Not in Hall of Fame News

This has been a horrible week for basketball legends.  Recently, we lost Lute Olson and Clifford Robinson. Now we lost John Thompson. Thompson played his college ball at Providence where he was an honorable mention All-American by the AP.  He went on to play three years with the Boston Celtics, winning two NBA Championships under the dynasty led by Red Auberbach. Immediately after his playing career ended, he took over as the head coach for St. Anthony High School in Washington D.C., and did so well there, he caught the attention of Georgetown, who signed him to be their Head Coach in…
Our second annual pre-season Active 150 NFL Player Monitor ranking their current status for future Hall of Fame consideration is now up.   Our Football Hall of Fame monitor for football looks at the following criteria: The biggest factor we look at is how each active player measures up to the last five players at their position who were chosen.  To reflect the modern era and how stats have changed, Senior Inductees will not be considered as part of the last five inductees.  To keep everything simple, we are looking at Pro Bowl Selections, First Team All-Pro Selections, traditional statistics, games played and…
Following the passing of Lute Olson, basketball lost another one of its stars.  Former UConn and NBA star, Clifford Robinson died at the age of 53.  He had been battling cancer for the last two years. A star at Connecticut, Robinson was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989 as the 36thOverall Pick.  Standing at 6’ 10”, Robinson was a versatile player who played at Center, Power Forward and Small Forward.  He was the Sixth Man of the Year in 1994, an All-Star in 1994, which was the year began three 20 Points per Game seasons.   Robinson later played for Phoenix and Detroit,…
The wrestling world lost a legendary figure as “Bullet” Bob Armstrong succumbed to a long battle with prostate cancer.  He was 80 years old. For decades, Armstrong was a main event draw in Georgia and throughout the American South.  A babyface for most of his career, Armstrong was a fiery figure whose lunch pail work ethic made him a relatable fan favorite.  He looked and wrestled tough, and was one of the most related figures in the business. Armstrong’s career began in 1960, and he retired in 1988, though still made sporadic appearances, namely for Jim Cornette’s Smokey Mountain Wrestling in the mid-90s.  He…

RIP: Lute Olson

Last night, it was announced that Lute Olson, died at the age of 85.  He had been in poor health following a stroke last year. Olson played his college ball at Augsburg, a liberal arts college in Minnesota, and he would coach at the high school level from 1956 to 1969 before taking over the reins at Long Beach Community College. After four years there, and a year at Long Beach State, Olson won the coaching job at Iowa, where he won the Big Ten regular season in 1979, and was also the Big Ten Coach of the Year.  In 1980, Olson took…
This is interesting. Recently, Larry Michael, 62, the voice of the Washington Football Team and Senior Vice President for years stepping down in those capacities.  As abrupt as it was, it became evident that it was due to his participation in allegations of sexual harassment that ran rampant among Washington executives. Michael was also a member of the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee, but the key word here is “was”. It is not known whether he was asked to leave the Hall of Fame Committee or quit on his own, but nevertheless he is gone, and Tony Dungy is in.…
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB.  Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives. Eventually, we are going to get to that of the Division I schools.  As such, it is news to us that Central Michigan has announced their Athletic Class of 2020. The Class of 2020 comprises six new members, and right now, the tentative plan is to have a ceremony in 2021. The six members are: Sue Guevara, Women’s…
As part of the new structure for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at least one Coach, one Senior and one Contributor will be nominated and pushed through the final round.  This will go for at least four years.   Days earlier, we learned that Tom Flores and Drew Pearson were named the Coach and Senior Finalist respectively.  Today, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that scout, Bill Nunn will be moving forward as the Contributor Finalist. Originally a journalist in the Pittsburgh area, Nunn openly lobbied Steelers’ owner, Dan Rooney, to look at the History Black Colleges to accumulate talent.  This was…
As regular Notinhalloffame.com podcast guest Vinny Lospinuso just told me, “It’s like they never heard of Zoom”. The Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors voted unanimously today to reschedule the two committees, Golden Days and Early Days to 2021.  They cited that due to COVID-19, that the conversation held by the respective 16-person committees could not be held in person, thus breaching the ability to have an open and confidential dialogue. Confidential?  What the hell are they saying in these meetings? The Golden Days Era Committee looks at the player from 1950 to 1969, and the Early Days concentrates on players…
We are excited to unveil another new section here at Notinhalloffame.com.  We always look to the future, and as such, it is with great excitement that we unveil our write-ups on the Baseball Futures of 2024.  Specifically, this is in reference to the former baseball players who will be eligible for Cooperstown in 2024. They are set up so that you can cast your votes and offer your opinions before they become officially eligible. The formers players who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2024 are: Adrian Beltre:  From the Dominican Republic, Beltre has a great shot for early induction…