News http://www.notinhalloffame.com Wed, 25 Nov 2020 05:44:04 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their Semi-Finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12384-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-their-semi-finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12384-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame-announces-their-semi-finalists The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their Semi-Finalists
A huge day is afoot for us as the Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their 25 Semi-Finalists for the Class of 2021. The 25 were pared down from 130 Preliminary nominees, which includes four first year eligible players: They are: Eric Allen:  Cornerback: 1998-94 Philadelphia, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints & 1998-01 Oakland Raiders.  Eligible since 2007, Allen cracked his way to Semi-Finals for the first time.  He has 54 career Interceptions and is a six-time Pro Bowl Selection.  Ranked #42 on Notinhalloffame.com.   Jared Allen: Defensive End:  2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-13 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears & 2016 Carolina Panthers.  This is Allen’s first year of eligibility, and he was expected by many to make it to this round.  Allen led the NHL in Sacks twice (2007 & 2011) and had 136.0 in total.  He was also a five-time First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com. Willie Anderson: Tackle: 1996-07 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens.  Anderson has been Hall of Fame eligible since 2014, but this is his first time making it as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #283 on Notinhalloffame.com. Ronde Barber:  Cornerback/Safety:  1997-12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Barber is a former Super Bowl Champion and was the 2001 leader in Interceptions.  He has over 1,000 Solo Tackles with 47 career Interceptions.  Barber is a Semi-Finalist for the fourth consecutive year, all beginning with his first year of eligibility.  This has not yet translated into a Finalists appearance.  Ranked #13 on Notinhalloffame.com. Cornelius Bennett:  Linebacker: 1987-95 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons & 1999-00 Indianapolis Colts.  Bennett has been eligible since 2006 but this is the first time, he has made it to the Semi-Finals.  Over his career, Bennett helped take Buffalo to four Super Bowls, had 71.5 Sacks and was a five-time Pro Bowler. Ranked #124 on Notinhalloffame.com. Tony Boselli:  Tackle: 1995-01 Jacksonville Jaguars & 2002 Houston Texans.  The career of Boselli was short, but he is believed to be the greatest Jaguar of all-time. The Lineman has been a Finalist for the last four years.  Ranked #45 on Notinhalloffame.com LeRoy Butler: Safety: 1990-01 Green Bay Packers.  Butler had 38 career Interceptions, won a Super Bowl and went to four Pro Bowls over his career.  He is on a four-year streak of Semi-Finalist nods, and he was a Finalist last year.  Ranked #73 on Notinhalloffame.com. Alan Faneca:  Guard: 1998-07 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets & 2010 Arizona Cardinals.  A Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers, Faneca went to nine Pro Bowls and was a six-time First Team All-Pro.  Faneca has been a Semi-Finalist and Finalist in his first five years of eligibility, and this is year six.  Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com. Rodney Harrison:  Safety: 1994-02 San Diego Chargers & 2003-08 New…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:17:46 +0000
John Franco believes he is a Hall of Famer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12383-john-franco-believes-he-is-a-hall-of-famer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12383-john-franco-believes-he-is-a-hall-of-famer John Franco believes he is a Hall of Famer
According to John Franco, he should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In an interview this past weekend with WFAN in New York City, Franco was asked about his Cooperstown omission and had quite a bit to say on the topic: “I’m still trying to figure it out myself, too.  It is what it is. Writers at the time … guess they felt the save statistic wasn’t that important. The game has changed from early 90s to present where relief pitchers more important and part of that strategy of the game.  It is what it is. My numbers are just as good as anybody in the Hall of Fame. Mariano’s off the chart, obviously, and Trevor Hoffman, but [my numbers] are comparable to everyone else in there. The Hall of Fame is supposed to be about numbers…relief pitchers in there have 400-600 saves. The other ones who have been in there a while have 300 saves, obviously that’s a different era. I have 424. In my mind, I think I deserve to be in there, but it’s up to the voters.  Longevity, number of games I pitched in, games I finished – I think it was over 1,100 games I played in – my ERA has been really good…these are things that they consider and we’ll just have to see who is on that committee.  The thing I like about that is that there are players voting on that, too. That’s probably how the Hall of Fame should be…we’ll have to wait and see what happens but I’m hoping vote goes my way next time.” Franco was on the ballot in 2011 and received 4.6% of the vote, thus failing to meet the 5% to remain on the ballot.  The first thing to look at is the year he was on the ballot, 2011.  It was a loaded year, and he finished 19thon the ballot, with 11 of them currently inducted.  Look at what he was up against: Roberto Alomar, 2nd Year, 90.0%Bert Blyleven, 14th Year, 79.7%Barry Larkin, 2nd Year, 62.1%Jack Morris, 12th Year, 53.5%Lee Smith, 9th Year, 45.3%Jeff Bagwell, 1st Year, 41.7%Tim Raines, 4th Year, 37.5%Edgar Martinez, 2nd Year, 32.9%Alan Trammell, 10th Year, 24.3%Larry Walker, 1st Year, 20.3%Mark McGwire, 5th Year, 19.8%Fred McGriff, 2nd Year, 17.9%Dave Parker, 15th Year, 15.3%Don Mattingly, 11th Year, 13.6%Dale Murphy, 13th Year, 12.6%Rafael Palmeiro, 1st Year, 11.0%Juan Gonzalez, 1st Year, 5.2%Harold Baines, 5th Year, 4.8% The first reaction is that it is possible that some Hall of Fame voters left Franco off of their ballot, as he…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:34:56 +0000
Marc Ratner named to the UFC Hall of Fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12364-marc-ratner-named-to-the-ufc-hall-of-fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12364-marc-ratner-named-to-the-ufc-hall-of-fame Marc Ratner named to the UFC Hall of Fame
During last night’s UFC 255 Broadcast, Marc Ratner was announced as the latest member for the UFC Hall of Fame.  He will be inducted in the Contributor Wing. He will join Georges St-Pierre (Modern Era Wing), Kevin Randelman Pioneer Wing) and Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson (Fight Wing).  Due to COVID-19, the Class of 2020 will be inducted in 2021, which is tentatively scheduled for next July during Fight Week.   Ratner joined the Nevada Athletic Commission in 1985, and rose to the Executive Director in 1992.  In 2006, he joined the UFC where he helped to make Mixed Martial Arts legal in all of the 50 states, and later in other countries.   We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Marc Ratner for earning this prestigious honor.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 22 Nov 2020 17:45:57 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 New Jersey Devils are now up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12335-our-all-time-top-50-new-jersey-devils-are-now-up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12335-our-all-time-top-50-new-jersey-devils-are-now-up Our All-Time Top 50 New Jersey Devils 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 New Jersey Devils.  An expansion team in 1974, the Devils were originally the Kansas City Scouts, but they only stayed there for two years before relocating to Denver and becoming the Colorado Rockies.  That only lasted six years before they relocated to New Jersey to become the Devils. After a few more years of mediocrity, they adopted a defensive strategy and won three Stanley Cups, 1995, 2000 & 2003. As for all of our top 50 players in hockey we look at the following:  1.  Advanced Statistics. 2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NHL. 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 2019-20 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always, we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Martin Brodeur 2. Scott Stevens 3. Scott Niedermayer 4. Patrik Elias 5. Ken Daneyko We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.   Look for our more material coming soon! As always we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:38:49 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Buffalo Bills have been revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12314-our-all-time-top-50-buffalo-bills-have-been-revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12314-our-all-time-top-50-buffalo-bills-have-been-revised Our All-Time Top 50 Buffalo Bills 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 second revision of our top 50 Buffalo Bills 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 National Football League.  3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. This one went a complete overhaul, which was reflected in our top five as seen below. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Bruce Smith 2. Thurman Thomas 3. O.J. Simpson 4. Bart Starr 5. Andre Reed O.J. Simpson moved up from #5, which moved Jim Kelly and Andre Reed down one spot. We had a colossal error in that former Fullback, Cookie Gilchrist was omitted from our first list.  He appears at #16.   Former Running Back, Joe Cribbs also should have been on our initial top 50.  He enters at #34.  Another Running Back, LeSean McCoy debuts at #39.  The other additions are Defensive End, Mario Williams (#44), Linebacker, Bryce Paup (#45), Linebacker, John Tracey (#46) and Defensive Tackle, Marcell Dareus (#48). We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 18 Nov 2020 07:35:18 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Green Bay Packers have been revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12291-our-all-time-top-50-green-bay-packers-have-been-revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12291-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 second 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 National Football League.  3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. This is the second revision of the Packers, and our first since last year. 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 The top five remains unaltered from our last rank and there are no new entries, however, there were two significant changes overall. Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers inched up from #7 to #6.  Offensive Lineman, David Bahktiari, debuts at #37.  It was an oversight on our part not to have had Bahktiari enter the list in our last revision. We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 17 Nov 2020 10:47:31 +0000
The 2021 Baseball HOF Ballot is out http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12288-the-2021-baseball-hof-ballot-is-out http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12288-the-2021-baseball-hof-ballot-is-out The 2021 Baseball HOF Ballot is out
One of our favorite ballots came out today, that of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The official ballot comprises 25 former players, 14 of which were holdovers from 2020.  To gain entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame, a candidate must gain 75 percent of the ballot.  Once eligible, they have ten years go gain entry.  If an individual fails to get 5 percent, he falls off the ballot completely.   The voting body consists of BBWAA members who have been in good standing for at least ten years. Voters can select as few as zero players or as many as ten. The returning candidates are: Curt Schilling:  9thYear, 70% last year.  Had Schilling been more media friendly, the Pitcher would likely have been inducted already.  With the 2020 Class being inducted alongside the 2021 Class, Schilling would not be a headliner, and this could actually help him with voters who dislike him, but want him to receive less of the spotlight.  Ranked #5 on NIHOF. Roger Clemens:  9thYear, 61% last year.  It was never proven that Roger Clemens took PEDs but O.J. Simpson was found not guilty. Nevertheless, Clemens (allegedly) took them before Major League Baseball had an agreement in place that prohibited their use (2005), and suspensions for PEDs came after.  The fact that Commissioner, Bud Selig, who presided over the Steroids Era was inducted by the Veteran’s Committee in 2017, made some writers vocally say that it changed their opinion on players like Clemens.  Five years ago, it was considered a long shot for Clemens to get in.  Now it seems like it could happen.  The vote total for Clemens is the most interesting one of 2021.  Ranked #1C on NIHOF. Barry Bonds: 9thYear, 60.7% last year. See above.  Everything said about Clemens, applies to Bonds.  Everything.  So, how come each year, they haven’t finished with the same vote total?  Ranked #2 on NIHOF. Omar Vizquel: 4thYear, 52.6%.  With a lighter ballot, it is not impossible to foresee Vizquel vault all the way into Cooperstown this year.  Ranked #45 on NIHOF. Scott Rolen: 4thYear, 35.3%.  Rolen had only 10.2% in his first year of eligibility and he could crack 50% this year.   Ranked #10 on NIHOF. Billy Wagner: 6thYear, 31.7%.  Wagner nearly doubled his vote tally from the year before going from treading water to the realm of possibility.  He is the top reliever on this ballot.  Ranked #59 on NIHOF. Gary Sheffield: 7thYear, 30.5%.  Sheffield is running out of time, but he is another with the stats but the alleged PED user did crack the 30 plateau.  It is possible.  Ranked #14 on NIHOF. Todd…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:31:45 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Boston Bruins have been revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12270-our-all-time-top-50-boston-bruins-have-been-revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12270-our-all-time-top-50-boston-bruins-have-been-revised Our All-Time Top 50 Boston Bruins 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 third revision of our top 50 Boston Bruins of all-time. As for all of our top 50 players in hockey we look at the following:  1.  Advanced Statistics. 2.  Traditional statistics and how they finished in the National Hockey League.  3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. This is the second revision, and our first in two years. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Bobby Orr 2. Eddie Shore 3. Ray Bourque 4. Phil Esposito 5. Milt Schmidt The top five remains unaltered from our initial rank but there are some significant jumps and three new entries. Zdeno Chara cracks the top ten, moving from #11 to #9.  Goalie, Tuukka Rask moves from #36 to #30. The three new ranked players are Brad Marchand (#32), David Pastrnak (#38) and Torey Krug (#42). We admit to erring that Marchand should have been ranked three years ago. We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 16 Nov 2020 08:59:43 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Detroit Lions have been revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12266-our-all-time-top-50-detroit-lions-have-been-revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12266-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 National Football League.  3. Playoff accomplishments. 4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. This is the second revision of the Lions, and our first since last year. 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 The top five remains unaltered from our last rank and there are no new entries, however, minor changes were made. We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 15 Nov 2020 21:45:55 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Baltimore Ravens have been revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12258-our-all-time-top-50-baltimore-ravens-have-been-revised http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12258-our-all-time-top-50-baltimore-ravens-have-been-revised Our All-Time Top 50 Baltimore Ravens 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 Baltimore Ravens 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 National Football League.  This is the first revision since we put up this list after the 2016 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Ray Lewis 2. Ed Reed 3. Jonathan Ogden 4. Terrell Suggs 5. Haloti Ngata The top five remains unaltered from our initial rank but there are some significant jumps and new entries. Marshal Yanda, who recently retired, went from #10 to 6.  Linebacker, C.J. Mosley, makes his first appearance at #12.  Mosley played for Baltimore from 2014 to 2018, and is currently a New York Jet. Place Kicker, Justin Tucker, who should have been ranked before, enters at #16.  Nose Tackle, Brandon Williams debuts at #22.  Former Safety, Eric Weddle comes in at #28.  Lamar Jackson, who was an MVP last year in what was only his second season, debuts at #30.  The other additions are Cornerback, Jimmy Smith at #41 and Linebacker, Matt Judon at #48. We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 15 Nov 2020 14:15:19 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Seattle Seahawks are now up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12244-our-all-time-top-50-seattle-seahawks-are-now-up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12244-our-all-time-top-50-seattle-seahawks-are-now-up Our All-Time Top 50 Seattle Seahawks 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 Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks were one of two Expansion Teams in 1976 (the other was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and while they fielded playoff teams in the 1980s and 1990, it was not until the 2000s until they made it to the Super Bowl.  The Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl in 2005, but lost to Pittsburgh. They would win in 2013 (XLVIII), destroying the Denver Broncos, and they lost a nailbiter the following season to New Engalnd. 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 2019 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Walter Jones 2. Steve Largent 3. Russell Wilson 4. Cortez Kennedy 5. Bobby Wagner We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.   Look for our more material coming soon! As always we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:15:44 +0000
RIP: Paul Hornung http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12240-rip-paul-hornung http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12240-rip-paul-hornung RIP: Paul Hornung
2020 has been an awful year for legendary Green Bay Packers. Hall of Fame Back, Paul Hornung passed away at age 84.  He was battling dementia.  This year, former Packers stars, Bart Starr, Willie Davis and Herb Adderley all have died. Hornung was a superstar at Notre Dame where he won the Heisman Trophy in a year where the All-American led the Fighting Irish on Passing, Rushing, Scoring, Kickoffs, Punts and Punt Returns.  The Green Bay Packers had the First Overall Pick in the 1957 Draft, and they used it on Hornung,  Hornung would be part of a transformation of fortunes for the Packers.  A Pro Bowler in 1959, Hornung earned that again in 1960, where he was a First Team All-Pro and led the NFL in Rushing Touchdowns (13).  The Packers went on to win the NFL Championship that year, and he had an even better follow-up. In 1961, Hornung won the MVP Award making him the first player to win the Heisman and NFL MVP. Again, the Packers won the NFL Championship, and repeated it with another Title in 1962.  Fate would deal him a blow, as NFL Commissioner, Pete Rozelle, suspended him and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions for gambling. Hornung was reinstated in 1964, but nerve problems were catching up to him.  He played three more years, winning two more NFL Championships and was a member of the first Super Bowl Championship win. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Paul Hornung.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:05:23 +0000
RIP: Tom Heinsohn http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12188-rip-tom-heinsohn http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12188-rip-tom-heinsohn RIP: Tom Heinsohn
The city of Boston lost a legend today as Tom Heinsohn, whose association with the Celtics lasted over 60 years, passed away at the age of 86. Debuting for the Celtics in 1956, Heinsohn played at Power Forward for nine seasons, going to six All-Star Games and averaging 18.6 Points and 8.8 Rebounds per Game. Heinsohn was also named the Rookie of the Year, was a four-time All-NBA Selection and helped lead the Celtics to eight Championships. Following his playing career, Heinsohn called play-by-play for WKBG, but that lasted only three years as he took over as Boston’s Head Coach in 1969.  He held that role until 1978, winning two more titles, and was the Coach of the Year in 1974.  Following his coaching career, Heinsohn would again go back to calling Celtics games. Heinsohn was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame twice; in 1986 as a player and 2015 as a coach. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Tom Heinsohn.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:42:36 +0000
The Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces the 2020 Finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12185-the-fictitious-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-announces-the-2020-finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12185-the-fictitious-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-announces-the-2020-finalists The Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces the 2020 Finalists
One of our pet projects, the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Finalists for the Class of 2020, which will be the 6th full class.  The Finalists were decided by all of you, after being pared down from other 500 Preliminary Nominees, to a group of Semi-Finalists. Whoever gets inducted this year, will join these previous inductees: Spinal Tap, The Monkees, The Blues Brothers, Gorillaz, Tenacious D, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Wyld Stallyns, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Wonders, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Otis Day and the Nights and Stillwater. This year’s Finalists are: Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension):  What couldn’t these renaissance men do?   This is their third time reaching the Semi-Finals, and their second time as a Finalist Don Music (Sesame Street):  A first time Semi-Finalist, and also a first-time Finalist, Don Music will never get it!  Never! Figrin D’An and the Modal Nodes (Star Wars):  The house band at the Mos Eisley Cantina was also a finalist last year.  No band can bounce back after seeing a fatality better than this one. Josie and the Pussycats (Josie and the Pussycats):  From Riverdale, they went to outer space and back again and are now a three-time Finalist. Leather Tuscadero (Happy Days):  Do the Fonzie!  This is the first Semi-Finalist and Finalist appearance for the Milwaukee based rocker from the late 1950s. Marvin Berry and the Starlighters (Back to the Future):  This was the band that played at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance in 1955.  Marty McFly played with them for one song.  They are a Finalist for the third time. Nick Rivers (Top Secret!):  Rivers was a teen idol and a war spy.  This is quite the unique combination, right?  This is the second time for Rivers as a Semi-Finalist, and is now a Finalist for the first time. Phoebe Buffay (Friends):  Buffay is now a two-time Finalist and a regular at Central Perk in New York City.   Rowlf the Dog (The Muppets):  Could the piano playing dog join Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem in the Hall?  Rowlf is now a three-time Finalist. Sex Bob-Omb (Scott Pilgrim VS The World:  Sex Bob-Omb is a three-time Finalist who competed in the Toronto International Battle of the Bands.  They are two-time Finalists. The Archies (The Archies):  In 1970, they had a number 1 hit in the “Real World” with “Sugar Sugar”. They have been Finalists three times before. The Banana Splits (The Banana…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 07 Nov 2020 06:33:39 +0000
The Toy Hall of Fame Announced their 2020 Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12184-the-toy-hall-of-fame-announced-their-2020-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12184-the-toy-hall-of-fame-announced-their-2020-class The Toy Hall of Fame Announced their 2020 Class
The National Toy Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2020, inducting Baby Nancy, Chalk and Jenga.   Chosen by a panel of experts, these three toys beat out the other nine Finalists, Bingo, Breyer Horses, Lite-Brote, Masters of the Universe, My Little Pony, Risk, Sorry!, Tamagotchi and Yahtzee. The first ever doll from Shindana Toys, Baby Nancy was the first baby black doll to look authentically black. The California based company was launched in 1968 by Operation Bootstrap, a non-profit organization that came into existence after the Watts riots. Chalk can be traced back thousands of years, and have made its way to every playground in the United States. Jenga was created by Leslie Scott from England, who derived the name from the Swahili word, “build”.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 05 Nov 2020 12:40:50 +0000
RIP: Herb Adderley http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12181-rip-herb-adderley http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12181-rip-herb-adderley RIP: Herb Adderley
2020 took another star football player as former Green Bay Packers Cornerback, Herb Adderley, passed away at the age of 81. A Halfback at Michigan State, Adderley was taken by Green Bay with the 12thOverall Pick in the 1961 Draft.  With Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor in tow, Packers Head Coach, Vince Lombardi, moved Adderley to Cornerback late in his rookie season.  It turned out to be one of the best position switches in athletic history. From 1962 to 1967, Adderley was chosen for five Pro Bowls, four First Team All-Pros, and was considered to be one of the elite Corners in Football.  He was part of all five Packers’ NFL Championships and their first two Super Bowls.  Adderley was also named to the 1960s All-Decade Team.  He joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1970, and he played there for three seasons, winning a third Super Bowl (VI).  He retired with 48 Interceptions. Adderley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Herb Adderley.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 31 Oct 2020 16:14:19 +0000
The Black College Football HOF announces their Finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12180-the-black-college-football-hof-announces-their-finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12180-the-black-college-football-hof-announces-their-finalists The Black College Football HOF announces their Finalists
The Black College Hall of Fame has announced the 25 Finalists for the Class of 2020, which includes 22 former players and three coaches. This group was selected from a field over 150 candidates by an 11-member Selection Committee. Players: Joe “747” Adams, Quarterback, Tennessee State, 1977-80: Adams threw for 8,653 Yards for the Tigers and would play three years in the Canadian Football League for Saskatchewan, Toronto and Ottawa. Coy Bacon, Defensive Lineman, Jackson State, 1964-67:  Already a Hall of Famer at Jackson State, Bacon played 14 years in the NFL where he was a three-time Pro Bowl Selection.  He played for Los Angeles, San Diego, Cincinnati and Washington, despite being Undrafted. Verlon Biggs, Defensive End, Jackson State, 1962-65:  Biggs was a two-time All-American and All-SWAC player at Jackson State.  He was also a three-time All-Star with the New York Jets where he would help them win Super Bowl III. Dwaine Board, Defensive End, North Carolina A&T State, 1975-78:  A member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, Board played ten seasons in the NFL, nine with San Francisco where he won three Super Bowls. He won a fourth ring as the Seattle Seahawks Defensive Line Coach. Ben Coates, Tight End, Livingstone College, 1987-90:  Coates had 103 Receptions, 1,268 Yards and 18 Touchdowns.  Professionally, Coates was a five-time Pro Bowler, a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team, and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Greg Coleman, Punter, Florida A&M, 1972-75:  Coleman went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL for Cleveland, Minnesota and Washington. Clem Daniels, Running Back, Prairie View A&M, 1956-59: Daniels was a two-time Conference Champion and took Prairie View to an NAIA Championship.  He played nine seasons in the Pros, the first eight in the AFL where he was named the league MVP in 1963 as an Oakland Raider.  The four-time AFL All-Star led the Raiders to an AFL Title in 1967.  Daniels finished his career with one year in San Francisco. Kevin Dent, Safety, Jackson State, 1985-88:  Dent was a three-time All-American, and during his stay at Jackson State, the Tigers only lost one conference game.  He had ten Interceptions as a sophomore.  Dent played for Tampa Bay in the Arena League and is already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2006. Donald Driver, Wide Receiver, Alcorn State, 1995-98: Driver caught 88 passes for 1,993 Yards at Alcorn State, and he would go on to play fourteen years for the Green Bay…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 31 Oct 2020 15:06:17 +0000
The Hockey Hall of Fame will not have a Class in 2021 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12179-the-hockey-hall-of-fame-will-not-have-a-class-in-2021 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12179-the-hockey-hall-of-fame-will-not-have-a-class-in-2021 The Hockey Hall of Fame will not have a Class in 2021
We aren’t going to lie to you. This announcement is a major disappointment to us. The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced that there will be no Class of 2021.   A statement from Lanny McDonald, the Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, said the following: “The magic of the induction weekend from the perspective of the new inductees is participating in several days of close interaction with family, friends, former teammates, fellow legends and fans. On that premise, the board felt that this was the right decision to bestow upon the class of 2020 the recognition and lifetime experience they so richly deserve in all ways consistent with past induction classes.” Considering what we do here at Notinhalloffame.com, and ranking those who should be in various Halls, this is a colossal disappointment to us.  We want to see former players and builders and get their due in appropriate time, but after getting over our initial disappointment, there are couple of other deeper thoughts we have. The Hockey Hall has been around since 1945, and has been consistently inducting players, coaches and builders ever since.  This means there is no significant backlog and a one-year wait does not have the same impact that it would in others halls, namely the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   The Sedin twins were locks to have entered in 2021, and in 2022, there is no lock who will enter the ballot. This does however postpone the wait for worthy players like Daniel Alfredsson and Alexander Mogilny, who have yet to get in.  That won’t happen in 2021. The Class of 2020 (Marion Hossa, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, Kim St. Pierre, Doug Wilson and Ken Holland) will be inducted in 2021. We will keep our core Notinhalloffame.com Hockey Listintact until the summer of 2021, and add new eligible names accordingly.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 30 Oct 2020 20:34:13 +0000
The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame announces the 2020 Finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12178-the-fictitious-athlete-hall-of-fame-announces-the-2020-finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12178-the-fictitious-athlete-hall-of-fame-announces-the-2020-finalists The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame announces the 2020 Finalists
One of our pet projects, the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Finalists for the Class of 2020, which will be the 7thfull class.   The Finalists were decided by all of you, after being pared down first from over 500 Preliminary Nominees to 50 Semi-Finalists. There are three wings in the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame: The Fictitious Athlete wing, whose members are: Rocky Balboa (The Rocky series), Roy Hobbs (The Natural), Crash Avis (Bull Durham), Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Major League), Happy Gilmore (Happy Gilmore), Reggie Dunlop (Slap Shot), The Hanson Brothers (Slap Shot), Charlie Conway (The Mighty Ducks) Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez (The Sandlot), Apollo Creed (Rocky), Willie “Mays” Hayes (Major League), Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump), Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy), Paul “Wrecking” Crewe (The Longest Yard), Dottie Hinson (A League of Their Own), Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid), Clubber Lang (Rocky), Ivan Drago (Rocky) and “Fast” Eddie Felson (The Hustler & The Color of Money. The Fictitious Contributor wing, whose members are: Harry Doyle (Major League), Carl Spackler (Caddyshack), Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid), Chubbs Peterson (Happy Gilmore), Gordon Bombay (The Mighty Ducks), Mickey Goldmill (Rocky), Morris Buttermaker (The Bad News Bears), Coach Ernie Pantusso (Cheers) and Adrian Balboa (Rocky) The Fictitious Veteran wing, whose members are: Andy “Champ” Purcell (The Champ), Dennis Ryan (Take Me Out to the Ball Game), Guffy McGovern (Angels in the Outfield), Huxley College (Horse Feathers) and Sport Goofy. The 15 Fictitious Athlete Finalists are: Adonis Creed (Creed and Creed II).  The son of former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Apollo Creed, Adonis became the World Heavyweight Champion himself.  This is the most “recent” Finalist, and this is his second time as a Finalist. Al Bundy (Married With Children).  Bundy has been a Finalist every single year of the Hall’s existence with the Polk High football star finishing fourth on two occasions.  He is most famous for scoring four touchdowns in a game, and he also led the Newmarket Mallers to a league championship in baseball. Al Czervik (Caddyshack).  Czervik was a Finalist last year for the first time, and his win over the “snobs” at Bushwood Country Club is still golf legend. “Hey, everybody!  We’re all going to get laid!” “All the Way” Mae Mordabito (A League of Their Own).  Mordabito played at Centerfield for the Rockford Peaches, and was the team’s leadoff hitter.  This is the first time that Madonna’s character has made it to the Finals.…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:48:21 +0000
San Jose State announces their 2020 Athletic HOF Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12172-san-jose-state-announces-their-2020-athletic-hof-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12172-san-jose-state-announces-their-2020-athletic-hof-class San Jose State announces their 2020 Athletic 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, coaches and executives. Eventually, we are going to get to that of the Division I schools, and conferences.  As such, it is news that San Jose State has announced their Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020. This group comprises of five former athletes, one coach, and a complete team.  Due to COVID-19, there will be no ceremony in 2020.  It is tentatively scheduled for January of 2021. The new members are: Dr. Harry Edwards, Track & Field (1961-62) & Men’s Basketball 1962-64:  A two-sport star, Edwards held the school record for the discus for six years, and he was the team captain for the Spartans in 1964 in Basketball.  He would later found the Olympic Project for Human Rights in 1967, and he would later teach classes at California in “The Family and Race Relations” and “Sociology of Sport”.  He was named a consultant by the San Francisco 49ers in 1985, a position he still holds today. Laura Fritz, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Sprint Freestyle 1973-75:  Fritz was a team captain in 1975, and an honorable mention All-American in the 50m Freestyle.  She competed in both the 1968 and 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials. Dwight Lowery, Football 2006-07:  Lowery played at Defensive Back, and he set a school record with nine Interceptions. That year, he helped the Spartans win the New Mexico Bowl.  In 2007, he had another four Interceptions, and he set another school record with 14.4 Punt Return Yards.  He would later play in the NFL for five different teams.   Huh Mumby, Wrestling Coach 1953-71:  Mumby took three teams to the NCAA Wrestling Championship (1955, 1958 & 1961), and coached wrestlers who represented the United States in both the 1960 ad 1964 Olympics.  Jack Poch, Men’s Soccer 1983, Assistant Soccer Coach 1995-00, Administrator 1999-00 & 2009-17:  Poch’s selection is based on his role as an administrator, where he has elevated the soccer program since he took on the role.  He would later take over as the San Jose Sports Authority’s Executive Director, and has done a fantastic job in that capacity. Thomasina Wallace, Women’s Gymnastics 2009-12:  Wallace was a two-time WAC Champion and the 2012 West Region Gymnast of the Year.  She also holds seven First Team All-WAC honors. 2000 Baseball Team:  This was the first…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 25 Oct 2020 13:09:34 +0000
The University of Nevada announces their 2020 HOF Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12171-the-university-of-nevada-announces-their-2020-hof-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12171-the-university-of-nevada-announces-their-2020-hof-class The University of Nevada 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, coaches and executives. Eventually, we are going to get to that of the Division I schools, and conferences.  As such, it is news the University of Nevada has announced their Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020. This group comprises of seven new members, three from football, three from basketball and one trainer.  Due to COVID-19, there will be no 2020 ceremony, which will occur at a later date. The six new members are: Luke Babbitt, Men’s Basketball 2008-10:  Babbitt was a two-time First Team All-WAC Selection and was the WAC Player of the Year in 2010. In that award-winning season, Babbitt averaged 21.9 Points per Game, which placed him ninth in the NCAA. Babbitt scored 1,316 Points for the Wolf Pack and he would play eight years in the NBA, with stints in Portland, New Orleans, Miami and Atlanta. Dellena Criner, Women’s Basketball 2005-09:  Criner was the two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year (2008 & 2009) and was a three-time All-WAC Player (2007-09).  Criner was the first player in Wolf Pack history to crack at least 1,500 Points, 350 Assists and 250 Steals, and she is first all-time in school history in Steals (271), fourth in Points (1,629) and fifth in Steals (271). Armon Johnson, Men’s Basketball 2007-10:  Johnson was the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2008, and he followed that with a First Team All-WAC player in 2009, a Second Team WAC Player in 2010.   He led his team in Assists in all three years, and had 445 overall in that department, which is good enough for fifth overall in school history.   Colin Kaepernick, Football 2006-10:  Kaepernick threw for over 10,000 Yards and rushed for 4,000, making him the first player to do so in the NCAA.  The Quarterback was the 2007 WAC Freshman of the Year, and was a two-time WAC Offensive Player of the Year (2008 & 2010).  In his final year at Nevada, Kaepernick took the Wolf Pack to WAC Conference Championship.  Kaepernick later played for the San Francisco 49ers and took them to a Super Bowl appearance. He later became a polarizing figure transcending sports over his silent protest by kneeling during the National Anthem  Dontay Moch, Football 2006-10:  Playing at Linebacker, Moch was the WAC Defensive…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 24 Oct 2020 09:08:37 +0000
RIP: Fred Dean http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12164-rip-fred-dean http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12164-rip-fred-dean RIP: Fred Dean
California Football lost a great one today, as former San Diego Charger and San Francisco 49er, Fred Dean, passed away due to complications from COVID-19.  He was 68 years old. A standout at Louisiana Tech, Dean was a Second Round pick by the Chargers in 1975.  Dean, who played Linebacker at college, was moved to Defensive End by San Diego, where he was an immediate starter.  He went to his first Pro Bowl in 1979, the year after he had 15.5 “unofficial” Sacks.  An elite pass-rusher, Dean was a Pro Bowler again in 1980, this time earning a First Team All-Pro Selection. In 1981, Dean was openly frustrated with his contact and he was traded early in the season to San Francisco.  It proved to be the final piece in the 49ers puzzle, as he helped take San Francisco to their first Super Bowl win.  He was again a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro that year. Dean had an “official” 17.5 Sack season in 1983, a year that took him to another Pro Bowl.  He played two more years, retiring in 1985 after winning another Super Bowl. Dean is a member of the College Football, Louisiana Tech Athletic San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Fred Dean.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:27:23 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Dallas Cowboys are now up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12163-our-all-time-top-50-dallas-cowboys-are-now-up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12163-our-all-time-top-50-dallas-cowboys-are-now-up Our All-Time Top 50 Dallas Cowboys 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 Dallas Cowboys.  Known to many as America’s Team, the Cowboys are one of the most recognized professional sports programs on the globe.  Formed in 1960, the Cowboys have won five Super Bowls (VI, XII, XXVII, XXVIII & XXX), and when they play, regardless of their record, NFL fans pay attention. 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 2019 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Emmitt Smith 2. Bob Lilly 3. Roger Staubach 4. Randy White 5. Mel Renfro We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  Up next, will be the Seattle Seahawks. Look for our more material coming soon! As always we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:01:26 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Fifty-Three: The Ted Lindsay Award http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12162-awards-hof-part-fifty-three-the-ted-lindsay-award http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12162-awards-hof-part-fifty-three-the-ted-lindsay-award Awards = HOF?: Part Fifty-Three: The Ted Lindsay Award
We here at Notinhalloffame.com thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential. Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least number of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact. Last time, we looked at the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the top MVP of the year in the NHL.  The Hart is not the only award considered the MVP, as in the 1971-72 Season, the Lester B. Pearson Award was created, which is where the players vote on who they feel is the league MVP.  In 2010, it was renamed the Ted Lindsay Award, in honor of the Hall of Famer who spearheaded the creation of the NHLPA. So how many Ted Lindsay Award winners have made the Pro Hockey Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the Ted Lindsay Award who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins, Center: 76 G, 76 A, 152 P, 18.5 PS  1971       A year after he led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup, Phil Esposito won the first ever Lester B. Pearson Award on the strength of hockey’s first ever 76 Goal Season, a number he matched in Assists.  His 152 Points landed him another Art Ross Trophy, and he was a First Team All-Star for the third straight season.  Esposito was not the Hart Trophy winner, as despite his incredible accomplishments, the honor went to Bobby Orr, who had 139 Points and 22.8 Point Shares. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984. Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers, Center: 46 G, 63 A, 109 P, 13.6 PS  1972  Jean Ratelle had his best season in hockey where he had career-highs in the big three offensive stats (46 Goals, 63 Assists and 109 Points).  Ratelle was the league-leader in Even Strength Goals (40) and Shot Percentage (25.1%) and with only four Penalty Minutes, he was an easy choice for the Lady Byng. Ratelle was only fourth for the Hart this year (Bobby Orr won it), and he was a Second Team All-Star at Center behind Phil Esposito.  Ratelle scored 1,267 Points over his…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 13 Oct 2020 20:06:40 +0000
RIP: Joe Morgan http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12139-rip-joe-morgan http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12139-rip-joe-morgan RIP: Joe Morgan
Our baseball hearts are being broken again today. The Field of Dreams on the Kinsella Farm in Iowa added its third Hall of Famer in roughly two weeks as Joe Morgan passed away.  He was 77 Years Old. Considered to be one of the greatest Second Baseman in the game’s history, Morgan first appeared in the Majors for the Houston Colt .45s in 1963, and in 1965 he was Houston’s starting Second Baseman, finishing second for the Rookie of the Year, and leading the National League in Walks.  Morgan played with Houston until 1971, where he was a two-time All-Star. The Astros dealt him to the Cincinnati Reds after the 1971 Season, and it was at Riverfront where he truly became Cooperstown worthy. Morgan was the engine that drove the “Big Red Machine” leading them to the 1975 and 1976 World Series Championship.  He won the MVP in both of those years, earned five Gold Gloves, four OBP Titles, one Slugging Title and was named an All-Star every year as a Red (1972-79).   He played another year in Houston (1980), two in San Francisco (1981-82), and in 1983, he reunited with Pete Rose in Philadelphia, and the two elder statesmen helped the Phillies win the Pennant.  Morgan played one final season in Oakland before retiring in 1984. Morgan’s career stats included 2,517 Hits, 268 Home Runs, 1,133 RBIs and 689 Stolen Bases.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Joe Morgan.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 12 Oct 2020 11:24:42 +0000
RIP: Whitey Ford http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12112-rip-whitey-ford http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12112-rip-whitey-ford RIP: Whitey Ford
Roughly a week after the death of Hall of Fame Pitcher, Bob Gibson, another legendary Cooperstown hurler passed away. Whitey Ford died last night at his home at the age of 91.  No specific cause of death was given. Ford broke into the Majors in 1950 with the New York Yankees, which would be the only team he ever played for on the Major League level.  After finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting, Ford missed the next two years due to military service, but he returned to become the ace of the Yankees staff for years.   Over the course of his career, Ford helped lead New York to 11 American League Pennants where they won six World Series Titles.  The southpaw was an eight-time All-Star, won the 1961 Cy Young, was a two-time leader in ERA, and an all-time record of 236-106 with 1,956 Strikeouts. Ford was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Whitey Ford.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 09 Oct 2020 15:17:27 +0000
RIP: Eddie Van Halen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12108-rip-eddie-van-halen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12108-rip-eddie-van-halen RIP: Eddie Van Halen
This is a punch to the gut. Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso who was considered one of the greatest players of all-time died after a long battle with cancer.  He was 65. Born in the Netherlands and raided in California, Van Halen formed a band with his brother Alex (drums), Michael Anthony (bass) and David Lee Roth (lead vocals) that bore his last name.  The band caught attention from their gigs in the Los Angeles scene, and they were signed by Warner Brothers. In 1978, they put out their first album, eponymously named, “Van Halen” that opened with “Eruption”, a solo by Eddie that was not just the intro of what the band was but who was now the top axe man on the planet.  The Van Halen/Roth pairing was rock and roll poetry.  While Roth might have been the front man, it was Eddie who was the band’s leader and the one responsible for the bands’ direction.  Hit album after hit album came out, each with signature Eddie licks that every kid with long hair tried to mimic.   Van Halen was not just the envy of every aspiring guitar player but of just young men in general when he married actress, Valerie Bertenelli. They would have a child, Wolfgang, who later replaced Anthony in the group, but before that, it was Roth, who left first, as he and Van Halen constantly clashed. What should have been a decimation of the group, led to their longest run of commercial success. Sammy Hagar took over the front man gig, and under Van Halen’s direction, they had four number one albums.  Hagar too what be let go, as would Anthony, and despite a new lead singer (Gary Cherone), the band was done as a relevant act.  That being said, Van Halen’s 20 year run as a top and influential group has few equals, and there is no musician in the world who did not respect the skills of Eddie Van Halen. We don’t know about you, but we are about to blast some Eddie solos right now.  I expect many of you will do the same.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 06 Oct 2020 16:29:38 +0000
Matt Niskanen Retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12107-matt-niskanen-retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12107-matt-niskanen-retires Matt Niskanen Retires
A significant retirement has just taken place as Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman, Matt Niskanen, is calling it a career at age 33. From the hockey-rich state of Minnesota, Niskanen was taken 28thOverall in the 2005 Draft by the Dallas Stars.  Niskanen played in Dallas for three and a half seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he had his best individual season, 2013-14.  That year, he had a career-best 46 Points and was the NHL leader in Defensive Point Shares.   Niskanen joined the Washington Capitals as a Free Agent, where he remained a solid two-way player, scoring at least 25 Points in all five seasons he played there.  He helped the Capitals win their first Stanley Cup in 2018, which was the only one of his career.  Niskanen wrapped up his career last year as a Flyer with a 33-Point year.   We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Matt Niskanen the best in his post-playing career.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 06 Oct 2020 06:03:55 +0000
RIP: Bob Gibson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12104-rip-bob-gibson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12104-rip-bob-gibson RIP: Bob Gibson
In our eyes, one of the greatest Pitchers in Major League Baseball has just passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 84 years old. Debuting with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959, Gibson played his entire MLB career with the team, retiring after the 1975 season.  Gibson was an eight-time All-Star won the 1968 National League Cy Young and MVP, and two years later he was again a Cy Young winner.   Gibson hurled the Redbirds to two World Series Wins (1964 & 1967) and he was the MVP of both Fall Classics.  Over his career, Gibson had a record of 251-174, a 2.91 ERA and 3,117 Strikeouts. Gibson entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, which was his first year of eligibility.  We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolence to the friends, fans and family of Bob Gibson.  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 04 Oct 2020 08:35:02 +0000
Hunter Pence Retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12094-hunter-pence-retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12094-hunter-pence-retires Hunter Pence Retires
Following the announcement of Alex Gordon’s impending retirement only a few days ago, we have another career-ending statement from another significant retirement. Hunter Pence announced on Twitter that he will be retiring after a 14-year career, last playing for the San Francisco Giants where he was designated for assignment early in August. Pence made his Major League debut in 2007 with the Houston Astros as their starting Centerfielder, and he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting.  Moving to Rightfield the year after, Pence was named to the All-Star Game in 2009, and would be again in 2011, though he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies during the season.  Pence’s stay in Eastern Pennsylvania would be short-lived as he was dealt to the Giants during the 2012 season, and he went on to help them win the World Series that year. He would go to a third All-Star Game in 2014, and win a second World Series that year with the Giants, and with the exception of the 2019 season as a Texas Rangers, he completed his career with San Francisco. Pence retired with 1,791 career Hits, 244 Home Runs and a lifetime Batting Average of .279. Pence will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2026, and while he is unlikely to make Cooperstown, he should be on the ballot.  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 26 Sep 2020 19:41:56 +0000
Alex Gordon to retire at season's end http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12093-alex-gordon-to-retire-at-season-s-end http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12093-alex-gordon-to-retire-at-season-s-end Alex Gordon to retire at season's end
We have a significant retirement that will take place within a week as Kansas City Royals Outfielder, Alex Gordon, has announced that he will be retiring at the season’s end. Gordon was drafted second overall in 2005, and the Golden Spikes Award winner made his debut for the Royals in 2007.  Gordon would become one of the best defensive players in franchise history, winning eight Gold Gloves while becoming a three-time All-Star.  He led the American League in Doubles in 2012, and he had a pair of 20 Home Run campaigns.  Gordon helped Kansas City win the 2015 World Series, and he blasted a Home Run in Game 1 that forced extra innings and led to a Kansas City victory. At present, Gordon has 190 career Home Runs with 1,641 Hits. Gordon will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2026, and while he is unlikely to make Cooperstown, he will be on the ballot.  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:35:15 +0000
The International Tennis HOF announces their Finalists for 2021 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12092-the-international-tennis-hof-announces-their-finalists-for-2021 http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12092-the-international-tennis-hof-announces-their-finalists-for-2021 The International Tennis HOF announces their Finalists for 2021
The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced the nominees for the Class of 2021, and it consists of five former players, and two contributors. The five player nominees are: Jonas Bjorkman:  Bjorkman won six singles titles, but his real strength was on the doubles circuit where he won 54 championships including three Australian Opens (1998, 1999 & 2001), two French Opens (2005 & 2006), three Wimbledons (2002, 2003 & 2004) and one U.S. Open (2003).  Internationally, Bjorkman helped lead Sweden to three Davis Cup wins Sergei Bruguera:  Bruguera won the French Open in 1993 and 1934 and he won the 1996 Silver Medal representing Spain in 1996.  Bruguera won 14 singles titles. Juan Carlos Ferraro:  From Spain, Ferraro won the French Open in 2003 and was in the Finals in the U.S. Open the same year.  Ferraro won 16 Singles Titles and led Spain to three Davis Cups (2000, 2004 & 2009). Lleyton Hewitt:  After winning the 2001 U.S. Open, 20-year-old Lleyton Hewitt made history as the youngest tennis player to be ranked #1.  He would later win the 2002 Wimbledon, and he captured 30 ATP Championships.  The Australian would also lead his country to two Davis Cup Championships (1999 & 2002). Lisa Raymond:  Raymond was a doubles specialist who won the Australian Open (2000), French Open (2006), Wimbledon (2001) and U.S. Open (2001, 2005 & 2011).  She also won in Mixed Doubles at the French Open (2003), Wimbledon (1999 & 2012) and U.S. Open (1996 & 2002).  Representing the United States, Raymond was a Bronze Medalist at the 2012 London Games. The Contributor Nominees are: The Original 9 – Peaches Bartkowicz, Rosie Casais, Judy Tegart Dalton, Julie Heldman, Billie Jean King, Kristy Pigeon, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey & Valerie Ziegenfuss:  50 years ago, they created their own non-sanctioned event, which was a costly risk considering they would be no longer eligible for rankings, Grand Slams or playing on their national team.  It led to the Virginia Slims Tournament and pay equity in the sport. Dennis Van der Meer: Van der Meer was a junior player who became a very successful coach.  He would standardize teaching methods and create his own Tennis University. To be elected into the Hall, a candidate must receive an affirmative vote of 75%.  The Class of 2021 will be announced in early 2021, with the Induction Ceremony scheduled for July 17. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Nominees for making it to this stage.  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:12:41 +0000
RIP: Road Warrior Animal http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12091-rip-road-warrior-animal http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12091-rip-road-warrior-animal RIP: Road Warrior Animal
It is a sad day in the world of pro wrestling as it was announced this morning that Joe Laurinaitis, who performed as Road Warrior Animal passed away at the age of 60.  It was not revealed at this time how he died. From Minnesota, Laurinaitis was trained to wrestle by Eddie Sharkey, who also mentored Rick Rude, Barry Darsow and Mike Hegstrand, who would later become Laurinaitis’ tag team partner.  Laurinaitis originally competed as the “Road Warrior” but he would paired with Hegstrand, where they would compete forever more as Animal and Hawk. With their jacked-up bodies, studded leather outfits, and face paint, no other tandem looked like them.   In 2011, along with the Hawk (posthumously) and Paul Ellering, Animal was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  They cut their teeth in Georgia as the Road Warriors, destroying every team in sight.  They won the NWA National Tag Team Titles, and would later win the NWA World and AWA World Tag Team Titles in the 1980s.  As phenomenal as they were, they often were not in tag title pictures, as they were a draw without the belts.  They main evented everywhere in the United States, and also in Japan, where they were just as popular. The Road Warriors finally entered the WWF in 1990, and would win the Tag Team Titles, but they were no longer presented as the dominant team of old.  The 90s were turbulent for the team, as Hawk left Animal in 1992, and he sat out for a few years recovering his back.  The team reunited in WCW in 1996, but went back to the WWF, winning the belts again in 1997.  Hawk suffered from drug addiction (which was used in a tasteless angle) and the team only made sporadic appearances after.   Hawk died in 2003, and Animal would return to the WWE as part of a new Legion of Doom with Heidenreich. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Joe Laurinaitis.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:14:47 +0000
RIP: Gale Sayers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12090-rip-gale-sayers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12090-rip-gale-sayers RIP: Gale Sayers
2020 continues to take our heroes away. This morning, Hall of Fame Running Back, Gale Sayers passed away at the age of 77. A two-time All-American at Kansas, the Chicago Bears chose him with the 4thOverall Pick in 1965.  Sayers wasted no time proving that he belonged at football’s elite level.  He won the Rookie of the Year and was a First Team All-Pro who had a career-high 20 Touchdowns.  Sayers won the Rushing Title the following season (1,231 Yards) and also was first in Yards From Scrimmage (1,678).  As expected, he was again a First Team All-Pro. Sayers was a First Team All-Pro again in 1967, but in 1968, he injured his right knee in Chicago’s ninth game of the season. He was still awarded a First Team All-Pro, but this was a harbinger of things to come. Sayers rebounded in 1969, and he was the only 1,000 Yard Rusher for the season.  He won his second Rushing Title and his fifth straight First Team All-Pro.  Sayers was named the Comeback Player of the Year.  That would be the last great year of Sayers’ career. His left knee was injured in training camp, and he was only able to play two Games in 1970, as was the case in 1971. After a poor training camp in 1972, he retired. While Sayers retired with only 6,263 Yards From Scrimmage, he was without question the best Running Back in the last half of the 1960s, and any player who is considered that is a legend in the game of football.  Many fans who saw him play maintain that he was the fastest player they ever saw. Sayers was inducted the College Football Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he was chosen for the 50th, 75thand 100thNFL Anniversary Team.  When Sayers was inducted into Canton in 1977, he did so as the youngest man (34) ever to receive that honor. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Gale Sayers.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:45:19 +0000
RIP: Tony DeVito http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12089-rip-tony-devito http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12089-rip-tony-devito RIP: Tony DeVito
Tommy DeVito, former member of the legendary singing group, the Four Seasons, passes away today at the age of 92.  He had been hospitalized recently after contracting COVID-19. DeVito began singing with Frankie Valli in 1954 and along with Bob Gaudio and Nick Messi, the Four Seasons were officially formed in 1960.  They were signed to a major label and they would become one of the most successful American groups in the 1960s.  The lead guitarist and backup singer was part of #1 Hits like “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and Walk Like a Man”.  He left the group in 1970. As a member of the Four Seasons, DeVito was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Hall of Fame in 1999. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Tommy DeVito.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:20:16 +0000
Joe Buck named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12086-joe-buck-named-to-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12086-joe-buck-named-to-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame Joe Buck named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
During last night’s halftime of the Thursday Night Cincinnati VS Cleveland game, Pro Football Hall of Fame President, David Baker was in a pre-recorded segment announcing that Joe Buck, who was broadcasting that game with Troy Aikman won the Pete Rozelle Award.  The annual winner receives automatic entry to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Pete Rozelle Award was first given in 1989, with one of the past inductees being Jack Buck, the father of Joe.  Buck is a previous Emmy winner, and he has called six Super Bowls. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Joe Buck for earning this honor. 
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:56:50 +0000
The Pro Football HOF announces 2021 Preliminary List of Modern Era Candidates http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12084-the-pro-football-hof-announces-2021-preliminary-list-of-modern-era-candidates http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12084-the-pro-football-hof-announces-2021-preliminary-list-of-modern-era-candidates The Pro Football HOF announces 2021 Preliminary List of Modern Era Candidates
For us at Notinhalloffame.com, this is our march toward our Christmas.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the Modern-Era Preliminary Nominees for the Class of 2021, a total of 122 former players.   To qualify, a player must have retired less than 25 years ago and at least 5 years ago: The nominees are: Quarterbacks: Drew Bledsoe: 1993-2006, NE, BUF, DAL. Bledsoe was a four-time Pro Bowler and he twice led the NFL in Completions.  He threw for 44,611 Yards and 251 Touchdowns.  Ranked #99 on Notinhalloffame.com. Randall Cunningham: 1985-2001, PHI, MIN, DAL, BAL. Cunningham is a three-time Bert Bell Award winner a four-time Pro Bowl Selection.  Ranked #31 on Notinhalloffame.com. Jake Delhomme: 1999-11, NOR, CAR, HOU. Delhomme went to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and he would throw for over 20,000 Yards. Jeff Garcia:  1999-09, SFO, CLE, DET, PHI, TAM.  Garcia was a four-time Pro Bowler and would throw for over 25,000 Passing Yards. Dave Krieg:  1980-98, SEA, KAN, DET, ARI, CHI, TEN.  Krieg went to three Pro Bowls with the Seahawks and threw for 38,147 Yards and 261 Touchdowns over a 19-year career.  Ranked #120 on Notinhalloffame.com. Peyton Manning:  1998-2015, IND, DEN.  Manning was a five-time MVP, two-time Offensive Player of the Year, three-time Bert Bell Award winner and two-time Super Bowl Champion.  The 14-time Pro Bowl Selection threw for 71,940 Yards and 539 Touchdowns and is a first ballot nominee.  Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com. Donovan McNabb:  1999-01, PHI, WAS, MIN.  McNabb took the Eagles to the Super Bowl and was a six-time Pro Bowler.  He threw for 37,276 Yards with 234 Touchdowns and ran for another 3,459 Yards and 29 TDs.  Ranked #70 on Notinhalloffame.com. Steve McNair:  1995-2007, HOU, TEN, BAL.  McNair was a three-time Pro Bowl and former MVP.  He threw for 31,204 Yards and 174 Touchdowns.  Ranked #108 on Notinhalloffame.com. Running Backs: Shaun Alexander:  2000-08, SEA, PHI.  Alexander went to three straight Pro Bowls and in the last one he won the Rushing Title and was named the AP MVP.  Alexander retired with 10,973 Yards From Scrimmage and 112 Touchdowns.  Ranked #90 on Notinhalloffame.com.  Mike Alstott:  1996-06, TAM.  Alstott won a Super Bowl with the Bucs and was a six-time Pro Bowl and three-time First Team All-Pro.  He would total 7,373 Yards From Scrimmage with 71 Touchdowns.  Ranked #184 on Notinhalloffame.com. Tiki Barber:  1997-06, NYG.  Barber rushed for over 10,000 Yards and was a three-time Pro Bowler.  He also caught another 5,000 Yards and was a two-time leader in Yards From Scrimmage.  Ranked #139 on Notinhalloffame.com. Earnest Byner:  1984-97, CLE, WAS, BAL.  Byner won a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:23:12 +0000
RIP: Toots Hibbert http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12074-rip-toots-hibbert http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12074-rip-toots-hibbert RIP: Toots Hibbert
One of the most important musicians passed away today, and we wish it was getting more publicity.  Toots Hibbert, the lead singer of the ground-breaking reggae group, Toots and the Maytals died at the age of 77.  The cause of death was not officially released, but he was diagnosed with COVID-19 two weeks ago. From Jamaica, Hibbert formed his first group in 1961, and he was part of the first wave of Ska music that would eventually become popular internationally.  The Maytals were credited with coining the word “reggae” in their 1968 song, “Do the Reggay”, and along with the Wailers, Jimmy CliffPeter Tosh and others, the Jamaican sound took off. While the Maytals did not achieve the same success as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots was a unique star is own right.  With a soulful voice derived from gospel and traditional Jamaican roots, Hibbert carved out of the best discographies of any artist regardless of the genre. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Toots Hibbert.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 12 Sep 2020 20:37:01 +0000
Aqib Talib Retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12072-aqib-talib-retires http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12072-aqib-talib-retires Aqib Talib Retires
A day before the 2020 NFL Season is set to start, we have a significant retirement on our hands.  Free Agent Cornerback, Aqib Talib announced his retirement on Twitter.  Talib was the 20thOverall Pick in 2008, but the former Kansas Jayhawk struggled early to live up to expectations. Winning the starting job at Left Cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his sophomore year, Talib did well, but it was not until 2012 when he was traded to the New England Patriots where his star began to rise. Talib was a Second Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl Selection in 2013, his lone full season in New England, but he did not stay there as he signed with the Denver Broncos as a Free Agent in 2014.  His success continued, as he was a Pro Bowler in all four of his years at Mile High, earning a First Team All-Pro in 2016 and helping the Broncos win Super Bowl 50. The Cornerback would finish his career with the Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins and retires with 35 career Interceptions. In our updated 2020 pre-season Hall of Fame Monitor of active players, Talib was ranked at #75 and #6 amongst Cornerbacks. He is now eligible for Hall of Fame consideration in 2025. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Talib for the on-field memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
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kir[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 09 Sep 2020 21:58:51 +0000
The Toy Hall of Fame Announced they 2020 Finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12071-the-toy-hall-of-fame-announced-they-2020-finalists http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12071-the-toy-hall-of-fame-announced-they-2020-finalists The Toy Hall of Fame Announced they 2020 Finalists
We always find this a fun topic. The National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum has announced their 12 Finalists for the Class of 2020. They are: Baby Nancy Bingo Breyer Horses Jenga Lite-Brite Masters of the Universe My Little Pony Risk Sidewalk Chalk Sorry! Tamagotchi Yahtzee Which ones should get in?  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:17:37 +0000
Carlos Bocanegra named to the National Soccer HOF http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12069-carlos-bocanegra-named-to-the-national-soccer-hof http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12069-carlos-bocanegra-named-to-the-national-soccer-hof Carlos Bocanegra named to the National Soccer HOF
The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced that there will be one lone member of their Class of 2020, that of former National Team Captain, Carlos Bocanegra. The Defenseman represented the United States in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup and represented the U.S. in 110 Games, serving as the Captain in 64 of them. Bocanegra played 15 years professionally, where he was the 2000 MLS Rookie of the Year as a member of the Chicago Fire.  A two-time MLS Defender of the Year, Bocanegra later played for Fulham (England), Rennes (France), Saint-Etienne (France) and Rangers (Scotland) before returning to MLS for Chivas USA. There will be no ceremony this year due to COVID-19. The Class of 2020 will be inducted alongside next year’s class.  Bocanegra is the 305thmember of the Class. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Carlos Bocanegra for earning this honor.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:45:19 +0000
RIP: Lou Brock http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12068-rip-lou-brock http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12068-rip-lou-brock RIP: Lou Brock
Just days after the passing of Hall of Fame Pitcher, Tom Seaver, another Cooperstown legend has passed away. Former St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder, Lou Brock passed away at the age of 81.  There was no specific cause of death, but it was reported that he was fighting numerous ailments. Brock broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1961 but was traded to the Cardinals during the 1964 season in a transaction that the Cubs would instantly regret. The Outfielder went on fire for the rest of the season, and he would be the spark plug of the St. Louis machine that won the 1964 World Series.  Winning another World Series in 1967, Brock led the National League in Runs Scored twice, and Stolen Bases on eight occasions.  The speedster went to six All-Star Games, and was the runner-up for the 1974 NL MVP, in the year he stole a then record 118 Stolen Bases. Brock retired as the all-time leader in Stolen Bases (938), which would later be broken by Rickey Henderson.  He also accumulated 3,023 career Hits and 149 Home Runs.  He was indicted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, which was his first year of eligibility.   We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Lou Brock.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 06 Sep 2020 19:37:23 +0000
Our All-Time Top 50 Jacksonville Jaguars are now up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12067-our-all-time-top-50-jacksonville-jaguars-are-now-up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12067-our-all-time-top-50-jacksonville-jaguars-are-now-up Our All-Time Top 50 Jacksonville Jaguars 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 Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jaguars have only been in existence since 1995 and while they have not appeared in a Super Bowl, there have been many talented players who have worn their jersey.   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 2019 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are: 1. Jimmy Smith 2. Fred Taylor 3. Tony Boselli 4. Mark Brunell 5. Maurice Jones-Drew We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  Up next, will be the Dallas Cowboys. Look for our more material coming soon! As always we thank you for your support.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 06 Sep 2020 09:53:47 +0000
West Virginia announces their 2020 HOF Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12066-west-virginia-announces-their-2020-hof-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12066-west-virginia-announces-their-2020-hof-class West Virginia 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, coaches and executives. Eventually, we are going to get to that of the Division I schools, and conferences.  As such, it is news the University of West Virginia has announced their Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020. This group comprises of eleven new members.  Due to COVID-19, there will be no 2020 ceremony, and they will be officially inducted alongside the Class of 2021. The eleven new members are: Janae (Cox) Asbury, Women’s Gymnastics 2004-07:  Cox was a three-time First Team All-American and three-time individual qualifier at the NCAA Championship.  Nobody in Mountaineer history has more career Points (2,070.65), and also holds program records in meets (50). Da’Sean Butler, Men’s Basketball 2007-10:  Butler is third all-time in WVU in Points (2,095), and was a Second Team All-American in 2010.  Averaging 14.3 Points per Game, Butler took the Mountaineers to an NIT Championship in 2007, and a Final Four in 2010. J.D. Drummonds, Women’s Basketball 1980-81:  Drummonds scored 1,160 Points and averaged 21.0 Points per Game in the 1981 Season, which is second all-time for WVU.   Jedd Gyorko, Baseball 2008-10:  Playing at Second Base and Shortstop, Gyorko has the school record for Home Runs (35) and Batting Average (.404).  Gyorko was a First Team All-American as a Senior, and he went on to play eight seasons in the Majors. Dick Leftridge, Football 1963-65:  Leftridge played at Fullback and rushed for 1,701 Yards and 21 Touchdowns.  He helped lead the team to Sothern Conference Championships in 1964 and 1965, and he later played one year as a Pittsburgh Steeler. John McGrath, Men’s Soccer Coach 1969-95:  McGrath took the Mountaineers to five NCAA Tournaments and had a career record of 202-181-45. Tony Robertson, Men’s Basketball 1976-77:  Robertson scored 1,026 Points over two years with an 18.0 Points per Game Average.  He would later play two seasons in the NBA. John Rost, Men’s Rifle 1979-82:  Rost won the NCAA Air Rifle event in 1981 and 1982 and he would later represent the United States at the 1984 Olympics. Clara (Grandt) Santucci, Women’s Track & Field 2005-10:  Grandt won All-American honors in three different disciplines.  Her specialty was the 10,000 Meter. Tom Shafer, Baseball 1960-62:  Shafer had a 1.69 ERA over 125 Innings, and he was a First Team All-Southern Conference Selection…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 06 Sep 2020 09:08:16 +0000
The Missouri Valley Conference announces their 2021 Class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12038-the-missouri-valley-conference-announces-their-2021-class http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12038-the-missouri-valley-conference-announces-their-2021-class The Missouri Valley Conference announces their 2021 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, coaches and executives. Eventually, we are going to get to that of the Division I schools, and conferences.  As such, it is news to us that the Missouri Valley Conference has announced their Hall of Fame Class of 2021. This is the 24thHall of Fame Class for the Conference, and due to COVID-19, there will be no physical ceremony, nor any modern candidate, as all of these inductees are classified as “Veteran Candidates”. The eight new members are: Maurice Cheeks, West Texas State, Men’s Basketball, 1974-78: Cheeks started all four years at West Texas State, and was an All-MVC player three times.  He tallied 1,127 Points, and averaged 16.8 Points per Game as a Senior.  Cheeks later had a successful career in the NBA where he was a four-time All-Star, four-time First Team All-Defensive player and was a champion with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983.  His number was retired by the Sixers and he was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018. Joe Greene, North Texas, Football, 1966-68:  Greene was a three-time All-MVC Selection and his squad went a combined 23-5-1 with him on the field.  An All-American in 1968, Greene went on to play professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers where he was a Rookie of the Year, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, 10-time All-Pro and four-time Super Bowl winner.  Greene is also a member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Clark W. Hetherington, Missouri, Administrator:  Hetherington was the Missouri’s Athletic Director from 1900 to 1910, and helped broker what is now the MVC. James Naismith, Kansas, Administrator:   Yes, that James Naismith.  Naismith is the man who invented basketball, and was the first coach of the Jayhawks program (1898-1907), and he would later be a Professor at Kansas.  Following his tenure as a Professor, Naismith became their Athletic Director from 1919 to 1937. Tara Oltman, Creighton, Softball, 2007-10:  Oltman was an All-MVC in all four of her years, and was a three-time MVC Pitcher of the Year.  She holds the conference records for Wins (118), Strikeouts (1,086) and Innings (1,064), and she led the Blue Jays to three NCAA Tournament Appearances. F. Morgan Taylor, Grinnell, Track & Field, 1926:  Taylor was also an Olympian who won the…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:54:14 +0000
RIP: Tom Seaver http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12037-rip-tom-seaver http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12037-rip-tom-seaver RIP: Tom Seaver
We are getting really tired of writing obituaries. Tom Seaver, who has been battling dementia for the past few years, has passed away at age 75. When Seaver debuted for the New York Mets in 1967, it was evident immediately that this was one special Pitcher that the Mets had on their hands.  Named the Rookie of the Year, Seaver was named an All-Star, and “Tom Terrific” would earn that honor 11 more times in his career.   Seaver is universally regarded as the greatest New York Met of all-time, and how could it he not be?  He was the anchor of the 1969 squad that shocked the baseball world winning the World Series for the “Miracle Mets”.  The Mets were considered underdogs, despite Seaver winning his first of three Cy Youngs that year.  With the Mets, Seaver won three ERA Titles, three WHIP Titles, and five Strikeout Titles. The Mets shocked their fans by trading Seaver to Cincinnati during the 1977 season, and two of his All-Star appearances occurred as a Red.  Seaver would return to New York, and finished his career with the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox. Seaver retired with a record of 311-205, 3,640 Strikeouts with a career ERA of 2.86.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Tom Seaver.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Wed, 02 Sep 2020 21:26:05 +0000
RIP: John Thompson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12034-rip-john-thompson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12034-rip-john-thompson RIP: John Thompson
This has been a horrible week for basketball legends.  Recently, we lost Lute Olson and Clifford Robinson. Now we lost John Thompson. Thompson played his college ball at Providence where he was an honorable mention All-American by the AP.  He went on to play three years with the Boston Celtics, winning two NBA Championships under the dynasty led by Red Auberbach. Immediately after his playing career ended, he took over as the head coach for St. Anthony High School in Washington D.C., and did so well there, he caught the attention of Georgetown, who signed him to be their Head Coach in 1972.  This would be the school he coached for 27 years, and put on the national map. Thompson had a coaching record of 596-239 and he had a 14-year streak of NCAA Tournament Appearances (1979-92).  That streak was easily the highwater mark of Thompson’s career, as in that timeframe he was a three-time Big East Coach of the Year, NABC Coach of the Year and UPI Coach of the Year.  Thompson took the Hoyas to the NCAA Championship in 1984, and in doing so became the first African-American Head Coach to win the Title. He would be named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of John Thompson.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:40:28 +0000
Our Preseason NFL HOF Monitor is up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12033-our-preseason-nfl-hof-monitor-is-up http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/12033-our-preseason-nfl-hof-monitor-is-up Our Preseason NFL HOF Monitor is up
Our second annual pre-season Active 150 NFL Player Monitor ranking their current status for future Hall of Fame consideration is now up.   Our Football Hall of Fame monitor for football looks at the following criteria: The biggest factor we look at is how each active player measures up to the last five players at their position who were chosen.  To reflect the modern era and how stats have changed, Senior Inductees will not be considered as part of the last five inductees.  To keep everything simple, we are looking at Pro Bowl Selections, First Team All-Pro Selections, traditional statistics, games played and approximate value.   Obviously, there are other intangibles, such as playoff success, content of character etc. and we have adjusted where we think necessary due to those considerations.  While we don’t see this as a perfect system, these are the points that people make when determining whether or not someone is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, it does put forth a good baseline for us to work with. The other criteria we look at is dominating seasons.  We call this the Terrell Davis Rule.  In Davis’ Hall of Fame resume, you see that he was an elite player for three seasons and was the difference maker aiding the Denver Broncos to win their first two Super Bowls.  The induction of Davis and others with similar careers (like Gale Sayers for example) shows that the Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes bursts of excellence over years of above average consistency.  This will reflect in our ranking as a younger player who may have less accolades than a more tenured one could be ranked higher if he has more years where he was unquestionably an elite player at his position.   We also have to add the caveat that we will only qualify those who have been chosen via the Modern Era class in the last fifteen years. For reference, here are the last five Hall of Famers for each position and we have created what we call the Modern Positional Average, the MPA: Quarterbacks: Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Kurt Warner, Steve Young. Note that three of these QBs (Aikman, Marino & Young) competed in the 1990’s where offensive output is not what it is today.  This is one of the reasons why we are adding Super Bowls and Super Bowl appearances to offset this and since Quarterbacks are graded on that accomplishment more than all other…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sun, 30 Aug 2020 16:07:13 +0000
RIP: Cliff Robinson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/11995-rip-cliff-robinson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/11995-rip-cliff-robinson RIP: Cliff Robinson
Following the passing of Lute Olson, basketball lost another one of its stars.  Former UConn and NBA star, Clifford Robinson died at the age of 53.  He had been battling cancer for the last two years. A star at Connecticut, Robinson was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989 as the 36thOverall Pick.  Standing at 6’ 10”, Robinson was a versatile player who played at Center, Power Forward and Small Forward.  He was the Sixth Man of the Year in 1994, an All-Star in 1994, which was the year began three 20 Points per Game seasons.   Robinson later played for Phoenix and Detroit, where he was named a Second Team All-Defensive selection once for each team.  We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to offer condolences to the friends, family and fans of Clifford Robinson. 
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Sat, 29 Aug 2020 13:38:12 +0000
RIP: Bob Armstrong http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/11993-rip-bob-armstrong http://www.notinhalloffame.com/home/news/11993-rip-bob-armstrong RIP: Bob Armstrong
The wrestling world lost a legendary figure as “Bullet” Bob Armstrong succumbed to a long battle with prostate cancer.  He was 80 years old. For decades, Armstrong was a main event draw in Georgia and throughout the American South.  A babyface for most of his career, Armstrong was a fiery figure whose lunch pail work ethic made him a relatable fan favorite.  He looked and wrestled tough, and was one of the most related figures in the business. Armstrong’s career began in 1960, and he retired in 1988, though still made sporadic appearances, namely for Jim Cornette’s Smokey Mountain Wrestling in the mid-90s.  He won a litany of titles in Georgia and Florida, and he had four sons, Scott, Steve, Brad and Brian, all of who became pro wrestlers.  Brian became the most successful, known as the Road Dogg, as part of the New Age Outlaws and D-Generation X.   Armstrong was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Bob Armstrong.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) Not in Hall of Fame News Fri, 28 Aug 2020 13:01:29 +0000