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Nominees set for the NASCAR HOF

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has officially announced its nominees for their fifth Class, and our top eight (Thanks Spheniscus) are on the list. The complete list of 25 nominees is below, listed beside their ranking if applicable:

#1   Tim Flock

#2   Joe Weatherly

#3   Dale Jarrett

#4   Bobby Isaac

#5   Rex White

#6   Fireball Roberts

#7   Benny Parsons

#8   Fred Lorenzen

#17 Curtis Turner

#30 Red Byron

#36 Wendel Scott

Richard Childress: 11 Time Car Owner Champion

Jerry Cook: Six Time NASCAR Modified Champion

H. Clay Earles: Founder of Martinsville Speedway

Ray Fox: Legendary engine builder

Anne Bledsoe France: Helped build the sport with her husband, Bill France Sr.

Rick Hendrick: 13 Time Car Owner Champion

Jack Ingram: Two Time champion in NASCAR’s second tier series

Raymond Parks: NASCAR’s first champion car owner

Maurice Petty: Chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises

Larry Phillips: Five Time NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion

Les Richter: Former NASCAR Executive

T. Wayne Robertson: Helped raise the NASCAR profile in the early days

Ralph Seagraves: Formed Winston-NASCAR partnership as an executive

O. Bruton Smith: Builder of Charlotte Motor Speedway and chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc.

The Class will be announced on May 22.

Spencer Haywood snubbed

So much for that leak that Spencer Haywood was going into Basketball Hall of Fame. Haywood claimed that he was told by “someone in the NBA” that he was HOF bound; though that information appeared to be erroneous. Based on that information, media outlets (including us) reported that Haywood would be in. Unfortunately, the joke is not on us, but on Haywood who was clearly crushed by the confusion.

The four time All Star found out on Friday that he was not in, though reports had already began to sprout that he was selected. “This is so embarrassing” stated Haywood. “My stomach has been so bad I can’t eat, I can’t sleep. This isn’t a punch in the stomach. It’s below the stomach.”

We feel terrible for Haywood, who we had ranked at #3 on our list of those who should be selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The two ranked above him, Gary Payton and Bernard King were both selected this year.

Baseball List Revised!!!!!

It was not that long ago that we unveiled the latest revisions on the Notinhalloffame Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list of 500 acts worthy of consideration to the Hall. For us, that is one down, and many to go! We are proud to announce the revised list for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

As North American sports fans know, the Baseball Hall is not only the most known of the major Halls of Fame, but is easily the most controversial. Months ago, headlines were made when Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens failed to get inducted. It was not that they were not statistically worthy, as the two brought to the table a collection of records and awards that have few equals. They were initially (and likely to be continually) rejected due to their linkage to Performance Enhancing Drugs. This is a boat they share with Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa; all men who at one point were all considered Hall of Fame locks.

We are not going to reiterate our Hall of Fame position here on the PED users and suspected PED users here; as those who have read our commentaries know our position on the matter. Today, it is about looking forward to the next batch of eligible entries, and it is a strong group.

As nobody of note entered the Hall, the top of the list looks the same. We still have three number ones; that includes Pete Rose at #1A and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson at #1B. Neither is eligible, though we do wish that the Hall of Fame would reconsider their stance on both men; though we do understand the arguments against them. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens return at #1 and #2 respectively, and as noted, we don’t see their status changing anytime soon.

This leads to the revisions, which is getting harder and harder by the year; though not exclusively because of the PED question. Sabremetrics have transformed many opinions, and as much as there are those who rely solely upon them, there are those who prefer the traditional stats and the emotional moments that sabremetrics do not always reflect. Basically we are trying to combine ALL statistics and of course the votes of all of you. We think it creates a balanced list, but certainly one that we do not expect everyone to agree with. Let’s put it this way…..those involved do not agree with each other on much of it……and it is a lot of fun debating this. We think we can all agree on that!

The new crop of players we have selected for Hall of Fame consideration naturally contain first year possibilities and a few others we have taken a second look at.

Ready for your votes (along with their respective rankings) are:

#3   Greg Maddux

#5   Frank Thomas

#7   Mike Mussina

#9   Tom Glavine

#47 Jeff Kent

#82 Wilbur Cooper

#86 Luis Gonzalez

#89 Kenny Rogers

#94 Heinie Groh

#97 Ron Guidry

As always, we encourage your votes and opinions and we hope to hear from many of you!

The 1971 Hockey HOF Class is up

Our work on the existing Hockey Hall of Fame Classes continue. We have now made our way to the year of 1971. This was a very good Class, led by Terry Sawchuk, one of the greatest Goaltenders of all time. The complete class includes:

Arthur Wirtz

Busher Jackson

Cooney Weiland

Gordon Roberts

Terry Sawchuk

Gang you know the drill. Check it out, and cast your votes and let us know whether you think they deserved their Hall of Fame induction. Look for upcoming classes soon!