As been long expected it has been officially announced that the Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray & D-Von) will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.Originally forming in ECW as a collective of “half-brothers from Dudleyville”, Bubba Ray and D-Von were breakout heels and would become the dominant tag team in the Philadelphia based promotion. In 1999, the WWE came calling and unlike previous ECW stalwarts, Public Enemy, the Dudleys got over in the WWE and they became major tag team stars.The Dudleys would participate in the famed TLC Match at Wrestlemania 2000 and would become nine time Tag Team Champions there both as heels and faces and would participate in multiple main events. The duo would be released in 2005 and for a decade they would compete in various promotions, such as New Japan and TNA, and though they were not permitted to go by the Dudleys, they were still an over tandem regardless of wherever they were.They returned last year in a part nostalgia/enhancement role for a one year period.We did not have them ranked as they were active in the WWE last year and were both under 46 (though Bubba Ray is now 46), which is the age that we considered mandatory to rank a wrestler regardless of their activity. The Dudleys were in our Futures section and will be removed when we do our overhaul in the spring.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Dudleys for earning this accolade.
Tony Gonzalez will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019 and our guess (and isn’t it everyone’s?) that the former 14 time Pro Bowl Tight End will enter in his first try. While he is waiting for that accolade he has one Hall to enter first: the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.Gonzalez (who also played basketball) was drafted out of UCLA 13th overall in 1997 and in his third season he would make his first of 10 Pro Bowls and first of five First Team All Pro nods. Gonzalez had four campaigns that exceeded 1,000 Yards (unheard of for a Tight End) and actually led the NFL in Receptions in 2004. In his 12 years with Kansas City, he tallied a whopping 10,940 Yards with 76 Touchdowns.He will be honored at an Award banquet on February 24 and will be officially enshrined at Alumni Weekend this fall. Gonzalez becomes the 44th player (and 48th member overall) to enter the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
Vladimir Guerrero has announced in a news conference that he will be entering the Baseball Hall of Fame as an Angel making him the first to enter Cooperstown with a halo on the cap. Guerrero actually had a longer run with the Montreal Expos, the team for which he debuted for in 1996. As an Expo, he played for eight seasons with four All Star Game appearances with 234 Home Runs, a Slash Line of .323/.390/.588 and a bWAR of 31.8. His tenure with the Angels was only six seasons with four All Star Games, 173 Home Runs, a Slash Line of .319/.381/.546 and a bWAR 24.3.While his numbers accumulatively in Montreal exceed that of the Angels, Guerrero’s best individual years were with the Angels. In his first year with the then named Anaheim Angels, “The Impaler” was named the American League MVP. He was the second runner-up for the Award two other times.This may make fans of the Montreal Expos sad but there is solace in that there are already three donning that chapeau in Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and last year’s inductee, Tim Raines.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Angels organization for seeing one of their own in the Hall!
We mentioned that due to the abrupt alteration of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s changing of eligibility rules from five years to three years after retirement would necessitate a rapid change in our basketball list. We have done just that! Normally when we do a significant revision we take into account your votes and comments. We are not doing that this time, as we will hold off until the change after the announcement of the next class, which will be announced during the Final Four. Rather, we are just inputting those who are now eligible into the slots where we feel they belong.Here are the new entries to our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball List:1. Steve Nash. The Canadian two-time NBA MVP supplants Jason Kidd at #1 on our list. The former Point Guard went to eight All Star Games, was a three time First Team All Pro and was also a five time Assists Leader.3. Ray Allen. Allen is the all-time NBA leader in three point field goals and was a ten time All Star. Allen is also a two time NBA Champion winning a title with Boston (2008) and Miami (2013).19. Chauncey Billups. Billups was the NBA Finals MVP for the Detroit Pistons and their shocking Championship win. He was also five-time NBA All Star.42. Shawn Marion. “The Matrix” helped the Dallas Mavericks win the NBA Title in 2011 and he is also a four time All Star.54. Rashard Lewis. Lewis was a two time All Star who late in his career helped the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship.Andrei Kirilenko. From Russia, Kirilenko is a one time All Star who was once the league leader in Blocks.Jermaine O’Neal. O’Neal went to six All Star Games and was one time Second Team All-NBA Selection. He was also chosen for a pair of Third Team All-NBA squads.Antawn Jamison. Jamison is a two time All Star who also won the 6th Man of the Year.Hedo Turkoglu. From Turkey, Turkoglu was named the Most Improved Player of the Year in the 2007-08 Season.The entire list can be found here.We here at Notinhalloffame.com encourage
This is one of the days that we eagerly await annually as we now know who will comprise the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been chosen as all three received the necessary 75% of the vote from the Baseball Hall of Fame voters.Jones, who played his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, is the highest vote getter this year with 97.2% of the ballot. Jones is one of the greatest hitting Third Basemen in history accumulating 2,726 Hits with a Slash Line of .303/.401/.529. The 1999 National League MVP also belted 468 Home Runs. Vladimir Guerrero enters the Hall on his second try. The 2004 American League MVP and nine time All Star received 71.4% of the vote last season and easily cruised into the Hall this year with 92.9%.Jim Thome also enters Cooperstown on his first try. In comparison to Jones, Thome was a vagabond playing for six different Major League teams, but his power prowess had few equals. The five time All Star blasted 612 Home Runs, which ranks him seventh all-time. Thome received 89.8% of the ballotTrevor Hoffman enters the Baseball Hall of Fame on his third try and becomes the sixth Relief Pitcher to be inducted. Hoffman is second all-time in Saves and is a two time runner up to the National League Cy Young Award. Hoffman finished with 79.9% of the vote.Now let’s take a look at those who were not chosen.Edgar Martinez made another significant jump in the votes. He went from 43.4% to 58.6% and this year he went to 70.4%. This is the ninth year that the Designated Hitter was on the ballot and he is considered to be the best ever at that position. Martinez was tracking well and was projected to be inducted this year but he should be able to get in next year.Mike Mussina saw his total rise from 51.8% to 63.5%. Sabremetrically speaking, Mussina remains one of the biggest snubs on the ballot, but he has only been on the ballot for five years. This increase could see him enter Cooperstown next
The University of Pittsburgh has finally announced that they will finally be creating an athletic Hall of Fame that will honor their past athletic heroes.The University will be allowing online submissions that can be accepted until March 31. A 19 member Hall of Fame selection has also been created. While we don’t know who will be entering the Pitt Hall of Fame at this time we know two things for sure:To qualify, an athlete has to be five years removed from their last season in college and if they are in an athletic career where they could turn professional, they cannot be currently active.We also know that the inaugural class will be inducted on September 7. We guess we another thing…we will be paying attention!
Shortly the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announcing who will be inducted into Cooperstown and former Pitcher Johan Santana is on the ballot. While it is uncertain as to whether Santana will receive the necessary votes to make the Hall (or even the 5% to make the next ballot due to the plethora of names who are eligible to vote for) he will be enshrined for sure into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.The Venezuelan arrived to Minnesota via trade from the Florida Marlins on a 1999 Rule 5 draft swap for Jared Camp. It is easy to see who won this deal isn’t it? Santana made the Twins roster in 2000 and he bounced back and forth between long relief and spot starting but in 2003 he began to put it altogether and won a permanent spot in the rotation becoming one of the better hurlers in the last half of the season and he helped the team make the playoffs that year.Johan Santana had arrived and in 2004 and he would begin a four year run as the most dominating pitcher in the American League. The flamethrower would go 20-6 while leading the AL in ERA, Strikeouts, FIP, WHIP and SO/BB and would win the CY Young Award. 2005 would not be a Cy Young winning one, but he was 3rd in voting and finished first in Strikeouts, FIP, WHIP and SO/BB. He would again reclaim the Cy Young in 2006 while again taking the ERA, Strikeouts, FIP, WHIP and SO/BB Title. This would also see Santana finish first in Wins for the first and only time in his career. 2007 was a “down” year where he only finished 5th in Cy Young voting.Santana was traded to the New York Mets in the off-season.Johan Santana’s overall numbers with Minnesota are 93 Wins against 44 Losses with 1,381 Strikeouts with a 3.22 Earned Run Average.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Johan Santana on earning this prestigious honor.
As we slowly work on the greatest 50 players of every major franchise of the big four of North American sports we will eventually look at how each of those teams honor those who played for them in the past. As such it is newsworthy to us that the Philadelphia Flyers retired the number 88 of Eric Lindros.Lindros was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1991 and famously refused to report to the team. He sat out a year and was traded to the Flyers in a megadeal and he would immediately become the face of the franchise. A power forward in every sense of the word, Lindros’ imposing size was complimented with finesse skills. In the 1994-95 strike shortened season, Lindros was named the Hart Trophy winner while also earning First Team All Star Honors. The following season Lindros had a career high 115 Points and was named a Second Team All Star. In 1997, he led the Flyers to a Stanley Cup Final and was the playoffs leading scorer, though the team went down to defeat to the Detroit Red Wings.As big and as powerful as Lindros was, his style of play made him injury prone and more specifically he began to get concussed often. He also suffered a collapsed lung, which was followed by a team edict for him to fly back to Philadelphia (this occurred in Nashville). He didn’t, and had he done so he would have likely died in the plane.The injuries led to a public battle between Lindros and Flyers management, namely GM Bobby Clarke who questioned his star’s toughness. During the 2000-01 season, Lindros was cleared to return but refused to report and would sit out the remainder of the season. He would later be dealt to the New York Rangers but to say that the parting between the Flyers and Lindros was smooth would be an inaccurate one. Number 88 would play five more years in the NHL with New York, Toronto and the Dallas Stars before retiring.Bridges were seemingly burned but Lindros would play in the Alumni Game at the 2012 Winter Classic at the request of GM, Paul Holmgren
The Canadian Music Hall of Fame has announced that Barenaked Ladies will become the next members.Barenaked Ladies formed in Scarborough, Ontario in 1988 and quickly developed a cult following in the Toronto area. The group didn’t sound like anyone else as not only were they quirky they sang about topics that hadn’t been dealt with and did so in a fun way. It wasn’t long before they had a major record deal and they became national sensations with songs like “If I Had a Million Dollars” and “Be My Yoko Ono” receiving national airplay. By the late 90’s, the Ladies were not just Canadian sensations but international ones. Their single “One Week” went number one in the United States and they had other major smashes such as “It’s All Been Done” and “Pinch Me”.As their style became more sophisticated they still maintained their uniqueness and distinct style.What is very significant about this induction is that when it takes place at the Juno Awards this March it will be the first tie Steven Page, who acrimoniously left the group in 2009 will be with them.We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Barenaked Ladies for earning this prestigious honor.
It did not take long to find out who the first inductor will be for the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony this April.On the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, Jon Bon Jovi announced that Stern was his first choice:“The truth is I only had one choice….nobody knows not only me but the members of the band as well as Howard.”Bon Jovi, both the singer and the group have been longtime guests of the Show dating back to 80’s. Stern told Bon Jovi that he was “honored” and “would be thrilled to do it”.Stern should make an entertaining figure for the ceremony and we look forward to see who will also become inductors.