and sold out arenas around the world.  Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Peart last played in 2015, where depending on the source he was either taking a break or retiring from performing. We here at Notinhalloffame off our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Neil Peart at this time.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:58:45 +0000
Our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Announces the Class of 2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10812-our-fictitious-athlete-hall-of-fame-announces-the-class-of-2019 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10812-our-fictitious-athlete-hall-of-fame-announces-the-class-of-2019 Our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Announces the Class of 2019
We apologize for the delay, as many of other projects have taken precedence in the last month, but we are proud to announce our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Based entirely on all of your on-line votes, this is the 6thfull class. After a one-year vote, through a Preliminary and Semi-Finalist vote, two of the foes of Rocky Balboa are entering the Hall.  Clubber Lang (Rocky III) and Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) join Balboa and fellow Rocky series regular, Apollo Creed.  These two are joined by the pool shark, Fast Eddie Felson, from The Hustler and the Color of Money They join Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid), Dottie Hinson (A League of Their Own), Paul “Wrecking” Crewe (The Longest Yard), Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy), Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump), Willie “Mays” Hayes (Major League), Apollo Creed (Rocky), Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, Charlie Conway (The Mighty Ducks), The Hanson Brothers (Slap Shot), Reggie Dunlop (Slap Shot), Happy Gilmore (Happy Gilmore), Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Major League), Crash Davis (Bull Durham), Roy Hobbs (The Natural) and Rocky Balboa, the inaugural inductee. Rocky is represented again in the contributor section, as his wife, Adrian Balboa finally makes the Hall.  She is joined by Coach Ernie Pantusso, former Red Sox Coach and bartender from Cheers. Our first animated character is also inducted, as Sport Goofy enters via the Veteran’s category. Clubber Lang (Mr. T) finally advances into the Hall, after multiple appearances as a Finalist.  After the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Rocky Balboa, had multiple title defenses, he ran into a buzzsaw in Lang, who was the meanest competitor he ever faced.  Land destroyed Balboa to win the Title, but in the highly anticipated rematch, Balboa secured the assistance of his former nemesis, Apollo Creed.  Lang was knocked out in the rematch, and never was champion again. Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) was an undefeated amateur from the Soviet Union who had a perfect 100-0 record, with all wins by knockout.  He agreed to an exhibition match against Apollo Creed, where he decimated the former champion so badly, that he caused him to die in the ring.  Creed was avenged by the Heavyweight Champion, Rocky Balboa, who travelled to the U.S.S.R. and defeated Drago in a long punishing bout.  Drago went into hiding in Ukraine, and reemerged with his son, Viktor, mentoring him to a World Heavyweight Title match against Apollo’s son, Adonis. “Fast” Eddie Felson (Paul Newman).  Felson was a small-time pool hustler who challenged…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:17:45 +0000
The Detroit Tigers will retire Lou Whitaker's number http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10810-the-detroit-tigers-will-retire-lou-whitaker-s-number http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10810-the-detroit-tigers-will-retire-lou-whitaker-s-number The Detroit Tigers will retire Lou Whitaker's number
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such it is huge news that the Detroit Tigers will be retiring the number 1 of former Second Baseman, Lou Whitaker. Playing at Second Base, Whitaker played his entire career with the Tigers.  The five-time All-Star won the 1978 Rookie of the Year Award, where he also won three Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers.  He was an integral part of Detroit’s last World Series Championship in 1984.  He would overall accumulate 2,369 Hits with 244 Home Runs and 1,084 Runs Batted In. The official retirement will take place on August 29, during Detroit’s home game against the Boston Red Sox. Whitaker becomes the 10thplayer to have his number retired.  He joins Charlie Gehringer (#2), Alan Trammell (#3), Hank Greenberg (#5), Al Kaline (#6), Sparky Anderson (#11), Hal Newhouser (#16), Willie Horton (#23), Jackie Robinson (#42) and Jack Morris (#47). Along with Anderson, Trammell & Morris, he is the fourth member of the 1984 World Series winning team to have his number retired. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Lou Whitaker for earning this prestigious honor, and thank the Detroit Tigers for honoring their former star.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:07:41 +0000
The Miami Heat announce their Dwyane Wade Celebration Plans http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10807-the-miami-heat-announce-their-dwyane-wade-celebration-plans http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10807-the-miami-heat-announce-their-dwyane-wade-celebration-plans The Miami Heat announce their Dwyane Wade Celebration Plans
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such it is huge news that the Miami Heat have announced how they will honor the retirement of Dwyane Wade’s #3; and it will be incredible! Wade’s career will be celebrated over three days. On February 21, a tribute to some of best moments will be held, which will celebrate his greatest moments. On February 22, during their home game against Cleveland, his number will be retired. On February 23, a documentary of his last season will debut at their home arena. Playing 14 ½ of his seasons with Miami, Heat is the team’s all-time leading scorer.  He went to 13 All-Star Games, and won the scoring title in 2008-09.  The Guard went to eight All-NBA Teams (two First Team, three Second Team and three Third Teams), and led them to three NBA Championships. Wade becomes the fifth player in Heat history to have his number retired.   He joins Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Bosh. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Dwyane Wade for earning this prestigious honor, and the Miami Heat for doing this right.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:48:58 +0000
Kyle Long Retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10805-kyle-long-retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10805-kyle-long-retires Kyle Long Retires
Chicago Bears Offensive Guard had announced that he is retiring from the National Football League, ending a seven-year career spent entirely in the Windy City.  He made the announcement on Twitter. Playing his college ball at Oregon, Long was drafted by Chicago 20thoverall in 2013.  The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer, Howie Long, and brother of former NFL star, Chris Long, made an immediate impact, going to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, and he would repeat that accolade in 2014 and 2015. Long’s career stalled when a brutal ankle injury cost him half of the 2016 season and two games in 2017.  More injuries would pile up and he would only play 12 Games total in 2018 & 2019.  Overall, he would play 77 Games and started in 76 of them.   We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Kyle Long for his gridiron memories, and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 06 Jan 2020 12:09:41 +0000
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces the Finalists for the 2020 Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10803-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-the-finalists-for-the-2020-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10803-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-the-finalists-for-the-2020-class The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces the Finalists for the 2020 Class
We mention this every year, but the Pro Football Hall of Fame does things in a precise fashion, with multiple levels on the road to their annual induction process.  Today, the Canton, Ohio based institution has announced their 15 Finalists for the Class of 2020. This group was pared down from 25 Semi-Finalists: The 15 Finalists are: Steve Atwater: S 1989-98 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets.   Playing most of his career with the Denver Broncos where he won two Super Bowls, and was considered to be the one of the best hitting Defensive Back of his day.  The Free Safety was twice a First Team All-Pro, and was named to the Pro Bowl eight times. This is Atwater’s third time as a Finalist, and his second in a row.  He is ranked #5 on Notinhalloffame.com. Tony Boselli: T 1995-01 Jacksonville Jaguars.   Perhaps the greatest Jag of all-time, Boselli is a Finalist for the fourth straight year.  The Left Tackle went to five straight Pro Bowls (1996-00) and three straight First Team All-Pros (1997-99).  He is ranked #54 on Notinhalloffame.com. Isaac Bruce: WR 1994-07 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers.   A Super Bowl Champion with the Rams, Isaac Bruce retired with 15,208 Receiving Yards and 91 Touchdown Receptions.  In addition his Super Bowl, he was a one-time First Team All-Pro and would go to four Pro Bowls.  He is ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com. LeRoy Butler: S 1990-01 Green Bay Packers After two years as a Semi-Finalist, Butler is a Finalist for the first time.  The creator of the “Lambeau Leap” and career Packer won a Super Bowl (XXXI), and was also a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro four times.  He is ranked #81 on Notinhalloffame.com. Alan Faneca: G 1998-07 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals. This is the fifth year in a row that Faneca has been named a Finalist.  He is a former Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers and went to nine Pro Bowls, while also being named to six First Team All-Pros.  He is ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com.   Torry Holt: WR 1999-08 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars. Holt finally broke through in his sixth year as a Semi-Finalist.  A Super Bowl Champion with the Rams, Holt had 13,382 Receiving Yards with 74 TDs.  Holt was also a seven-time Pro Bowl and one-time First Team All-Pro.  He is ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.   Steve Hutchinson: G 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-11 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans. Hutchinson is a Finalist for the…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 02 Jan 2020 19:04:04 +0000
The Islanders to retire John Tonelli and Butch Goring's numbers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10802-the-islanders-to-retire-john-tonelli-and-butch-goring-s-numbers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10802-the-islanders-to-retire-john-tonelli-and-butch-goring-s-numbers The Islanders to retire John Tonelli and Butch Goring's numbers
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the New York Islanders will be retiring the numbers of John Tonelli and Butch Goring this year. John Tonelli played his first three seasons in pro hockey with the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association, and he debuted on Long Island for the 1978-79 season.  The Left Wing played there for seven and a half seasons, and was a member of all four of New York’s Stanley Cup wins, and he was named a Second Team All-Star twice. For the Islanders, Tonelli would accumulate 544 Points in 594 Games.  Currently, his number 27 is being worn by Anders Lee, the current captain of the Islanders.  Tonelli has asked that Lee continue to wear that number as long as he is in New York.  His number will go up the rafter on their February 21 home game against the Detroit Red Wings.  He is currently ranked #39 on our Notinhalloffame.com hockey list of those to consider for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Butch Goring was traded from the Los Angeles Kings during the 1979-80 season, and he was the final piece of the puzzle that would help the Islanders win their first Stanley Cup.  He would play with New York until 1985, and like Tonelli, he was also a member of all four Stanley Cup wins.  Goring was especially valuable in the 1981 Championship, when he won the Conn Smythe Trophy.  He played 332 Games, scoring 195 Points for New York.  Goring’s number 91 will be officially retired on February 29, at their home game against the Buffalo Sabres.  He is currently ranked #38 on our Notinhalloffame.com hockey list. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Butch Goring and John Tonelli for earning this honor.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 02 Jan 2020 11:49:25 +0000
RIP: David Stern http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10801-rip-david-stern http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10801-rip-david-stern RIP: David Stern
It is a very sad day in the world of Basketball, as former NBA Commissioner, David Stern, passed away today at the age of 77. Stern was first involved in the NBA in 1966, when he was hired by the law firm that represented the league.  In 1978, he was officially hired by the NBA, as he became General Counsel under the then Commissioner, Larry O’Brien.  He would then take over for O’Brien on February 1, 1984.   Stern would serve in this capacity for precisely 30 years.  Under his tenure, the NBA grew by seven teams, and expanded into Canada.  He oversaw the expansion of the league’s profile on an international level, bringing training camps and exhibition games to nations across the world.  He created the WNBA and the Developmental League, and was ahead of the curve in terms of digital content.  All of this helped make many players multi-millionaires. While Stern was occasionally controversial (the dress code, the Chris Paul trade veto), there is not one person who can argue that Stern left the NBA in much better shape than when he took over.   Stern is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (2014 Class), and the FIBA Hall of Fame (2016 Class) We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of David Stern.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 01 Jan 2020 17:16:25 +0000
Zach Randolph Officially Retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10788-zach-randolph-officially-retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10788-zach-randolph-officially-retires Zach Randolph Officially Retires
While he last played in the NBA in 2018, Zach Randolph has officially announced his retirement from professional basketball. Playing his college ball at Michigan State, “Z-Bo” was the 19thOverall Pick in 2001, when he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Power Forward became a fulltime starter in his third year (2003-04), where he broke out with a double-double season of 20.1 Points and 10.5 Rebounds per Game. For his efforts, he would win the NBA Most Improved Player of the Year.   Similar seasons followed, and he was traded to the New York Knicks on a draft day deal in 2007.  Randolph continued to be a near double-double player and would do so with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played for a little less than a season when he was traded 11 games into the 2008-09 campaign.  He was then moved to Memphis, which would be the team where he became most associated with. It was in Memphis, where he went to two All-Star Games (2010 & 2013), and had his most productive year (2010-11), with a PPG of 20.1 and 12.2 RPG.  That year, he would be a Third Team All-Star, and twice with the Grizzlies, he would have two years where he finished first in Offensive Rebounds. He would finish his career, with a season with the Sacramento Kings. Randolph retires with 1,116 Games Played, and averages of 16.6 Points and 9.1 Rebounds per Game.  He will be eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2022, and while that might seem like a long shot, he will be ranked on a future list. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Zach Randolph for the on the court memories, and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 28 Dec 2019 13:28:03 +0000
A Deep Look at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Nominees http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10786-a-deep-look-at-the-naismith-basketball-hall-of-fame-nominees http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10786-a-deep-look-at-the-naismith-basketball-hall-of-fame-nominees A Deep Look at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Nominees
As much as we love Halls of Fame, we have often been critical about the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.  One of our criticisms is that the powers that be in Springfield are not very transparent, and does not even provide even the briefest bios of their many candidates.  We are going to provide more context those who will be considered for Hall of Fame Class of 2020.   North America Committee Nominations: Rick Adelman(Coach):  Adelman played eight years in the NBA, and would become the Head Coach of Chemekata CC in 1977.  He served in that role until 1983, when he joined the Portland Trail Blazers as an Assistant Coach.  He took over as their Head Coach in 1989, serving in that capacity until 1994.  He would later coach Golden State (1995-97), Sacramento (1999-06), Houston (2007-11) and Minnesota (2011-14).  His coaching record is 1,042-749, highlighted by taking Portland to the Finals in 1990.  Fletcher Arritt(Coach):  Arritt was the Basketball Coach at Fork Union Military Academy from 1970 to 2012.  More than 200 players under Arritt would compete in Division I.  As a coach, Arritt went 890-293. Johnny Bach(Coach):  Bach played his college ball at Fordham, and he would play briefly in the NBA for the Boston Celtics in 1948-49.  He would return to Fordham as a Coach from 1950 to 1968, and he would then take the reins of Penn State for 11 years.  He would move to the NBA as an Assistant Coach for Golden State, and would become their Head Coach in 1983.  His combined coaching record in the college ranks was 387-314. Chauncey Billups:  A Consensus Second Team All-American at the University of Colorado, Billups played in the NBA from 1997 to 2014.  He was a five-time NBA All-Star, and would twice make the All-NBA Third Team.  The best run of his career was with the Detroit Pistons, where he led them to an NBA Championship in 2004 where he was named the Finals MVP.  Billups also won a Gold Medal for the United States in 2010 at the FIBA World Championship. He is ranked #14 on our latest Notinhalloffame.comlist for consideration. Chris Bosh:  Bosh was the 2003 ACC Rookie of the Year at Georgia Tech, and he would be part of the greatest draft class ever joining the Toronto Raptors and the fourth overall pick. “CB4” would later sign with the Miami Heat, creating a superteam with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade and won two NBA Titles.  Individually, he was an 11-time All-Star with one Second Team All-NBA Selection.  Bosh…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 25 Dec 2019 18:39:52 +0000
Marshawn Lynch returns http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10785-marshawn-lynch-returns http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10785-marshawn-lynch-returns Marshawn Lynch returns
In April, we did our standard recap where we wished a player the best in their post-playing endeavors, with the individual person in question being Marshawn Lynch.  Let’s retract that as “Beast Mode” is back. Lynch resigned with the Seattle Seahawks yesterday, and the five-time Pro Bowl Selection comes back with “unfinished business” as he said in a recent YouTube video.   We know what the unfinished business is.  At Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks were driving late in the game and were on the one-yard line.  It was expected that Lynch would get the ball, but instead a passing play was called that resulted in a Malcolm Butler interception.  That saved the game for the Patriots, and every arm chair quarterback in the world wondered why Lynch didn’t get the ball. Last season, Lynch had 460 Yards from Scrimmage with the Oakland Raiders, and he has 12,595 in total.  Should the Seahawks win the Super Bowl, and Lynch has a good game, it would be huge for his Pro Football Hall of Fame chances. As always will be watching.  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 24 Dec 2019 10:48:46 +0000
Darren Sproles to retire http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10784-darren-sproles-to-retire http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10784-darren-sproles-to-retire Darren Sproles to retire
The NFL season is not yet over, but we have a significant retirement that was announced today.  Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles, who is out for the rest of the season with a hip injury, announced that he will officially call it a career. A fourth round pick from Kansas State in 2005, Sproles was mostly used as a Kick Returner as a rookie.  He missed all of 2006 due to an ankle injury, and returned as the team’s primary returner, a role he held until 2010.  The Chargers would gradually use him more in their offense, and he would see a 59 reception year in 2010, his last in Southern California. Next up for Sproles was the New Orleans Saints, where he was again the primary returner, but would also see career highs in Rushing Yards (603), and Receiving Yards (710), and he would lead the NFL in All-Purpose Yards.  He would have at least 600 Receiving Yards the next two seasons. Sproles would join the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, and while he saw less of a role in the offense, he would be named to the Pro Bowl the next three seasons as a Punt Returner.  He would finish first in Punt Return Yards in 2014 and 2015.  Sproles was a member of the Eagles Super Bowl LII win, the first in franchise history. Sproles retires with 3,553 Rushing Yards, 4,840 Receiving Yards, 32 Touchdowns, and 19,696 All-Purpose Yards.  That last stat places him fifth all-time in NFL history. He is a member of the 50thAnniversary All-Time team, and he holds the New Orleans Saints record for the most All-Purpose Yards in a season (2,696 in 2011). We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Sproles for the many memories on the gridiron.  We wish him the best in his post-playing career.  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 21 Dec 2019 16:27:38 +0000
Ian Kinsler Retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10783-ian-kinsler-retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10783-ian-kinsler-retires Ian Kinsler Retires
We have another retirement in Baseball to look at as Ian Kinsler has announced that he is retiring from the game.  The San Diego Padre cited issues with a cervical disk that ended his 2018 season. The Second Baseman began his Major League career in 2006 with the Texas Rangers, where he finished seventh in Rookie of the Year voting.  Kinsler played for Texas until 2013, and he would be named an All-Star on three occasions, and twice he had 30 Home Runs campaigns for the Rangers.  He joined the Detroit Tigers for the 2014 Season, and went to his fourth All-Star Game.  With Detroit, he twice had 20 Home Run campaigns. Kinsler went to the Los Angeles Angels, and would play there briefly before being traded to the Boston Red Sox, where he was a member of their World Series Championship Team.  San Diego was his last stop, where before he was injured, he played 97 Games. Kinsler will remain with the Padres as an adviser. He retires with 1,999 Hits, 257 Home Runs, 909 Runs Batted In and 243 Stolen Bases.  He is unlikely to make the Baseball Hall of Fame, but he will be eligible in 2025.  We expect that he will be on the ballot. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Kinsler the best in his post-playing career.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 21 Dec 2019 07:25:45 +0000
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their 2020 Finalists for the Centennial Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10781-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-their-2020-finalists-for-the-centennial-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10781-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-their-2020-finalists-for-the-centennial-class The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their 2020 Finalists for the Centennial Class
We here at Notinhalloffame.com were thrilled that the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced a special blue-ribbon committee to add 10 Senior Players, three contributors and two coaches.  This will commemorate the 100thanniversary of the National Football League. The Centennial Finalists Players are: Cliff Branch Harold Carmichael Jim Covert Roger Craig Lavern Dilweg Ox Emerson Randy Gradishar Cliff Harris Winston Hill Cecil Isbell Alex Karras Verne Lewellen Tommy Nobis Drew Pearson Duke Slater Mac Speedie Ed Sprinkle Al Wistert All of those players are featured on our Notinhalloffame.com list of those to consider for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Centennial Finalists Coaches are: Don Coryell Bill Cowher Tom Flores Mike Holmgren Jimmy Johnson Buddy Parker Dan Reeves Dick Vermeil The Centennial Finalists Contributors are: Bud Adams Ralph Hay Bucko Kilroy Art McNally Art Modell Clint Murchison Steve Sabol Seymour Siwoff Paul Tagliabue George Young 10 Players, 3 Coaches and 2 Contributors will be chosen, and they will be joined by 5 Modern Era Candidates.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:24:50 +0000
Todd Rundgren speaks about the RRHOF http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10777-todd-rundgren-speaks-about-the-rrhof http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10777-todd-rundgren-speaks-about-the-rrhof Todd Rundgren speaks about the RRHOF
In a recent interview with Fox News, Todd Rundgren was asked about his second Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.  His reaction bordered on apathy, yet respectful of the desire of his fans, a trope that we see often from many in his position. He had this to say: Fox News: “When it comes to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, some artists are all for it. Others feel it’s a popularity contest. What’s your stance?”Rundgren: “Well, I’ve never taken it seriously for one thing... When they decided that this was a good idea, I already had like three careers *laughs*. So personally, I never saw that kind of acknowledgment — you know, just some arbitrary bunch of people get together and hands out awards at a fancy event according to rules nobody really understands. I never cared about it. I have made no secret about that. I have to say that I am upset at the fact that they pulled this stunt — vote and essentially ignore the fans. For years, I have tried to get [my audience] to be realistic about it. But for years, they felt it was an important thing for them, for me to be up there… The treatment towards the fans does upset me. They seem to be out of the whole process. And I believe their say matters the most in this whole process.” Rundgren is correct in that his fan base is fervent about Rundgren getting in.  He has been eligible for the Hall since 1995. His current ranking on our latest Notinhalloffame.com Rock list has him at #11. We know for sure that there will be more drama coming regarding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 14 Dec 2019 13:45:49 +0000
RIP: Rene Goulet http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10776-rip-rene-goulet http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10776-rip-rene-goulet RIP: Rene Goulet
It was announced today by the Cauliflower Alley Club, that former WWWF World Tag Team Champion, Rene Goulet passed away at the age of 86.  Goulet had passed away in May of this year, but the family has only made the announcement of his death public today. From Quebec, Goulet began his career in 1957, and would spend a lot of his career in the American Wrestling Association.  He was in the WWWF in 1971 where he and his partner, Karl Gotch would win the Tag Team Titles.  Goulet was also the tag team partner of Andre The Giant in the 1981 World Tag League, which they would win.   Late in his career, Goulet was used as enhancement talent in the WWF for a few years before transitioning into a long term agent for the company.  In our latest ranking for those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame, Goulet was listed at #148. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Rene Goulet.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:01:21 +0000
Batista named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10773-batista-named-to-the-wwe-hall-of-fame-class-of-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10773-batista-named-to-the-wwe-hall-of-fame-class-of-2020 Batista named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Less than an hour ago, it was announced that the New World Order (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman) will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame.  It has how been announced that Dave Bautista will be joining them in the Hall.  Dave Bautista cut his teeth in the WWE farm promotion, Ohio Valley Wrestling as “Leviathan”, and the 300 pound behemoth would be brought up shortly as “Deacon Batista”, the henchman of D-Von Dudley when he was doing his reverend gimmick.  That didn’t last, and he was moved to the RAW brand and placed in a faction with Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton.  As his wins piled up, his momentum shot up, and he was placed in a program against his mentor, Triple H, who he defeated in the main event of Wrestlemania 21 for the first of what would be six World Heavyweight Championships.  Batista left in 2010 to pursue an acting career, and he came back in 2014, winning the Royal Rumble, but he would not stay long.  He returned to acting, and became very successful, most notably as Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Batista made one last comeback, and lost to Triple H at Wrestlemania 35 The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 2, 2020, as part of the Wrestlemania 36 weekend. Batista was ranked #9 on our latest Notinhalloffame.com list of those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame.  He will be removed when we do our revisions in April. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our congratulations to Dave Bautista for his impending induction.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:16:39 +0000
The New World Order named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10772-the-new-world-order-named-to-the-wwe-hall-of-fame-class-of-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10772-the-new-world-order-named-to-the-wwe-hall-of-fame-class-of-2020 The New World Order named to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020
This was early. We haven’t gotten to the Royal Rumble yet, and it has been announced that the New World Order will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame.  The announcement came from ESPN.  The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on April 2, 2020, as part of the Wrestlemania 36 weekend.  While there were many members of the NWO, only Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan and Syxx (Sean Waltman) will be inducted. The New World Order angle tipped the ratings war in favor of World Championship Wrestling for nearly two years. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash appeared on WCW television as “invaders” and at the 1996 Bash at the Beach Pay Per View, Hulk Hogan joined them and turned heel.  That night, he declared his group as the “New World Order”, and it was the hottest angle that wrestling had seen in years.  Sean Waltman, who had wrestled as the 1-2-3 Kid in the WWE, joined as the sixth member of the group (Syxx).  The four chosen members of the New World Order have already been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  Hogan entered in 2005, Hall (as Razor Ramon) in 2014, Nash in 2015, and Waltman as a member of D-Generation-X last year.  They join Ric Flair, Bret Hart and Booker T as two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductees. At different times, the New World Order had The Giant (The Big Show), Ted DiBiase (inducted in 2010), Vincent (Virgil), NWO Sting, Elizabeth, Eric Bischoff, Buff Bagwell, Michael Wallstreet (Mike Rotundo), Bubba Rogers (The Big Boss Man, inducted posthumously in 2016), Scott Norton, Randy Savage (inducted posthumously in 2015), Konnan, Curt Hennig (inducted posthumously in 2007), Rick Rude (inducted posthumously in 2017), Louie Spicolli, Dusty Rhodes (inducted in 2007), Brian Adams, Scott Steiner, The Disciple (inducted as Brutus Beefcake in 2019), Stevie Ray (inducted with Booker T as Harlem Heat in 2019), Horace Hogan, Lex Luger, Sting (inducted in 2016), The Disco Inferno, Bret Hart (Inducted in 2006 and again in 2019 with Jim Neidhart in the Hart Foundation), Jeff Jarrett (inducted in 2018), The Harris Twins, Booker T (inducted in 2011 and again in 2019 with Stevie Ray in Harlem Heat), and Shawn Michaels (inducted in 2011 and again in 2019 with D-Generation X) It is unlikely that any of those other members of the New World Order will be added. The group extended into two factions (black and white & NWO Wolfpack),…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:22:27 +0000
Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10771-ted-simmons-and-marvin-miller-elected-to-the-baseball-hall-of-fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10771-ted-simmons-and-marvin-miller-elected-to-the-baseball-hall-of-fame Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Another huge day has happened as the Modern Baseball Era Committee has announced that Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons will be joining the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Miller spent 17 years (1966-82) as the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Under his guidance, players salaries increased by more than ten times. Simmons was an eight-time All-Star who accumulated 2,473 Hits with 248 Home Runs over a career spent with the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves.  In his initial Hall of Fame ballot, Simmons only lasted one year where he received 3.7% of the ballot. Missing out were Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Dwight Evans and Lou Whitaker.  In our latest Notinhalloffame.com baseball list, Simmons was ranked #9.  It will be a pleasure to remove him, when we revise our list in February. To receive induction, a candidate needed to receive 75% of the ballot. The Modern Baseball Veterans Committee consists of: HOF Players: George Brett, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith & Robin Yount. MLB Executives: Sandy Alderson, Dave Dombrowski, David Glass, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin & Terry Ryan. Media/Historians: Bill Center, Steve Hirdt, Jack O’Connell & Tracy Ringolsby. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to offer our congratulations to both Ted Simmons and the family of Marvin Miller at this time.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 08 Dec 2019 20:51:41 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Carolina Panthers are now up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10763-our-all-time-top-50-carolina-panthers-are-now-up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10763-our-all-time-top-50-carolina-panthers-are-now-up Our All-Time Top 50 Carolina Panthers are now up
Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Carolina Panthers.  The Panthers were formed in 1995, and the expansion team has done well, winning the NFC twice in 2003 and 2015.  On both occasions, Carolina failed to win the Super Bowl, but making it this far twice is the envy of a few teams in the NFL. As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following:  1.  Advanced Statistics. 2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL. 3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories. This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season. The complete list can be found here,but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Steve Smith 2. Cam Newton 3. Luke Kuechly 4. Julius Peppers 5. Ryan Kalil We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.   Look for or All-Time Top 50 Carolina Panthers coming next! As always we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:22:24 +0000
Bernard Hopkins to headline the International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10762-bernard-hopkins-to-headline-the-international-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2020 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10762-bernard-hopkins-to-headline-the-international-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2020 Bernard Hopkins to headline the International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2020
The International Boxing Hall of Fame has announced their 31stClass, which comprises three women who become the first females to enter the Hall. The Class of 2020 will go in officially on June 14 in Canastota, New York. Three Modern Category Male Boxers were selected. Bernard Hopkins:  One of the most successful boxers of all-time, Hopkins is the likely headliner of this group.  Competing from 1988 to 2016, “The Executioner” was the former Undisputed Middleweight Champion and was also a former Lineal Light Heavyweight Champion. He retired with a record of 55-8-2-2 with 32 Knockouts. Juan Manuel Marquez:  From Mexico, Marquez boxed from 1993 to 2014 and would become the third man to become a World Champion in four different weight classes; Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight and Junior Welterweight.  The former Lineal Lightweight Champion had a record of 56-7-1 and 40 Knockouts. “Sugar” Shane Mosley:  Mosley was a world champion in three different weight classes (Lightweight, Super Welterweight and Light Middleweight).  He was a former Lineal World Champion in both Welterweight and Light Middleweight and Ring Magazine would twice name him the best pound for pound boxer in the world. Hopkins, Marquez and Mosely were all inducted in their first year of eligibility.   Two Modern Category Female Boxers were selected. Christy Martin:  Martin is considered the first major name female boxer and the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” would have a record of 49-7-3 with 31 Knockouts. Lucia Rijker:  From The Netherlands, Rijker was also a very successful kickboxer. As a boxer, she went undefeated with a record of 17-0 and 14 Knockouts. The third female boxer, Barbara Buttrick, was chosen in the women’s Trailblazer Category.  From England, Buttrick competed in the 1940s and 1950s and had a record of 30-1-1. Frank Erne enters in the Old Timer Category.  Erne won the Featherweight Title in 1896, and had a record of 30-6-16-1 with 14 Knockouts.  Paddy Ryan was chosen in the Pioneer Category.  Ryan was the bareknuckle American Heavyweight Champion in 1880. Other inductees include promoters, Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva and Dan Goossen and Journalists Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest and impending inductees for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:18:00 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Detroit Lions have been revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10760-our-all-time-top-50-detroit-lions-have-been-revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10760-our-all-time-top-50-detroit-lions-have-been-revised Our All-Time Top 50 Detroit Lions have been revised
Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity.  As such, we are very happy to present the first revision of our top 50 Detroit Lions of all-time. As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following:  1.  Advanced Statistics. 2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL. 3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably. This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Joe Schmidt 2. Barry Sanders 3. Bobby Layne 4. Lem Barney 5. Doak Walker We have used a different algorithm from our initial list, and this has resulted in Lions who have long since retired being shuffled despite not having added any accomplishments.   We have since rectified that. As always, we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 03 Dec 2019 10:16:32 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Green Bay Packers have been revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10744-our-all-time-top-50-green-bay-packers-have-been-revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10744-our-all-time-top-50-green-bay-packers-have-been-revised Our All-Time Top 50 Green Bay Packers have been revised
Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity.  As such, we are very happy to present the first revision of our top 50 Green Bay Packers of all-time. As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following:  1.  Advanced Statistics. 2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL. 3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably. This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Brett Favre 2. Don Hutson 3. Forrest Gregg 4. Bart Starr 5. Ray Nitschke We have used a different algorithm from our initial list, and this has resulted in Packers who have long since retired being shuffled despite not having added any accomplishments.  We admit embarrassment, as we had a few legends from the early days of the Packers who were not featured on this list. We have since rectified that. As always, we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 29 Nov 2019 15:51:48 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Denver Broncos are now up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10722-our-all-time-top-50-denver-broncos-are-now-up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10722-our-all-time-top-50-denver-broncos-are-now-up Our All-Time Top 50 Denver Broncos are now up
Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Denver Broncos.  The Nets were formed in 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League.  While the fanbase proved to be strong, the play on the field was not, and they had little to no success in the 1960s.  The first few seasons when they migrated to the NFL saw the same result, but a developing “Orange Crush” Defense, took them to Super Bowl XII.  They came up short, but it was a start. The Broncos would trade for the number one pick in 1983, John Elway, and it would usher in a wave of success in Mile High.  Elway took the Broncos to three AFC Championships in the 1980s, but they were unable to convert that success into a Super Bowl ring.  This changed in the 90s, when Elway gained a prime offensive weapon in Terrell Davis, and the two would win Super Bowl back-to-back in the 1997 and 1998 season, ending the anxiety of Broncos fans. Denver would again sign a Hall of Fame Quarterback, though in Peyton Manning, it was at the end of his career.  The Broncos went to Super Bowl XLVIII, but were thrashed by the Seattle Seahawks. In Manning’s last year, he did enough for them to win Super Bowl 50, though that was more on the strength of their defense. As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following:  1.  Advanced Statistics. 2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL. 3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories. This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season. The complete list can be found here,but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. John Elway 2. Randy Gradishar 3. ShannonSharpe 4. RodSmith 5. ChampBailey We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.   Look for or All-Time Top 50 Carolina Panthers coming next! As always we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 28 Nov 2019 16:35:07 +0000
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their 2020 Semi-Finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10650-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-their-2020-semi-finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10650-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-their-2020-semi-finalists The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their 2020 Semi-Finalists
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their 25 Semi-Finalists for their Class of 2020. Without further ado, they are: Steve Atwater:  Safety: Denver Broncos 1989-98, New York Jets 1999.  This is Atwater’s ninth straight time as a Semi-Finalist, and he was a Finalist last year.   Carl Banks:  Linebacker: New York Giants 1984-92, Washington Redskins 1993, Cleveland Browns 1994-95.  This is the first time that Banks has been named as a Semi-Finalist, despite being eligible since 2001.  Banks won two Super Bowls with the Giants. Ronde Barber:  Cornerback: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1997-12.  This is Barber’s third straight appearance as a Semi-Finalist. Tony Boselli:  Offensive Tackle:  Jacksonville Jaguars 1995-01, Houston Texans 2002.  The greatest Jaguar player in history is a Semi-Finalist for the fifth time, and is also a prior Finalist. Isaac Bruce:  Wide Receiver:  Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 1994-07, San Francisco 49ers 2008-09.  Bruce is a Semi-Finalist for the sixth time, and also a prior Finalist.  He won a Super Bowl with St. Louis. LeRoy Butler:  Safety:  Green Bay Packers 1990-01.  Butler is a Semi-Finalist for the third straight year, and he is a prior Super Bowl winner. Alan Faneca:  Offensive Guard:  Pittsburgh Steelers 1998-07, New York Jets 2008-09, Arizona Cardinals 2010.  Faneca is a Semi-Finalist for the fifth time and has been a Finalist every year since eligible. Torry Holt:  Wide Receiver:  St. Louis Rams 1999-08, Jacksonville Jaguars.  Like Bruce, Holt was a member of the Super Bowl Championship team from St. Louis.  Holt is a Semi-Finalist for the sixth time but has never been a Finalist. Steve Hutchinson:  Offensive Guard:  Seattle Seahawks 2001-05, Minnesota Vikings 2006-11, Tennessee Titans 2010. Hutchinson makes his third Semi-Finals, and he is also a prior Finalist. Edgerrin James:  Running Back:  Indianapolis Colts 1993-04, Arizona Cardinals 2006-08, Seattle Seahawks 2009.  James reaches the John Lynch:  Free Safety:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1993-03, Denver Broncos.  Lynch is a Semi-Finalist again, and has been a Finalist seven times. Clay Matthews:  Linebacker:  Cleveland Browns 1978-93, Atlanta Falcons 1994-96.  Matthews is a Semi-Finalist for the fourth time, and this is his second consecutive year making it this far on the ballot. Sam Mills:  Linebacker:  New Orleans Saints 1986-94, Carolina Panthers 1995-97.  Mills was a Semi-Finalist last year, and this is his third time reaching this stage. Troy Polamalu:  Safety:  Pittsburgh Steelers 2003-14.  The former Defensive Player of the Year is eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time and he is considered to be a strong contender to enter on the first ballot. He would win two Super Bowls. Simeon Rice:  Defensive End:  Arizona Cardinals 1996-00, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2001-06, Denver Broncos 2007 & Indianapolis Colts 2007.  Rice has been eligible for…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:14:17 +0000
We have revised our All-Time Top 50 Minnesota Timberwolves: KAT now #2 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10625-we-have-revised-our-all-time-top-50-minnesota-timberwolves-kat-now-2 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10625-we-have-revised-our-all-time-top-50-minnesota-timberwolves-kat-now-2 We have revised our All-Time Top 50 Minnesota Timberwolves: KAT now #2
Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity.  As such, we are very happy to present the first revision of our top 50 Minnesota Timberwolves of all-time. As for all of our top 50 players in basketball we look at the following:  Advanced Statistics. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NBA. Playoff accomplishments. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably. This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: Kevin Garnett Karl-Anthony Towns Kevin Love Wally Szczerbiak Terrell Brandon As you may have deduced, the biggest change from our previous ranking from three years ago is the vault of Karl-Anthony Towns from #16 to #2.   The biggest change based on recent play is Altuve’s rise to number 5. With the changes in our algorithm and with recent play, we have added new additions in Taj Gibson #18, Andrew Wiggins #21, Jeff Teague #31, Tyus Jones #35, Nemanja Bjelica #40, Zach Levine #46 and Jimmy Butler #48. As always we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 23 Nov 2019 12:00:52 +0000
Two Teams are Primed to Retire their First Ever Jersey Numbers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10621-two-teams-are-primed-to-retire-their-first-ever-jersey-numbers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10621-two-teams-are-primed-to-retire-their-first-ever-jersey-numbers Two Teams are Primed to Retire their First Ever Jersey Numbers
Being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the highest honor for a basketball player anywhere in the world. As the hall celebrates basketball players, coaches, and contributors from all over the world, at all levels, and across all genders, it is a very special achievement for anyone involved with basketball to become an honouree.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 18 Nov 2019 02:07:32 +0000
Our Top 50 All-Time Brooklyn Nets are now up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10600-our-top-50-all-time-brooklyn-nets-are-now-up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10600-our-top-50-all-time-brooklyn-nets-are-now-up Our Top 50 All-Time Brooklyn Nets are now up
Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Brooklyn Nets.  The Nets were formed in 1967, as the New Jersey Americans an inaugural ABA franchise.  They would relocate after one year to New York City, and became the Nets, and with the arrival Julius Erving in 1974, they would win the ABA Title in 1974 and 1976.  The Nets were one of the four teams to join the NBA, but they did so without Erving.  They would return to New Jersey in 1977, where they would stay until 2012.  The Nets have yet to win the NBA Championship, but did win the Eastern Conference in 2002 and 2003.  They moved to Brooklyn in 2012, where they have remained since. As for all of our top 50 players in basketball, we look at the following:  Advanced Statistics. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NBA. Playoff accomplishments. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed increased importance on the first two categories. This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: Jason Kidd Julius Erving Buck Williams Brook Lopez Vince Carter We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.   As always we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:00:12 +0000
Bill Russell finally accepts his Hall of Fame ring http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10599-bill-russell-finally-accepts-his-hall-of-fame-ring http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10599-bill-russell-finally-accepts-his-hall-of-fame-ring Bill Russell finally accepts his Hall of Fame ring
44 years after he was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Bill Russell finally accepted his Hall of Fame ring.   In a tweet, he said that “in ’75 I refused to be the 1stblack player to go into” the hall as he “felt others before me should have that honor.”  He referenced Chuck Cooper in that tweet, who was chosen earlier this year.  Cooper was the first African-American to play in the NBA in 1950. Russell mentioned that he received the ring in a private ceremony, which was attended by his wife and close friends, which included Alonzo Mourning and Bill Walton.   Walton was an 11-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics, a two-time NCAA Champion with the University of San Francisco and an Olympic Gold Medalist with the United States.  He was a five-time MVP, eleven-time All-NBA selection and twelve-time All-Star. Suddenly, the Basketball Hall of Fame seems so much more relevant.    
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 16 Nov 2019 04:40:10 +0000
The Finalists are set for our Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10578-the-finalists-are-set-for-our-fictitious-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10578-the-finalists-are-set-for-our-fictitious-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame The Finalists are set for our Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
It is another big day for us at Notinhalloffame.com! Following the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s announcement of their Finalists, our Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announcing its Finalists for the 2019 Class. This will be the fifth full class. Like in previous years, the opening round began with over 500 Fictional Musicians which was reduced to 40 Fictional Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Semi-Finalists.  The top 15 vote getters advanced to the Final Round. The 15 Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall Finalists are: Archies, The (Archie). In the real world, the Archies went number one with “Sugar Sugar”.  The Archie universe continues with comics and the show, Riverdale. This is their third straight year as a Finalist. Banana Splits, The(The Banana Splits).  From the minds of Sid and Marty Kroft, the Banana Splits lasted just over 30 episodes but the baby boom generation clearly remembers them well.  This is the second time that they have been Finalists.   Bleeding Gums Murphy(The Simpsons). This is the only Finalist for The Simpsons, who have produced one every year since we began this process. Eddie and the Cruisers(Eddie and the Cruisers).  The bar band from New Jersey is a Finalist for a second time.   Figrin D’An and the Modal Nodes(Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope).  The band from the Mos Eisley Cantina makes their first appearance as a Finalist. From what we know, they only know two songs. Jackie Rogers Jr.(SCTV). This is a surprise Finalist, as Rogers Jr. has never been a Semi-Finalist before this year.  Could be have our first albino singer in the Hall? Jem and the Holograms(Jem and the Holograms).  This truly, truly, truly outrageous band from the 80s who were beacons of good.  This is their second time as Finalists. Jesse and the Rippers(Full House). This is another major surprise as this San Francisco bar band had never made it to the Semi-Finals before this year. Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith(8 Mile). For the first time, B-Rabbit makes the Finals and we could have our first rapper in the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Otis Day & The Knights(Animal House). This is the third time that Otis Day has made the Finals, and we think if they get in, they will party at the Dexter Lake Club. Randy Watson(Coming to America).  We last saw Watson at the Queens, New York, Black Awareness event.  Perhaps we will see more of him in the impending sequel. This is the first time that he has…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:59:57 +0000
Purdue announces their 2020 HOF Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10572-purdue-announces-their-2020-hof-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10572-purdue-announces-their-2020-hof-class Purdue announces their 2020 HOF Class
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  Eventually, this will extend to major American Universities. As such, it is news to us that the Purdue University Athletic Hall of Fame have announced the seven-member Class of 2020. The Class of 2020 comprises: Ariel (Turner) Gebhardt (Women’s Volleyball):  Gebhardt would be a four-letterwoman from 2009 to 2012, and she is second all-time in school history in kills (1,906).  As a Senior, she was named the Academic All-American of the Year for Volleyball.  She is also a former Big Ten Player of the Year. Shaun Guice (Men’s Track & Field):  Lettering every year from 2000 to 2004, Guice was a seven-time All-American in the High Jump.  He would finish in both the 2001 and 2003 NCAA Indoor Championship at that event. Robbie Hummel (Men’s Basketball):  Hummel played for the Boilermakers from 2008 to 2012, and is the only player in school history to have 1,500 Points, 800 Rebounds and 250 Assists.  He would be named a Second Team All-American in 2010 and a First Team Big Ten Selection in 2008, 2010 & 2012.  Hummel also was the named the 2009 Big Ten Tournament MVP. Chuck Kyle (Football):  Kyle was a Consensus First Team All-American at Defensive Middle Guard in 1968.  The three-time First Team Big Ten Player would go on to play in the Canadian Football League.   Casey Matthews (Women’s Diving):  Matthews made school history when she won the 2013 3-Meter Title, making her the first female to win an individual title.  She was also the 2014 Big Ten Champion on the 1-Meter. Bruce Parkinson (Men’s Basketball):  Parkinson played for the Boilermakers from 1973 to 1977, and he would score 1,224 Points.  He would help them win the 1974 NIT Tournament. Shereka Wright (Women’s Basketball):  Wright would play for Purdue from 2001 to 2004 and helped them win the Big Ten regular season in 2001 and 2002, and the Big Ten Tournament in 2003 and 2004.  She was a three-time All-American and she scored 2,251 Points and 793 Rebounds. The group will be officially introduced during their Men’s Basketball Game on February 22 against Michigan.  This is the 20thClass, and it brings the number of enshrines to 167. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the impending Purdue University Athletic Hall of Fame members for…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:48:20 +0000
The Dallas Stars will retire Sergei Zubov's number next year http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10571-the-dallas-stars-will-retire-sergei-zubov-s-number-next-year http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10571-the-dallas-stars-will-retire-sergei-zubov-s-number-next-year The Dallas Stars will retire Sergei Zubov's number next year
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such, it is news to us that Dallas Stars have announced that they will be retiring the number #56 of Sergei Zubov next season. This announcement follows Zubov’s Hockey Hall of Fame selection this summer.   The Defenseman would join the Stars after being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins before the 1996-97 Season, and he would stay there until he left the NHL after the 2007-08 campaign.  With Dallas, Zubov would go to three All-Star Games, and would be chosen as a Second Team All-Star in 2005-06.  The Russian blueliner would finish in the top ten in Assists three times and he would lead the NHL in Defensive Point Shares in 2000-01.  He was a vital member of Dallas’ Stanley Cup win in 1999. As a Star, he would play in 839 Games with 549 Points and a Plus/Minus of +109. This makes Zubov the second former Dallas Star player to have his number retired.  He joins Neal Broten (#7), Bill Goldsworthy (#8), Mike Modano (#9), Bill Masterton (#19) and Jere Lehtinen (#26). We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Sergei Zubov for earning this honor.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:52:42 +0000
Major Update: Our Football List has undergone a huge revision. Now up to 300. http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10559-major-update-our-football-list-has-undergone-a-huge-revision-now-up-to-300 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10559-major-update-our-football-list-has-undergone-a-huge-revision-now-up-to-300 Major Update:  Our Football List has undergone a huge revision.  Now up to 300.
One of the core lists for us on Notinhalloffame.com is our Football section, which ranked over 100 former players who are worthy of Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration.  In honor of the NFL’s 100thAnniversary, and announcement that there will be a special committee that will add fifteen senior candidates, we have decreed that our section needed an update. In looking at our list, we were guilty of not taking a proper look at the pre-Super Bowl era candidates, feeling that they received a proper look by the varying committees who voted for candidates since 1963.  In retrospect, that was wrong. Before, we continue, a special thank you to Vinny Lospinuso, who has been doing many podcasts with us, in regards to Pro Football Hall of Fame snubs.  Much of his input is reflected in this revision. We have expanded this list to 300, which is the number we intend to keep it for the unforeseeable future.  You can find the new list here:  http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football?start=0 We here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you all for your support, and we ask you to take a look, and cast your votes and offer your opinions.  Future lists are altered based on your feedback, and we encourage your assistance.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 09 Nov 2019 20:44:48 +0000
Fred Taylor believes he is a Pro Football Hall of Famer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10532-fred-taylor-believes-he-is-a-pro-football-hall-of-famer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10532-fred-taylor-believes-he-is-a-pro-football-hall-of-famer Fred Taylor believes he is a Pro Football Hall of Famer
In an interview today with the NFL Network, former Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back, Fred Taylor, decreed that he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He specifically had this to say: “Obviously I think I belong.  It’s not in my hands. I think the voters, after doing a deep dive, they’ll understand that I belong there too. I really believe I had a solid career, and hopefully the writers will understand that one day.” Taylor, who has been eligible for Canton since 2016, has yet to make the Semi-Finalist cut.  He likely never will. Taylor was a very good player, who would accumulate 11,695 Rushing Yards, placing him 17thall-time as of this writing.  In terms of Yards from Scrimmage, he is 35thall-time with 14,079.  While these are more than respectable numbers, at no point was Taylor ever considered to be the best Running Back at his position.  Generally, he was never in the discussion.  Taylor made it to the Pro Bowl only once (2007) and his highest finish in Rushing Yards was sixth, which he did twice (2000 & 2003). This is not to say that he was not good and at times great player, as he certainly was, but to be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you need to be elite, or at least have been in that debate.  If you are not, you need to have the longevity that has few equals.  13 years is very good, but in his case, not good enough.   We are in the process of expanding our list to 300.  Taylor was considered, but did not make the cut.  When we get to the all-time Jacksonville Jaguars, he will have a high rank, likely in the top three.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 09 Nov 2019 15:22:41 +0000
The Toy Hall of Fame announced their new class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10472-the-toy-hall-of-fame-announced-their-new-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/10472-the-toy-hall-of-fame-announced-their-new-class The Toy Hall of Fame announced their new class
The Toy Hall of Fame has announced that Magic the Gathering, Matchbox Cars and the Coloring Book comprise their Class of 2019. Housed at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, these toys were chosen and pared down from 12 Finalists.   The other finalists were Care Bears, the Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, Mattel’s Masters of the Universe, action figures, My Little Pony, the Nerf Blaster, Risk, the Smartphone and the Top. Since 1998, 71 toys have been chosen for the Hall.  This is always a fun Hall of Fame, and we look forward to how they expand next year.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:41:50 +0000