Not in Hall of Fame News

Once again it is time to look at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as they have announced their latest (and always large batch) of preliminary nominees. We have placed them in order by position and then alphabetically. * Will indicate a past Finalist** Will indicate a first time on the ballot     QUARTERBACKSDREW BLEDSOE1993-2001 New England Patriots, 2002-04 Buffalo Bills, 2005-06 Dallas Cowboys Four Pro Bowls, 14 Year career, 251 TDs RANDALL CUNNINGHAM  1985-1995 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 Baltimore RavensFour time All-Pro, Four Pro Bowls, 201 TDs, 35 TDs on the ground (4,928 Rushing Yards)DOUG FLUTIE…

RRHOF Predictions

Last year three of us here at Notinhalloffame.com (Spheniscus, DDT and myself, the Committee Chairman) had a bit of fun attempting to predict what 15 acts the fine people at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will nominate.   Cockiness would dictate that I point out to my cohorts that I “won” last year and had the most correct. As I defend this title, I throw this challenge out: Sooner or later my travels will take me to either Boston or San Francisco respectively and perhaps you both will at some point venture to Toronto. I propose a basic beer…
Helton played his entire career with the Colorado Rockies, where he posted excellent numbers and made five All Star games and won a Batting Title. His career Batting Average of .317, 367 Home Runs and 2,505 career Hits have a traditionalist happy, but as always the Sabremetrics tell a different story. His career OPS of .954 is excellent and good for 20th overall and his JAWS (53.8) while under the average for First Basemen (55.7) is sandwiched between Willie McCovey and Eddie Murray. However the statistic that takes into account the ballpark in which you play, OPS+ is 131, which…
Lost amidst the return of Football and the exciting Wild Card chase was another major retirement. Quietly after failing to latch on to an MLB team this year, he told a radio station in his native Dominican Republic that he was calling it a career. Guerrero had his best seasons with the Montreal Expos and the Anaheim Angels and won the 2004 AL MVP with the latter. In looking at his overall statistics, it would appear that he is a decent candidate, though far from a lock. On the radio interview, he mentioned that his biggest regret was failing to…

Miikka Kiprusoff

                   Today, Calgary Flames Goalie, Miikka Kiprusoff announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. Born in Finland, Kiprusoff first entered the NHL with the San Jose Sharks in 2001 where he would become the first Finnish Goalie to win a playoff game.          Kiprusoff however could not crack the starter’s role, and was traded to the Calgary Flames which proved to be beneficial. He became the main guy between the pipes and anchored the Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004. Two years later, he had his best season, where he was a Hart Trophy finalist and won…
          Lost in the hoopla that is NFL Opening Week, is the Basketball Hall of Fame weekend, where the Class of 2013 is being inducted in Massachusetts. We are always critical of the process of the Hall, and considering the timing of the induction weekend we think it is correct. The American sporting world is fixated on the National Football League, and thus there will be little attention paid to the inductions of Gary Payton and his brethren.           Football does their Hall of Fame announcement during the Super Bowl weekend, and does their ceremony to kick off the pre-season.…
          Revisions, Revisions, Revisions.   The Hockey list has been revised, and it what seems to be an annual tradition, a new number one has been crowned and a major overhaul in the top ten has occurred. Last year, three of our top ten were selected (Chris Chelios #2, Brendan Shanahan #5, Scott Niedermayer #6) and there are many new eligible players who are top ten worthy; including our new number one selection.          The new Number one selection is Czech Goaltender, Dominik Hasek. The “Dominator” won the Hart Trophy in 1997 and the Vezina Trophy six times. There is no logical…
           And just like that, we have another major retirement in the NBA that received little fanfare. Tracy McGrady has announced that he is officially done with playing in the National Basketball Association. “T-Mac” leaves behind what many consider to be a cluttered legacy, as he is a two time scoring champion, but his critics constantly point to his inability to lead his team past the first round of the NBA playoffs (and no, last year with the Spurs doesn’t count).          Statistically, McGrady has the credentials. Not only is he a two time scoring champion as earlier mentioned, he eclipsed the…
          The answer is, with a whimper. That is the Jeopardy question to “How did Allen Iverson retire, which a decade ago seemed impossible. It was reported that Iverson was going to announce an official retirement, which considering he has not played professionally in two years (three in North America) is a little anti-climactic.           That is not how we will remember A.I., as we will think of him as the Shooting Guard who redefined the culture of the National Basketball Association, and brought an urban grit that really did not exist before. We remember him as the man who carried…
Our work on the existing Hockey Hall of Fame Classes continue. We have now made our way to the year of 1984 (which for the record is easily among our favourite Classes). The Class of 1984 contains:Bernie ParentJacques LemaireJake MilfordPhil EspositoPunch ImlachGang you know the drill. Check it out, and cast your votes and let us know whether you think they deserved their Hall of Fame induction. Look for upcoming classes soon!