From the Desk of the Chairman https://www.notinhalloffame.com Wed, 27 May 2020 07:06:28 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Eight: The MLB Comeback Player of the Year https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11460-awards-hof-part-forty-eight-the-mlb-comeback-player-of-the-year https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11460-awards-hof-part-forty-eight-the-mlb-comeback-player-of-the-year Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Eight: The MLB Comeback Player of the Year
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 NBA Finals MVP.  This time we went back to baseball, and the Comeback Player of the Year. This is a recent award, first created in 2005, so the sample size at present is not a large one, but that has not stopped us before.  As with most awards in the Majors, there is one issued for both the National League and the American League. So how many MLB Comeback Player of the Years have made the Baseball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the Comeback Player of the Year who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Ken Griffey Jr., Cincinnati Reds (NL: 2005)                     Ken Griffey Jr was beset with injury after injury from 2001 to 2004 as a Cincinnati Red with the most games he had in a year being 111.  This season, Griffey Jr appeared in 128 Games and had 35 Home Runs with a .301 Batting Average.  He played until 2010, retiring with 630 Home Runs and 2,781 Hits.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. Jim Thome, Chicago White Sox (AL: 2006)                       In 2005, Thome had elbow problems and batted only .205 as a Philadelphia Phillie.  The Phils traded him to the White Sox, and he rebounded with 42 Home Runs and 109 RBIs.  The slugger played until 2012 and left the game with 612 Home Runs.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees (AL: 2013)                 Mariano Rivera was already entrenched as the greatest Relief Pitcher in history before he won this award, and in 2012 it looked like he had to retire.  In May of that year, he tore his ACL, and it was expected that he would not return, but he did and was back in form.  In what was his final season, the career Yankee had 44 Saves and was an All-Star for the 13thtime.  Rivera ended his career…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 17 May 2020 00:35:02 +0000
NASCAR: Real Competition Is Not Only Between Cars and Drivers https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11457-nascar-real-competition-is-not-only-between-cars-and-drivers https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11457-nascar-real-competition-is-not-only-between-cars-and-drivers NASCAR: Real Competition Is Not Only Between Cars and Drivers
NASCAR season is back. Sunday, May 17, at Darlington Raceway, will be the initial race out of seven, over 11 days during the month. However, things will not be quite the same after the recess' fogs dissipate. Last Friday, competition executives released an official bulletin filled with rules changesfor the remaining 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season and forward. The technical changes detail safety and competition alterations as a measure to restrain the team’s costs and boosting racing safety measures. These guidelines come from the deliberation that took place after the preliminary investigation into Ryan Newman’s crash. The violent incident on the final lap of the Daytona 500 left the driver severely injured. After missing three races and a still recovering bruised brain, he was cleared to come back on May 10. NASCAR is preparing a media briefing to reveal the Newman investigation findings. As competition grows endlessly, the regulations promise safe quality racing for both the teams and the fans. The mentioned regulations will not affect current competition significantly. Moreover, those intend to lessen comprehensive modifications for the Next Gen Car to debut on the 2021 season. However, NASCAR senior vice president of racing development, John Probst, stated that teams were provided with details about the technical changes in advance. NASCAR's return comes impregnated with a lot more than instructions for custom wheels manufacturer selectionand tuning restrictions. The following modifications are very specific and its goals are aiming to minimize about 30 to 40 horsepower from 510 hp for Daytona and Talladega tracks. Although these modifications are a decision NASCAR took after Newman’s incident, overall rules were reviewed and adjusted according to the identified needs. The following is a summarized version of the recently released bulletin. During the remaining season, NASCAR will not allow on-track testing for Cup Series, Gander Truck Series, and Xfinity Series. Wind tunnel usage time is now under restriction. Every organization will have only 150 hours to test. These will be distributed for 70 hours during 2020 and 90 hours in 2021.  Individual NextGen vehicle organizations are banned from wind tunnel testing. Only a few facilities were approved for wind-testing such as Aerodyn Wind Tunnel in Mooresville and Windshear Wind Tunnel in Concord, both in North Carolina. Short block sealed engine changes are now restricted to eight. This measure is for both full or long blocks and the bottom portion only or short blocks. This means that each vehicle…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Fri, 15 May 2020 14:40:39 +0000
Celebrities Who Really Love Sports https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11453-celebrities-who-really-love-sports https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11453-celebrities-who-really-love-sports Celebrities Who Really Love Sports
Celebrities are just like regular people when it comes to sports. They love to watch and attend sporting occasions, whether it be football, hockey, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf or any other sport. As long as there is a ball to be hit, a sharp corner to negotiate or a punch to be thrown, the buzz of sports is the same for everyone. Celebrities have even become part of sporting occasions. Their attendance in the crowd gathers airtime, and some also perform at the stadium – just look at the Super Bowl and its string of megastar performers. But who are the most prominent celebrity sports fans? 1.   Floyd Mayweather He may be better known for his eagle eye and fast defence in the ring, but Mayweather also likes to kick back and watch sports as well. He attends boxing games but is known to be a big fan of the NBA. While Mayweather has been busy staking thousands on sports betting - reportedly winning over $6million on an NBA game back in 2013, he's also not shy of the casinos themselves. Having won nearly £800,000 on a slot machine in 2017, his latest conquest seems to be to tackle Japan by building a new casino in 2020/21. 2.   Denzel Washington America's acting hall of fame has a seat for Denzel Washington. But the movie star is not just about taking his place among the film gods. He likes to take a seat at Lakers and Yankees games too and is known to be in the crowd always wearing his all-black cap. But Washington could play the game as well. During his university days at Fordham University, he was a point guard for coach Carlesimo. Yes, the same coach who made it to the NBA. 3.   Kevin Hart Kevin Hart has gone from working as a shoe salesman to being one of the world's best comedians with some flagship acting jobs along the way. When Hart is not writing comedy gold, he is a massive sports fan. He participates in the NBA's All-Star weekend and even plays himself in the celebrity match, which he has won the MVP award on three occasions. By being in and around the players, he has acquired some new NBA buddies. 4.   Jerry Seinfeld But Hart is not the only comedy royalty to love sports. Jerry Seinfeld, the creator of his namesake comedy hit show, is a renowned Mets fan. When he is not watching sports, he can…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Fri, 15 May 2020 07:53:37 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Seven: The NBA Finals MVP https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11430-awards-hof-part-forty-seven-the-nba-finals-mvp https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11430-awards-hof-part-forty-seven-the-nba-finals-mvp Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Seven: The NBA Finals MVP
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 Art Ross Trophy.  This time we went back to basketball, and the NBA Finals MVP. The award was first given out in 1969, and basketball is the most star driven team sport of the big four, so we should expect that it will have a higher yield than the others. So how many NBA Finals MVPs have made the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the NBA Finals MVP who are eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers, 37.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 7.4 APG (1969)     The first NBA Finals MVP was a Laker, which is not a shock, but with Jerry West, it was also from a losing team, as L.A. lost to the Boston in seven games.  West did everything he could, and considering he pulled his hamstring in Game 5, and was still performing at an elite level in Games 6 and 7, it was hard to award to anyone else.  In the regular season, West was a Second Team All-NBA Selection, and he was a First Team Selection in his first six seasons.  West played 14 years in the NBA, all with Los Angeles, and he was an All-Star in every single one of those years.  He would finally win his title as a player in 1972.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980. Willis Reed, New York Knicks, 23.0 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.8 APG (1970)     Willis Reed had a phenomenal 1969-70 year.  Reed became the first player to win the NBA MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the Finals MVP in the same year.  Reed was injured in the Finals with a torn thigh muscle, and was forced to miss Game 6, but he willed his way to play in Game 7, where he only scored four Points, but considering he should not have been on the court…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sat, 02 May 2020 15:42:51 +0000
How Real is Willie Beamen? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11408-how-real-is-willie-beamen https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11408-how-real-is-willie-beamen How Real is Willie Beamen?
How Real is Willie Beaman?  In the 2001 season, the once-great American Football team Miami Sharks, had a hard time making it to the AFFA (Associated Football Franchises of America) divisional playoffs.  Coached by Tony D’Amato, the 30-year veteran that had seen it all, the team lost its starting quarterback Jack “Cap” Rooney, and second string quarterback Tyler Cherubini due to injuries.   This leaves the desperate Sharks to depend on their third-string QB, University of Houston graduate Willie Beamen. Never doing anything beyond warming the bench, Beamen pukeshis guts out and embarrasses the hell out of the Miami Sharks on the first few games, but then he just gets it and becomes the MVP, star quarterback that carries the team to glory.   You probably figured it out by now, this is the tale of Oliver Stone’s 1999 movie Any Given Sunday. Where Coach D’Amato is played by Al Pacino, Cap Rooney by Dennis Quaid, and rookie-turned-narcissist-starring-QB Willie Beamen is no other than Jamie Foxx. It’s pretty cool to see the upsets that are taking place during the first games where Beamen is leading the Sharks as starting quarterback.  At the beginning bookies wouldn’t give him and his team a chance, and when the movie was made there were no legal sports-betting apps that everyone can use from their mobile phone to place bets.  But if it was today, the whole stadium would have pulled out their phones and use their sports-betting app for sure to place bets on the Miami Sharks every time Beaman threw up, as that became is trademark for winning plays.   So how much of this great American sports drama is based on true events? And does Beamen have any truth in him? Or is the Sharks hall-of-fame quarterback totally made up? The story is based on a novel by the same name written by ex NFL Defensive End, and Super Bowl champion Pat Toomay.  Selected in the sixth round of the 1970 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys, he started an impressive football career which in addition to the Cowboys, included playing for the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.  Toomay said that the characters are loosely based on actual players. Although the NFL declined to participate, and supposedly issued a memo to teams suggesting they do not cooperate with the film, Jamie Williams who was the movie’s technical adviser and writer played in the league for 12 years, including playing as a Tight End for…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 29 Apr 2020 15:34:18 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Six: The Art Ross Trophy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11330-awards-hof-part-forty-six-the-art-ross-trophy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11330-awards-hof-part-forty-six-the-art-ross-trophy Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Six: The Art Ross Trophy
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 World Series MVP.  This time we went back to hockey, and the Art Ross Trophy. Named after Hockey Hall of Fame player, coach and general manager, Art Ross, the award began in 1947-48, and is awarded to the player who accumulates the most Points in the regular season.  Unlike most awards, it is not arbitrary at all, as it based purely on one statistic.  Notably, if players tie in Points, the tie-breaker goes to the player with the most Goals. So how many Art Ross Trophy winners have made the Hockey Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the Art Ross Trophy who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Elmer Lach, Montreal Canadiens, 30 G, 31 A, 61 P (1948) How fitting is it that a Montreal player won this award first?  Elmer Lach has already won two Stanley Cups for Montreal, and he won the coveted Hart Trophy in 1944-45.  This season, he won his only Art Ross Trophy, narrowly beating New York’s Buddy O’Connor by one point.  Lach would finish third in Hart Trophy voting, and was a First Team All-Star this season.  Lach played for the Habs until 1954, and he would win another Stanley Cup, and earned another First Team All-Star before retiring.  He would have 623 career Points.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966. Roy Conacher, Chicago Blackhawks, 26 G, 42 A, 68 P (1949)       This was by far the best season of Roy Conacher’s career.  As a rookie with the Boston Bruins, he would lead the NHL in Goals (26), and would win the Stanley Cup.  He won his second two years later, but individually this was his best year, where had a career-high 68 Points, and the then Blackhawk winger would finish third in Hart Trophy voting and was a First Team All-Star for the first and only time. Conacher played three more years…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:06:38 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Five: The World Series MVP https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11244-awards-hof-part-forty-five-the-world-series-mvp https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11244-awards-hof-part-forty-five-the-world-series-mvp Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Five: The World Series MVP
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 Bert Bell Award.  This time we went back to baseball, and the World Series MVP. The World Series was first played in 1903, but they did not award an MVP of the Fall Classic until 1955.  It goes without saying only a great team can win a World Series, but in a seven-game series any player can get on a hot streak. So how many World Series MVPs have made the Baseball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the World Series MVP who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Whitey Ford, New York Yankees, Pitcher (1961)              Based on who won the World Series MVP from 1955 to 1960, we think it safe to day that Whitey Ford will forever be the first chronological World Series MVP to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Ford was a career-Yankee who would help the Bronx Bombers win six World Series Titles.  In 1961, Ford won the Cy Young Award with a 25-4 record, and in the World Series he won both starts.  Ford pitched 14 Innings without allowing a single run, and the Yankees would defeat the Cincinnati Reds in five games.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pitcher (1963)         Sandy Koufax was on year two of his second-half of brilliance, and in the regular season he would win the first of five consecutive ERA Titles.  In the World Series, his Dodgers were paired against the New York Yankees, and Koufax won both starts.  He would throw for 18 Innings with a 1.50 ERA.  Los Angeles would sweep New York.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals, Pitcher (1964)               Bob Gibson would do well in 1964 with a 19-12 record, but he was still not yet a superstar.  The World Series would change that.  He led the St. Louis Cardinals to a win…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 29 Mar 2020 20:08:04 +0000
Should Rey Mysterio be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11212-should-rey-mysterio-be-inducted-into-the-wwe-hall-of-fame https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11212-should-rey-mysterio-be-inducted-into-the-wwe-hall-of-fame Should Rey Mysterio be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?
Should Rey Mysterio Be Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?  The WWE has, ever since it was founded in 1980, long been the home to a diverse range of different characters, personalities, and styles. However, despite that, you rarely get an athlete who truly captures the heart of the wrestling community. Rey Mysterio is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining competitors that have ever stepped foot in the ring.  Because of that, we think he deserves to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.   A Fan-Friendly Style that Produced Some Iconic Moment  Throughout his career as a professional wrestler for the WWE, Mysterio enjoyed many iconic moments in the ring that are likely to never be forgotten, as his fearless approach to entertainment made him a genuine fan favorite. The now 45-year-old will long be remembered for his lucha libre style that made him a two-time heavyweight champion and, in the process, saw the American-born athlete produce one of the companies most memorable underdog moments.   At WrestleMania 22 in April 2006, Mysterio claimed the title from Kurt Angle in spectacular fashion after unexpectantly defeating the Olympic gold medalist and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat match. Because of his size, Mysterio often went into many of his match-ups as the underdog. However, as demonstrated on numerous title-winning occasions, he more than made up for his lack of height with agility, balance, and speed.   Mysterio is one of few athletes to have ever been on the WWE roster to consistently provide fans with high-flying entertainment, and, as a result of that, established himself as one of the most innovative performersin the history of professional wrestling. This is epitomized by the fact that the mask-wearing wrestler wasted no time in demonstrating his acrobatic style to WWE fans across the globe by leaping from the cageon his debut in a highly-anticipated cage match back in 2002.   The Importance of Promotion in the Entertainment Sector   Because of Mysterio’s style, as a wrestler, he was easy to promote. He was also part of an era that saw many of the sport’s most famous stars enter their peak years, including Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and The Undertaker. The difference with Mysterio, as opposed to other iconic names that have graced the WWE over the last two decades, is that he could promote himself by doing the unexpected when he entered the ring. Generally, he didn’t need a…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Tue, 24 Mar 2020 13:37:17 +0000
Who will go into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11099-who-will-go-into-the-baseball-hall-of-fame-in-2021 https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11099-who-will-go-into-the-baseball-hall-of-fame-in-2021 Who will go into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021?
Spring is in the air, and that means baseball is back!  For our purposes at Notinhalloffame.com, that means we are looking ahead to the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2021, which for the first time in years does not have any first ballot nominees who look like they will make it to ballot number two. We say this with all due respect to Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson, and Torii Hunter, who are the three biggest names who will debut in 2021.  All three were fine baseball players, but it will take an awful lot of surprise votes for any of the three to make the 5% threshold.  Throw that fact, and that 22 former players have been elected by the voters over the last seven years, has reduced the backlog that has plagued the ballot for years is now over.  This makes the 2021 vote the most opportune one in years for players to gain significant ground and make that Cooperstown run.  There are three huge beneficiaries in Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, all of whom exceed 60% last year, and are all in their penultimate year of Hall of Fame eligibility.  According to Paruk from SportsBettingDime, it would not be a surprise if the controversial trio enter together in 2021. Of the three, Schilling has the best chance.  The hurler had 70.0 percent, up from last year’s 60.9.  The outspoken right-wing thinker has often been critical of the media, and there have been voters who have openly said in the past that it cost him their vote.  In the last year, Schilling has been contrite, and if he can do that for another year, the Hall of Fame plaque should come his way. The cases for Clemens and Bonds are less clear.  While a few years ago, the idea of either player enshrined seemed ridiculous, both have inched their way over the 60% threshold.  In the past few years, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in, and all three of them had PED whispers over their career.  Granted, it was outright kicking and screaming with Clemens and Bonds over their alleged PED use, but the induction of Bagwell, Piazza and I-Rod opened the door.  Voters have also voiced their opinion of Bud Selig being voted in by the Veteran’s Committee, as justification to vote for Clemens and Bonds, as it was under Selig where the PED crisis began, and was handled slowly. A fourth possibility for induction…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 01 Mar 2020 21:25:18 +0000
Taking a Look at Five Future MLS Hall of Famers https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11083-taking-a-look-at-five-future-mls-hall-of-famers https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11083-taking-a-look-at-five-future-mls-hall-of-famers Taking a Look at Five Future MLS Hall of Famers
While not as widely known as many other sports’ celebrations of its stars in America, soccer has its own Hall of Fame too. The National Soccer Hall of Fame was founded back in 1979 and set-up at the Toyota Stadium in Texas, where it remains to this day. A museum was built in Oneonta, New York, to cement the work of the Hall of Fame, and that opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1999. Numerous stars from Major League Soccer and overseas have made their way into the Hall of Fame, from Bruce Arena to Erik Wynalda and everyone in between. The highest honor that the HoF bestows is the ‘Medal of Honor’, awarded to those who have ‘demonstrated vision and played a historic role in changing the course of soccer in America.’ So far, the medal has been awarded to three individuals and one team: Alan Rothenberg, the popular former director of U.S. Soccer; Lamar Hunt, co-founder of the NASL; Phil Anschutz, a former owner of six different MLS teams who was vital in the development of soccer-specific stadiums, and finally the  U.S. women’s national team, who won the inaugural World Cup in 1991. The qualification criteria for Hall of Fame entry are clear. The individual must have been retired for at least three years but no longer than ten, won 20 or more caps for the U.S. national team and played at least five seasons in a major American competition, be it the MLS or NWSL. There are also categories for ‘veterans’, i.e. those who have been retired more than ten years, and ‘builders’, who are individuals that have played a major role in the development of soccer in America in a non-playing capacity. With these eligibility criteria in mind, let’s try and predict five future entries into the National Soccer Hall of Fame: Megan Rapinoe Few individuals of any gender have done more to put U.S. soccer on the world map in the modern era than Megan Rapinoe. Something of a feminist and LGBT icon, Rapinoe has transcended the sport with her outspoken views on issues ranging from gender equality to politics. But like all Hall of Famers, she can take care of business out on the turf too. The 34-year-old is a Ballon d’or Feminin winner – the highest award bestowed upon an individual player, as well as a World Cup champion and an Olympic…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Tue, 25 Feb 2020 06:49:39 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Four: The Bert Bell Award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11080-awards-hof-part-forty-four-the-bert-bell-award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11080-awards-hof-part-forty-four-the-bert-bell-award Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Four: The Bert Bell 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 NFL MVP.  As this often overlapped the Bert Bell Award, we thought we would take it a little easy, and go right to this one. The Award is named after Bert Bell, who was the NFL Commissioner from 1946 to his death until 1959.  It is voted on by the Maxwell Football Club, which comprises of NFL Owners, football personnel, coaches and media. So how many Bert Bell Award winners have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the Bert Bell Award who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, Quarterback (1959)       Johnny Unitas led the Baltimore Colts to the NFL Championship, and in his fourth season in the NFL, he would take his team to back-to-back titles.  This year, “Johnny U” led the NFL in Completions (193), Passing Yards (2,899), Touchdown Passes (32), and he was a First Team All-Pro for the second time. Unitas would also win the NFL MVP this season.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. Norm Van Brocklin, Philadelphia Eagles, Quarterback (1960) Norm Van Brocklin was a grizzled veteran by this time, as he played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1949 to 1957, and he joined the Eagles in 1958.  A Champion with the Rams in 1951, the 1960 campaign would see him go 10-2, with 2,471 Yards, and 24 Touchdowns.  In what was his ninth Pro Bowl, he would go to his first and only First Team All-Pro, while also leading the Eagles to the NFL Championship.  This was his last year as a player, as he hoped to be named the team’s head coach after.  That didn’t happen, but he would take over as the HC for the Minnesota Vikings.  Van Brocklin retired with a record of 61-36-4 with 23,611 Yards and 173 Touchdowns. He would also win the AP MVP this year.  Inducted…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:28:35 +0000
How Will LSU & Clemson Cope as Top Picks Go Pro? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11001-how-will-lsu-clemson-cope-as-top-picks-go-pro https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/11001-how-will-lsu-clemson-cope-as-top-picks-go-pro How Will LSU & Clemson Cope as Top Picks Go Pro?
How Will LSU & Clemson Cope as Top Picks Go Pro?  After an intriguing battle at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans,LSU overcame a strong challenge from Clemsonto win the collegiate National Championship, 42-25. With five or more of those players expected to be snapped up in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, we take a look at the two best prospects and how their current teams might fare without them. Joe Burrow likely first pick LSU’s Joe Burrow is the first name on the list for good reason. The quarterback’s performance on January 14, confirmed his status as likely first pick overall in April’s draft. He recorded the most passing touchdowns in a season (passing Hawaii's Colt Brennan) and finished the season with 402 of 527 (76.3%) for 5,671 yards. He recorded 60 passing touchdowns, six interceptions and five rushing touchdowns. Hailed by many as the best ever college quarterback, the 23-year-old could be the first name called in April with mock drafts projecting a move to the Cincinnati Bengals. Myles Brennan has been tasked with replacing the Heisman Trophy winner once the season is over. The highly-rated New Orleans native suddenly finds himself with big shoes to fill but his trajectory has set him up well and he has also bulked up over the last seasons and looks in good physical shape. Simmons a sure-fire top-10 pick Clemson is resigned to losing linebacker (amongst other positions) Isaiah Simmons. The 21-year-old posted some impressive stats (102 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three interceptions, eight broken up passes and a forced fumble) and has been linked with the Giants in the mock drafts. He is expected to be a top-10 pick and could even make the top-three. Clemson early favorite for coming season Losing such a versatile defender is never easy and Clemson will have their work cut out selecting a suitable replacement. At first glance, their defense will be notably weaker as players like Simmons don’t come along too often but Clemson has a history of finding a way to compete. We will have to wait to see who they recruit to fill the 21-year-old's shoes. Thanks to their recent consistency, having appeared in four of the last five finals, Clemson remains the early favorite in the American football betting oddsto win next year’s championship. Also, in the running are Ohio State, Alabama and 2020 winners…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 12 Feb 2020 18:55:17 +0000
Super Bowl 2021: All you need to know https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10940-super-bowl-2021-all-you-need-to-know https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10940-super-bowl-2021-all-you-need-to-know Super Bowl 2021: All you need to know
With a thrilling end to the Super Bowl 2020, one can only wonder how exciting the next season is going to be. With unpredictability being the common element, the NFL has seen some nail biting encounters last season. Super Bowl 2021 will be played in Tampa, Florida. Betting enthusiasts would be rubbing their hands in anticipation of what’s in store. Kansas City Chiefs are the favourites to win it next year, and you can find the best NFL betting odds, statistics and power rankingsonline. One can expect plenty drama and high-quality football matches throughout the coming season. Super Bowl 2021 venue The Super Bowl 2021 will be hosted in Tampa, Florida at the beautiful Raymond James Stadium. The stadium is the home ground of the famous Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have already hosted the event many times in the past. This proved to be a critical requirement for the Super Bowl 2021 which was supposed to be held in Los Angeles but then was later moved to Tampa to meet the requirements of the grand event. It will be the fifth time that Tampa will host a Super Bowl having last hosted it in 2009. Players to watch out  Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes is the man of the moment and deservingly so. He has been fantastic in the last two seasons and would want to continue impressing and breaking records in the coming season. The young quarterback has got everybody talking and looking forward to his performances. Patrick ‘Showtime’ Mahomes as they call him, would definitely be the player to watch out, for both fans and opposition teams. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, after being named the NFL’s most valuable player will look forward to the next season with a point to prove. He has played superbly the last year and at just 23 years of age, he has a great opportunity to win some more awards. He was awarded the NFL’s most valuable player at the pre-Super Bowl awards. The pre- Super Bowl awards also saw San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa named Rookie of the Year. He would be an exciting watch as he also won the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa along with the many other young talents will be the ones to watch out for in the coming season. Teams to watch out  Kansas City Chiefs with their exciting playing style and the rise of their starlets…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Thu, 06 Feb 2020 19:13:11 +0000
Will Luka Doncic be the best NBA player in history? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10873-will-luka-doncic-be-the-best-nba-player-in-history https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10873-will-luka-doncic-be-the-best-nba-player-in-history Will Luka Doncic be the best NBA player in history?
Will Luka Doncic be the best NBA player in history Luka Doncic is the number one topic in the NBA ever since he was drafted into the world's best basketball league. Entering the league at just 19 years of age, it was clear that Luka had what it takes to play on the highest level. Even though the expectations for the young Slovenian were very high, his game turned out to be better than anyone thought. In fact, Luka is on the verge of becoming one of the best players NBA has ever seen, and he still has a long road ahead of him. With an average of 29 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game in his second season, the young player is taking the world by storm. He is also the current leader in triple-double games and a possible MVP candidate. But how did this basketball prodigy get to this level at such a young age?  Professional player since his teens 
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Mon, 03 Feb 2020 16:35:19 +0000
The Toughest Super Bowl to Call https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10866-the-toughest-super-bowl-to-call https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10866-the-toughest-super-bowl-to-call The Toughest Super Bowl to Call
The toughest Super Bowl to call In case you haven’t noticed, there happens to be a not-too-small sporting event taking place in the very near future. No, we’re not talking about the Australian Tennis Open (although, it’s looking like a great tournament). We are, of course, talking about the 54thSuper Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers that is set to take place in Miami next weekend. So who’s going to win? Who will be named the MVP? Can the Chiefs really end their 50-year drought? Before we answer that last question, let’s take a look at the Chiefs opponents, the 49ers. The 49ers If we take a look back at some of the 49ers' key moments en route to the Super Bowl, we'll see that they aren’t quite invincible. In the regular season, they lost to the Ravens, the Seahawks, and surprisingly enough, the Falcons. Despite their losses, the 49ers have arguably been one of the most outstanding teams of the season. Now, that might sound like an obvious thing to say about a team that has just made it to the Super Bowl, but the truth is that there have been plenty of teams that have made it to the final despite playing poorly throughout the season. The 49ers are beatable, but they’ll take some beating. In the Packers game, the 49ers’ Raheem Mostert played the game of his life. 220 yards and four touchdowns left the Packers second best throughout the game and, if anything, it’s an ominous sign for the Chiefs. The team’s running game has been impeccable, ranking second for rushing yards and first in the league for touchdowns. And this offense will come up against a defense that is well-known for giving up space on the field despite their relative tight control of the game. If the 49ers can bring their A-game in terms of offense, we fully expect them to rack up the points. Tevin Coleman dislocated his shoulder but hasn’t yet been ruled out of the game. We have a feeling that even if he doesn’t play, Mostert will be more than able to handle the pressure as he has already proven. The Chiefs Caption - Can the Chiefs lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy? Can you believe that the win over the Titans secured the Chiefs their first ever Lamar Hunt Trophy? It’s pretty incredible given that Hunt was the…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Fri, 31 Jan 2020 07:27:40 +0000
Unprecedented Excitement ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10842-unprecedented-excitement-ahead-of-tokyo-2020-olympics https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10842-unprecedented-excitement-ahead-of-tokyo-2020-olympics Unprecedented Excitement ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Unprecedented Excitement ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics  There are less than six months until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the world is getting ready for the biggest sports event of the year. The excitement is building all over Tokyo, that worked hard in the past seven years to make everything possible. Thousands of athletes and hundreds of thousands of fans will make their way to the Land of the Rising Sun during the games. Japan has done everything possible to make sure that the 2020 Olympics are up to standards. There's still a lot to be done with only six months until the opening ceremony, but so far, all of the preparations are going well. Everyone is doing their part, as there is no room for error or delays. Keep reading and learn everything we know about the Tokyo 2020 games so far.  Venues Tokyo is a massive city with close to 30 million residents. It's a densely populated area, and organizing the biggest sports event in those circumstances comes with all kinds of challenges. Japan spent 7 years building 43 new venues for visitors from all over the world. Eight of them are permanent, ten are temporary, and 25 already existed. The preparations are in full swing and the new Olympic Stadium was opened on New Year's Day. It's fitted with state of the art equipment and should serve many more generations of athletes.  The Village Plaza was constructed for the games and it will be dismantled after the games are over. All of the materials will be returned to their donors, and the land will be re-used for new projects. The leaders of Japan and the city of Tokyo did an amazing job of planning the event. Housing so many visitors is a logistical nightmare, but if anyone can pull it off, it's Japan. So, if you're going to stay at one of these venues during the OG, you can relax after a day at the stadium with the best interactive sex gamesfor free.  Ticketing  The Olympic Games are the most popular sports event of the year, but the number of visitors fluctuates from year to year. Tokyo 2020 looks very promising so far. Over 8.2 million people from Japan have registered for their Tokyo ID. As the second phase of ticket sales comes to an end, the total ticket count comes down to 4.48 million tickets only in…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 29 Jan 2020 02:16:49 +0000
Were Roman Gladiator matches scripted like in the WWE? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10835-were-roman-gladiator-matches-scripted-like-in-the-wwe https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10835-were-roman-gladiator-matches-scripted-like-in-the-wwe Were Roman Gladiator matches scripted like in the WWE?
Gladiators were the primary form of entertainment during the Ancient Roman Empire. These powerful, awe-inspiring men-at-arms would fight to the death in what was seen as a very glamorous calling. It’s been a long-held belief among some people that Roman gladiators were merely long-standing criminals and slaves coerced into fighting. While it may be true that the initial ‘wave’ of gladiators tended to be those who were caught red-handed breaking the law, or had been conquered from other lands, the reality is that some of the latter Roman gladiators enjoyed a celebrity status. While it’s true that many of the world’s biggest wrestlers from WWE have enjoyed celebrity status too, many have gone on to achieve A-list fame far quicker away from the wrestling ring than those who remain in it. You only have to look at ‘The Rock’ Dwayne Johnsonand Dave Bautista, whose Hollywood careers have set them up for long-term stardom. Many years before The Rock, Hulk Hogan was the wrestler on everyone’s lips, appearing in commercials and movies too in a bid to enhance his profile – with clothes on as opposed to solely pants! Back to the Roman Empire, once some people realized just how exciting and thrilling gladiatorial battles could be, it soon became an absolute free-for-all of locals looking to sign up and become the next unbeatable gladiator, agreeing contracts voluntarily and even spending time at so-called training schools to try and hone their fighting craft before being unleashed into the white heat of battle and fight for cash prizes. This changing demographic saw gladiators become less about the blood and gore and more about the pre-battle build-up and intense promotion of duels. More recently, the world has developed an undeniable fascination with Roman gladiators and the lengths they would go to achieve notoriety in Ancient Rome. At the turn of the Millennium, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator movie, starring Russell Crowe as general Maximus Decimus Meridius, captured the imagination of millions of viewers at the box office. Heart-broken by the murder of his father by a young upstart named Commodus, who takes to the throne and forces Maximus into slavery, Maximus sees no other way to avenge his father’s death than to fight his way up that gladiatorial ranks. HBO’s Game of Thrones must surely have used gladiatorial arenas as inspiration for Meereen’s fighting pits too. The Spartacus Gladiator video slot, that’s available to sample at VegasSlotsOnline,…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Mon, 27 Jan 2020 03:32:58 +0000
Kansas City Set to Meet San Francisco In Miami https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10834-kansas-city-set-to-meet-san-francisco-in-miami https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10834-kansas-city-set-to-meet-san-francisco-in-miami Kansas City Set to Meet San Francisco In Miami
After the NFL’s 100th regular season, we now know the Kansas City Chiefs will face the San Francisco 49ers for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LIV. The Chiefs were the first team to book their spot in that game as they overcame the Tennessee Titans 35-24. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes shone for the number two seed, scoring three touchdowns and throwing for 294 yards. Just like the Divisional Round against the Houston Texans, the Chiefs got off to a slow start at Arrowhead. Once they got going though, the Titans were unable to handle the hosts who are into the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years. This will be head coach Andy Reid’s first shot at the Vince Lombardi Trophy since he took over the franchise in 2013. He fell just one game short 12 months ago when the New England Patriots defeated them 37-31 in a classic encounter. 2018 NFL MVP Mahomes will be making his Super Bowl debut. Although he didn’t quite match the same numbers he put up in 2018, it was still an impressive year for the QB. He inspired his team to victory in their last six matches of the season to secure the number two seed in the AFC Championship. {youtube}s0aQqKA-0xU{/youtube} The Chiefs were many people’s pick to win the AFC Championship, including with the WSN Podcast team, who also took them to cover the 7.5 point spread. They have opened up as the favorites with the bookmakers in the Super Bowl market. San Francisco eyeing record-equalling sixth Super Bowl Crown San Francisco 49ers go into Super Bowl LV one short of the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers when it comes to record number of wins in the game. It has been some turnaround for the west coast franchise as they won just four games in 2018, with Jimmy Garoppolo's ACL injury playing a large part in that. Some smart draft picks, trades and excellent coaching have helped them transform into one of the best teams in the NFL. Victories over divisional rivals Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks in week 16 and 17 respectively ensured that Kyle Shanahan’s team wrapped up the number one seed in the NFC Conference. The 49ers took full advantage of playing in front of their home fans at the Levi’s Stadium when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Their freshness from having…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:17:15 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Three: The NFL AP MVP https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10832-awards-hof-part-forty-three-the-nfl-ap-mvp https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10832-awards-hof-part-forty-three-the-nfl-ap-mvp Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Three: The NFL AP MVP
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 Vezina Trophy in the NHL.  This time, we go back to the gridiron with the NFL AP MVP. The award got off to a rocky start.  From 1957 to 1960, as it was disputed as the pre-1961 winners winning a Most Outstanding Player Award, and sources show multiple winners. In the years between 1958 to 1960.  For our purposes, we will use the single names, as shown by Pro Football Reference. In 1961, the AP MVP was clear, presenting a specific MVP Award, thus negating any confusion. So how many MVPs have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the NFL AP MVP who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, Running Back (1957) Hard to start with a better player isn’t it?  This was Brown’s rookie year, and the product of Syracuse shot right out of the gate leading the NFL in Rushing Yards (942), Rushing Touchdowns (9), and Touchdowns (10), which was a precursor of the greatness to come.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971. Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, Running Back (2) (1958) The rookie season of Jim Brown was really good, but his sophomore season was groundbreaking.  The Running Back shattered the Rushing Yards mark with 1,527 (Steve Van Buren rushed for 1,146 in 1949) and his 17 Rushing Touchdowns were staggering for the era.  This would be the first of five seasons where he would lead the NFL in Yards from Scrimmage. Brown would also win the UPI MVP and NEA MVP this season.  It took only two years for us to have our first repeat winner.   Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971. Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, Quarterback (1959)       Johnny Unitas led the Baltimore Colts to the NFL Championship, and in his fourth season in the NFL, he would take his team to back-to-back titles.  This year, “Johnny…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:11:05 +0000
The Final Four are set for the Super Bowl https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10815-the-final-four-are-set-for-the-super-bowl https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10815-the-final-four-are-set-for-the-super-bowl The Final Four are set for the Super Bowl
And then there were four. The NFL Divisional Playoffs are over and oddsmakers are re-evaluating the chances of the teams that remain.  The hottest team going into the playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens were upset by the Tennessee Titans, and new favorites have emerged. The San Francisco 49ers soundly defeated the Minnesota Vikings 27-10, where their rushing game and defense was strong.  The number one seed in the NFC have been the most balanced team through the season, and they are chasing their fourth Super Bowl.  As good as they have been in 2019, this is a team that went 4-12 in 2018and are full of players who have never been this far in the playoffs before.  49ers Quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, is only two wins away from leading his team to a Super Bowl win, which would fulfill the promise that has been pegged for him three years ago. The Niners will host the Green Bay Packers, who defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Lambeau.  Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers has a Super Bowl ring already, but despite the high profile and #2 seed of this team, they have not been considered a favorite to win it all. Rodgers and company bring more post-season experience than San Francisco does, and despite 13 regular season wins, they have to feel a little disrespected.  Defeating Seattle is that signature win that they needed, and they have a lot more to prove. With the elimination of Baltimore, the Kansas City Chiefs are now the top remaining seed in the AFC.  The Chiefs made history with their comeback against the Houston Texans, and they have the 2018 MVP, Patrick Mahomes who is ready to ascend to the top of the Quarterback food chain.  Mahomes, along with Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce are the triumvirate of the most explosive offense in the NFL, but their defense is suspect, meaning that every game is a shootout.  This is not always a recipe for a title, but it is for excitement.  If you want your heartbeat to race, this is the team you want to see in the Super Bowl! Nobody (including us) had the Tennessee Titans making the AFC Championship Game.  The #6 seed first went to New England, and beat the defending Super Bowl Champions, and then went to Baltimore and knocked off the top seed Ravens.  Tennessee wasn’t lucky, they were better than both of those teams, and as they have nothing to lose, the Titans are the most dangerous team…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 12 Jan 2020 19:22:54 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Two: The Vezina Trophy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10804-awards-hof-part-forty-two-the-vezina-trophy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10804-awards-hof-part-forty-two-the-vezina-trophy Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-Two:  The Vezina Trophy
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 MVP in Major League Baseball.  This time, we go back to the rink with Vezina Trophy.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 05 Jan 2020 13:23:58 +0000
Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-One: The Baseball MVP https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10779-awards-hof-part-forty-one-the-baseball-mvp https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10779-awards-hof-part-forty-one-the-baseball-mvp Awards = HOF?: Part Forty-One:  The Baseball MVP
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 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in the National Hockey League.  This time, we finally get to the most important individual accolade in Major League Baseball, the MVP. Before we rattle off the winners, let’s look at the history of the award first. The first version of the award came in 1911, in which Hugh Chalmers of the Chalmers Automobile company would give an award to the “most important and useful player to the club and to the league”.  Chalmers discontinue the trophy after 1914, as it did not bring his company the overall recognition he desired. In 1922, The American League brought back the MVP in 1922.  It was decided by eight writers, but they were only allowed to pick one player from each team and previous winners were declared ineligible.  Basically, if you are wondering why Babe Ruth only one MVP, that is why.  This trophy would last until 1928. The National League began their own league MVP award in 1924, which would go on until 1929.  It did not have the same restrictions as their American League counterpart. In 1931, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revived the MVPs for both leagues, and their system of voting for ten players, with a weight system of 10 points to 1, remains in existence today. So how many players have won the MVP have been enshrined to the Baseball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the MVP in MLB who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Ty Cobb, AL: Detroit Tigers (1911) It is very hard to start this with a better player.  In this era, you can’t.  Ty Cobb was a baseball legend, and while he was widely disliked by other players, none of them could ever say that Cobb was not one of the best the game had ever seen. “The Georgia Peach” would have many great…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:06:01 +0000
Seven Teams look like they could win the Super Bowl https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10778-seven-teams-look-like-they-could-win-the-super-bowl https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10778-seven-teams-look-like-they-could-win-the-super-bowl Seven Teams look like they could win the Super Bowl
With two weeks to go in the NFL regular season the playoff picture is starting to take shape.  While 12 teams make the NFL post-season, the sportsbooks and online casino pa are looking fairly steady in their picks and it is safe to say that only seven of them appear to be considered top contenders to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in early February. The team of the moment is the Baltimore Ravens.  Led by their Quarterback, and likely MVP, Lamar Jackson, the Ravens currently hold the NFL’s best record and are on a ten-game win streak. Baltimore had the most Pro Bowl selections with 12, and Jackson has already set the single-season rushing record by a QB.  While they have no glaring weakness, this is not a team with a top option in their receiving core, and their playoff performance last year left little to be desired.  Still, this is the team that most pundits feel should win the AFC Championship. But it won’t be easy. The New England Patriots are closing in on their eleventh straight AFC East Title, and they are defending Super Bowl Champions, and have won three in the last five years.  While their Quarterback, Tom Brady, has shown the signs of age this season, this is the most successful football player ever, who is still paired with Head Coach, Bill Belichick.  There is no tandem in football that has more playoff savvy, and if any team can overcome a deficiency, it is New England. Last year’s MVP, Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes will lead his Kansas City Chiefs back to the playoffs.  While everyone is in agreement that the Chiefs offense with Mahomes, Tight End, Travis Kelce, and Wide Receiver, Tyreke Hill are the most exciting, their defense has been mediocre, and they have to outshoot every opponent.  It makes for exciting football, but it is a recipe that rarely translates into a Super Bowl win. The Buffalo Bills have also qualified for the playoffs, but as good as their defense is, their offense is not explosive enough to make it to the big game. Other AFC contenders include Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Houston, but all three have been inconsistent through the season, and will be lucky to win a game in the playoffs, let alone advance to Super Bowl LIV. The NFC seems far more wide open.  Weeks ago, it appeared that the San Francisco 49ers had the inside track to represent the NFC.  They still might, but as of this writing,…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 18 Dec 2019 13:40:44 +0000
Ten Drunken Observations: Revenge of the Nerds https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10703-ten-drunken-observations-revenge-of-the-nerds https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10703-ten-drunken-observations-revenge-of-the-nerds Ten Drunken Observations: Revenge of the Nerds
I drink.  I know things.   The more I drink, the smarter I feel, and rather than use this knowledge to solve climate change or the geopolitical situation in the Middle East, I choose instead to reflect on the pop culture of my youth. With that I present to you my latest “10 Drunken Observations” column, which is today on the 1984 film, “Revenge of the Nerds”. I was a kid when this first came out, so along with other college romp films, my view of what college life was severely skewed.  Also, since I myself was a nerd, how could I not love this film, just on the title alone? I did, I still do, but this film aged so badly. Crack open a cold one, and here are my 10 Drunken Observations.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Thu, 28 Nov 2019 01:57:28 +0000
Bill DeWitt III Claims London Games Are To Thank For Baseball’s Global Popularity https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10623-bill-dewitt-iii-claims-london-games-are-to-thank-for-baseball-s-global-popularity https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10623-bill-dewitt-iii-claims-london-games-are-to-thank-for-baseball-s-global-popularity Bill DeWitt III Claims London Games Are To Thank For Baseball’s Global Popularity
Following on from a successful Major League Baseball two-game series in June this year, Bill DeWitt III, president of the St Louis Cardinals, has expressed his optimism about the future of the league in London. When asked about the future of the games on November 11th, DeWitt commented that “I think the first step is games over there. This is the second year back. I think if you see significant enthusiasm again, which you should, MLB might extend [the London Series] into a regular thing.”
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[email protected] (Site Admin) From the Desk of the Chairman Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:51:14 +0000
Golden State Warriors or Boston Celtics: Who Has a Better Chance https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10570-golden-state-warriors-or-boston-celtics-who-has-a-better-chance https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10570-golden-state-warriors-or-boston-celtics-who-has-a-better-chance Golden State Warriors or Boston Celtics: Who Has a Better Chance
Golden State Warriors or Boston Celtics: Who Has a Better Chance The Golden State Warriors were outshined by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason. Both in the media and on the NBA odds boards. With Kyrie gone –and a handful of others–  the Celtics got ignored as well. Let’s compare the two teams and have a look at their odds to win the NBA title as well as the Eastern and Western Conference Championships and determine if they are getting too much love or too much shade. And of course, who is more worthy of the probability and odds given – remember to check this Intertops review before getting into the futures action. Recent History As of Monday, the Celtics are sitting just outside of the top-10 with regards to their offense. Boston is putting up 113.13 points per game and has managed to regain its status as one of the league’s elite defensive units. Currently, the Celtics are No. 5 in the league in points allowed at just 103.75 and are also No. 5 in the league in field goal percentage at 41.77. They are also in the top 10 – No. 8–  in free throw percentage.  After losing their opening matchup loss against the Philadelphia 76ers, they have gone on a tear, smashing their way through the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, NY Knicks twice, the Charlotte Hornets, and San Antonio Spurs for seven straight wins.   On Monday they host the Dallas Mavericks and are coming in as -3.5 point favorites. So if you are to believe the odds, they will increase their run to an 8-game winning streak before Tuesday.  Even with Klay Thompson out for the foreseeable future, the Golden State Warriors started the season with decent odds to win the NBA title, albeit, behind the LA Clippers and LA Lakers. But the injury to Steph Curry has recently made the Golden State Warriors odds drop like a little kid holding a hot potato. Prior to the injury, the Warriors were around +1200 to win the Championship. However, now they have fallen to +5000 or 50 to 1. This is a huge drop.  Faith in the Warriors has fallen so hard that they are coming into their Monday matchup against the Utah Jazz as double-digit underdogs. This is a complete role reversal for the Dubs. Their season start is almost the exact opposite of the Celtics. GSW has only won…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:50:44 +0000
Who will join Derek Jeter in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10473-who-will-join-derek-jeter-in-the-baseball-hall-of-fame-in-2020 https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10473-who-will-join-derek-jeter-in-the-baseball-hall-of-fame-in-2020 Who will join Derek Jeter in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020?
With the announcement of the Modern Era candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame, it is now time for us to look at the upcoming ballot for the Baseball Writers, who will be voting for the Class of 2020. What we know so far, is that there is no way that this will be an empty class.  We have a sure-fire first ballot inductee in Derek Jeter, who with his 3,465 career Hits, a career Batting Average of .310 and five-time World Series Champion could become the second former player following Mariano Rivera, to receive a unanimous vote.  Should that happen, it will mark a back-to-back of two former New York Yankees teammates earning that distinction. Last year, Curt Schilling received 60.9% of the vote last year in a very strong field (especially for pitchers) says Paruk from SportsBettingDime.com.  Less tainted by PEDS than the likes of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, Schilling should crack 75% if the outspoken Trump supporter doesn’t rub writers the wrong way in the next couple months. As for Bonds and Clemens, they are both entering their eighth year of eligibility.  What once was thought as an impossible mountain to climb, the two stars both approached 60% last year.  While enshrinement this year seems unlikely, a continued rise could bode well for them in the next two years. As for us, the one we are looking at the most is Larry Walker.  The Canadian slugger seemed to have no chance for Cooperstown a year ago, but he rocketed from 34.1% to 54.6% last year, and with him facing his final year of eligibility, we could see the first player inducted with a Colorado Rockies cap. One thing, we know for sure is that we will be paying attention!a  
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:56:30 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Forty: The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10437-awards-hof-part-forty-the-bill-masterton-memorial-trophy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10437-awards-hof-part-forty-the-bill-masterton-memorial-trophy Awards=HOF? Part Forty: The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
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. After the last three focused on awards issued in the NFL, we are returning to the National Hockey League and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. This is a very unique award that does not necessarily reflect on-ice accomplishments.  It was created to honor Bill Masterton of the Minnesota North Stars, who died on January 15, 1968 after sustaining an injury during a game.  The Award is given to the player who best exemplifies the quality of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.  Each NHL team nominates one player from their team for the accolade. Generally, the player who wins this award usually comes back from a serious injury or any other ailment that could be career-threatening.   So how many players have won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy have been enshrined to the Hockey Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the Bill Masterton Memorial Award in the NHL who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers (1971) Ratelle was one of the cleanest players in hockey and was also one of the classiest.  This was like a lifetime achievement award, even though his career was only in the mid-way mark.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers (1972) Considering Bobby Clarke was only 22 when he won this, it would not start a trend where young players would win the Masterton. In 1972, Clarke was a rising star and had overcome diabetes to play at a high level.  He would become an elite player shortly after and also a three-time Hart Trophy winner and two-time Stanley Cup Champion.  Clarke also became the first Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner who would also win the Hart at one time in his career.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Henri Richard, Montreal Canadiens (1974) This was viewed as a bit of a lifetime achievement award for Henri Richard’s whose…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:55:24 +0000
Best College Football Rivalries https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10355-best-college-football-rivalries https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10355-best-college-football-rivalries Best College Football Rivalries
Anybody who follows football at all knows that there is nothing quite as exciting as college football rivalries. The adrenaline is pumping not only for the teams playing, but also for the fans watching on the sidelines or at home. No matter which college team you root for when it comes time for those matches against your team’s all-time rivals, it is “game on.”
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[email protected] (Site Admin) From the Desk of the Chairman Sat, 26 Oct 2019 06:06:42 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Nine: The AP Comeback Player of the Year https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10346-awards-hof-part-thirty-nine-the-ap-comeback-player-of-the-year https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10346-awards-hof-part-thirty-nine-the-ap-comeback-player-of-the-year Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Nine: The AP Comeback Player of the Year
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. Our focus now shifts towards the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award in the NFL.  Relatively speaking, this is a new award, so there won’t be too many players to dissect here.  How many of these winners made the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the AP Comeback Player of the Year in the NFL who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. None. The following are the players who have won the AP Comeback Player of the Year in the NFL who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have not been selected: Doug Flutie, Buffalo Bills, Quarterback (1998) The first winner of this award did not come back from injury.  He came back from Canada.  Doug Flutie was the hero whose Hail Mary won the Orange Bowl for Boston College against Miami.  The Quarterback was considered too short for the NFL and he would play in the USFL and Canada, though he would have stints in the NFL with Chicago and New England, though his run with the Patriots ended in 1989.  A decade later, he was signed by the Buffalo Bills and at age 36, he would play in 13 Games and throw for 2,711 Yards, 20 Touchdowns and go to the Pro Bowl.  Unrankedon Notinhalloffame.com. Bryant Young, San Francisco 49ers, Defensive Tackle (1999) Bryant Young suffered a severe broken leg late in 1998 and a metal rod had to be placed to assist his healing.  Young would return in 1999 with an 11.0 Sack season and a selection to the Pro Bowl.  He would play until 2007 and would record 89.5 Sacks in total.  Unrankedon Notinhalloffame.com. Joe Johnson, New Orleans Saints, Defensive End(2000) Joe Johnson was a Pro Bowler for the Saints in 1998, but a knee injury kept him out of the entire 1999 Season.  The Defensive End would come back in 2000 with his second…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sat, 19 Oct 2019 09:58:55 +0000
Ten Drunken Observations: The Smurfs were Communists https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10295-drunken-observations-the-smurfs-were-communists https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10295-drunken-observations-the-smurfs-were-communists Ten Drunken Observations: The Smurfs were Communists
Welcome to a new feature on Notinhalloffame.com, where I, the Committee Chairman come up with random pop culture lists of drunken ramblings.   This is the kind of useless tripe that I excel at, though it did nothing to help me with high school English Class, nor did it impress any of the ladies, but as a middle-aged married guy, who still consumes alcoholic beverages that rivals anyone on Celebrity Rehab, I can say with full Joe Walsh meaning that “Life’s Been Good To Me So Far”. After my M*A*S*H nonsense, I am going to switch over to the animated world and focus on the Smurfs.  Roughly twenty-five years ago (damn, I’m old) I came up with the realization that those blue creatures had red tendencies as they were clearly Communists.  I told that someone who I worked with, and he said, “Oh, you saw that online too?” This was the internet’s early days, and I hadn’t saw that.   Since that time, I have seen others who came up with the same conclusion.  Basically, this was my long-winded caveat of saying that I apologize if I am not exactly breaking new ground, but in my defense, everything I am about to barf out now were my initial observations. Without further ado, here are my ten drunken observations on how the Smurfs were commies. 1.All Smurfs lived in the same size mushroom house as everyone else. You have all seen mushrooms!  You may think I am under a mushroom-like influence right now, but I swear it is only hops and barley.  Mushrooms come in different sizes, but they had to find the one field where every one is the same size so nobody felt bitter about having a smaller house?  Some of those Smurfs deserved bigger houses.  Handy Smurf did all the work in designing those homes but he didn’t even create a basement in his own house, when surely, he could.  Every house had to be equal, regardless of what you contributed to the society, so a load like Lazy Smurf, who did absolutely nothing gets the same reward as a superstar like Handy.   Sounds like Communism to me. Smurfs had one role that appeared to be designated for them early in life.Some of them weren’t particularly good at what they were assigned to be but if that is what you were, that is what you had to be for the rest of your life. Sometimes it works out, like Handy, who…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:28:18 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-EIght: The NFL Defensive Player of the Year https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10293-awards-hof-part-thirty-eight-the-nfl-defensive-player-of-the-year https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10293-awards-hof-part-thirty-eight-the-nfl-defensive-player-of-the-year Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-EIght: The NFL Defensive Player of the Year
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. Since we just did the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, the natural for us to look the Defensive Player of the Year Award.  Unlike the OPOY, this was created a year earlier in 1971, but it will it generate the same level of Hall of Famers? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the AP Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Alan Page, Minnesota Vikings, Defensive Tackle(1971) A great place to start for this award is the “Purple People Eaters”, so this begins with Alan Page.  Playing at Defensive Tackle, 1971 was the third of three straight First Team All-Pro Selections and league lead in Approximate Value.  As the first AP Defensive Player of the Year, he also became the first to win both the DPOY and the AP MVP Award.  Afterwards, Page began another three-year run of First Team All-Pro Selections in 1973. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive Tackle (1972) “Mean” Joe Greene was going to his fourth Pro Bowl in 1972 and this year he began his first of three consecutive First Team All-Pros. He had 11 “unofficial” Sacks and this was also the season that the Steelers had truly established themselves as Super Bowl contenders.  That doesn’t happen without Greene.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive Tackle (2) (1974) Greene becomes the first repeat winner of the Defensive Player of the Year and it was also his third of three consecutive First Team All-Pro Selections.  “Mean” Joe and the Steelers dynasty would also win the first of what would be four Super Bowls in the 1970s.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cornerback (1975) A Steeler wins this for the second year in a row, and you can see how the “Steel Curtain” defense was the…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:04:47 +0000
How do the Rams and Patriots look after their first games? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10267-how-do-the-rams-and-patriots-look-after-their-first-games https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10267-how-do-the-rams-and-patriots-look-after-their-first-games How do the Rams and Patriots look after their first games?
Anyone who is interested in NFL betting online or simply watching football for fun will be happy that the new season is underway. Summer can seem a long time as a football fan, and all supporters will be glad that the action has kicked off once more. Two sets of fans who will be especially looking forward to how this campaign pans out are those who follow the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 15 Sep 2019 10:06:27 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Seven: The NFL Offensive Player of the Year https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10262-awards-hof-part-thirty-seven-the-nfl-offensive-player-of-the-year https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10262-awards-hof-part-thirty-seven-the-nfl-offensive-player-of-the-year Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Seven: The NFL Offensive Player of the Year
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. For our next selection we return to the National Football League after a long absence with a major accolade in the Offensive Player of the Year. Considering this is a very important award, it is a little surprising that this has only been in existence since 1972.  Not surprising, is that with the exception of Jerry Rice, it has only gone to Quarterbacks and Running Backs; basically, the sexy skill positions of football. Frankly, we don’t think we will ever see an Offensive Lineman win this regardless of how impressive a season he has.  So, how many Offensive Players of the Year have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the AP Offensive Player of the Year in the NFL who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, Running Back (1973) Who else could possibly win it in 1973?  O.J. Simpson made history as the first player to exceed 2,000 Rushing Yards (2,003), and while he now has company in the 2,000 club, it is still exclusive company.  This was Simpson’s second rushing title and he would win it two more times (1975 & 1976).  He would also win the Bert Bell Award and the AP MVP. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. Ken Stabler, Oakland Raiders, Quarterback (1974) Stabler was a First Team All-Pro in 1974, and was chosen for the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row.  The Quarterback threw for 2,469 Yards and a league leading 26 Touchdowns.  He would have a record of 11-2 this year and was also named the AP MVP.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, Quarterback(1975) Prior to this year, “Scrambling” Fran Tarkenton was chosen for seven Pro Bowls and 1975 was his eighth.  This was the first and only year that…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:25:11 +0000
10 Drunken Observations on M*A*S*H https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10171-10-drunken-observations-on-m-a-s-h https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10171-10-drunken-observations-on-m-a-s-h 10 Drunken Observations on M*A*S*H
Welcome to a new feature on Notinhalloffame.com, where I, the Committee Chairman, come up with random pop-culture lists of drunken ramblings.   This is the kind of useless tripe that I excel at, though it did nothing to help me with high school English class, nor did it impress any of the ladies, but as a middle-aged married guy, who still consumes alcoholic beverages that rivals anyone on Celebrity Rehab, I can say with full Joe Walsh meaning that "Life's Been Good To Me So Far". With that all being said, here is the first one, which was created after binge-watching all eleven seasons of M*A*S*H.   I did this with the help of local Barbadian beer and rum. I have ten musings while watching the show that only comes with an increased blood alcohol level. Before I do that, I am ignoring the most obvious observations, the most glaring of which being that the Korean War lasted two and a half years and M*A*S*H ran for 11 seasons.  Yeah, this led to continuity errors as when they occasionally mentioned dates or actual events both Henry Blake and Sherman Potter would have been the commanding officer for.  Every season, the sitcom had a Christmas episode, and in an early episode where they are looking for a Rabbi, Hawkeye and Trapper refer to (Duke) Forrest, who Hawkeye recalled left two years ago.  Hell, when Potter arrived, they said it was September of 1952, and they did one episode that went from New Year's to New Year's that spanned the entire year of 1951!  If we are to believe the timeline, this is some severe Rick and Morty parallel universe shit that no amount of booze can help me comprehend. Another obvious one was the recycling of Asian-American actors.  I know that it was a different time, but you can't tell me that there weren't enough of them so that they did not have to regurgitate the same people.  I will grant that watching Mako in anything is good, but he played four different officers over two countries.  It wasn't just him as  an actor named Richard Lee Sung was in eleven various episodes, never playing the same role.  I have more. Byron Chung was in seven episodes (again playing seven different roles), and you may have seen him as Jin's dad in Lost.  Soon Tek-Oh, who was the evil Colonel in Missing in Action 2, was in it five times (five different roles).   For…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 04 Sep 2019 23:22:34 +0000
Step by Step Guide on How to Become A Sports Betting Professional https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10060-step-by-step-guide-on-how-to-become-a-sports-betting-professional https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10060-step-by-step-guide-on-how-to-become-a-sports-betting-professional Step by Step Guide on How to Become A Sports Betting Professional
Step by Step Guide on How to Become A Sports Betting Professional As fun as it may sound to bet on sports for a living, nothing about being a sports betting professional is easy or stress-free. Professional sports betting requires a lot of hard work and can be incredibly stressful.  That said, for the right person, professional sports betting can be the ultimate, rewarding career. But it’s certainly not something you should rush into just because you’re bored with your usual work routine. If you think you have what it takes, pay close attention to this guide on how to become a professional sports better. Step 1: Gain A Thorough Understanding of Betting on Sports Whether you are a complete beginner or have a little experience, it’s important to start with the basics. To make the most educated bets, you have to have a thorough knowledge of the subjects you are betting on. In the case of sports betting, you need to research and develop in-depth understanding of how sports betting is conducted, as well as the various sports you will be betting on.  Many popular US sportsbooks offer guides and tutorials that can help you to become more familiar with betting practices and the way sports betting is conducted. Some sites even provide free advice for increasing your chances of winning.  Step 2: Money Management Before you start making bets, it’s important for you to properly manage your bankroll. Money management is essential to becoming a successful sports betting professional. Determine how much of your own money you can afford to set aside specifically for betting. Then, decide ahead of time how much you can stake on your bets. Making these decisions before you get started can help you avoid making disastrous financial decisions. Additionally, when first starting out as a sports better, no matter how seriously it’s taken, it’s recommended that you don’t immediately quit your regular job. It can take a while to get started as a professional sports better and the last thing you want it to dig yourself a financial hole. Before you give up your job, consider the inconsistent income that comes with sports betting, as well as all the bills you still have to pay. Wait until you can truly rely on your winnings from sports betting before quitting your job and betting on sports full-time. Step 3: Understand the Risks Becoming a professional sports…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:59:30 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Six: The Hutch Award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10049-awards-hof-part-thirty-six-the-hutch-award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/10049-awards-hof-part-thirty-six-the-hutch-award Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Six: The Hutch 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. For our next selection we look at the Hutch Award.  This award is given annually to the player who “best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire” of Fred Hutchinson. Hutchinson was a former player and manager who died in 1964 after a long battle with lung cancer.  This award was created a year later by his friends and reporters who covered him to honor his memory. So, how many Hutch Award winners have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! *Please note that as statistics are not as relevant for this award so as opposed to how we normally list players, we will simply just list the winners as opposed to go into that year’s accomplishments.  This is the same position that we took with the Roberto Clemente Award. The following are the past players who have won the Hutch Award in the MLB who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees (1965) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (1966) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox (1967) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989. Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers (1969) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980. Joe Torre, St. Louis Cardinals (1971) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. Willie McCovey, San Francisco Giants(1977) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986. Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates(1978) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. Lou Brock, St. Louis Cardinals(1979) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. George Brett, Kansas City Royals(1980) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds(1981) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989. Paul Molitor, Milwaukee Brewers(1987) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. Andre Dawson, Boston Red Sox(1994) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Padres(2004) Inducted into the Hall…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:59:30 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Five: The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9920-awards-hof-part-thirty-five-the-lou-gehrig-memorial-award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9920-awards-hof-part-thirty-five-the-lou-gehrig-memorial-award Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Five: The Lou Gehrig Memorial 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. For our next selection we look at the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.  Created by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, it is designed to be given annually to the baseball player who is recognized for his work in his community and through his philanthropic work.  Think of this as the Baseball equivalent to the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. So, how many Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winners have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! *Please note that as statistics are not as relevant for this award so as opposed to how we normally list players, we will simply just list the winners as opposed to go into that year’s accomplishments.  This is the same position that we took with the Roberto Clemente Award. The following are the past players who have won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in the MLB who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn Dodgers (1956) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984. Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals (1957) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves (1961) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. Robin Roberts, Baltimore Orioles (1962) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976. Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles (1966) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983. Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs (1967) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers (1968) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980. Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves (1970) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins (1971) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984. Ron Santo, Chicago Cubs (1973) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. Willie Stargell, Chicago Cubs (1974) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds (1975) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989. Don Sutton, Los Angeles Dodgers (1976) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. Lou Brock, St. Louis…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:39:36 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Four: The Roberto Clemente Award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9896-awards-hof-part-thirty-four-the-roberto-clemente-award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9896-awards-hof-part-thirty-four-the-roberto-clemente-award Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Four: The Roberto Clemente 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. For our next selection we look at the Roberto Clemente Award. Originally, this was called the Commissioners Award, the accolade is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to the team.  It was renamed the Roberto Clemente Award following the death of Clemente who died in a plane crash while on the way to Nicaragua to deliver supplies to victims of the Nicaragua Earthquake. So, how many Roberto Clemente Award winners have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! *Please note that as statistics are not as relevant for this award so as opposed to how we normally list players, we will simply just list the winners as opposed to go into that year’s accomplishments. The following are the past players who have won the Roberto Clemente Award in the MLB who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants (1971) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles (1972) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983. Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers (1973) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980. Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates (1974) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. Lou Brock, St. Louis Cardinals (1975) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. Rod Carew, Minnesota Twins (1977) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. Phil Niekro, Atlanta Braves (1980) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. Gary Carter, New York Mets (1989) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles (1992) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds (1993) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. Dave Winfield, Minnesota Twins (1994) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals (1995) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002. Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins (1996) Inducted into the Hall of Fame in…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:57:54 +0000
Will the US NetEnt Casinos Add Sports Betting Options Anytime Soon? https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9885-will-the-us-netent-casinos-add-sports-betting-options-anytime-soon https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9885-will-the-us-netent-casinos-add-sports-betting-options-anytime-soon Will the US NetEnt Casinos Add Sports Betting Options Anytime Soon?
With heightened competition triggered by an influx of casinos in the United States, there is speculation that NetEntertainment gaming sites will add sports betting into their business to help them remain popular and profitable. With the casino business seemingly dipping in Las Vegas over the last few months of 2019, and Chinese enclave Macau experiencing declining numbers, NetEnt powered casinos believe that sports betting is the silver lining to help them prosper. For years, sports betting in the US has been an afterthought for most casino operators because of the legal system's tough stance on it. Casinos purely considered sportsbooks as an extra amenity for players as sports betting gave the house a minimal edge all the same - an advantage of less than 10%. Casino operators, therefore, didn't gawk at sports betting too fondly. Following the US Supreme Court's rulingon legalization of sports betting back in 2018, several casino operators have added sportsbooks into their works. Most casinos in the Las Vegas area, are quickly strategizing on how to tap into the proliferating market and are looking up to providers like NetEnt to make their dreams come true. Casino software developers and igaming providers like IGT gaming, Playtech, Yggdrasil, Betsoft, Nextgen Gaming, Microgaming, RTG, and Rival are already providing comprehensive coverage of sports betting to casinos and bookmakers. So, will the US NetEnt casinos follow suit and add sports betting options anytime soon? Before delving into NetEnt's decision to dive into the world of sports betting, it is crucial to take a look at just how big the online casino software provider is in the country and why it is a big deal for it to provide sports betting. So, how big is NetEnt in the United States? NetEnt in the United States The entry of the company from Sweden into the gambling industry of the United States back in 2013 was part of the company's expansion plan to tap into the North American Market. NetEnt acquired its license in New Jersey and officially started operations in the country in 2015. Although the legal structure governing gambling was still shaky in the country, New Jersey had already defined gambling legislation, and NetEnt used the state as the entry point into the vast US casino market. NetEnt acquired its first license and a transactional waiver in New Jersey and immediately started partnering with local casinos providing them with online casino software…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:29:38 +0000
The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Class will be loaded https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9812-the-2020-basketball-hall-of-fame-class-will-be-loaded https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9812-the-2020-basketball-hall-of-fame-class-will-be-loaded The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Class will be loaded
Now that the NBA Finals are over and the 2018/19 Season has officially been brought to a close, we can turn our attention to what we always do here at Notinhalloffame.com, look at the next Basketball Hall of Fame Class! People who thought the 2018 Hall of Fame class was stacked, with Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, and Ray Allen, will gawk at the 2020 eligibles say Paruk from SBD. The top-three players in this class -- Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett -- are arguably the three most-accomplished players ever to become eligible at the same time. The trio has 11 NBA titles and 48 All-Star Game nods between them, and they are all 100%, iron-clad locks to be inducted in their first year of eligibility. Every single one of them is bona fide headliners but if you are looking for a quadruple threat like 2018 remember that the forced end of Chris Bosh’s career in 2016 makes him also Hall of Fame eligible for 2020 and he too has a first ballot resume. Even with the retirements this year of Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker (all of whom will be eligible for the Class of 2023) we may never see a more loaded group in any Basketball Hall of Fame Class. We will go one step further and state that this is the most star-studded group of any North American Athletic Hall of Fame Class in the 21stCentury. One thing is for sure is that this will be the hottest Hall of Fame ticket of any kind in the year of 2020!
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sat, 15 Jun 2019 06:58:52 +0000
The Top Contenders for 2019 Baseball World Series https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9776-the-top-contenders-for-2019-baseball-world-series https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9776-the-top-contenders-for-2019-baseball-world-series The Top Contenders for 2019 Baseball World Series
There are a but a few sporting events that have such a massive following in the western world as the Baseball World Series. Just like the NBA is to basketball and the NFL to football, Major League Baseball has tremendous appeal not only in The United States of America but also in countries such as Canada and Japan.
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Thu, 06 Jun 2019 15:15:52 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Three: The Babe Ruth Award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9768-awards-hof-part-thirty-three-the-babe-ruth-award https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9768-awards-hof-part-thirty-three-the-babe-ruth-award Awards=HOF?  Part Thirty-Three: The Babe Ruth 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. For our next selection we look at the Babe Ruth Award, which until 2007 only constituted the MVP of the World Series, which may seem like overkill considering it is secondary to the World Series MVP, which is awarded right after the World Series.  The Babe Ruth Award is given a few weeks after.  Incidentally, the Babe Ruth Award is older than the World Series MVP, but as it is not sanctioned by Major League Baseball it is not considered nearly as prestigious, but we aren’t letting that stop us here at Notinhalloffame.com! So, how many Babe Ruth Award winners have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the Babe Ruth Award in the MLB who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Phil Rizzuto, New York Yankees (1951) The first Hall of Famer who was also a Babe Ruth Award winner is fittingly a New York Yankee.  Phil Rizzuto played his entire career with the Yankees and he would win the World Series seven times, this being his fifth.  In the Fall Classic, “Scooter” would bat .320 with 8 Hits and a Home Run in New York’s six game win over their crosstown rival, the New York Giants.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. Johnny Mize, New York Yankees (1952) The Yankees would generate their fourth (in four) straight Babe Ruth winner and this one is especially sweet.  Mize was very late in his career and was a bench player at this stage but he was still clutch and in the 1952 World Series five game win over the Brooklyn Dodgers, he batted .400 with 3 Home Runs and 6 Runs Batted In. He would only play one more year in the Majors.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981. Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh Pirates (1960) Bill Mazeroski batted .320 in the World Series with a pair of Home…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:48:29 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-Two: Pro Bowl MVP https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9640-awards-hof-part-thirty-two-pro-bowl-mvp https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9640-awards-hof-part-thirty-two-pro-bowl-mvp Awards=HOF?  Part Thirty-Two: Pro Bowl MVP
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 amount 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. For our next selection we look at the Pro Bowl MVP, which admittedly does not mean so much as the game is not exactly hotly contested but you have to be a really good player to get there.  How many of these past winners have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! But before we do that… Usually when we isolate the winner, we mention the accomplishments of the year.  We will do that in addition to what transpired in the Pro Bowl Game itself…if there is any reason to in this annual dud of a game. The following are the past players who have been named the Pro Bowl MVP in the NFL who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns (1950) The Pro Bowl was resurrected after last being played in the form of an All Star Game in 1942.  Graham had just taken the Cleveland Browns to the NFL Championship and was a First Team All Pro the three years before.  The Browns were previously in the AAFC and had won the title the last four years.  This was the icing on the cake that showed that the Cleveland Browns belonged in the NFL and Graham was one of the game’s biggest stars.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965. Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles (1953) This was Chuck Bednarik fourth of eight Pro Bowls and he had already helped the Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL Championship as a rookie in 1949. He was a two way player (one of the last who did so regularly and “Concrete Charlie” was also a First Team All Pro six times.  He helped the Eagles win the title again in 1960.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967. Ollie Matson, Chicago Cardinals (1955) In his first five seasons in the NFL, Matson was a Pro Bowler and a First Team All Prom this being the third year…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sat, 04 May 2019 07:59:00 +0000
Awards=HOF? Part Thirty-One: The Calder Trophy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9587-awards-hof-part-thirty-one-the-calder-trophy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9587-awards-hof-part-thirty-one-the-calder-trophy Awards=HOF?  Part Thirty-One: The Calder Trophy
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 amount 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. For our next selection we go back to the National Hockey League with the Calder Trophy, which is awarded annually to the league’s top rookie. Does being a top rookie put you in line for the Hockey Hall of Fame? Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the Calder Trophy in the NHL who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Syl Apps, Toronto Maple Leafs (1937) 16 Goals, 29 Assists, 45 Points, 6.1 Point Shares.  This is off to an excellent start at Syl Apps would lead the National Hockey League in Assists as a Rookie and he built on that to be named a post season All Star five times.  More importantly for Apps and the Maple Leafs he would help them win three Stanley Cups and he would retire as a Point per Game player.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961. Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins (1939) 33 Wins, 9 Losses 1 Tie, 1.56 GAA, 11.3 Goalie Point Shares.  Very few players had a start to their career like Frank Brimsek as not only was the Calder Trophy winner, he also was the Vezina Trophy winner, a First Team All Star and he took the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup.  The native of Eveleth, Minnesota would lead the Bruins to another Cup win in 1941 and he was also a Vezina Trophy winner in 1942.  Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966. Edgar Laprade, New York Rangers (1946) 15 Goals, 19 Assists 34 Points, 2.9 Point Shares.  Edgar Laprade played his entire career with the New York Rangers and he would finish third in Lady Byng balloting that year.  He would win the Lady Byng in the 1949/50 season. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings (1951) 44 Wins, 13 Losses 13 Ties, 1.56 GAA, 17.0 Goalie Point Shares. In what would be a huge opening year, Terry Sawchuk would lead the…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Sun, 07 Apr 2019 22:03:01 +0000
Four possible clashes that could take place in the Super Bowl https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9421-four-possible-clashes-that-could-take-place-in-the-super-bowl https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9421-four-possible-clashes-that-could-take-place-in-the-super-bowl Four possible clashes that could take place in the Super Bowl
The outcome of Sunday’s match between the Saints and the Rams has shown that the 53rd Super Bowl is still very much up in the air. The Rams won by a mere three points, which was about as expected, but this kind of margin certainly suggests that both teams are playing at roughly the same level, with no real indication of which of these NFL heavyweights will take the gold this year as last night’s winners will go head to head with the Patriots in football’s biggest night. No Sure Thing Punters are, as always, trying to look for something of a sure thing to place the big bucks on for the coming Super Bowl but, because the L.A Rams have brought  their a-games so far this season, the competition is simply far too close to call. Nonetheless, the Patriots’ are still the bookies’ favourites to win again this year. But other teams will make it really difficult this time. The outcome will be highly unpredictable this year so punters would be wise to make use of the free Super Bowl Bets on offer. The Patriots currently stand at 11-6 for taking the Bowl but they hardly demolished the Chiefs in their match against them and with Sunday’s solid but unspectacular win, the Rams aren’t exactly scoring much lower. The money may be on the Patriots but it’s really all up in the air right now. What this means, though, is that exciting, unpredictable games makes for exciting betting that can result in fairly big wins, even with fairly modest bets placed. It’s this sort of game, in fact, that is ideal for free bets from online bookies the results are so unpredictable and the payout will more than do justice to the modest amount that is placed with a free bet. In short, what we’re looking at here is low to no risk resulting in solid payouts if the Patriots do, indeed, demolish the competition and even bigger payouts if you bet on them not to and they don’t.  It’s exciting stuff regardless. The Revenge of the Rams? It will be interesting to see how the Rams will look to disrupt the Patriot and Brady’s passing. The Patriot’s offense will have their work cut out as the Rams’ defensive partnership has been in excellent form off late. Torry Holt, in particular, has proven himself time and time again to…
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[email protected] (Site Admin) From the Desk of the Chairman Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:36:19 +0000
Top Sports-themed Online Progressive Slots https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9420-top-sports-themed-online-progressive-slots https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9420-top-sports-themed-online-progressive-slots Top Sports-themed Online Progressive Slots
Sports and gambling have long had a favourable relationship. Irrespective of the fact that a person is a fan or not, there is a sense of excitement, associated with sports, that is infectious. People around the world partake in games of different kinds with players ending up as Gods of their respective arenas. The arrival of mobile gaming and online casinos has brought about a new trend that is spreading wide in the gambling community. Among all the games that are available to play online, slots have captured the fancy of novices as well as professionals. Consisting of different themes based on films, music, sports, adventure, or anything that your mind can imagine, slots are indeed a bag full of money-making entertainment. One key feature in selected slots is progressive jackpots. Some of the main progressive-jackpot slots now famous include Mega Moolah, Mega Fortune, and Hall of Gods. A progressive slot accumulates a certain percentage of every spin to a giant pool with life-changing amounts. The winner of this jackpot can bet as little as 0.25p and become a multimillionaire in less than 10 seconds. To get the most out of these games, it is crucial to hit only the best and most trustworthy online casinos. The best of these normally update their software and layout fairly often. Take , for example, Dunder Casino, which recently offered a fresh take on Dunder that offers more games than ever, a wider variety of the kinds of games on offer and some mouth-watering bonus and introductory offers. They have a particularly excellent selection of progressive slot machines and offer some of the lowest wager requirements around. Now, take out your sports shoes and get the ball spinning for some mega wins.   Ronnie O’Sullivan Sporting Legends If snooker is your game of choice, then you will know the greatness of Ronnie O’Sullivan. Considered as one of the greatest players ever, he is an English professional who even has a bunch of video games to his name. He is the current World Grand Prix, Players Championship, and UK Championship winner. The progressive slot has 5 reels, 3 rows, and 25 paylines with the jackpot at over £500,000 and rising. There are scatter symbols and bonuses aplenty in the game which features snooker balls, word symbols, and Ronnie in various snooker poses.     Top Trump Football Stars Football, or soccer if you may, is the…
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[email protected] (Site Admin) From the Desk of the Chairman Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:13:20 +0000
Awards = HOF? Part Thirty: The NBA Most Improved Player Awards https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9411-awards-hof-part-thirty-the-nba-most-improved-player-awards https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9411-awards-hof-part-thirty-the-nba-most-improved-player-awards Awards = HOF? Part Thirty: The NBA Most Improved Player Awards
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 amount 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. After completing the Gold Gloves (thank God!) we wanted to do something away from Baseball and we picked a relatively new award, The NBA Most Improved Player of the Year. On the surface, it would seem like anyone who improved enough to get this award likely had less than auspicious beginnings, which may mean that not very many of these players are Hall of Famers, but this is why we do this process! Let’s find out! The following are the past players who have won the Most Improved Player in the NBA who are eligible for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic (2001) 26.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.5 BPG.  It took the award seventeen years of existence before we found our first Hall of Fame inductee (unless previous inductee Kevin Johnson gets in) but regardless if what happens with KJ, this is the first real NBA superstar we are talking about here.  McGrady was with the Toronto Raptors the season before where he started nearly half of his games but this year he was Orlando’s starting Shooting Guard and his Minutes per Game increased from 31.2 to 40.1 with a PPG rise from 15.4 to 26.8 and a PER increase from 20.0 to 24.9.  He would be named a Second Team All NBA member and would later win two scoring titles in his career.    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. The following are the players who have won the NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Award who are eligible for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and have not been selected: Alvin Robertson, San Antonio Spurs (1986) 17.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 5.5 APG, 3.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG.  This was the sophomore season for Alvin Robertson whose minutes shot up from 21.3 to 35.1 per Game.  Increased time certainly led to the increased production as he increased his PPG from 9.2 to 17.0…
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[email protected] (Committee Chairman) From the Desk of the Chairman Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:13:31 +0000
Sportsbooks Pull the Trigger on New Orleans for Super Bowl LIII https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9383-sportsbooks-pull-the-trigger-on-new-orleans-for-super-bowl-liii https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9383-sportsbooks-pull-the-trigger-on-new-orleans-for-super-bowl-liii Sportsbooks Pull the Trigger on New Orleans for Super Bowl LIII
Football is about to enter the ‘business end’ of the season, with several sides already punching their tickets to the playoffs and some even knowing that they will go straight to the divisional round It hasn’t been an up and down season by any means, with the majority of predicted contenders in September essentially being the same clutch of teams that are ‘real’ contenders as we push towards Christmas. There has, of course, been some evolution throughout the season. The Ravens, for example, have been taken more seriously as we moved from fall to winter. The Chargers, too, seem to have a lot more respect now. However, by and large, pundits and sportsbooks have stuck with a clutch of teams as the main Super Bowl LIII contenders throughout the season: the Patriots, Rams, Chiefs and Saints. Of that quartet, the candidacy of the favorite has changed between them at different junctures. The Patriots were the preseason favorites, but were soon usurped by the Rams and, for a while, the Chiefs.  However, as divisions have started to be clinched, it’s now clear that the sportsbooks have settled on a favorite that they are likely to stick with – New Orleans Saints. This is being written just before Week 16, so you can follow the link for the latest updated NFL odds, but at the moment the Saints are coming in at around +275 with William Hill and others. At almost half the odds of the chasing pack, that’s the first time there has been clear daylight between a team at the top and the other contenders. Both the Rams and Chiefs can be found at odds of about +600, with the erratic Patriots further back at +800. The Chargers have also been recently put in around +800 with some bookmakers, with the Bears (+1200) the only other side less than +1600. {youtube}27FUKfYzLYk{/youtube} The pertinent question, however, is have the sportsbooks called it correctly? On one hand, it’s hard to argue with the idea that the Saints should be favorites to win their first Super Bowl since 2010. The haven’t missed a beat all season, matching scintillating offense with decent(ish) defense. Drew Brees looks once again like the sprightly 31-year-old who took the MVP trophy at Super Bowl XLIV. Crucially for a championship chasing team, the Saints look just as comfortable on the road as they do at home. Things just seem right with…
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[email protected] (Site Admin) From the Desk of the Chairman Sat, 29 Dec 2018 15:19:55 +0000
Awards = HOF? Part Twenty-Nine: Gold Glove Pitcher https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9251-awards-hof-part-twenty-nine-gold-glove-pitcher https://www.notinhalloffame.com/blogs/from-the-desk-of-the-chairman/9251-awards-hof-part-twenty-nine-gold-glove-pitcher Awards = HOF?  Part Twenty-Nine:  Gold Glove Pitcher
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 amount 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. We are now taking a look at the Gold Glove Award, given annually to the best defensive player in MLB in each respective position. We have finished our run around the bases and checked out the Outfield, which leaves the least interesting position left in regards to the Gold Glove, the Pitcher. With this position there are less tangible statistics to look at and more what they do in terms of what they do to backup their teammates or holding runners. Apologies ahead of time if there are limited commentary! Actually it will be quite limited! The following are the past players who have won the Gold Glove at Pitcher who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame and have been enshrined. Bob Gibson, NL St. Louis Cardinals (1965) 0.0 dWAR Bob Gibson was coming off his first World Series win and in 1965 he went to his second All Star Game. Gibson was third in Putouts with a .952 Fielding Percentage with only a 20% Caught Stealing Percentage. This wasn’t terrible but fine for a Gold Glove, especially when he was as dominating as Gibson was with his arm. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981. Bob Gibson, NL St. Louis Cardinals (2) (1966) 0.0 dWAR Now a three time All Star, Gibson’s percentages increased to a 50% Caught Stealing and a .964 Fielding Percentage. This would be the first and only time where he would finish first in Putouts among National League Pitchers. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981. Bob Gibson, NL St. Louis Cardinals (3) (1967) 0.0 dWAR This season, Bob Gibson would again go to the All Star Game while finishing fourth in Putouts with a perfect Fielding Percentage and a 67% Caught Stealing Percentage. This seems like a Gold Glove win to us! Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981. Bob Gibson, NL St. Louis Cardinals (4)…
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