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Baseball HOF Weekend!

I don’t know about you but there was something satisfying about this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony.Perhaps it is because the induction of Jeff Bagwell after seven years was finally was chosen, likely forced to wait for the Hall due to PED suspicion.  Maybe it is more due to Ivan Rodriguez getting in on his first ballot.  While I-Rod never tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs, Jose Canseco named him as someone who he injected personally.  Regardless of whether that is true or not, Pudge is regarded by many as the greatest Catcher of all time by many pundits and the admission of both Bagwell and Rodriguez to the Baseball Hall of Fame suggests a sway in popular opinion as to how the PED era is looked upon, which should open the door for names such as…well…you know the names.Maybe the satisfaction is that on his final year of eligibility Tim Raines got in after it looked like he may have to wait for a Veterans Committee Selection that are rarely doled out.  This year just feels right.  As expected, the speeches from this trio were emotional and focused on family and teammates.Rodriguez was particularly teary eyed when he looked at his father and exclaimed “If I’m a Hall of Famer, you’re a Hall of Famer – double.”  Pudge’s speech went back forth in Spanish and English much to the delight of the many Puerto Rican fans who made the trip.  Only Johnny Bench made the Hall in his first try as a Catcher and fittingly he was on the dais as Rodriguez was enshrined.  The very humble Jeff Bagwell also thanked his family and in typical fashion talked about how he “wanted to score for my team and for (his) other players”. There were a slew of Astros fans present to welcome Bagwell to the Hall to join his teammate, Craig Biggio.  Bagwell is sixth overall in JAWS amongst all First Basemen.The long awaited induction of Tim Raines saw busloads of fans from Canada who are likely witnessing the last player to go in as a Mon

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Nebraska names its Football HOF Class of 2017

The University of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame has announced four former players to their institution.The new class consists of:Donnie McGhee: Playing on the Offensive Line from 1968 to 1970, McGhee was a one time First Team Big Eight Selection. Randy Theiss:  Another Offensive Lineman, Theiss played for the Sooners from 1980 to 1982.  He would be named a Third Team All-American in ’82 and was also named a First Team Big Eight Selection that year.Chad Kelsay:  A member of two National Championship Teams (1995 & 1997), Kelsay was a powerful Defensive End who was a one time Second Team Big Twelve Selection.Zac Taylor:  A Quarterback for Nebraska in 2005 & 2006, Taylor was named a First Team Big 12 Selection in his final year as a Cornhusker.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest Hall of Fame Class from the University of Nebraska football team.

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Phil Ivey to the Poker HOF

The Poker Hall of Fame doesn’t waste much time.Less than a week after announcing their 2017 Finalists the institution officially selected Phil Ivey and David “Devilfish” Ulliott into their Hall of Fame.  The induction of Ivey is especially impressive as he just turned 40, the minimum to be selected.  The 10 time WSOP Bracelet winner becomes the youngest member of the Hall.The induction of Ulliott is posthumous as “Devilfish” passed away in 2015 from cancer.  The Englishman helped spread the game in the United Kingdom.Ivey and Ulliott become members 53 and 54 of the Poker Hall of Fame.

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The Poker Hall of Fame announces their 2017 Finalists

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.

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Fred Taylor believes he is being snubbed

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. 

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Do we place Chris Bosh in our 2021 Futures?

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. 

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All of the PFHOF Inductors have been announced

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.

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David Beckham to the Paris Saint Germain HOF

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.

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Kurt Warner's wife to induct him into the PFHOF

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.

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The Hockey Hall of Fame names its 2017 Class

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