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Mike Modano Retires from Hockey

Canada may be the land of Hockey, but the United States has produced some excellent players too. Mike Modano retired today as the the man who holds the record for the most Goals, Games Played, Playoff Points and Points scored by an American born player. Modano also goes down as the all time leading scorer for the Dallas Stars franchise. The Multi-time All Star never won any Individual trophies, but was jobbed out of the Calder when Sergei Makarov (who had already played for years in the Soviet Union) won the annual award for the best Rookie in the NHL.…
We here at notinhalloffame congratulate Mariano Rivera for setting the All Time Saves record. Relievers don't always get the credit they deserve and some (Lee Smith) have struggled to get Hall of Fame support. We don't think that will be an issue for Rivera and think there is a good shot that he will get in on the first ballot.
Gang, I want to throw this out.... Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback does not seem to be budging on his desire not to play there and would rather retire. At the age of 31, Palmer proved to be a decent QB, but failed to lead the Bengals deep into a post season. While two Pro Bowls and 154 Touchdowns is a good career, it does not seem like a Hall of Fame one. If his career is over, has he even done enough to sniff out top 100 when eligible? We have our opinion, would love to hear yours!

Sidney Crosby...... Over and Out?

NHL training camps are in full swing, and Pittsburgh Penguins superstar, Sidney Crosby is not among the participants. He has yet to fully recover from the concussion suffered at last year's Winter Classic. We have seen what concussions have done to athletes in various sports, and it is possible that Crosby will never be the same again. Hypothetically, if Crosby is finished, is he a Hall of Famer? He has already won everything worth winning, capturing the Hart Trophy, the Stanley Cup and the Olympic Gold Medal. Let's say he comes bacl and is just an average player for the…

The 200th win of Tim Wakefield

Tim Wakefield won't make the Baseball Hall of Fame, but we here at notinhalloffame.com want to congratulate the knuckleballer on his 200th career win in Major League Baseball. Wakefield accomplished this feat at the age of 45, and there is a good chance that this is his last season. He didn't really cement himself until the age of 28 when he joined the Red Sox where he has spent the last seventeen seasons. He was only an All Star once, but it may surprise you to know that the answer to the active pitcher with the most career wins is......Tim…

The KHL Disaster

I really didn't want to write about this at first. The disaster in Russia that eliminated an entire team (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) in the Kontinental Hockey League is the worst tragedy in hockey history; in an off season that already was full of dismal news. For those unfamiliar with the KHL, the Russian based Association¬†(with teams in Belarus, Latvia, Slovakia & Kazakhstan) is considered the highest quality European League. It has multiple former National Hockey League Players, and elite Europeans of NHL calibre. I am not a regular follower of the KHL, and when first learned of the crash was…

RIP Lee Roy Selmon

Our apologies for being late in recognizing the passing of one of the great Defensive Ends of all time, Lee Roy Selmon. The Hall of Famer was the bright spot in bad Tampa Bay Buccaneer teams, and was the first man honored by the franchise. He will be missed.

Fred Taylor Retires

11, 695 Career Rushing Yards is an exceptional total and this will put Fred Taylor at number 15 All Time in that category. Sounds impressive right? It is, but does that make him a Hall of Famer? We may have the Fred McGriff of the NFL, where as Fred Taylor racked up solid stats, so did a pile of other Running Backs. Taylor did the bulk of pro career in Jacksonville, which is hardly the mecca for Professional Football. Only one time did Taylor make a Pro Bowl, which again speaks to the elite group of Running Backs who he…
Have to admit; we forgot about Chipper Jones this year. He just belted his 450th Home Run, but it remains to be seen if he can get that magical 500 number. If he wraps up his career soon, did he do enough for Cooperstown?

RIP: Mike Flanagan

Today we lost former Cy Young Award winner, Mike Flanagan who passed away at the age of 59. Flanagan won the American League Cy Young in 1979 and finished his career with 167 career wins. He may have never been a serious threat for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but he is a member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. Flanagan was only 59 years old.