Not in Hall of Fame News

One of our favorite days on our Hall of Fame calendar is the day before the Super Bowl.  Not only are we excited with the impending biggest game of the year, but it also is the day that the Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their annual class. With the advent of social media, the word on the inductees broke before the official announcement on the NFL Network. The new members are: Steve Atwater:  This was a long time coming.  Eligible since 2005, Atwater was a two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Denver Broncos, and he was also a two-time First Team All-Pro.  The…
In a few weeks, the Baseball pre-season will commence but we will be missing Curtis Granderson, who announced his retirement today.   Granderson cracked the Majors in 2004 where he would join the Detroit Tigers.  With the Tigers, he would lead the American League in 2007 & 2008, and was an All-Star in 2009.  The Outfielder would be dealt after the season to the New York Yankees where he played for four seasons.  With the Bronx Bombers, Granderson would have two All-Star Game appearances and in 2011 would lead the AL in Runs Scored (136) and RBIs (2011).  That season and he the year after…
This is not the kind of news that you want to wake up to. Chris Doleman passed away at the age of 58 after a battle with glioblastoma.   Doleman played his college ball at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Defensive End would be chosen fourth overall in the 1985 Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.  He would to his first Pro Bowl 1987, and would lead the NFL in Forced Fumbles with six.  Doleman was a Pro Bowler in the next three seasons, the best of which being the 1989 season where he was a First Team All-Pro and would finish atop…
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the New York Mets will be inducting will be inducting Jon Matlack, Ron Darling, Edgardo Alfonzo and Al Jackson into their franchise Hall of Fame. Appearing for a handful of games in 1971, Matlack was named the 1972 Rookie of the Year and he would go to three consecutive All-Star…
The International Tennis Hall of Fame have announced that Conchita Martinez and Goran Ivanisevic will be inducted this summer as the 2020 Player Group Inductees. From Spain, Conchita Martinez made history in 1994 when she became the first Spaniard to win Wimbledon.  That was the only Grand Slam Singles she would capture, but she did win 12 more titles on the tour.  Martinez also won the French Open in doubles twice, and while representing Spain, she helped her country win five Fed Cups and individually she won the Gold Medal in the Atlanta Olympics, and also was a two-time Silver Medalist (1992…
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the Minnesota Twins will be inducting Justin Morneau in their franchise Hall of Fame. Playing 11 of his 14 seasons with the Twins (2003-13), the Canadian born First Baseman would go to four consecutive All-Star Games (2007-10) and would win the American League MVP in 2006 when he had 34…
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that New York Giants co-owner, John Mara, stated in a recent interview that Eli Manning and Michael Strahan will have their numbers retired. Sort of. This is what he said about Eli’s number: “It’s retired.” When asked to clarify, Mara responded: “Not yet.  We’ll do Michael’s (Strahan) announcement another day, but Eli’s…

RIP: Kobe Bryant

This is a terrible day for sports.   This is a terrible day, period. It was announced today on TMZ that Kobe Bryant passed away today in a helicopter crash near his home in Calabasas.  He was 41 years old. Playing his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant was not just one of the best players of his era, he is considered amongst the greatest players of all-time.    Over his career, Bryant won five NBA Championships, won two scoring titles, was an 18-time All-Star and 15-time All-NBA Selection.  He is fourth all-time in Points, and was just passed by current…
Speculated all year, Eli Manning will announce his retirement from the National Football League at a press conference tomorrow. Drafted in 2004 with the third overall pick by the San Diego Chargers, Manning did not want to play for the Bolts, and he was quickly dealt to the New York Giants, where he would play his entire career.  A four-time Pro Bowl Selection, he would take the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships, both against the heavily favored New England Patriots, the first of which was when the Pats were undefeated going into the big game.  Notably, he was the Super Bowl…
Baseball fans talk about this every day, and we now know who will comprise the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Let’s take a deep dive look into those chosen, those left off, and those who are off the ballot completely. To the surprise of nobody, former New York Yankee infielder, Derek Jeter enters Cooperstown on his first year of eligibility.  Jeter entered on ___ of the ballot, and he joins his fellow career-Yankee, Mariano Rivera, as back-to-back first ballot Hall of famers.  Jeter would win five World Series Rings, was a 14-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger, and he would…