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The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Finalists are announced...Time to vote!

The finalists for the second full class for the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame have been announced.  Like the first full year, voting on the candidates are open to the public and began with an initial round of Preliminary Nominees and then was pared down to Semi-Finalists.

Last year saw Ricky Vaughan (Major League), Roy Hobbs (The Natural) and Crash Davis (Bull Durham) and Harry Doyle (Major League) emerge as the first full class joining inaugural inductee, Rocky Balboa.

This year the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame will be inducting fictional characters from three categories, Athletes, Contributors and the new Veteran’s Category brought in for the first time this year. 

The 15 Athlete Finalists are: 

Apollo Creed (The Rocky Series)

Al Bundy (Married…With Children)

Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez (The Sandlot)

Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy)

Charlie Conway (The Mighty Ducks Trilogy)

Clubber Lang (Rocky III)

Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid Trilogy).

Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)

Happy Gilmore (Happy Gilmore)

Kenny Powers (Eastbound and Down)

Reggie Dunlop (Slapshot)

Ricky Bobby (Talladega Nights)

Sam Malone (Cheers)

The Hanson Brothers (Slapshot)

Willie “Mays” Hayes (Major League)

The 10 Contributor Finalists are: 

Adrian Balboa (The Rocky Series)

Carl Spackler (Caddyshack)

Chubbs Peterson (Happy Gilmore)

Darcy Sears (Varsity Blues)

Jerry Maguire (Jerry Maguire)

Jimmy Dugan (A League of Their Own)

Lou Brown (Major League & Major League II)

Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid Series)

Norman Dale (Hoosiers)

Ray Kinsella (Field of Dreams)

The 3 Veteran Finalists are:

Andy “The Champ” Purcell (The Champ)

Dennis Ryan (Take Me Out to the Ballgame)

Joe Boyd/Joe Hart (Damn! Yankees)

As per the last two rounds, the Finalists will be open to a public vote where by visitors to the site can vote for five Fictitious Athletes, three Fictitious Contributors and one Fictitious Veteran. 

Voting for the Finalists will be online until December 7, where on December 8, 2015 the second full class for the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame will be announced.

Final Round Athlete voting:

Final Round Contributor voting:

Final Round Veterans voting:

We here at encourage you to let your voice be heard on this endeavor and ask you all to participate!

RIP: Tony "Duke" Evers

It is a sad day for the Rocky Universe.

We here at and specifically our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame are mourning the loss of actor, Tony Burton, who played Duke Evers in the Rocky series.  Evers appeared in all six Rocky films, and was introduced as the trainer of World Heavyweight Champion, Apollo Creed.

While Duke was never a main character, he was shown as far more than just a trainer as in the first two Rocky films, it was clear by the emotion he exhibited for his client that they were far more than just business associates. 

Following the retirement of Apollo, Duke would help his former client train Rocky Balboa for his rematch against Clubber Lang, and in Rocky IV both Evers and Balboa were cormermen for Creed when he came out of retirement to face the undefeated amateur from the Soviet Union, Ivan Drago.  We are sure all of you Rocky fans know exactly what happened to Apollo in that match.

Duke would become the main trainer for Rocky Balboa and helped him avenge the death of his friend.  The character would have limited exposure in both Rocky V and Rocky Balboa, but along with Rocky Balboa and Paulie Penino, would be the only character to appear in all of the films.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Tony Burton and we are going to go out with one more motivational speech from Duke.

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