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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Hall of Fame Inductees Announced - Carter Snubbed

I could be slightly biased with my feelings here. So I am going to attempt to go with the facts. Instead of vomiting out the rant I initially felt in reaction to Cris Carter not being inducted tot he Hall of Fame this year.

Chris Carter facts

Receptions

  • 2nd all time in receiving yards (13,899) -Trails Jerry Rice
  • 2nd all time in career receptions (1,101) -Trails Jerry Rice
  • T-3rd all time in seasons with 50+ receptions (11) -Trails Jerry Rice and Andre Reed
  • T-3rd all time in receptions in a season(122 twice '94 & '95) -Trails Marvin Harrison and Herman Moore
  • T-4th all time in Season with 1,000+ Yards Receiving(8) -Trails Jerry Rice, Tim Brown and Jimmy Smith
Touchdowns
  • T-3rd all time in most seasons leading league in TD(3) - Trails Don Hutson and Jerry Rice
  • 2nd all time most TD in a career(130) - Trails Jerry Rice
  • T-4th all time Most TD in a season(17) - Trails Jerry Rice, Mark Clayton, and Sterling Sharpe
Not only are there very few guys who have surpassed him in any one category, Jerry Rice is the only player to surpass him consistently across the board. Jerry Rice is the one player who it is readily agreed is the best player at his position. Almost every other best at argument will draw a laundry list of names. Not WR, so the simple fact he is consistently above or near the performance of the greatest of all time warrants a first ballot Hall of Fame selection.

As I sit here pondering why it is that he wasn't selected. I can't help but think of the words of another player who was inducted this year. Redskins corner Darell Green was asked by Scot Van Pelt on the Mike Tirico show "why is Riggins the only Redskin from those three championship teams to make it to the Hall of Fame". With out much conviction he said the only thing he could come up wit was that they had no sizzle, they were just guys who came in and did their jobs.

Like I said he didn't seem to have much conviction, it was more of a default because he couldn't explain it. I think after seeing Cris Carter snubbed there may just be something to this. Carter really had no off the field issues once he left Philadelphia. I mean what exactly would it have taken, would he have had to actually surpass Jerry Rice. Maybe they just don't put receivers into the hall on the first ballot. Maybe they feel like it is the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame and because receivers don't touch the ball as often as a QB or RB they aren't worth as much.

Don't worry I got you covered I looked it up. Here are your First Ballot Hall of Famers. There are plenty of them but in the interest of apples to apples here are the Wide Receivers

I was cruising along researching this and I was willing to accept that maybe some of the guys on this list are better thanI know as they were before my time. But seriously. Steve Largent!? Are you kidding me, I like Largent, I loved his tough style and his gritty play. But I challenge anyone out there to lay down a convincing argument for why Steve Largent should be a first ballot Hall of Famer, while Cris Carter is not.

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Update: Who's Picking The Giants Feb 2nd

Ok so I have a few new additions to the list o'people picking the Giants to win the Superbowl, the closer we get it seems the more predictions we get

Feb 1st -
Mario Williams - Houston Texans Defensive lineman on Rome is Burning
Doug (or maybe it was Ryan) Stewart - Co-Host of 2 Live Stews on First Take
Lomis Brown - ESPN Football Analyst on First Take
Michael Wilbon - Co-Host of PTI called in via Tony Kornheiser due to his recent heart surgery (Get well soon)

Jan 31st -
Tony Dorsett - Hall of Famer this morning on First Take
Jerry Rice - Greatest receiver of All Time today on Mike Tiricos Superbowl special

Jan 30th -
Bill Plaschke - LA Times Columnist today on Around the Horn

Jan 29th -
Shockingly the less interesting pick is Jon Stewart. With the more intersting pick title going to this guy errrr fella uhhh one

This Brings the list to
Mario Williams - Houston Texans Defensive lineman on Rome is Burning Doug (or maybe it was Ryan) Stewart - Co-Host of 2 Live Stews on First Take
Lomis Brown - ESPN Football Analyst on First Take
Michael Wilbon - Co-Host of PTI called in via Tony Kornheiser due to his recent heart surgery (Get well soon)
Tony Dorsett - Hall of Famer this morning on First Take
Jerry Rice - Greatest receiver of All Time today on Mike Tiricos Superbowl specialBill Plaschke - LA Times Columnist on Around the Horn
Jon Stewart - Host of The A Daily Show
The Camel - Popcorn Park Zoo
Fran Tarkenton - Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback on the Mike and Mike show.
Dr. Z - SI.com
Sean King - ESPN Analyst on First Take
Mike Weiss - Forum Guest on Jim Rome is Burning

I'll keep updating this as the week progresses.

Did I miss anyone who picked the Giants

Who do you think will win the Big game








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Will the Patriots Keep Themselves From 19-0

Let the Jinx talk begin. The Patriots who have all year long been telling people "we are only worried about this game", "we're preparing for (insert this weeks beat down recipient here), they are the toughest opponent we have faced all season", and my favorite gem " We are on our 16th(17th, 18th... who can even keep track anymore) one game win streak"

After all this talk and humility, it turns out the Patriots might have been thinking a little farther ahead than they let on. A few weeks ago before they even took the field against the San Diego Chargers in an attempt to reach 18-0. The Patriots paid a visit to the Patent office. They applied for a patent on the phrases "19-0" and “19-0 The Perfect Season.”

Tell me again how your not looking ahead. Tell me again how the perfect season isn't on your minds. Because I have to be honest, I bought it the first time. I am not even a patriots fan and I was drinking the Kool-Aid. So now that we all know the truth. We are left with one pressing question.

Will this be the jinx, that ruins it all?

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Linking up with RonDean

The Big Lead looks back at their preseason NFL predictions - it's always fun to mock people when they're wrong

So you're a little concerned that G2 is gonna make you wanna leave your chair and you'll feel all active and who would want that, here is your energy lethargy drink. Why don't you go ahead and ponder this while your throwing that down, should be right up your alley.

Here's the latest in the Rich Rodriguez vs. WVU saga - I can't figure out which I care less about and hear more about this or steroids.


Wired's tips to Tech-up the Superbowl

I knew Santana and the Mets would work it out - I just didn't know that the big draw for Santana was to get the at bats??

What exactly is the point of this article, to let us know two wrongs make everything alright


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