The Football Semi-Finalists are out.

The Football Hall of Fame has released their Semi-Finalist selections, and it should be no shock that few surprises have emerged.  A quick look sees a very familiar list, and few new names have emerged among this year's eligible players.   The list includes (with our ranking listed in front)....

 

2.  Curtis Martin: RB, Patriots & Jets

3.  Will Shields: OG, Chiefs

4.  Willie Roaf: OT, Saints & Chiefs

5.  Cris Carter: WR, Eagles, Vikings & Dolphins

6.  Cortez Kennedy: DT, Seahawks

9.  Dermontti Dawson: C, Steelers

13. Tim Brown: WR, Raiders

14. Jerome Bettis: RB, Rams & Steelers

15. Andre Reed: WR, Bills & Redskins

16. Chris Doleman: DT/LB, Vikings, Falcons & 49ers

17. Rogers Craig: RB, 49ers, Raiders & Vikings

19. Charles Haley: DT/LB, 49ers & Cowboys

23. Aeneas Williams: CB/S, Cardinals & Rams

26. Steve Atwater: S, Broncos & Jets

35. Terrell Davis: RB, Broncos

41. Donnie Shell: S, Steelers

45. Kevin Greene: Rams, Steelers, Panthers & 49ers

68. Steve Tasker: Special Teams, Oilers & Bills

72. Karl Mecklenberg: LB, Broncos

Unranked. Clay Matthews Jr.: LB, Browns & Falcons

The semi-finalists also include former innovative coach, Don Coryell, former 49ers Owner, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., superstar coach, Bill Parcells, former Commisioner, Paul Tagliabue and contributors Ron Wolf & George Young.

For us, it gets worth debating when it gets stripped down to the Finalists.  Want to bet we won't be surprised with that selection?

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0 #19 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
Kool-aid is all in a matter of who's serving it. And drinking it. Just because you think your recipe may be better . . .
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0 #18 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Roaf is not a great player. Not then. Not now. Not ever. Kennedy is not agreat player. Very good for three or four years for sure but not great. He got the last of his pro bowls on reputation. More deserving than Roaf? of course. by a mile. But still not close to the level of being a hall of famer. And you really did make my point for me once again. Good players on terrible teams get more attention by certain media types so that they will not slip through the cracks. Is this hall of fame stuff? Roaf played in exactly one winning playoff game in his career. One! I am sure Kennedy did not play on many more. Roaf was routinely beaten by an average defensive end throughout his blustery career. Drink the kool-aid if you want but he was not great. What are you going to tell me next Archie Manning was great! Or Jeff Backus? They played along time and stood out on losing teams. Of course they did not have Mr. Dierdorf pushing them into Canton. Like I said even the team he was supposedly the best player on could not wait to get rid of him. Hall of famers do not slip through waivers in the prime of their career and end up with another team who can't contend. If he was great a contender would have picked him up but they knew he was oen dimensional and that dimension did not cover the most important part of his job. Pass Blocking. Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace and Walter jones were real left tackles who's championship teams would not have thought of letting go. Tehy were that importnat to theri team's success. Ogden was the highest paid overall player for three years in the league. Jones set a record for being franchised the msot times in a row. Those are real hall of fame left tackles.
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0 #17 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
Kennedy isn't better than any of the guys you just mentioned, but he's the next level down from them.
And yeah jimmy, I watched people like Kennedy and Roaf play, and both excelled at their respective positions. I saw Sinclair too, he wasn't awful, but there's no way in hell he was better than Cortez. In case you're wondering, the reason why players like Kennedy, Roaf, and Will Shields get hyped up by the media isn't because of some kind of conspiracy, it's because they were great players stuck on bad teams, and great players stuck on terrible teams with little hope for the future will often get more attention from certain people in the media than if they were on a good team, simply because they know that these kind of players can often fall through the cracks and they want to make sure that doesn't happen. It's not that they didn't deserve it, it's not that they weren't great players.
And no, "any class with Roaf in it," is not an embarrasment to the sport. Despite what you may think, he was a great offensive tackle, and the fact that he had difficulty blocking one individual doesn't change that.
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0 #16 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
I think we all wached these players play. Otherwise why would we bother talking about it?
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0 #15 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Any group that includes Roaf and hall of fame is an embarassment Everest! And Kennedy was very good but much like Roaf overhyped by the media. When you play on teams that are terrible and you are a big man then the likes of Dierdorf and company will talk about you all day long and then the public starts buying into that hype. I watched kennedy and Roaf play and they just weren't that good. You ever hear of Michael Sinclair Everest? he was a more dominant lineman for the seahawks during Kennedy' s run but wasn't big and he didn't come from Miami so the likes of Dierdorf and company didn't hype him. You are seriously trying to put Kennedy on the same plateau as Page, Greene, Lilly, Olsen and Randle? Get real! He is not even close to those guys.
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0 #14 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
I think the quieter it is about Harrison, the better for him. He's an early lock, otherwise.
I wonder how much a Mark "Stop it after five rounds because the other guy is actually hitting back" Gastineau-Jo se Canseco celebrity boxing match would draw.
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-1 #13 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
Jimmy, one of the greatest coaches of all time, one of the greatest defensive tackles of all time, and 3 others who excelled at their positions is an embarrasment to the sport? Hm...
I do agree with you about Tasker though.
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0 #12 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
Knuckles, I have no idea about Harrison. The whole situation is kind of confusing.
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0 #11 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
If that is the group that goes in this year Everest then it is an embarassemnt to the sport. Why don't they go ahead and put Tasker in with that group? Tasker is in my opinion less worhty than the huge one who couldn't pass block even though he was a left tackle. Hank Bauer adn Toast Patterson were far superior special teamers if they want to go that route which they shouldn' t. He just got the hype from some idiot media types. I see that in the next five years several left tackles are going to get in. Hopefully that means that if voters come to their senses and keep the large one out then he may be pushed aside by much more desrving and real pass blockers suchas Ogden< Jones and Pace. That is what is so sad about this year. None of these candidates are sure fire enought to keep Roaf out. And that is a travesty.
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0 #10 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
Just thinking about Harrison, has anything come of his being implicated in that shooting right after he retired?
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