The Poker Hall of Fame has announced the 10 Finalists for their Class of 2017.They are:David Chiu: Born in China, David Chiu was the first ever winner of the Tournament of Champions. Chiu is also a five time Bracelet winner on the WSOP and finished in the money 60 times.Mori Eskandini: Eskandini is former 16 time money finisher and the WSOP but is more known for being the producer of Poker After Dark, High Stakes Poker and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship.Thor Hansen: From Norway, Hansen is a two time Bracelet winner on the WSOP.Ted Forrest: AKA “Professor Backwards” is a six time WSOP Bracelet winner and a one time Champion on the World Poker Tour.Phil Ivey: “The Tiger Woods of Poker” is the youngest Finalist at age 40. He is a ten time WSOP Bracelet winner.Mike Matusow: Matusow is a four time WSOP Bracelet recipient.Max Pescatori: From Milan, Italy, Pescatori is a four time WSOP Bracelet winner. “The Italian Pirate” has finished in the money on the World Poker Tour 7 times.Matt Savage: A fine poker player in his own right but mostly known for helping founding the Tournament Directors Association, which standardized poker tournaments internationally. Huck Seed: The 1996 WSOP Champion is also a four time Bracelet winner.David Ulliott: The late Englishman is a one time WSOP Bracelet winner and one time World Poker Tour Champion. “Devilfish” allegedly had ties to the Hull underworld.To qualify for the Hall, a player has to be at least 40 years of age and have “played poker against acknowledged top competition” and “for high stakes”.At present there are 52 members of the Poker Hall of Fame and two of these ten Finalists will bring the total to 54.The Poker Hall of Fame was established in 1979.
Damn we love social media.How can we not? It brings us a continuous source of news!Today, former Running Back Fred Taylor lamented on Twitter about his exclusion from the upcoming induction of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017. On Twitter, he had the following to say:“I earned respect on the field. Numbers better than majority of RBs in history. Still don’t understand why the writers don’t respect it.”“Not just backs that have come and gone in NFL HISTORY…but better than majority of the backs in the HOF…” “Don’t tell me anything about eras. AFC had top defenses in my division alone (Ravens, Steelers, Titans) to name a few. That’s twice a year”“I was once asked a rhetorical question like ‘do you want to be nominated’ ummm, I bust my ass for 13 years! Figure it out lol”Taylor does make some valid points. At present, Taylor is ranked 17th overall in Rushing Yards with 11,695, which is a number that does exceed many Hall of Fame Backs, including Terrell Davis who was chosen for this year. Notable too, is that Taylor was exceptionally durable, an ever increasing rarity in the National Football League. There are however some significant notes on the other side of the ledger. Taylor was a Pro Bowler once and only made an All Pro Team (2nd in 2007) once. This indicates (and is true) that Taylor was never really considered an elite Running Back in any year and was essentially regarded as a very good one. While he did finish in the top ten in Rushing Yards six times, his highest rank was 6th.The longtime Jacksonville Jaguar has never been a Semi-Finalist for Hall of Fame consideration. Neither has Tiki Barber or Shaun Alexander, who is a former MVP.The bar just to make it to the cut of Semi-Finalists is hard enough let alone advancing to Canton.While we considered Fred Taylor on our Notinhalloffame.com Football list, he did not make our cut, though we are looking to expand it soon.
We have been putting this one of for a while but we have to ask the question now that the Miami Heat has officially waived Chris Bosh, do we put him on our 2021 Futures or do we wait to see if he officially retires?Bosh thanked the fans of Miami in an open letter on his website but did not indicate whether he intends to retire from professional basketball or not. The former alumni of Georgia Tech was forced off of the court due to blood clots at the 2014-15 All Star break and it would happen again the year after. Bosh was not medically cleared to play last season.Should Bosh never return to the NBA he ends a career with two NBA Championships and eleven All Star Game appearances. The odds are strong that he will be entering the Basketball Hall of Fame, though if this is the end, is he a first ballot entry?Bosh would become eligible in 2021, the same year as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, which already was the most loaded class in the last twenty years. Throw Bosh in there and we may have four first ballot entries with well over ten titles between them.So, do we wait to put CB4 on our 2021 Futures list or do we assume that his playing career is over? We need a week to think about this one, but we would love to hear your thoughts.
With some additional announcements, all of the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductors for 2017 have been named. Sebastian Andersen will induct his father, former Place Kicker Morten Andersen.Sports Agent Neil Schwartz will induct his client and friend, Terrell Davis.Tommy Rhodes will induct Kenny Easley, who he coached in high school.Gene Jones will induct her husband, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.Former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Jimmy Johnson will induct his former player Jason Taylor.Lorenzo Neal will induct his former San Diego Charger teammate LaDainian Tomlinson.Brenda Warner will induct her husband, Kurt Warner.The Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities will take place the first weekend of August.Once again we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Normally we don’t really comment on Halls of Fame from club teams in France, but we are captivated by the fact that when Paris Saint Germain unveiled their Hall of Fame on their website today a very curious name was included…David Beckham.Even the most casual sports fan knows that name. Hell, most people know that name if they have never seen a soccer ball. Beckham is an international star that graced tabloids and advertisements for years, and yes he was one hell of a soccer player in his prime. There are a lot of Halls of Fame that Posh’s husband should be in, but for a team he only played fourteen games with?That’s right, 14 Games. Zero Goals. Hall of Famer.On the PSG website they cited his Hall of Fame he qualifies due to being an “icon of fashion” and “ambassador of charm”.…and zero Goals.We have to wonder how the fans of Paris Saint Germain feel about this one.
This one is a little anti-climactic.Former Quarterback, Kurt Warner has announced that his wife Brenda will be his inductor for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony. Brenda has famously (and at times infamously) been at his side long before he was famous, and they are still together today. Essentially, they have been inseparable. The announcement was made on Warner’s Twitter page.
It is days like this that we look forward to here at Notinhalloffame.com!Today, the Hockey Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2017, which will consist of Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk. It will also include women’s star Danielle Goyette and builders Clarke Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.Teemu Selanne is the headliner of this group. The scoring machine from Finland enters on his first year of eligibility and he is a former Stanley Cup Champion with Anaheim. Selanne would lead the NHL in Goals scored three times and is a former two time First Team All Star. He was also an international star with Finland, representing them in five Olympic Games and two World Cups. He enters on his first year of eligibility and was ranked #1 by us at Notinhalloffame.com.His fellow Duck, Paul Kariya also was chosen. Kariya has been eligble for the Hall since 2013 and is a former three time First Team All Star. Kariya went to seven All Star Games and helped Canada win the 2002 Olympics. Kariya’s averaged exactly one point per game over his career and was ranked #3 on our Notinhalloffame.com list. Mark Recchi was ranked #4 on our list and has been eligible for the Hall since 2014. He is a three time Stanley Cup Champion (Pittsburgh 1991, Carolina 2006 and Boston 2011) and was a seven time All Star.After a nine year wait, Dave Andreychuk finally got the call from Toronto. The all-time leader in Power Play Goals was a two time All Star and won the Stanley Cup in his last season in the NHL with Tampa Bay.Danielle Goyette is this year’s female entry. She helped Canada win two Gold Medals and eight IIHF World Women’s Championships. She is currently Canada’s IIHF leading scorer.Clark Drake coached the University of Alberta men’s team for twenty-eight years and took the Golden Bears to six University Cups.Jeremy Jacobs has been the owner of the Boston Bruins since 1975 and has been a very influent
In a ceremony prior to their home field loss against the Oakland A’s, the Chicago White Sox retired the number 56 of Mark Buehrle.The lefthander made his debut in 2000 for Chicago where he would send the next twelve seasons of his career. With the Chi-Sox, Buehrle would go to four All Star Games and would win 161 Games and fan 1,396 batters. He would help Chicago win the 2005 World Series. Buehrle becomes the 11th White Sox player in team history to have his number retired joining Nellie Fox (#2), Harold Baines (#3), Luke Appling (#4), Minnie Minoso (#9), Luis Aparicio (#11), Paul Konerko (#14), Ted Lyons (#16), Billy Pierce (#19), Thomas (#35) and Carlton Fisk (#72). We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Mark Buehrle for achieving this honor.
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.