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Michael Jordan says Steph Curry isn't a Hall of Famer yet?

We initially were not going to comment on this but based on the buzz it is generating, and the fact that we are Notinhalloffame.com, we have decided to give our pair of pennies. In an interview with Today on NBC’s Today on why Steph Curry would not be on his dream five-man pick-up team. His answer was: “He’s still a great player…Not a Hall of Famer yet, though.  He’s not.” Keep in mind this was said in a playful tone, so we have no idea whether this was done with a wink, and whether he actually meant it.  We have to believe that he didn’t and was just playing, or perhaps if he did, it is not by his “hall of fame standard”. If he does mean it, he is in the minority, as he is a two-time MVP and three-time NBA Champion with six All-Stars and a scoring title.   As for our opinion, in our new section that ranks active basketball players based on their existing Hall of Fame resume, we have Curry ranked #5, and feel that he is already a Hall of Fame lock. Either way, it generated a few comments in the 24-hour news cycle of sports and will be forgotten tomorrow.   Until Curry brings it up in his Hall of Fame speech.  

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RIP: Willie Brown

It was reported today that Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Willie Brown, passed away at 78.  As of this writing, the cause of death is unknown. Playing his college ball at Grambling, Brown was undrafted in 1963 and would try out for the Houston Oilers of the AFL.  He didn’t make the team, but would with the Denver Broncos, where he would become a starting Cornerback as a rookie.  Brown would go to two AFL All-Star Games with Denver, but he was traded to the Oakland Raiders before the 1967 Season. In the next seven seasons, Brown was an AFL All-Star/Pro Bowl Selection and would be named a First Team All-Pro four times.  Brown would help the Raiders win Super Bowl XI and would record what was then the longest Interception Return Touchdown (at the time) for 75 Yards in the win.  He would retire in 1978 with 54 career Interceptions. After his playing career ended, he would become the Raiders Defensive Backs Coach, a role where he won two more Super Bowls (XV & XVIII). Brown served on the Administrative Staff of the Raiders since 1995, a position he held until his death.  He would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Willie Brown at this time.  

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CC Sabathia's career is officially over

With the Yankees post-season now officially over, the career of CC Sabathia is now officially over. Arguably, it ended three days before in Game 4, when he had to leave the game when his knee buckled and his shoulder appeared to give out.  He limped off the field and was replaced on the post-season roster.  This was not the way that he wanted to go out, but that is often the case for the great ones. From Vallejo, California, Sabathia made his debut in 2001 with the Cleveland Indians and he would go 17 and 5 and finish behind Ichiro Suzuki for the American League Rookie of the Year.  The southpaw would later go to the All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004 and in 2007, where he would ho to his third All-Star Game, he would have his best season to date.  That year, he would go 19-7 with 209 Strikeouts and lead the AL in Innings Pitched (241.0) and SO/BB (5.65).  Sabathia would also win the Cy Young in that campaign.   2008 would see him traded to the Milwaukee Brewers midway through the season.  Sabathia was an impending Free Agent, and Cleveland was not performing well.  He would finish off the season in the National League by going 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA and help the Brewers make the playoffs.  Despite only having 17 Starts, he would finish fifth in Cy Young voting. Sabathia would sign with the New York Yankees for the 2009 Season, and this will would be the third and final team he would play for.  That year, Sabathia would help the Bronx Bombers win the World Series and he would win the American League Championship Series MVP.  That year, he would lead the AL in Wins (19) and finished third in Cy Young Voting.   The Pitcher would then go on a three-year run of All-Star Game selections and in 2010, he would again lead the AL in Wins with 21, a career-high.  He would also notably finish third and fourth in Cy Young voting in 2010 and 2011 respectively. S

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The New England Patriots HOF open their new exhibit: Yes, It's Still A Dynasty

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive. As such, it is news to us that the New England Patriots Hall of Fame have announced the opening of a new exhibit called “Yes, It’s Still A Dynasty”. Obviously, you would have to be a really good team for the past decades to have an exhibit with that title and arguably only the New England Patriots can pull that off! The new section will focus on events of the last 20 years, which as NFL fans know would see New England win six Super Bowls, nine AFC Conference Championships and 16 AFC East Titles.  The last time the Patriots did not win their division was in 2002, and they are strongly favored to win it again this year.  The Patriots Hall of Fame Executive Director, Bryan Morry, stated that it seemed to fit as this is “Bill Belichick’s and Tom Brady’s 20thseason with the team.” Some of the showcases announced will be: Tom Brady’s game worn jersey when he threw his 50thTouchdown of the 2007 season. Rob Gronkowski’s game worn jersey in his last home game; their 2018 playoff win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Willie McGinest’s cleats that he wore during Super Bowl XXXIX. Vince Wilfork’s gloves when he made his first career interception against the Chargers in 2011. Ty Law’s cleats worn during New England’s Super Bowl XXXVIII win. Troy Brown’s 2002 game worn Pro Bowl Jersey. Julian Edelman’s game worn jersey when he caught 10 passes for 100 Yards in New England’s 2015 Playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the New England Patriots Hall of Fame for their continued growth and dedication to their history.

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New Section up: We rank the top 50 Active Players in the NBA and their Hall of Fame Credentials

We here at Notinhalloffame.com are always looking to add new sections to our website.  Last month, we uploaded our top 100 active NFL players and how their Hall of Fame resumes stack up.   We are doing the exact same thing with the NBA. As opposed to 100 like we did in Football, we are going with only 50 in Basketball.   We liked the idea that we used in Football with a modern “Modern Positional Average”, so we are doing something similar here.  With advanced analytics, we decided that we don’t have to isolate based on position so they are all on one list. Inspired by Jay Jaffe’s JAWS statistic that looks at the best seven-year stretch of a baseball player according to bWAR, we are doing the same with current basketball players.  Specifically, we compiled the average PER, Win Shares and VORP for each of the past Hall of Famers based on their best seven-year period.  The additional thinking behind this is that in Basketball, there is an additional focus on periods of greatness as opposed to sports like Baseball, where compiling statistics is more glorified. To keep everything modern, the average we used is the last 14 inductees, but only the ones who were Modern Era Inductees.  This excludes Direct-Elect Candidates (contributors, Early African-American Pioneers, International and Veterans).  The only exception is Vlade Divac, who was chosen via the International Committee, but has a healthy NBA career to draw upon. As of this writing, the 14 players from the last four induction classes who we are using for the composite averages are: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Vlade Divac, Bobby Jones, Grant Hill, Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Sidney Moncrief, Steve Nash, Shaquille O’Neal, Jack Sikma and Paul Westphal.  While we are not looking at traditional statistics, we are averaging out All-Star Games and All-NBA Selections.  With the latter, we are looking at thi

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Our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Announces the Finalists for the 2019 Class

We love this day! One of our pet projects, The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame is announcing the Finalists for the Class of 2019. This will be the 6thfull class, and it is all based on your online votes. As in past years, we have a Preliminary Group, which is pared down to Semi-Finalists. After four months of your voting, here are the results: The Fictitious Athlete Finalistsare: Al Bundy:Married With Children (Football star at Polk High in Chicago, IL).  Every year that we have been doing this, Al Bundy had reached the Finals.  In two occasions, he finished fourth in voting, just missing out on induction. Will this be the year for the down on his luck shoe salesman? Al Czervik: Caddyshack (Amateur golfer who challenged the status quo at Bushwood Country Club).  After many years as a semi-finalist, the less than posh (but very rich) amateur golfer makes his debut as a finalist.  He could join Carl Spackler, the Bushwood groundskeeper as a Caddyshack inductee.  “All The Way” Mae Mordabito: A League of Their Own (Centerfielder for the Rockford Peaches).  Arguably the best comedic performance that Madonna ever had, “All The Way” Mae could join teammate, Dottie Hinson, who got in last year, Amanda Whirtlitzer: Bad News Bears: (Female Little League Pitcher for the Bears).  From the original film, Whurlitzer’s arrival to the team changed the fortunes of the Bears.  This is the first time that she has been a Finalist. Billy Chapel: For Love of the Game (Aging Starting Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers).  Should Chapel get in, this will be the second induction for a baseball player portrayed by Kevin Costner.  The first was as Crash Davis in Bull Durham. Chazz Michael Michaels: Blades of Glory (Champion Singles and Pairs Figure Skater).  If it always seems that there is a Will Ferrell character as a Finalist, it is because there always is.  This is the o

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces their 2020 Finalists

We have what we like to consider a distinct “Holiday Season” at Notinhalloffame.com.  Today is the start, our “Thanksgiving” of sorts, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made their announcement as to their Finalists for the Class of 2020. This is the first year that the Rock Hall is under new guidance (sort of) as Jann Wenner, the co-founder of the institution is set to step down officially on January 1.  The new Chairman, John Sykes, has been doing the press junket, and this will be the first induction under his watch; although the induction process won’t be.   Let’s get right to the Nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2020: Pat Benatar:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame claims it wants more women, and Pat Benatar was the queen of early 80s Rock and Roll.  This is her first nomination and she has been eligible since 2004.  Ranked #44 on Notinhalloffame.com. The Dave Matthews Band:  The Dave Matthews Band is one of the most successful touring bands ever and this is their first nomination.  They were first eligible last year.  Ranked #77 on Notinhalloffame.com. Depeche Mode:  Depeche Mode is nominated for the third time and the first since 2018. Last year’s selection of The Cure bodes well for Depeche Mode and should they get in, look for groups like New Order and The Smiths to follow.  Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com. The Doobie Brothers:  A Classic Rock staple, The Doobie Brothers have finally garnered their first nomination since being eligible in 1997.  Ranked #25 on Notinhalloffame.com. Judas Priest:  The metal band from England are nominated for the second time, the first coming in 2018.  Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com. Kraftwerk:  In terms of influence, nobody deserves it more than Kraftwerk, who is nominated for the sixth time.  Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com. MC5: &nb

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David Freese Retires

Days after Brian McCann announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, we have another former World Series Champion who has announced that he is hanging up the cleats. David Freese announced on Twitter today that he will be retiring from Baseball after an 11-year career.   Freese was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2006 and was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, the team he would debut for in 2008.  The Third Basemen will always be remembered for his 2011 post-season, where he won the NLCS and the World Series MVP and collected a record 21 RBIs.  He would make the All-Star team the following season. He would be traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after the 2013 season and would later sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a Free Agent in 2016.  Freese was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers before 2018 and he appeared in their playoff run this year. He retires with 1,041 Hits, 113 Home Runs and a Slash Line of .277/.351/.427.  He is 36 years old. Freese likely will not be chosen for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but he will be eligible in 2025.  Anyone, who won the World Series MVP is someone who we want to see on the ballot. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank David Freese for all his excellent career and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.

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The AHL announces their 2020 Hall of Fame Class

The American Hockey League Hall of Fame announced the four new members of their Hall of Fame, which will comprise the Class of 2020. The new members are: Robbie Ftorek:  Ftorek debuted on the pro level with the Virginia Wings where he played two years (1972-73 & 1973-74) and scored 125 Points.  Late in his career, he played 18 Games for the New Haven Nighthawks for 18 Games, but would take over as their Head Coach for three years. Je would later lead the Albany River Rats to a Calder Cup win in 1995.  Ftorek is 11thall-time in wins by a coach in the AHL with 354 and he is a two-time AHL Coach of the Year.  He is also a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Denis Hamel:  Hamel played 850 Games in the AHL over a 12-year period and would score 651 Points.  The native of Quebec played for the Rochester Americans, Binghamton Senators and Adirondack Phantoms over his career and in 2005-06, he would lead the AHL in Goals with 56.  His 338 AHL Goals is 11thall-time. Darren Haydar:  Haydar is one of the most successful players in AHL history, having played in 780 Games and scoring 788 Points.  The forward would win two AHL Championships (one with the Milwaukee Admirals and one with the Chicago Wolves) and he was the AHL MVP and leading scorer in 2006-07, when he was with Chicago.  He is currently the all-time leading scorer for both Milwaukee and Chicago and also for the AHL post-season. Fred Thurier:  Thurier was the AHL scoring champion in 1940-41 when he was with the Springfield Indians, and he would also be a First Team AHL All-Star.  Following World War II, Thurier played for the Cleveland Barons and would lead them to two Calder Cup Championships. The American Hockey League was formed in 1936.  This group comprises the 15thHall of Fame Class.   We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the attest memb

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Brian McCann Retires

In the aftermath of the Atlanta Braves 13-1 loss and elimination in Game 5 of the National League Division Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, Braves Catcher, Brian McCann has announced that he is retiring after 15 seasons in the Majors. McCann was drafted by Atlanta in the 2nd Round of the 2002 Amateur Draft and he would crack the Braves roster in 2005.  He would be named the everyday Catcher going into the 2006 season and over the next six years he was considered one of the top catchers in the National League. McCann would begin a six-year run of All-Star Selections, and he would establish himself as the most consistent power-hitting Catchers.  From 2006 to 2017, he never had a season where he wasn’t between 18 and 26 Home Runs.  His power would earn him seven Silver Sluggers, six of which were consecutive from 2006 to 2011.  He would sign with the New York Yankees for the 2014 season and would be there for three years and collected his seventh Silver Slugger there.  McCann would then play for the Houston Astros for two years, and he would win the World Series with them in 2017.  He returned home to Atlanta this year, in what we now know in his final year in the game. He retires with 1,590 Hits, 282 Home Runs, 1,018 RBIs and a Slash Line of .275/.348/.469.  He is 32ndall-time among Catchers in bWAR with 31.8. McCann will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2025.  His numbers are more than good enough to get him on the ballot but overall metrics will make it hard for him to move past the first year of eligibility.  We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Brian McCann for the memories he created on the field and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.