Our slow and methodical process of putting together the top 50 players from every franchise continues and it is just in time for the upcoming NBA season. Today we present one of the newest franchises, the Toronto Raptors.The Raptors have never won an NBA Championship, nor have they been to the Finals but as of this writing have had their best string of regular and post season success in the last few years. With a team this young this is not exactly an All Star team but that is to be expected and it will be fun to watch this list fluctuate in the coming years. The entire list can be found here, but as per tradition we are offering the top five here. Chris Bosh Vince Carter DeMar DeRozan Kyle Lowry Jose Calderon Up next is the recent loser in the American League Wild Card Game, the Minnesota Twins.As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com we encourage you to take a look at this new list and offer your opinions!
Another quick break before I get to the Top 10 newly eligible Rock Hall acts. They announced the 2018 nominees today, so a quick 11 thoughts on how the Committee did…1. Congrats to Bon Jovi. The online vote, which you can participate in here… http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7988959/2018-rock-hall-of-fame-nominees , is only supposed to count for one of the 450 or so votes for the Rock Hall. Whether by coincidence, a conscious choice by the voters, or most likely, finagling by the Rock Hall, every band that has won this vote (Rush, Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chicago, and Journey) has been elected. Looking at this list, the online vote is Bon Jovi’s to lose. With only Judas Priest and Dire Straits as real challengers (although I can see a scenario where the Priest takes this as well), it looks like Bon Jovi will be in.2. I am always particularly focused on the women who get nominated, mainly because the Rock Hall does such a terrible job electing women. This year we have five, four first timers: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, and Annie Lennox (with the Eurythmics), and a fourth timer Chaka Khan (nominated with her backing band Rufus for a second time). Now maybe I am wrong and Simone follows Joan Baez’s path from last year as an artist who has been eligible since the Rock Hall opened to get in on her first nomination, but this seems like a tough group for any of these ladies to be directly elected to the Hall. Chaka Khan seems destined to be the new Chic to me, getting n2. I am always particularly focused on the women who get nominated, mainly because the Rock Hall does such a terrible job electing women. This year we have five, four first timers: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, and Annie Lennox (with the Eurythmics), and a fourth timer Chaka Khan (nominated with her backing band Rufus for a second time). Now maybe I am wrong and Simone follows Joan Baez’s path from last year as an artist who has been eligible since the Ro
We love days like this.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today with some serious shockers, so let’s get right to it!The 19 nominees are:Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi is nominated for the second time and poses a serious threat to advance all the way this yesr. Don’t be surprised if they win the fan vote.The Cars: This is the third nominee in a row for the group.Depeche Mode. Nominated for the second year in a row, should they get in they would be the first 80’s alternative band to get inducted.Dire Straits. This is the first nomination for Dire Straits and they should get a lot of support on the fan vote.The Eurythmics. Another first time nominee, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart churned out some of the most enduring songs in the 80’s.The J. Geils Band. This is the fifth nomination for the band and the first following the death of J. Geils.Judas Priest. This is the first time they have been nominated, and they are the Heavy Metal nominee this year. This bodes well for other forgotten metal acts.Kate Bush. A nice surprise here, as this first time nominee was very large on the British scene.Link Wray. The inventor of the power chord receives his second nomination. His first was in 2014.LL Cool J. LL Cool J is nominated for the fourth time and are the hip hop nominee for this year.MC5. MC5 secures their third nomination ever, and their second in a row.The Meters. The fourth nomination for the Meters, who saw their first in 1997.The Moody Blues. This might generate the biggest sigh of relief from their fanbase. They have been eligible since 1989 and has a significant online presence pushing for this induction.Nina Simone. Another nice surprise here. This is the first nomination for Nina Simone since being eligible in 1983.Radiohead: In their first year of eligibility, Radiohead is no surprise showing up as a nominee. There is little reason to think that they won’t get in immediately.Rage Against the Machine: RATM is a first ballot inductee too, though it might be a little surpr
First the Las Vegas shootings, now the death of Tom Petty. This is truly a sad day for America.At the age of 66, Petty went into full cardiac arrest in his home in Malibu and by the time he was brought to the hospital there was no brain activity. He would die hours later after being pulled from life support.Born in 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, Petty formed the Heartbreakers in 1977. Though their first album (eponymously titled, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) did poorly, it did yield the future favorite, “Breakdown”. The second album You’re Gonna Get It did better but it was in 1979 where Damn the Torpedoes placed Petty on the rock and roll upper echelon, with hits like “Refugee”, “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Here Comes My Girl”. The 1980’s remained fruitful for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers seeing hits like “The Waiting”, “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Jammin’ Me” and a successful duet with Stevie Nicks, “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” in 1981. Petty would however see some of his greatest success at the end of the decade away from the band he formed the decade before.With his friends, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan he formed the Traveling Wilburys who put out two albums, the first generating the monster hit, “Handle With Care”. 1989 saw what was essentially Petty’s first solo album, Full Moon Fever. That album gave saw three significant hits, “I Won’t Back Down”, Free Fallin” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”.While Tom Petty did not enjoy the same success in the 90’s he still put out albums and continued to sell out tours. In 2002 he was inducted along with the Heartbreakers to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.We here at Notinhalloffame.com mourn the loss of this rock legend and we will be playing Damn the Torpedoes for the rest of the night.
For the past four years, I have solicited the opinions of two of our regular contributors to assist in predicting just who the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will nominate. This year, we have three completely different takes on this, and I think this might be our most interesting forecast yet. The Committee Chairman’s Rock Hall Predictions This is going to be harder for one basic reason. I can’t predict that the Rock Hall will nominate Chic anymore. Nominated eleven times and failing to get in each time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame did exactly what I suggested by inducting Nile Rodgers via the Award of Musical Excellence, which essentially means Chic, who are not inducted will never be nominated again. Wait, am I crowing about the fact that my thought patterns mimic that of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Committee? I need another beer.Since the Committee nominated 19 acts last year, I will do the same and based on what I have seen so far by doing watching this hall for years, there always seems to be certain “candidates”. The Debut and Finale Candidate: Radiohead I always felt that Hall of Fames have one thing in common whereby it means so much more when you are chosen on your first year of eligibility. It isn’t just a stamp of approval, but a certificate that you are the elite of what you do and a legend of what you do. Maybe I am waxing poetic because I am watching football as I am typing this, but for the most part isn’t that the case?This year that goes to Radiohead, who could probably get a four and a half star rating on an album of just Thom Yorke’s belches, though I wager the pathos in those bodily functions would be as spectacular as Teri Hatcher’s boobs allegedly were when Jerry failed to see them. Lame reference aside (and there will be a lot more of those to come) this is a Hall of Fame run by critics and this is one of the most acclaimed bands in the last thirty years, and deservedly so. Not only
The Honolulu based Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has announced their nominees for their Class of 2018. This group consists of 15 former players and 3 contributors.The nominees are as follows:Players:Tony Banks (Samoan Ancestry), Quarterback: Michigan State, St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans.A three sport letterman in high school, Banks threw for 4,129 Yards at Michigan State and was the first Quarterback chosen in the 1996 Draft. As a pro, he was a backup for the Super Bowl XXXV winning Baltimore Ravens and would tally 15,315 Yards with 77 Touchdown Passes.Herman “Buddy” Pi’ikei Clark (Hawaiian Ancestry), Offensive Lineman: Oregon State, Chicago Bears.From Honolulu, Herman Clark played four seasons with the Bears in the 1950’s. David Dixon (Maori Ancestry), Offensive Guard: Arizona State, Minnesota Vikings.Born in New Zealand, Dixon was a member of the Vikings for eleven seasons. He started 134 Games.Malcolm Floyd (Samoan Ancestry), Wide Receiver: Wyoming, San Diego Chargers.A ten year veteran with the Chargers, Floyd would catch 321 passes for 5,550 Yards.Chris Kemoeatu (Tongan Ancestry), Offensive Guard: Utah, Pittsburgh Steelers.Playing seven seasons with the Steelers, Kemoeatu would win two Super Bowls.Ma’ake Tu’amelie Kemoeatu (Tongan Ancestry), Defensive Tackle: Utah, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins.The older of brother of Chris Kemoeatu, Ma’ake was a Super Bowl Champion with Baltimore.Alapati “Al” Noga (Samoan Ancestry), Defensive Tackle: Hawai’i, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts.Noga was a former Outland Trophy nominee and was a seven year NFL veteran. He recorded 34.5 Sacks in the NFL.Falaniki “Niko” Noga, Linebacker (Samoan Ancestry), Linebacker: Hawai’i, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions.Noga played eight seasons in the NGL and had 7 Sacks.Joe Fagaone Salave’a, (Samoan Ancestry), Defensive Lineman: Arizona, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego
It’s that time again!Last December, our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame announced it’s third full class as voted by a one year long vote by the public.That class comprised Apollo Creed (Rocky), Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez (The Sandlot) and Charlie Conway (The Mighty Ducks) and they joined previous inductees; The Hanson Brothers (Slap Shot), Reggie Dunlop (Slap Shot), Happy Gilmore (Happy Gilmore), Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Major League), Crash Davis (Bull Durham), Roy Hobbs (The Natural) and Rocky Balboa, the inaugural inductee.Like in previous years, the opening round began with over 300 Fictional Athletes and over 100 Contributors, which has now been been reduced to 20 Fictional Athletes, 10 Fictional Contributors and 3 Veterans for the Semi-Final Round.The Finalists for each respective category are as follows:The 20 Fictitious Athlete Semi-Finalists are: Al Bundy (Married…With Children) Al Czervik (Caddyshack) Alex Moran (Blue Mountain State) Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy) Brian “Smash” Parker (Friday Night Lights) Bud (Air Bud) Bugs Bunny (Space Jam) Clubber Lang (Rocky III) Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid) Dottie Hinson (A League of Their Own) Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump) Jackie Moon (Semi-Pro) Kenny Powers (Eastbound and Down) Paul “Wrecking” Crewe (The Longest Yard, 1974) Peter LaFleur (Dodgeball) Ricky Bobby (Talladega Nights) Sam Malone (Cheers) Shane Falco (The Replacements) Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights) Willie “Mays” Hays (Major League)The 10 Fictitious Contributors Semi-Finalists are: Coach Klein (The Waterboy) Hayden Fox (Coach) Jimmy Dugan (A League of Their Own) Lou Brown (Major League) Mickey Goldmill (Rocky, Rocky II & Rocky III) Morris Buttermaker (The Bad News Bears) Norman Dale (Hoosiers) Patches O’Houlihan (Dodgeball) Ray Kinsella (Field of Dreams)The Gopher (Caddyshack) The 3 Fictitious Veterans are: Guffy McGovern (Angels in the Outfield) Huxley College (Horse Feathers) Joe Boyd/Joe Hart (Damn! Yankees) Online voting can be found here: http
Another sad day has taken place in the world of professional wrestling.Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, considered the greatest manager in professional wrestling history passed away today at the age of 72. While the cause of death was not announced, Heenan suffered from various forms of cancer over the last fifteen years, most significantly in the throat area where his jaw was removed. Like most wrestling managers, Heenan started off as a wrestler but it wasn’t long before he was managing and wrestling where he needed to. Despite the fact that Heenan was often on the losing end of most matches he performed in he was a very accomplished in-ring performer and many stated that Heenan was a better worker than most of the roster.His first big exposure came in the American Wrestling Association where he was the heel manager of charges like the Blackjacks, Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel. It was in the AWA where he would be dubbed the “weasel” by his foes, a nickname that would stick and draw heat with the fans. Heenan was poached by Vince McMahon in early 1984 and was paired with Big John Studd who was feuding with both Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. He would later acquire more clients such as “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Ken Patera, King Kong Bundy and Harley Race, all of which would challenge Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.Heenan was pure heat. If you were associated with the Brain, you were tops on the heel list. It was with Heenan where Andre the Giant turned heel and challenged (unsuccessfully) Hogan for the title at Wrestlemania III, a match that is still considered to be one of the most iconic bouts in history. When he wasn’t managing, he was commentary gold as both an analyst (or broadcast journalist as he referred to himself) and as the co-host with his off screen best friend, Gorilla Monsoon on Prime Time Wrestling. The two’s banter made for great television and it arguably has not been replicated since. In 1991, Heenan retired as a manager and wou
We here at Notinhalloffame.com have always been fond of the fact that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has preliminary nominees; so much so that we incorporated that in both our Fictitious Athlete and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As such, we are pleased to bring to you the preliminary nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.All of the first year candidates will be underlined, and the returning Finalists will have an asterisk. Let’s take a look shall we?Quarterbacks:Randall Cunningham: PHI 1985-95, MIN 1997-99, DAL 2000 & BAL 2001. Ranked #45 on Notinhalloffame.com.Rich Gannon: MIN 1987-92, WAS 1993, KC 1995-98 & OAK 1993-04.Donovan McNabb: PHI 1999-09, WAS 2010 & MIN 2011. Ranked #35 on Notinhalloffame.com.Steve McNair: HOU/TEN 1995-05 & BAL 2006-07. Ranked #87 on Notinhalloffame.com.Phil Simms: NYG 1979-93. Ranked #50 on Notinhalloffame.com.Running Backs:Tiki Barber: NYG (1997-06). Ranked #80 on Notinhalloffame.com.Earnest Byner: CLE 1984-88, WAS 1989-93 & CLE/BAL 1996-97.Roger Craig: SF 1983-90, LAR 1991 & MIN 1992-93. Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.Corey Dillon: CIN 1997-03 & NE 2004-08.Eddie George: HOU/TEN 1996-03 & DAL 2004.Edgerrin James: IND 1999-05, AZ 2006-08 & SEA 2009. Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com.Lorenzo Neal: NO 1993-96, NYJ 1997, TB 1998, TEN 1999-00, CIN 2001-02, SD 2003-07 & BAL 2008.Fred Taylor: JAX 1998-08 & NE 2009-10.Herschel Walker: DAL 1986-89, MIN 1989-91, PHI 1992-94, NYG 1995 & DAL 1996-97. Ranked #40 on Notinhalloffame.com.Ricky Watters: SF 1991-94, PHI 1995-97 & SEA 1998-01. Ranked #49 on Notinhalloffame.com.Wide Receivers:*Isaac Bruce: LAR/STL 1994-07 & SF 2008-09. Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com.Donald Driver: GB 1999-12.Henry Ellard: LAR 1983-93, WAS 1994-97, NE 1998 & WAS 1998. Ranked #91 on Notinhalloffame.com.Torry Holt: STL 1998-08, JAX 2009. Ranked #13 on Notinhalloffame.com.Chad Johnson: CIN 2001-10, NE 2011. Ranked #44 on Notinhalloffame.com.Randy
The Toy Hall of Fame has announced the Finalists for the 2017 Class and as it typically is many childhood memories are flooding back!The 12 Finalists are:ClueMagic 8 Ball Wiffle BallTransformersUnoSandPaper AirplanesPEZ DispensersPlay FoodMatchbox CarsMy Little PonyRiskThis is a pretty eclectic group of toys isn’t it?A national advisory committee picked the Finalists. The Class of 2017 will be announced on November 9.