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Trent Reznor speaks on his Rock Hall nomination

In an interview with Steve Baltin at Forbes, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails discussed his nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Reznor had in the past been cynical about the Rock Hall, and had even trashed it, but it changed for him when he was the inductor for the Cure last year. He had this to say: “I get asked to do the Cure, induct them, and I love the Cure. And I wanted them to be inducted properly. I thought I could do a good job, went there. As I was in the audience, sitting there, it felt kind of cool in the audience.  So, I’m sitting at a table with the Radiohead guys, super nice, and I think we all kind of looked at it like, ‘This could be bullshit. As we’re there it kind of wasn’t bullshit. We’re watching Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music get inducted, who I love, and then play. And I see a whole arena full of people into it. I walk backstage cause the Cure’s gonna come up. I go out and do my thing and I’m not sure if the Cure is gonna resonate with the audience, the audience I see sitting on the floor there is mostly old industry people. Then I walk out to do the induction, it’s loud applause for them and it seems real. They come up and I can see that Robert Smith is happy and the other guys in the band are all kind of freaked out. It felt validating. I wanted to see them respected someplace I feel they deserve. It ended up being a pretty cool experience and I thought, ‘Alright, it doesn’t feel as bullshit as I kind of snarkily dismissed it as.’ I don’t have any problem admitting I’ve changed my opinion about something. Of course, it would be nice to get in. But at the same time, I can look on that ballot this year, Todd Rundgren, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk. And it’s hard for me to make an argument why I should get in before they do.  Those guys, all of them, have been incredibly integral to me even having a band.” He added that if he could have had the inductor he really wanted, it would have been David Bowie. This is Nine Inch N

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The Black College Football Hall of Fame Announces the Finalists for the 2020 Class

The Black College Hall of Fame has announced the Finalists for their Class of 2020.  Comprising of 23 Players, 2 Coaches and 1 Contributor, the Class will be announced on November 14, with the official ceremony taking place on February 22, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Player Finalists are: Joe Adams: Quarterback, Tennessee State, 1977-80:  Nicknamed “747”, Joe Adams threw for 8,653 Yards for the Tigers, a school record that he held for 34 years.  He would later play three seasons in the Canadian Football League, two with Saskatchewan and one with Ottawa. Coy Bacon: Defensive Lineman, Jackson State, 1964-67:  After a strong career at Jackson State, Bacon would go on to the NFL where he would have three Pro Bowl Selections.  He is believed to have had 130 “unofficial” Quarterback Sacks in the NFL. Dwaine Board: Defensive End, North Carolina A&T State, 1975-78:  Board did well at college and was a fifth round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He didn’t make the team, but would be signed by the San Francisco 49ers, where he played for ten years and won three Super Bowls. Ben Coates: Tight End, Livingstone College, 1987-90:  Coates set multiple receiving records at Livingstone and he would go on to have a great career with the New England Patriots.  He would be names to five Pro Bowls, two First Team All-Pros and in his final season he won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Greg Coleman: Punter, Florida A&M, 1972-75:  Coleman was s good at Florida A&M, that he would be one of the few Punters drafted. Coleman would go on to have 12 seasons in the NFL where he played with the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins. Clem Daniels: Running Back, Prairie View A&M, 1956-59:  Daniels would captain Prairie View to the NAIA Title and would later be a champion in the AFL with the Oakland Raiders and was a four-time AFL All-Sta

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Haloti Ngata to headline the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2020, which will comprise of four former NFL players. The group was pared down from 100 candidates and then to 10 Finalists. The 2020 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame consists of: David Dixon (Maori Ancestry): Born in New Zealand, Dixon would become the second player of Maori ancestry to play in the NFL.  He played collegiately at Arizona State and was drafted in the 9thRound by the New England Patriots in 1992.  He wouldn’t make the team that year, and tried out for the Minnesota Vikings, but also did not make the regular season roster. The year after, he was on the practice squad for the Dallas Cowboys.  It would change in 1994, when he made the Vikings roster, and would play there for 11 seasons.  Dixon would play on the Offensive Line, and would play 152 Games, starting 134 of them at Right Guard. Frank Manumaluega (Samoan Ancestry):  From Hawaii, Frank Manummaluega is one of the first players of Samoan ancestry to play in the National Football League.  Manumaluega played at Linebacker, and he was at Sat Jose State when he was drafted in the 4th Round in 1979 by the Kansas City Chiefs.  He would play there for three seasons, and would see action in 35 Games, starting 29 of them.  He would also play three seasons in the USFL, two years with the Oakland Invaders and one season with the Portland Breakers. Haloti Ngata (Tongan Ancestry):  Playing at the University of Oregon, Haloti Ngata would be a Consensus All-American, win the Morris Trophy and was the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.  He would be drafted by the Baltimore Ravens 12th overall and the Defensive Tackle would play in Baltimore for nine seasons.  As a Raven, Ngata would go to five Pro Bowls, secure two First Team All-Pro Selections and helped the team win Super Bowl XLVII.  He played three y

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Syracuse will retire John Wallace's number

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. Eventually, we will look at the major U.S. colleges.  As such, it is news to us that the University of Syracuse will be retiring the number 44 of former player, John Wallace. The ceremony will take place on February 29, during their home game against North Carolina. From Rochester, New York, Wallace was recruited by Syracuse, where he would play four years (1992-96).  He played Small Forward for the Orangemen, and would be named a First Team Big East Selection twice (1995 & 1996).  Wallace was also named a Second Team All-American in 1996.  That year, he took Syracuse to the NCAA Finals, but they would lose to the Kentucky Wildcats. Wallace would go on to have a seven-year career in the NBA with stops in New York, Toronto, Detroit, Phoenix and Miami. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate John Wallace for earning this honor.

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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