The National Soccer Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for their next class which consists of 46 Players, 14 Veterans and 8 Builders. To qualify in the Player’s Category a player has to meet the following criteria: Have been retired for at least three years but no more than ten. Have played 20 full International Games and/or played five seasons in a U.S. First Division League and was a champion or a league All Star. The nominated players are: David Beckham: Easily one of the most popular soccer players of all time, David Beckham came from England to the Los Angeles Galaxy where over six years he helped them win the MLS Cup in 2011 and 2012. He certainly sold a lot of tickets just by suiting up for the Galaxy. Gregg Berhalter: Berhalter played his club career primarily in Europe and he would finish off his pro career with three years in MLS with the L.A. Galaxy. He would play in 44 Games with the United States which was punctuated by his participation in the 2002 World Cup. Carlos Bocanegra: Bocanegra played six of his pro seasons in Major League Soccer where he was named the Rookie of the Year and was a two time MLS Defender of the Year where he was also named to MLS Best XI roster. Internationally he was a fixture for Team U.S.A. with who he played for 110 times and was a member of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup teams. He was also on the 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup winning team. Shannon Boxx: Boxx played in the WUSA, WPSL and the NWSL and played for the United States in four World Cups, including the championship team of 2015. She also played on the 2004, 2008 and the 2012 Women’s Olympic Team. Leigh Ann Robinson Brown: Brown won back-to-back championships in the WPSL with Kansas City in 2014 and 2015. She played two games for the Women’s National Team. Edson Buddle: Buddle played 14 years in MLS where he would help the Galaxy win
The WWE Hall of Fame has announced that this year’s recipient of the Warrior Award is Sue Aitchison, a thirty plus year employee of the WWE who is currently serving as the Senior Director of Talent Relations. This has received positive reviews from wrestling fans as the Warrior Award was allegedly conceived as a way to honor longtime behind the scenes employees of the WWE of which Aitchison certainly is. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Sue Aitchison for earning this honor.
The Country Music Hall of Fame has announced three new members into their establishment with Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens and Jerry Stevens being named as the Class of 2019. Formed in 1991, the duo of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn would become of the most successful country music acts of the last 25 years. They released 11 albums and had 50 songs reach the Billboard Country Chart, with 20 of them going number one. They enter as the Modern Era Artist category. Ray Stevens is this year’s Veterans Era category inductee. Stevens has a long history in music with country hits and crossover pop/comedy hits. Jerry Stevens enters in the non-performer category. He was a longtime producer of the famed Bradley family. The Country Music Hall of Fame was established in 1961 and is located in Nashville Tennessee. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Just as we finished writing about the retirement of Max Unger we have another major retirement in the world of Professional Football to discuss. In an epic Instagram post where he was atop Mount Kilimanjaro Haloti Ngata held up a banner stating “I’m retiring from the NFL on top” thus ending a 13 year career. Ngata was drafted in the 12thOverall in 2006 where the former Oregon Duck proved to be a perfect fit for the Baltimore Ravens Defense. Ngata would become a starter immediately and from 2009 to 2013 he was a Pro Bowl Selection and in 2010 and 2011 he was a First Team All Pro. Ngata would help the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII where he would record 10 Tackles in the game. He would be traded to the Detroit Lions where he would play for three years and he finished off with a final season in Philadelphia. Ngata had a very good career and should he be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he will be eligible in 2024. We here at Notinhalloffame.com wish Haloti Ngata the best in his post playing endeavors.
As we are working on revamping our Pro Football Futures, we have a new retirement to add to the list as New Orleans Saints Center, Max Unger has abruptly retired from the game. Selected by the Seattle Seahawks as a second round pick out of the University of Oregon, Unger was a starter as a rookie and in his fourth season he was named a First Team All Pro and was named to his first of two straight Pro Bowls. In that second Pro Bowl year, Unger played on Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII Championship Team. He would be traded to the New Orleans Saints after the 2014 season where he was a Pro Bowl Selection in 2018, which is now his final year in Pro Football. We here at Notinhalloffame.com wish Max Unger the best in his post playing endeavors.
It is a very sad day in the world of rock and roll as Dick Dale, “The King of the Surf Guitar” passed away at the age of 81. Born Richard Anthony Monsour, Dale was a very influential figure in music. He drew from Middle Eastern influences and with those non-Western scales and use of reverberation he created a guitar style that matched his love of surfing. In 1961, he had his first hit with “Let’s Go Trippin”, a song that is credited ushering in the Surf Music craze and shortly after his most signature song, “Misirlou” was released. Dale was huge in California and would reach a national level and a Dale concert was a must go for a time. The British Invasion and changing musical trends took him out of the public eye as did a long bout with rectal cancer but he would continue to tour until shortly before his death. We have him ranked at #13 of those to consider for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Dick Dale at this time.
What we here at Notinhalloffame.com consider December to April the “Hall of Fame Season” and part of that are the staggered announcements for the UFC Hall of Fame. The first announcement came last night as Michael Bisping who will enter as the Modern Era inductee and is the first member of the Class of 2019. Making his Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2004, he would win Ultimate Fighter 3 two years later as a Welterweight. Bisping would eventually move up to Middleweight and would be a top contender for years, though he always seemed to be one fight away from challenging for the UFC Middleweight Title. High profile losses to Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold were offset by big wins over Jason Miller, Cung Le, Thales Leites and Anderson Silva but the title seemed to elude him until UFC 199. On that night, he took a fight on short notice against Luke Rockhold to avenge his previous defeat and win the Middleweight Championship. He followed that up with a successful title defense against Dan Henderson, who beat him at UFC 100. He would lose the title to the legendary Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 and retired shortly after one more loss. Historically speaking, Bisping is the first (and only) British fighter to win a championship in the UFC and he is without question the greatest British fighter ever. His 16 wins as a Middleweight is a UFC record and four times he would win “Fight of the Night”. Bisping retired with a record of 30 Wins and 9 Losses. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Michael Bisping for earning this honor.
It took them a while but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the full lineup of inductors for their ceremony on March 29. The inductors are: Harry Styles will induct Stevie Nicks Brian May will induct Def Leppard Trent Reznor will induct the Cure. Janelle Monae will induct Janet Jackson. David Byrne will induct Radiohead. Susanna Hoffs will induct the Zombies John Taylor and Simon LeBon will induct Roxy Music. The selection of Reznor is curious considering how Reznor recently trashed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thom Yorke of Radiohead had already previously announced that he won’t be there due to a piano piece he wrote debuting at the Paris Philharmonic the same evening. As of this time the list of performances has not been announced, but we here at Notinhalloffame.com will be paying attention!
Yes, we know that this is taking a while! As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Arizona Diamondbacks who won the World Series in 2001. As for all of our top 50 players in basketball we look at the following: Advanced Statistics. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the American League. Playoff accomplishments. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet. Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories. This list is updated up until the end of the 2017-18 Season. The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are: Randy Johnson Paul Goldschmidt Brandon Webb Curt Schilling Luis Gonzalez We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists. Look for the Top 50 Chicago Blackhawks next. As always we thank you for your support.
We consider this one a bit of a surprise. As we inch closer to Wrestlemania it also means that the WWE Hall of Fame is drawing closer. New inductees were announced today and in what has to be a mild shock, it is former WCW World Tag Team Champions, Harlem Heat. Booker T (Booker Huffman) & Stevie Ray (Lash Huffman) are half-brothers from Houston, Texas and they first gained exposure competing as the “Ebony Experience” in the Global Wrestling Federation where they would win their tag team titles three times. The duo would be brought into WCW at the request of Sid Vicious who they would team up with (along with Vader) at the 1993 Fall Brawl. They would lose the match but a year later (with Sherri Martel as their manager) would win the WCW World Tag Team Championship on WCW Saturday Night in early 1995 by defeating the team of Stars and Stripes (The Patriot & Marcus Alexander Bagwell). They would lose their belts to the Nasty Boys at Slamboree 1995, though they actually regained it on WCW Worldwide BEFORE they lost it due to the pattern of WCW tapings. Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck won the belts in July and they would lose them back to Harlem Heat at Fall Brawl. The reign lasted one day as they were beat by the American Males (Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Stevie Ray) though a week later they won it back. With all due respect to their opposition in 1995, 1996 would see an uptake in their competition. On the January 22 Nitro they would lose to Sting and Lex Luger who would hold the belts for six months before losing them back to Harlem Heat in June. Their fifth reign would last only a month as they were beaten by the returning Steiner Brothers but three days later they won their belts back. This reign lasted two months until they were beaten by The Public Enemy who held it for one week before dropping it back to Harlem Heat but they would lose to the NOW team of Kevin Nash an