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Donovan Mcnabb: Hall of Fame worthy?

June 13th, 2013 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on Donovan Mcnabb: Hall of Fame worthy? | Filed in Football, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
Is he Hall of Fame worthy?

Is he Hall of Fame worthy?

Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb has been generating a little bit of press in the past couple of months by officially retiring from the NFL, and making comments about Robert Griffin III’s off-season antics. It has been quite some time since McNabb’s name has even been relevant since his last games back in 2011. I posted a few questions about him on my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and it the resulting comments were not very surprising. During his tenure in Philadelphia, there was a pretty evident split of fans that supported him, and those that did not. In 2013, that split seems to have tilted ever so slightly in the direction of praise. However, the negative is still prevalent. Regardless of individual stance, I received some pretty good feedback on the views of many Philadelphia sports fans.

When a professional athlete retires, one of the first questions we, as fans, ask if whether or not said person is hall of fame worthy. Well? Is he? Don’t grill me for my answer, but yes. He is hall of fame worthy for many reasons. However, there are many other reasons why he will not be inducted (at least not anytime soon).

One could say that McNabb has had a great career. He’s had 6 pro bowl selections, an NFC player of the year award, and NFC championship title, and more division titles than we can count. However, any Eagles fan will tell you that the absence of a Super Bowl Championship has a profound effect on his legacy. After all, when you play for a team with no titles, the QB that brings them the first one will be remembered forever. He brought the Eagles closer than any QB that preceded him, but his failure in completing the task is what I believe brought about the split in McNabb favor and disdain. It’s bittersweet, but should his failure be put on him so much that he isn’t hall of fame worthy? They guy did play with the likes of Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, and Freddie Mitchell as his WRs, and still managed to become a successful quarterback. We all saw what happened when you put a talented receiver around him (albeit a headcase), so what was stopping management from going out and getting another? We may never know. Not only that, but there were other stars on the team as well, including Brian Westbrook and Brain Dawkins.

While they were great at what they did, whose to say an early fumble or a missed tackle didn’t help contribute to a critical loss? Are they any more close to becoming hall of fame worthy than McNabb is? If the answer is yes, then the bias of being QB has gotten a bit out of hand. Yes, as a QB you are supposed to lead your team to victory. However I am going to throw you a bit of a curveball (or maybe a slider…nothing like a good slider on an 0-2 count). Remember the Baltimore Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in 2001? Who was the leader of that team? Do you remember the name of the QB? What about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003? If you look back at the teams you’ll see that leaders can come from BOTH sides of the ball. Isn’t the LB more times than not the leader on defense? Well…why is Jeremiah Trotter’s name never brought up? I am in no way saying that it’s his fault. However it does give one something to ponder.

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No One Inducted to the Hall of Fame for 2013

January 9th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on No One Inducted to the Hall of Fame for 2013 | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected zero candidates into the Hall of Fame.  There were 37 candidates on the ballot this winter, and not one of them will be a 2013 inductee. I have to say that I think the BBWAA got it right, although personally, I would have elected Fred McGriff.  It’s hard for me to believe that the Crime Dog will be 50 this year; it doesn’t seem like 20 years ago that he took over at first base in Atlanta.  (Incidentally, it’s also strange for me to see Ryan Klesko on the ballot, because I remember his first game in left field for the Braves when he was 21.  I suppose the bottom line here is that I’m just old.) McGriff’s numbers over his 1986-2004 career are certainly Hall of Fame worthy – he hit a career .284 with 493 home runs.  Aside from his statistics, though, Fred McGriff should be recognized for the way he played and the context in which he played.  McGriff was a slugger during an era when power hitters broke records by way of needle injections.  In fact, I find it somewhat insulting to McGriff that his name is mixed with those of cheaters (looking at you, Piazza, Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire …).

The argument can be made that those who used steroids during their careers should not be included on the Hall of Fame ballot.  I’ve heard many people cite the unfairness that Pete Rose is disqualified due to gambling, but PED users are not.   The thing we need to remember, though, is that Rose gambled while it was explicitly forbidden.  The PEDs that were used in the late 1990s and early 2000s were not illegal in MLB at the time.  As much as I hate that steroid users from that time are permitted on the Hall of Fame ballot, I understand that it wouldn’t be fair to exclude them on the basis of syringe usage. (As a side note, I’d like to see Pete Rose’s ban lifted.)

That being said, I’d submit that the Hall of Fame election is a solidly constructed selection process.  Unlike for the All-Star Game, which has developed into a bit of a joke, Hall of Fame ballots cannot be completed by random baseball nerds and other morons.  It’s not the Gold Glove awards, either, where there’s a winner for each position (ahem … even outfielders in 2005).  What I like most about the Hall of Fame induction process is that a candidate cannot be selected by statistics or popularity alone.  Votes are not given; they are earned.  I’m able to put a quarter in my Faith in Humanity Restoration fund today, knowing that the BBWAA made a sound decision.  Cooperstown should not be tainted by the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.  I like the message that the Baseball Writers’ Association of America sent to players today:  An election needs to be earned, and no one did that. They’d simply rather have no one inducted this year.

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