The Winnipeg Blue Bombers has announced that one former player and two builders will comprise their Hall of Fame Class of 2017.Wide Receiver, Terrence Edwards will be the lone player entering the Bombers Hall. A former Georgia Bulldog, Edwards only had one reception in the NFL (with the Atlanta Falcons) and sought his football dreams north of the border with the Toronto Argonauts. He wasn’t there long, and was released and picked up by the Montreal Alouettes where he stayed for two years but it was when he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prior to the 2007 season that he would find his game.As a member of the Blue Bombers from 2007 to 2013, Edwards accumulated 469 Receptions and 7,200 Receiving Yards and was named a CFL All Star twice. Former board members David Asper and Gene Dunn were also chosen.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the new members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame.
While we are not sure if any petition from Change.org has ever worked, it is of interest to us that there is one to try and remove a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.The non-profit Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has started a petition to remove Dennis Rodman from the Hall following his praise and defense of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, who now has American blood on his hands”. This is in reference to Otto Warmbier, who was held captive by North Korea for seventeen months and was returned in a coma. He died on Monday.To date, Rodman has made five visits to the isolated nation and has cited Kim Jong-un as a friend. The group seeking Rodman’s removal from the Hall is citing the Halls rule that “a candidate may be removed if he or she has damaged the game of basketball.”While Rodman has always been known to be a little eccentric it is unlikely that this action will result in his expulsion from Springfield.
Looks like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is expanding.The Cleveland based institution has announced that a satellite exhibit will debut in Tokyo, Japan this September and that a permanent venue will be developed later on.Tokyo is a musical hotbed in the world and it is not that out of leftfield for the first expansion to take place here. It will be very interesting to see where they look to expand next and with the huge growth in visitors that the Rock Hall has seen they are far from done.Trip to Tokyo anyone?
Jason Taylor has announced via his Twitter feed that his former coach in Miami, Jimmy Johnson will be his presenter at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 5 in Canton. This is a fitting choice as Taylor was drafted into the NFL by Johnson in the third round in 1997. The former Defensive Player of the Year cited Johnson as “someone who believed in him from day one”.We will be watching the ceremony and we are certain that many of you will be too!
The United States Hockey Hall of Fame has announced that its membership will swell by five new members today. Let’s get right to it and see who is entering this prestigious institution!Scott Young: A seventeen year veteran of the National Hockey League, Young scored 756 Points over his career. His highlights were being part of two Stanley Cup Championship Teams (Pittsburgh in 1991 & Colorado in ’96). Internationally, Young would win a Gold Medal in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and a Silver in the 2002 Olympics. Ron Wilson: Wilson’s career as a player was not a long one but as a Head Coach in the National Hockey League he won 648 Games and took the Washington Capitals to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1998. Wilson was the Head Coach for the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Championship Team and also coached the Americans to a Silver Medal in the 2010 Olympics.Jack Parker: Parker helmed the Boston University Terriers team from 1973 to 2013 and is the winningest coach in NCAA history. He would take the Terriers to three NCAA Titles.Ben Smith: Smith was an Assistant Coach for the Men’s Olympic Team in 1988 but would be the Head Coach for the Women’s Olympic Team in 1998 where the American squad won the Gold. He would coach the team to a Silver in the 2002 and Bronze Medal in the 2006 Olympics respectively.Kevin Collins: Collins refereed 1,964 regular season NHL games and 296 playoff games in the NHL. He becomes the third American to enter the Hall.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
“The” Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced today that there will be new eight new members of their institution:LeCharles Bentley (Football). Bentley was a two time NFL Pro Bowl Selection who played for the Buckeyes from 1998 to 2001. He was a two time First Team All-Big Ten Selection and a First Team All-American in 2001. He would win the Dave Rimington Trophy that year as the Nation’s top Center.Tom Byers (Men’s Track & Field). Byers was a three time All American in the 1,000m run from 1972 to 1974.Mike Conley (Basketball). Along with Greg Oden, Conley took Ohio State to the National Championship Finals in 2007 and was the MVP of the Big 10 Tournament. He was First Team All-Big Ten that year as well. Chelsea Davis (Women’s Diving). Davis was the National Champion in 2008.Pete Hanson (Men’s Volleyball). Still the coach of the men’s team, Hanson has an overall winning percentage of .669. He took the Buckeyes to three National Championships including the last two years.Bryce Keough (Men’s Wrestling). The captain of the 1951 Wrestling Team that won the Big 10 Title.Christina Manning (Women’s Track & Field). Manning was a two time National Champion.Nancy Pearson (Women’s Swimming). Pearson was an All-American in her sport and was named the 2012 Big 10 Female Athlete of the Year.The class of 2017 will be inducted on October 6 and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Buckeyes home football game against Maryland. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Is this still going on?The Baseball Hall of Fame, which we want to note acts “independently” of Major League Baseball has announced that Pete Rose is still banned from the Hall.Here is what they stated:”After extensive discussion, a vote was taken in which the Board ratified the resolution that was passed on February 4, 1991, known today as Rule 3(E) in the BBWAA’s election rules. As such, anyone deemed permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball, including Pete Rose, may not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.”As it stands now Pete Rose remains ineligible but in the view of many (and us) he is Hall of Famer.Pete Rose and the Baseball HOF news won’t end anytime soon.
This is a first for us. As many of you know, we are (methodically) working on our top 50 of every team, which will eventually lead to how each franchise in MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA treat their former players in terms of retired numbers, rings of honor and franchise Halls of Fames. We can’t really say that we envisioned one team taking a potshot as to how another one handles that, but that is exactly what transpired today.In a speech at Gillette Stadium during the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Awards the son of Pats owner, Robert Kraft, Josh Kraft, told those in attendance to check out the Patriots Hall of Fame and stated that “It’s a lot better than the Jet’s Hall of Fame, which is non-existent”.Ouch.While the division rival does not have a physical Hall of Fame, the Jets do have a Ring of Honor with seventeen members and have retired the numbers of five former players. What New York has done is more than typical for a National Football League organization.Either way, it is a banter that we here at Notinhalloffame.com love!
Radiohead is now eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame though based on a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine they didn’t seem to care.In a lengthy interview with the music publication, the band had the following reactions to the possibility of being inducted next year.Phil Selway: “It’s a bit like having the free bus pass in the UK when you reach a certain age. Blimey. Have we got to that point? God knows [if we’ll go]. We’d have to sit down and talk about it, but it’s probably not at the top of my list of things to do. But who knows? I don’t know.”Jonny Greenwood: “I don’t care. Maybe it’s a cultural thing that I really don’t understand. I mean, from the outside it looks like … it’s quite a self-regarding profession anyway. And anything that heightens that just makes me feel even more uncomfortable.”Ed O’Brien: “I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessential American thing. Brits are not very good at slapping ourselves on the back. It seems very show-biz and I’m not very show-biz. We haven’t even been asked. I don’t want to be rude. But if you ask me what I’d rather be doing that night, I’d rather be sitting at home in front of the fire or going to a gig. I realized years ago that I didn’t like award ceremonies. You walk in there and you feel self-conscious. It’s just really uncomfortable. Wherever there is media there seem to be a real level of bullshit. It just feels non-authentic to us.”Thom Yorke: “It wouldn’t be the first place … don’t ask me things like that. I always put my foot in my mouth.”Colin Greenwood: “I’d be grateful if we got in. Look at the other people that have been inducted. I don’t know if everyone else will go though. It might be me just doing bass versions of everything like, ‘Come on, you know this one!’ I’d have to play the bass part to ‘Creep’ five times.”Considering that Jann Wenner, t
Once we finish our Top 50 players for each team (and yes, it will happen), the next look is to tackle how each organization honors their former players and executives.As such it is news to us that the Anaheim Angels have announced that Vladimir Guerrero will become the 15th member of the franchise’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony that will take place on August 26.Guerrero was with the Angels for six seasons joining the Angels as a free agent prior to the 2004 season and Anaheim was rewarded immediately as “The Impaler” but forth the best season of his career winning the American League MVP Award with 206 Hits, 39 Home Runs, 126 RBI and a .337 Batting Average.While this was the “only” MVP that Guerrero would win, he would finish third in voting twice more as an Angel. His overall tenure with Anaheim would see him collect 1,034 Hits with 173 Home Runs and a Slash Line of .319/.381/.546 and was an All Star and Silver Slugger four times. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Vladimir Guerrero for earning this honor.