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Kazushi Sakuraba to the UFC HOF

We have a new member of the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 as it has been announced that Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba will be going into the Hall as a member of the Pioneer Wing.  Sakuraba joins previously announced Maurice Smith, Joe Silva (Contributor) and Urijah Faber (Modern Era).While Sakuraba competed predominantly in Pride, he did win the UFC Ultimate Japan Tournament two decades ago.  Sakuraba would truly establish his legend by defeating Royce Gracie in a ninety minute contest.  He would be dubbed the “Gracie Hunter” and would defeat three other members of the famed jiu-jitsu clan.Sakuraba would also defeat Ken Shamrock, Vitor Belfort, Kevin Randleman and Quentin Jackson.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Kazushi Sakuraba fro achieving this incredible honor.

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The College Football HOF announces their Finalists for the 2018 Class

While we haven’t yet compiled a list of those worthy of those for the College Football Hall of Fame, it has always been an institution that we have respected.Today they have announced the nominees for the Class of 2018.They are:Morten Andersen, Michigan State, Place KickerMark Bavaro, Notre Dame, Tight EndMichael Bishop, Kansas State, QuarterbackLomas Brown, Florida, Offensive LineTerrell Buckley, Florida State, Defensive BackLarry Burton, Purdue, Wide ReceiverKeith Byars, Ohio State, Running BackGregg Carr, Auburn, LinebackerMark Carrier, USC, Defensive BackMatt Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh, QuarterbackTrevor Cobb, Rice, Running BackMarco Coleman, Georgia Tech, LinebackerKerry Collins, Penn State, QuarterbackTim Couch, Kentucky, QuarterbackEric Crouch, Nebraska, QuarterbackKenneth Davis, TCU, Running BackRich Diana, Yale, Running BackEric Dickerson, SMU, Running BackJohn Didion, Oregon State, Offensive LineRickey Dixon, Oklahoma, Defensive BackJumbo Elliott, Michigan, Offensive TackleKevin Faulk, LSU, Running BackDavid Fulcher, Arizona State, Defensive BackRobert Gallery, Iowa, Offensive LinemanMoe Gardner, Illinois, Defensive LinemanTony Gonzalez, California, Tight EndMartin Gramatica, Kansas State, Place KickerJacob Green, Texas A&M, Defensive LinemanDan Hampton, Arkansas, Defensive LinemanJason Hanson, Washington State, Place KickerByron Hanspard, Texas Tech, Running BackMarcus Harris, Wyoming, Wide ReceiverCraig Heyward, Pittsburgh, Running BackTorry Holt, North Carolina State, Wide ReceiverDana Howard, Illinois, LinebackerRaghib Ismail, Notre Dame, Wide ReceiverErnie Jennings, Air Force, Wide ReceiverCalvin Johnson, Georgia Tech, Wide ReceiverE.J. Junior, Alabama, Defensive LinemanRick Leach, Michigan, QuarterbackJess Lewis, Oregon State, Defensive LinemanRay Lewis Miami, LinebackerEd McCaffrey, Stanford, Wide ReceiverBuddy McClinton, Auburn, Defensive BackCade McNown, UCLA, QuarterbackShawn Moore, Virginia, QuarterbackKen Norton Jr. UCLA, LinebackerPhil Olsen, U

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Jay-Z headlines the Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2017

The Songwriters Hall of Fame not only made history by announcing their Hall of Fame Class of 2017, but did so by selecting their first rapper to enter the Hall.Jay-Z not only has many hits in the rap and hip hop genre but has garnered significant mainstream pop appeal.  In terms of chart success, Jay Z has few equals and his induction is likely to usher in a significant amount of more rap artists in the upcoming classes.  His signature hits include “Empire State of Mind”, “99 Problems”, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “Bonnie & Clyde”.  He has won 21 Grammys over his career.Swedish songwriter, Max Martin was also chosen.  Martin’s works includes 21 number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100.  His hits include “…Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears), “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift) and “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd).  Martin penned all of Kay Perry’s number ones and most recently, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Justin Timberlake.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Martin is the most successful pop writer this millennium.Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will also be inducted.  Babyface has written 23 #1 songs on the R&B Chart, including the monster hit, End of the Road (Boyz II Men).Also chosen was the prolific songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, whose relationship with Janet Jackson made her a megastar.  Motown founder Berry Gordy was also included.  Besides being the creator of a musical empire, Gordy was a decent songwriter who helped write many of his label’s hits.The final entrants are Peter Catera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow of Chicago.This year marks the 48th Annual Induction, which will take place on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate this year’s Hall of Fame Class.

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Our Top 50 All-Time Colorado Rockies are now up

Slow and steady wins the race?Ok, maybe we are trying to justify the slow pace of getting our Top 50 players of each franchise up, but we do have another one, and yes it is a return to the diamond.As we are doing all of the franchises by random, the Colorado Rockies are up next, because…why…well, why not?An expansion team in 1993, the Rockies have only made the playoffs three times, going as far as representing the National League in the World Series in 2007, though they were systematically destroyed in a four game sweep by the Boston Red Sox. Casual fans still think the ball launches out of Coors Field (humidors have taken care of that) but that was the case in the 90’s and offense was a premium for the Rockies.  Perhaps this is why so many of those on this list are from the 90’s!The entire list can be found here, but as per tradition we always unveil the top five in our news item which are as follows: Todd Helton Larry Walker Troy Tulowitzki Carlos Gonzalez Nolan Aranedo As always, we look forward to your feedback and look for us to unveil a new top 50 soon.

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RIP: Jim Bunning

Hall of Fame Pitcher and former U.S. Senator, Jim Bunning died at the age of 85 today.  A fearless hurler who toiled in the Majors for seventeen seasons, Bunning was a nine time All Star and one of the few to throw a perfect game.  He retired from baseball with a 224 and 184 record with 2,855 Strikeouts.  Historically speaking he was the second player in MLB history to record 100 Wins and 1,000 Strikeouts in each league, mostly through efforts with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies respectively.Bunning would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame via the Veterans Committee in 1996.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Jim Bunning at this time.

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RIP: Gregg Allman

A great voice died today.Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gregg Allman passed away peacefully today in his home in Savannah, Georgia.  Allman was 69 years old and had been reportedly battling liver problems for the past five years.Considered by many to be one of the true fathers of Southern Rock, Allman formed the famed Allman Brothers Band with his older brother and acclaimed guitarist, Duane.  Melting the Southern rock sound with the upcoming jamming scene from San Francisco, The Allman Brothers spoke to Americans coast to coast.The Allmans were influenced by the Blues, and Gregg’s whiskey soaked rasp was the perfect partner for his smooth yet electric keyboard playing.  The band became commercially successful, but Gregg emerged as the breakout star, especially with his marriage to Cher, which exposed him to a different audience than he would have normally received.  Allman would also strike out on his own and put out a respected discography and had a reputation for being one of the great live performers in music history.We here at Notinhalloffame.com extend our condolences to the friends and family of Gregg Allman at this time.

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Our Fictitious Rock & Roll HOF has announced the Semi-Finalists

It is another big day for us at Notinhalloffame.com!Last December, The Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it’s second full class as voted by a one year long vote by the public.That class comprised Gorillaz and Tenacious D who joined the inaugural (and controversial) inductees of Spinal Tap, The Blues Brothers and The Monkees.Like in previous years, the opening round began with over 500 Fictional Musicians which has been reduced to 40 Fictional Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Semi-Finalists.The 40 Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall Semi-Finalists are: Aldous Snow (Get Him to the Greek)Alice Bowie (Cheech & Chong)Alvin & the Chipmunks (Alvin & the Chipmunks)Archies, The (The Archies)Autobahn (The Big Lebowski)B-Sharps, The (The Simpsons)Banana Splits (The Banana Splits)Bleeding Gums Murphy (The Simpsons)Brady Bunch Kids, The (The Brady Bunch)Buckaroo Banzai & the Honk Kong Cavaliers (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)Bugaloos, The (The Bugaloos)CB4 (CB4)Commitments, The (The Commitments)Dethklok (Metapcolypse)Dewey Cox (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story)Dingoes Ate My Baby (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem (The Muppets)Eddie and the Cruisers (Eddie and the Cruisers)Figran’ Dan and the Modal Nodes (Star Wars)Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)Jem and the Holograms (Jem and the Holograms)Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)Josie & the Pussycats (The Archies & Josie & The Pussycats)Junkyard Band, The (Fat Albert)Marvin Berry & the Starlighters (Back to the Future)Michigan J. Frog (Warner Brothers)Niggaz With Hats (Fear of a Black Hat)Otis Day & The Knights (Animal House)Partridge Family, The (The Partridge Family)Ricky Ricardo (I Love Lucy)Rowlf the Dog (The Muppets)Rutles, The (The Rutles)School of Rock, The (The School of Rock)Sex Bob-Omb (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World)Soggy Bottom Boys, The (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld (Sou

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RIP: Cortez Kennedy

It is a very sad day for the National Football League and specifically the Seattle Seahawks.Former Defensive Tackle Cortez Kennedy passed away today at the age of 48.  There is no cause of death listed at this time.A ferocious run-stopper, Kennedy was the third overall pick out of the University of Miami.  In a professional career that was spent entirely with the Seattle Seahawks, Kennedy was a seven time Pro Bowl Selection and a three time First Team All Pro, his best season coming in 1992 where he was named the Defensive Player of the Year.  He would record 58 career Sacks.Kennedy was inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor and would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Cortez Kennedy at this time.

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Raymond Clayborn to the New England Patriots HOF

As the result of a fan vote, Raymond Clayborn has been selected for the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.The former Cornerback enters the Hall on his fourth year on the ballot.Drafted 16th overall out of the University of Texas, Clayborn was used primarily as a Kick Returner in his rookie year and by his sophomore campaign was a starter, and would be for eleven more seasons in New England.  Clayborn was not just a starter but was a three time Pro Bowl Selection, and a major part of the defensive corps that took the Patriots to a Super Bowl appearance in ’86.  Overall in his career in New England he recorded 36 Interceptions.He beat out Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel for the honor.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Raymond Clayborn for achieving this accolade.

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Calvin Johnson thinks T.O. is a Hall of Famer

Let’s add Calvin Johnson to those who are championing Terrell Owens for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, “Megatron” had the following to say:”Hands down. You can’t name 10 receivers [better]. You got to at least name T.O. probably in there at some point.If he was a humble guy — I’m not saying he’s not a humble guy, but if he didn’t have all the craziness in the media — maybe he’d be a first ballot, I don’t know. I’m not a voter, I don’t know. But I just assume that maybe that played into it. …[Owens is] one of the greatest receivers to play. All of us growing up, if you’re a professional player or a college player, you’re molding your game after guys. You see guys, you see things guys do. Like Randy Moss, I’m a Randy Moss guy. T.O., he’s a bruiser. You take different things from different guys.”Owens has been a Finalist the last two years and has been very vocal about his perceived snub.  As for Johnson he will be Hall of Fame eligible in 2021.