Well, we have another sudden retirement worth talking discussing.13 days after he signed a one year contract with the Buffalo Bills, Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin has announced his retirement from professional football so that he focus on his humanitarian efforts. He had this to say in a statement to ESPN:”Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work, and at this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life’s purpose is bigger than football.”How can you not respect that? Especially considering how much social work he has done in the past!Boldin was drafted in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals out of Florida State in 2003 and made an immediate statement in the NFL by going to the Pro Bowl and being named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. Boldin would play for Arizona for seven seasons where in that time he would make three Pro Bowls and have five seasons where had a four digits in Receiving Yards. He would be traded to the Baltimore Ravens where in his third and final year with the team he would help them win the Super Bowl. Boldin would have six receptions for 104 Yards and a TD in the big game. He would finish out his career with the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons and one final one with the Detroit LionsBoldin retires with 1,076 Receptions (9th overall), 13,779 Receiving Yards (14th overall) and 82 Receiving Touchdowns (23rd overall). These are numbers that should warrant a look from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, though without a First or Second Team All Pro Selection, it might be a little difficult for him to make enshrinement. He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022.We here at Notinhalloffame.com wish Anquan Boldin the best in his philanthropic efforts as an agent of change. Football’s loss is society’s gain.
It was not that long ago that the Hockey Hall of Fame selected four former National Hockey League players to their institution, all of which were ranked in our top ten on our Notinhalloffame.com Hockey List. They are Teemu Selanne (#1), Paul Kariya (#3), Mark Recchi (#4) and Dave Andreychuk (#10). As such it is time for us to present our new list of those to consider for the Hockey Hall of Fame for 2018.When putting together any new list we obviously remove the recently inducted but add on those who we consider worthy. We also look at the opinions that all of you have given and the votes you cast on each former player on the list. Let’s get right to it shall we?Debuting on our list at #1 is Goalie, Martin Brodeur. The long time New Jersey Devil did it all in the NHL, including winning the Calder, the Vezina four times and winning three Stanley Cups and an Olympic Gold Medal. He should be a first ballot lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame.Returning to #2 is Don Cherry, the acid tongued commentator who has been a fixture on Hockey Night in Canada for decades. Martin St. Louis, the 2004 Hart & Art Ross Trophy winner makes his first appearance at #3. That same year he would lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first Stanley Cup win. He is also a three time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy.Alexander Mogilny moved up to #4 from #6. The Russian had the most Goals in the 1992-93 season and is a six time All Star.Former Calgary Flame, Theoren Fleury moved up two spots to his highest ever rank of #5. He was a seven time All Star.Bernie Nicholls also achieved his highest rank with a move up to #6. He is a three time All Star.Longtime Ottawa Senator, Daniel Alfredsson moves up to #7 and is in his second year of eligibility. The Swedish star was a six time All Star.Nine time All Star Jeremy Roenick comes in at #8.John LeClair makes his first appearance in the top ten holding #9 on the list. The Vermont born player is a two time First Team All Star.Pierre Turgeon rounds out the t
We love a good feud…especially when it is over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.While it was always safe to assume that Ted Nugent and David Crosby were never likely to share a stage, it is certainly a lot more likely now.Recently, Nugent stated that his omission from the Rock Hall stemmed solely from his participation with the National Rifle Association. When a fan asked Crosby on Twitter as to whether that was the reason why the Motor City Madman was omitted his response was not exactly kind:“No the asshole just isn’t good enough”You didn’t think Nugent would let that go did you?On Nugent’s Facebook Page, he responded on a more personal level:“Everybody knows that David Crosby is an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life. I couldn’t be more proud that such an uncaring dirtbag hates me while he competes with Michael Moore to see who can go the longest without hygiene. Zombieboy would hurt himself if he tried real rockNroll like mine. Lets all pray he can form a syllable before his borrowed liver fails.”This is not the first time the two have bickered over social media as Crosby was critical of Nugent for supporting U.S. President Donald Trump and his visit to the White House. So if Nugent does get inducted does this mean that Crosby won’t be the inductor?
Yes we know how slow a process this is!It has been awhile since we uploaded our last Top 50 players of a major franchise, but we are ready to do so again with a look at the greatest players in New York Mets history.For one of the most popular franchises of Major League Baseball, the actual success of the organization is not that strong with only two World Series wins to their credit. The entire list of our Top 50 New York Mets can be found here, but in the meantime (as we always do) the top five are listed below. Tom Seaver Dwight Gooden David Wright Darryl Strawberry Jerry Koosman Please note that this list is based on accomplishments up to the end of the 2016 Season. Up next will be a very young franchise from the NBA, the Toronto Raptors.
Is Ted Nugent a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer?If you ask the Motor City Madman, he would certainly say yes but his association with the NRA is why he has been omitted.This was essentially what he said when he was interviewed by Albany Q103:“Jan Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone and the boss hog at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he hates freedom, he hates the Second Amendment, he hates me, because I’m on the Board of Directors – quite proudly – of the National Rifle Association…so that’s the only reason I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”He would however go on to say that he would accept the invitation should he be invited.Is this something we should hold our breath on?For what it is worth, Nugent is ranked #198 by us on our Notinhalloffame.com Rock and Roll list.
With another day passing, we have another significant retirement to talk about.In a fitting, yet sponsored post from Kingsford charcoal, the 300 plus pound Nose Tackle, Vince Wilfork announced his retirement from the National Football League. Mostly known for his lengthy run (11 seasons) with the New England Patriots, Wilfork went on a four year run from 2009 to 2012 where he was chosen for the Pro Bowl. This is in addition to a selection in 2007 and four appearances on All-Pro squads. He is also a two time Super Bowl Champion with New England, earning a ring in 2004 and 2012. He would conclude his career with two seasons as a Houston Texan.Vince was a favorite of ours and we suspect one of many of yours.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish him the best in his post playing career!
We lost another legend as country music superstar succumbed to Alzheimer’s at the age of 81. Long before he had his first solo hit, the man from Arkansas who dropped out of school at age 14 to pursue a career as a guitarist solidified himself as a member of the famed “Wrecking Crew”, a group of session musicians who would appear on a plethora of hits throughout the 1960’s. This would include a slew of songs for Elvis Presley including “Viva Las Vegas” and more notably “Mr. Tambourine Man” by the Byrds, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers and “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard. He would also tour with the Beach Boys, replacing Brian Wilson whose notorious anxiety caused him to breakdown.Campbell had already proved that he could play the guitar with the best of them and sing with skill too. Now it was time for him to strike out on his own. In late 1967, Campbell would hit #2 on the Country Charts with “By the Time I get to Phoenix”, a song with enough pop flavor to hit #12 on the Mainstream chart. Other top Country hits would follow that have mid-level success but the song that really crossed him over as a musical force was “Wichita Lineman” a song that went #1 on both the Country & Western and Adult Contemporary Chart while reaching the top five in the Mainstream version. He would repeat that feat in 1969 with “Galveston” and in the process cement himself as the king of pop flavored country. Campbell would foray into acting, co-starring in the 1969 John Wayne film, True Grit and would also have his own variety television show in the early 70’s, but while he was still churning out top ten hits in the Country Genre, his overall mainstream appeal had receded. This would change in 1975 with his most popular and most enduring song, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, which would become his first number one hit in the Mainstream Charts. He would go to the top again with “Southern Nights” the year later. Wh
It was a very sad day in the world of Baseball as former American League MVP, Don Baylor, passed away to cancer at the age of 68. Baylor would begin his career in Baseball with the Baltimore Orioles but it was after he signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels where his star rose. In 1979, Baylor would go to his first and only All Star Game and won the MVP. Baylor would blast 36 Home Runs that year and would lead the AL in Runs Scored and Runs Batted In. The playing career of Don Baylor would see the slugger accumulate 338 Home Runs with 2,135 Hits and also saw him win a World Series late in his career as a Minnesota Twin in 1987. For many, Don Baylor is more well known for his run as a MLB Manager. In that capacity he would win the National League Manager of the Year when he helmed the Colorado Rockies to a 77 and 67 season in the franchise’s third year of existence.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Don Baylor at this time.
In an interview with the Tennesseean, Nashville Predators Captain, Mike Fisher has officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. The 37 year old Center played 1,088 career games accumulating 276 Goals and 388 Assists over a seventeen year career split between Nashville and his original NHL team, the Ottawa Senators. It was in Ottawa, where he had his best seasons, twice finishing in the top five Frank J. Selke Award balloting for the league’s top defensive forward. Ottawa had a lot of great teams which Fisher was a part of and he helped them reach the 2008 Stanley Cup Championship, though they would go down to defeat at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks. Fisher would be traded in the 2010-11 season to Nashville, which allowed him to be with his wife, country superstar Carrie Underwood. In what would be his final, and still productive season he helped take Nashville to the Stanley Cup Finals, although they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fisher was named the team’s captain that year.While Mike Fisher is not likely to get a call from the Hockey Hall of Fame, he is a player that both the Senators and Predators might consider honoring in some capacity.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Mike Fisher on having a memorable career and wish him the best in his post-playing career.
You have to think that this could only happen to the Jacksonville Jaguars.On March 9 of this year Offensive Tackle Branden Albert was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Jags, but three months later before playing a game for the team he abruptly announced his retirement from the National Football League.Again only the Jaguars.Saying that, this raises our usual question, which is do we have a Hall of Famer on our hands.Albert played 120 Games in the NFL with Kansas City and Miami and started all but two of them. He would achieve two Pro Bowl selections, one in 2013 and again in 2015 and his career, a respectable number but not one that is typical of a Canton bust.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Branden Albert on his successful career in the NFL and we wish him the best in his post playing career.