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    Just because Chicago has had no sunshine for more than a week, the teams in season are rebuilding or unintentionally awful, and the Cubs and White Sox are competing to see who can tick off their fans the most doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Here are four things to cheer you up on a gloomy Chicago day. 1. Dusty Baker’s toothpicks are off to Cooperstown. The Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday revealed the items donated by the champion Houston Astros for its “Autumn Glory” exhibit, a tribute to the postseason at the Cooperstown, N.Y., museum. Among the items are Justin Verlander’s spikes from Game 5, the jersey World Series MVP Jeremy Peña wore in Game 1 and a box of manager Dusty Baker’s toothpicks. No, really. Who knew Baker’s toothpicks would make it to the Hall before Barry Bonds? Baker’s jersey and wrist bands also will be on display, but the toothpicks undoubtedly be the main attraction at the new exhibit. A Hall of Fame spokesperson confirmed they are “the first toothpicks ever to enter the HOF’s collection.” Was...
    Shannon Sharpe completely lost his cool on live television after Skip Bayless compared the Hall of Famer to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. The pair were discussing the 45-year-old following the Bucs' heavy 35-7 defeat by the San Francisco 49ers Sunday on their regular Undisputed show on Monday. Bayless compared Brady playing at the age of 45 to Sharpe calling it a day when he was 10 years younger. WARNING - GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN CAPTION Unc Shannon sharpe got pissed after Skip Bayless took at shot at him while talking about Tom Brady ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/Hddec3qI9y— Shannonnn sharpes Burner (PARODY Account) (@shannonsharpeee) December 12, 2022 Shannon Sharpe completely lost his cool on live television during a debate about Tom Brady Skip Bayless compared Brady playing at age of 45 to Sharpe calling it a day when he was 35 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jets rookie Garrett Wilson blasts NFL officiating and claims... Cowboys sign a veteran wide receiver... but it's NOT Odell... 'F*** that, I'm going home': Angry Tom Brady 'left Levi's... ...
    Jerry Sloan was right on the money. The late Chicago Bulls great often kiddingly referred to Grayal Gilkey as “the mayor of Aurora.” Decades later, that assessment continues to be apropos for Gilkey, the long-since retired East Aurora teacher and coach who is 82. “Gilk,” as he’s known on both sides of town, worked basketball camps at Aurora University, then known as Aurora College, from 1972 to 1986. There, he rubbed elbows with NBA-connected staffers like Sloan, Dick Motta, Ed Badger, Doug Collins and John Paxson. Trips to a restaurant or pub downtown often followed their sessions. There, Sloan would look on in admiration as Gilkey was greeted by a steady stream of former students, players and acquaintances. Everyone, it seemed to Sloan, knew Gilkey. Gilkey’s reach, of course, does cover both sides of the Fox River. He attended West Aurora and starred in three sports in the 1950s preceding his 29-year teaching and coaching career at East Aurora. It gives him a unique perspective on the East-West rivalry, especially since his wife, Mary, was a cheerleader at East Aurora,...
    Baseball's all-time hit king Pete Rose has sent a letter to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to try to get into the Hall of Fame - again. He is officially banned from baseball after admittedly gambling on the Cincinnati Reds when he played for, and managed, the team from 1985 until 1987. An allegation also surfaced in 2017 that Rose had an improper sexual relationship with a minor in the 1970s.  Rose's letter comes after accused steroids cheats Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro were listed on Hall of Fame committee ballot.  Rose is banned from induction into the Hall of Fame and for working in MLB, but he is permitted to attend games and is now attempting to get into the Hall of Fame once more. Pete Rose has sent a letter to MLB commissioner to try to get into the Hall of Fame - again Rose was one member of the Philadelphia Phillies 1980 championship team (above) but is officially banned from baseball after admittedly gambling on the Cincinnati Reds 'I am asking for your forgiveness. Despite my many...
    NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe slammed Packers legend Brett Favre Wednesday, calling the Packers legend a 'sleazeball' for his involvement in a Mississippi state welfare scandal.  Favre was reportedly questioned by the FBI earlier this month for allegedly being paid $1.1m from a Mississippi welfare fund for motivational speeches he never made. And texts released Monday once again linked Favre to the misuse of the state's welfare funds for a volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi.    The messages, published by Mississippi Today, show how Favre allegedly attempted to funnel $5million into the new complex built at his alma mater, where his daughter was playing volleyball in 2018, in collaboration with former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and nonprofit founder Nancy New. On Wednesday, Sharpe didn't hold back in his criticism of Favre, and suggested there were double standards in how the former Packer has been treated.  Brett Favre was allegedly involved in a Mississippi state welfare scandal Shannon Sharpe called Brett Favre an alleged 'sleazeball' for his involvement in the plan 'I talked to people that was in the room...
    To fans, the brightest stars play on the field, hitting home runs and throwing strikes in front of thousands of adoring spectators. But to the players, the biggest stars are the figures in the background, who keep the operations running smoothly to little outside applause. To the countless players and couches who passed through the Oakland A’s organization, Ray Fosse and Steve Vucinich were superstars. After winning a couple of World Series with the 1970’s A’s, Ray Fosse’s powerful voice narrated the Oakland A’s saga from 1985-2021, through its highs as a late-80’s dynasty and through its intermittent lows. The late radio broadcaster, who died last October after a long, private battle with cancer, will have his place in over a century’s worth of A’s history etched forever when he’s officially inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on Sunday. Fosse touched many lives during his decades in the East Bay, and several players in the clubhouse spoke about how Fosse would help new A’s players acquaint themselves with the organization. When asked about his favorite Fosse story, former A’s...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who entertained and informed Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years. Scully, the longest tenured broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history, died Tuesday night at 94. ___ “OMG. Such sad news. A great man and the best sportscaster to ever call a game. His voice will live on our minds and hearts forevermore. RIP dear Vin.” — Ralph Lawler, former voice of the Los Angeles Clippers for 41 years, via Twitter. ___ “Growing up in LA, he was the voice I always heard. Back when I played my first big league game against the Dodgers, we were playing them in Toronto. The next day, I was watching my at-bats from that game. The sound was on, and normally the sound isn’t on, but I put it on and I heard Vin Scully, talking about me being a hometown guy from California. It meant the world to me. It was a really goosebump moment for me just hearing him...
    Baseball Hall of Famers Barry Larkin and Mariano Rivera are part of the group launching the United International Baseball League (UIBL). There is a new baseball league that could draw in more fans than even Major League Baseball itself. On Monday, it was announced that the United International Baseball League (UIBL) will be formed in Pakistan, India, and the Middle East. In that region, there are roughly two billion people and, according to UIBL President and Chief Marketing Officer Kash Shaikh, a billion of them are cricket fans. Cricket, and not baseball, is the world’s most popular bat and ball sport. That huge fan base is what the UIBL, which has partnered with former Cincinnati Reds shortstop and Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin and former New York Yankees closer and Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, is hoping to tap into through building, developing, and growing interest in the sport in the Middle East.Will the United International Baseball League compete against MLB?In recent news, LIV Golf has launched with Saudi Arabian financial backing as competition for the PGA Tour. But unlike...
    Minnie Miñoso’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday culminates a long and complicated journey to Cooperstown, N.Y., that few imagined would end this way. The former Chicago White Sox legend — who will join David Ortiz, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Buck O’Neil, Gil Hodges and Bud Fowler in the 2022 class — repeatedly was deemed unworthy from his original retirement in 1964 to his death at 90 in 2015. Miñoso was an afterthought in the minds of the Baseball Writers Association of America, which originally kept him out of the Hall during his years of eligibility. Early veterans committees shot him down as a viable candidate, as did a revamped veterans committee in 2003 consisting of Hall of Famers and those who had earned plaques in Cooperstown through broadcasting or writing about the game. (The Hall disbanded the 15-member veterans panel after Bill Mazeroski’s election in 2001, feeling it was too political.) But Miñoso, known as the “Cuban Comet,” still fared poorly with his peers, finishing with only 16 votes by the 85-man committee, which was tied...
    Good news for Green Bay Packers fans who enjoyed the Sterling Sharpe era: the legendary wide receiver just got one step closer to enshrinement in Canton. Frequently — amongst fans, at least — the debate between which players deserve enshrinement in Canton and which do not is settled by a sardonic phrase: “it’s called the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Pretty Good.”  When it comes to the case of legendary Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, the debate has never been settled, and frankly, that is downright disrespectful. Sharpe, who was announced yesterday to have advanced into the semifinalist portion of the NFL Hall of Fame Seniors Committee consideration, is joined by 24 other eligible players who could receive a buff as a senior member in 2023. Each of these player’s careers ended no later than the 1996 season, and up to three can emerge as finalists to be voted into Canton. Any extra clarification on the selection process can be found here: The @ProFootballHOF has announced 54 semifinalists the Class of 2023 in the Seniors and Coach/Contributor Categories,...
    At UFC 276, “The Eagle” Khabib Nurmagomedov will land in the UFC Hall of Fame in celebration of his historic career. The UFC lightweight division is arguably one of the most popular divisions in MMA, with names like Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, and Michael Chandler filling out its ranks. However, not a single one of these stars has had as big an impact or as impressive a career as Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC announced first during the UFC Vegas 57 prelims that they would be celebrating Nurmagomedov’s impressive career at UFC 276 when they induct him into the 2022 UFC Hall of Fame.Khabib Nurmagomedov remained undefeated throughout his career, despite fighting top talent like Gaethje, Poirier, and McGregor.Nurmagomedov ended his career 29-0, retiring as the UFC Lightweight champion and departing on top. The final three fights of his career were particularly exceptional, submitting McGregor, then Poirier, then Gaethje. In his 29 victories, he earned 19 finishes and won every single round he participated in. Since retiring, Nurmagomedov has continued to contribute to mixed martial arts, both...
    Jackie Robinson was in headlines this weekend when New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson referred to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson as “Jackie” during Saturday’s game, igniting a brouhaha between the two teams. Whether Donaldson was joking around, as he insisted, or used Robinson’s name in a “racist” manner, as Sox manager Tony La Russa claimed, it was certain to be a hot button debate throughout baseball. No matter where you stand on the issue, there’s no arguing Jackie Robinson’s name remains as relevant in baseball today as he was when he broke the major-league color barrier 75 years ago. If cooler heads prevail, this could be a teachable moment for Donaldson and anyone else trying to understand why using Robinson’s name was considered “disrespectful” by Anderson and “racist” by La Russa. Robinson endured slights both public and private throughout his career, as most fans surely know. The mere idea of a Black man entering the majors was such a sensitive topic in the late 1940s that Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey had an early meeting with broadcaster...
    The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, following the shocking death of Naomi Judd. In a statement via Billboard, a representative for the Country Music Hall of Fame stated that Wynonna Judd, 57, is 'expected to attend the ceremony', hours after Saturday's earlier announcement that her mother had died due to mental illness. Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum added, 'Her family has asked that we continue with The Judds' official Hall of Fame induction on Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts and weighted minds.' The show must go on: The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, following the shocking death of Naomi Judd; Naomi and Wynonna pictured in 2011 Young's full statement read: 'We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Naomi Judd, who enters the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow as a member of mother-daughter duo The Judds.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Naomi Judd revealed she 'fell...
    Dolly Parton has changed her tune on her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination. The country superstar, 76, told NPR's Morning Edition on Friday that she will now 'accept gracefully’ if she's voted into the Class of 2022. The Jolene hitmaker explained that her previous attempt to withdraw from the honor was due to a misunderstanding: 'It was always my belief that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for people in rock music. I have found out lately it’s not necessarily that.' Happy to accept: Dolly Parton, 76, has changed her mind about her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination and will now 'accept gracefully’ if she wins: Pictured on March 7,  2022 The iconic singer, whose career has spanned five decades, went on to explain that she initially felt like she would be taking something away from someone who might have deserved it more. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tells Dolly Parton voters will... Grace and Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin talk the... Dolly...
    World Wrestling Entertainment star The Undertaker surprised fans by thanking his wife, Michelle, for leading him to a relationship with Jesus Christ during Friday’s Hall of Fame induction. Wrestler Mark Calaway spoke of his family during comments about his induction into the esteemed museum and took special notice of his wife and former wrestler Michelle McCool. “I think the greatest thing that you’ve ever done for me, though, is restore my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” Calaway said as his wife and daughter sat watching nearby at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. JESUS IS KING ???????????? @undertaker AMEN BROTHER pic.twitter.com/aB9oEk2scS — . (@burlyboykev) April 2, 2022 Calaway has spoken about his wife’s hand in helping him develop his relationship with Jesus before. A year ago, he told CBN that before his wife began bringing him to church with her, he “lived a pretty excessive lifestyle and I wasn’t living my life for God.” The famed wrestler said he resisted going with his wife to her Austin, Texas, church because he felt he was already a “good”...
    Acclaimed country songwriter and Nashville Songwriting Hall of Famer Jeffrey Steele has released a new single “Walk Toward the Fire,” a tribute to the late Andrew Breitbart, a song he penned with Breitbart’s own Jon Kahn.  Steele characterized the song as honoring “any hero who steps up to the plate and tries to do what needs to be done at a time when things are just out of control. And he [Andrew] was that guy.” Steele, whose career spans more than three decades, is one of the most celebrated songwriters in the country music industry. He’s written hits like “What Hurts the Most,” “My Wish,” and “These Days” for Rascal Flatts, as well as singles for Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, and Miley Cyrus. Most recently he co-wrote “Am I the Only One?” with Aarron Lewis and Ira Dean.  The hard hitting, Democrat slamming anthem debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Charts. He’s won Songwriter of the Year repeatedly and has been nominated for Grammys as well as a Golden Globe. In an interview with Breitbart News’ editor-in-chief Alex Marlow on Breitbart...
    Dolly Parton has withdrawn her nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she doesn't feel she has 'earned that right.'  The 76-year-old country legend was announced as one of this year's nominees in February, along with other 16 others, including Eminem, Carly Simon, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, and Beck.  In a statement shared on her social media accounts on Monday, she explained she was removing herself from the ballot because she didn't think she deserved to be considered at this time.  'Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don't feel that I have earned that right,' she wrote. 'I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.' Dolly Parton, 76, announced in a statement shared on social media on Monday that she was withdrawing her nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame The country singer, whose career has spanned five decades, explained that she is 'extremely flattered...
    WWE have announced that The Undertaker will be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame. The 56-year-old, real name Mark Calaway, retired from the WWE at Survivor Series in November 2020 after 30 years with the company. 2The Undertaker made his WWE debut at Survivor Series in 1990Credit: WWE 2The Deadman has been announced as the first inductee into the 2022 WWE Hall of FameCredit: WWE The Phenom is widely regarded as one of the greatest WWE superstars of all-time. And he has competed in more Wrestlemania matches than anyone else with a startling 27 appearances to his name. Now his epic efforts for Vince McMahon’s company are set to be rewarded after WWE confirmed him as an inductee into the 2022 Hall of Fame class. And the ceremony will be part of a major change to WrestleMania weekend. A WWE statement confirmed: “WWE today announced that The Undertaker will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Friday, April 1 at American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of WrestleMania Week.  “The event will stream...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Doug Bruno has long been synonymous with DePaul basketball. His women’s team had gone to 17 straight NCAA tournaments until last season. Now he’s heading somewhere new, as part of the 2022 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. READ MORE: Chicago First Alert Weather: Winter Storm Watch Begins Wednesday Night“I was educated as a young person that the gender doesn’t matter. It’s what’s inside that heart and guts of the athlete, the competitive spirit inside that that athlete and that’s got nothing to do with gender.” Doug Bruno has brought the best out of DePaul players for 36 seasons and counting, and now he’s being rewarded, finding out he’s headed to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame the same way everyone else did. “On television, basically that’s the way you learn this,” Bruno said. “It’s an honor. It’s a thrill.” While the congratulations poured in into the wee hours… READ MORE: Family Of Sincere Cole, 15, Calls On Witnesses To Come Forward After He Was Murdered In Chicago Lawn“Three-thirty in the morning, and the texts...
    BOSTON (CBS) — It happens just about every time a quarterback wins the Super Bowl for the first time. The Hall of Fame debate. It’s unavoidable. That discourse is, of course, currently taking place regarding Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, who at 33 years old escaped Detroit and immediately won a Super Bowl. He’s got preposterous volume stats, currently ranked 12th all time in passing yards and passing touchdowns, and now he’s got a Super Bowl ring. As such, the discussion about his Hall of Fame candidacy has taken center stage. Richard Sherman is having none of it. As a member of the NFL All-2010s Team at cornerback, Sherman knows the quarterbacks of the NFL rather well. And he does not think Stafford’s name belongs anywhere near the Hall of Fame. “I’m gonna talk about it on the podcast but the HOF bar is incredibly low now. Like a participation trophy. No all decade team. No All pro. No MVP. 1 Pro bowl. Not even MVP of the SB. Never considered the best in any year he played. At least M....
    Although months and months of work go into preparation for the NFL draft, sometimes decisions that can shape the future of a player and a franchise are required in a matter of seconds. With less than a minute remaining to make their second-round pick in 2006, the Tennessee Titans had Devin Hester on the phone. They informed him that they planned to select him with the 45th pick, congratulated him and began to make travel arrangements to get him to Nashville. Suddenly the Titans ended the call, and before their time was up, they had turned in a card with the name of USC running back LenDale White. Hester shed a few tears, but he was back to being himself when the Chicago Bears called 12 picks later and did in fact draft him — launching the career of the greatest returner in NFL history. White scored 24 touchdowns for the Titans but was out of the league after four seasons. Hester went on to electrify a city, bringing the crowd at Soldier Field into a frenzy...
    Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens may not have made it into the Hall of Fame on their final year on the ballot, but there is still a path to Cooperstown. The 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame class was revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and it was the final time that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. Ultimately, they missed out on the 75-percent threshold they needed to make it into Cooperstown, leaving former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz as the only person on the ballot to receive induction. Even though Bonds and Clemens are no longer on the ballot, there is still a path for them (and other snubs) to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.How Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens can make Hall of FameThe former San Francisco Giants slugger, the multiple-time Cy Young winner and other snubs can get in via the Today’s Game committee. 16 members consist of the Today’s Game committee, who are “members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, executives and veteran...
    Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling once again did not get elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after ten years of being on the ballot. To earn a slot in the hall of fame, a candidate needs to earn 75 percent of the vote, and though Schilling appeared to be trending that way over the past few years of being on the ballot, he earned only 58.6 percent of the vote this year. His lack of support likely stems from the fact he requested to be removed from the ballot last year after earning 71.1 percent of the vote. “I can say at this point I am mentally done,” he wrote in an open letter. “I know math and I know trends and I know I will not attain the 75% threshold for induction. “I will not participate in the final year of voting,” he added. “I am requesting to be removed from the ballot. I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player.” PHILADELPHIA,...
    BOSTON (CBS) — While David Ortiz got his call to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, four polarizing and controversial players in baseball history did not. For Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling and Sammy Sosa, Tuesday was their last chance to make it to Cooperstown by way of traditional voting. All four fell short of getting the required 75 percent of votes in their tenth and final season on the ballot, with Bonds getting 66 percent, Clemens 65.2 percent, Schilling 58.6 percent and Sosa just 18.5 percent. Those four will no longer appear on the BBWAA ballot, so their next shot to get into the Hall of Fame rests on the Today’s Game committee, which will vote at next December’s Winter Meetings. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa certainly put up Hall of Fame numbers during their career, but all three are clouded with PED controversies. Schilling came close to getting his call to Cooperstown, but a series of controversies in his post-baseball days derailed his chances. The former Red Sox postseason hero was just 16 votes short of...
    BOSTON (CBS) — David Ortiz got a very important phone call on Tuesday night, letting him know that he is now a Baseball Hall of Famer. Big Papi was pretty pumped to receive that call. Ortiz was in the Dominican Republic surrounded by family and friends — including former Boston teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez — when he received the news from Jack O’Connell of the BBWAA. “I’m calling you from Cooperstown, New York to let you know that the baseball writers have elected you to the National Baseball Hall of Fame,” O’Connell told Ortiz. With that, Ortiz threw his arms in the air and let out an emphatic “YES!” before giving his father and Martinez a massive bear hug. The Red Sox shared that moment with the world on Twitter shortly after Ortiz received the news: Cooperstown is calling! pic.twitter.com/de1K5bHxlZ — Red Sox (@RedSox) January 25, 2022 That is just pure joy on everyone’s face. (And what a sweet shirt on Big Papi!) Ortiz became the 58th player to make it in on his first...
    NEW YORK (AP) — David Ortiz was elected to the Hall of Fame his first time on the ballot; Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens were denied entry. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WWE legends Nikki and Brie Bella are coming out of retirement for the 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble. The twin sisters, 38, were inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame last year after hanging up their wrestling boots. 2The Bella Twins are coming out of retirement to return to WWECredit: WWE 2The popular Hall of Famers will compete in the Women's Royal RumbleCredit: WWE Nikki was forced to retire in 2019 due to health reasons but admitted that she was desperate for one last run in Vince McMahon's promotion. The two-time women's champion confirmed in October that doctors have put her 'on the retired bench for life' after suffering a herniated disc and a brain cyst as a result of her 12-year wrestling career. But the Bella Twins were announced for Rumble alongside a host of fellow legends and current stars last night on SmackDown. Nikki gave birth to son Matteo with fiance Artem Chigvintsev in 2020. That was just hours after Brie and husband Daniel Bryan, who already have three-year-old daughter Birdie, welcomed a baby boy into the world. After the...
    (CNN)Taylor Swift lit up the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday with a nod to 2021 inductee Carole King, and even King had a tear in her eye. Swift soothed the crowd with a rendition of King's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" wearing a lacy, black bodysuit to match the formal tone of the night. After the first few bars, the "Cardigan" singer looked out into the crowd with a sly smile and briefly stuck out her tongue between her teeth as to let them in on a surprise. Taylor Swift performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.The best part, was when the camera panned to King in the audience and showed her wiping away tears and silently channeling her gratitude to the songwriting superstar on stage. "I want to thank Taylor — thank you for that awesome performance. And also, thank you for carrying the torch forward," King said during her induction speech.Read MoreThe women have a history, and most recently, King presented Swift with her Artist of the...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. I have to admit, I am fascinated by Basketball-Reference’s Hall-of-Fame probability model. If you’re not familiar with it, the model uses several key stats to measure the likelihood of a player being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Fame once they retired. (It’s also calculated retroactively for retired players who have and have not been inducted). The model uses just a few measures to try and answer a fairly big question: Obviously, we’re nowhere near Jordan territory but you can see the relative value of what both players did last season — a championship for Giannis kicking his legacy up a notch and a dominant statistical season from Jokic actually putting him ahead of where Giannis was at this point in his career. In the end, this is all just a curiosity. Everyone here is or is going to be in the Hall-of-Fame and once you’re in they don’t make distinctions for how you arrived....
    During a meeting for Shang-Chi, director Destin Daniel Cretton took a risk and mentioned how he told his agent: Dont ever let me do a Marvel movie. He decided to be himself even though it could have cost him the job. Toyota Cuts Production Forecast by 300,000 Cars on Covid Hit The Basketball Hall of Fame will officially welcome 16 new members this weekend. The class of 2021 — spearheaded by Bill Russell (elected as a coach), Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh and Lauren Jackson, among others — will be inducted on Saturday as part of a weekend celebration at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. This is the second Hall of Fame induction of the year. The class of 2020, which included Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, was inducted back in May after COVID delayed their induction ceremony by a year. MORE: Vanessa Bryant's full HOF speech honoring Kobe Here's how to watch Saturday's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, including the event's TV channel, start time and more. When is the Basketball Hall of...
    COOPERSTOWN, New York -- Derek Jeter visited Cooperstown when he was a kid nearly four decades ago and says he doesn't remember much about the trip. He's returning this week and likely won't ever forget even one moment.After a delay of well over a year, the former New York Yankees shortstop and captain will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday along with fellow class of 2020 members Ted Simmons, Larry Walker, and the late Marvin Miller, whose efforts on the labor front changed the game.Last year's ceremony was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nobody was selected from this year's writers' ballot and the Hall of Fame's Era committees postponed their scheduled elections until the upcoming offseason because of the pandemic."As strange as this sounds or may sound, I'm trying not to think about it," the 47-year-old Jeter, now an owner and CEO of the Miami Marlins, said last week. "I just want to go there and experience it. I'm trying to keep it out of my mind because I do want to go in there...
    Adam "Pacman" Jones played 12 seasons in the NFL and was an All-Pro and Pro Bowler one time each during his tumultuous career. He played in 146 games with the Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos from 2005 to 2018. His career was marred by his off-field issues but he insisted Sunday he should be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame due to his special teams play. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "If you just go back and look at the history, who would be your top three, four returners from 2005 to 2017-18 season? If you look at the average per yard, how many times I've touched the ball, with even with being suspended, I had more yards than Devin Hester if you look at the amount of times we touched the ball," Jones told TMZ Sports. Jones may have the edge in the one stat category, but Hester owns Jones in every other stat. Hester had 14 punt return touchdowns and five kick return touchdowns. Jones had five punt return...
    It is interesting to analyze whether the unanimous admission of Robert Perez to the Living room of the Fame of the Baseball Venezuelan. I would start by asking any of the journalists and people in general who have the option to vote, what would be the reason for not giving their vote to the “Black wall” or “Owner of the game”. He played in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League with the Lara Cardinals from the 1988-1989 season to 2014-2015, as an outfielder where he was one of the organization’s franchise players and I dare say that he may be the most important of his history. That is, he saw action in 27 seasons, where he left the following records: JJ: 1301 PA: 4990 AB: 4871 R: 625 H: 1372 2B: 222 3B: 35 HR: 125 RBI: 739 AVE: 282. Really watch play Robert It was a great privilege, because he gave everything on the field of play and was an important part of the most winning era in the history of the red birds. The amazing thing about Perez...
    Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs. (Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports) The Chicago Cubs somehow have a team hall of fame without these five guys in it. These five guys not being in the Chicago Cubs team hall of fame is an absolute travesty. We haven’t been this mad about five guys since inadvertently dropping three days’ worth of French fries out of a greasy bag and onto the sidewalk. But here we are! With a team with absolutely nothing left to play for this year, the Wrigley faithful were denied the opportunities to celebrate these five living legends in all of their greatness in a team hall of fame museum. Here’s the Cubs official criteria for being a candidate to be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame: 5-plus years as a member of the Chicago Cubs Significant contributions made to the organization With that criteria in mind, there are a few no-brainer candidates the Cubs need to make sure they not only enshrine, but make sure to give a grand ceremony to during a game....
    R&B legend Ray Charles, who helped redefine country music in the Civil Rights era, and Grammy-winning duo The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame on Monday announced their new members, who will be formally inducted in a ceremony in 2022. Charles, who died in 2004, showed the commercial potential of country music when he released "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" in 1962, a genre-defying personal project to the Georgia-born singer and piano player. Charles grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opy and his record, which was considered a risk at the time, became one of the best selling country albums of the era. His version of "I Can't Stop Loving You," spent five weeks on top of the Billboard 100 chart and remains one of his most popular songs. JASON ALDEAN’S WIFE WON’T SHY AWAY FROM POLITICS AMID BELIEF HER FOLLOWERS ARE AFRAID OF CANCEL CULTURE He later recorded a duets album featuring country legends like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. Nelson in particular has lauded...
    NASHVILLE, Ten.. (AP) — R&B legend Ray Charles and Grammy-winning duo The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame on Monday announced their new members, who will be formally inducted in a ceremony in 2022. Charles showed the commercial potential of country music when he released “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” in 1962, a genre-defying personal project to the Georgia-born singer and piano player. Charles’ versions of country classics became one of the best selling country albums of the era. Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna, were the most successful duo in country music in the 1980s, with more than a dozen No. 1 hits, including “Mama, He’s Crazy,” “Love Can Build a Bridge” and “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain.” Other inductions include Eddie Bayers, a drummer in Nashville for decades who worked on 300 platinum records and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry band. Bayers is the first drummer to be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame. And pedal steel...
    Alan Faneca was recently inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame after playing his entire career with epilepsy. Alan Faneca always believed in himself. For the most part. Faneca was at least slightly optimistic he could have a Hall of Fame career even when he started out as a first-round pick with Pittsburgh in 1998. “I don’t know if you compare Brett in the huddle to anybody,” Faneca said. “He is just in there laughing hully gully drawing stuff up on the field going at his own rate– hey give me this –just trying to make things happen and usually it’s always right. When you hear why he did it afterwards he is just thinking on another plane.” So who would you rather spend time with, Ben or Brett? “Ben and I on an island, we probably get along really good,” Faneca said. “Brett, we might laugh it up, but I don’t know maybe two months in I might be Brett shut up man I need some time to myself today.” Faneca could take that time to reflect upon a...
    Welcome to the Monday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about Megan Rapinoe firing back at Donald Trump, Joe Rogan ripping vaccine passports, Bobby Bowden passing away at the age of 91, Peyton Manning gives a great Hall of Fame speech, ESPN says Oxford, MS is the best town in America for college football, the CIA is following multiple celebrities on Instagram, a new “Stranger Things” season four promo is out and I’m headed to Wisconsin! Let’s jump in! TOPICS: ‘Sad’: Megan Rapinoe Hits Back At Donald Trump’s Criticism. Do Her Comments Surprise You? Joe Rogan Rips Vaccine Passports, Says It’s ‘One Step Closer’ To Having A Dictator Legendary College Football Coach Bobby Bowden Dies. Here’s What We Know Peyton Manning Gives Chilling Hall Of Fame Speech. Everyone Needs To Hear His Message The Best Towns For College Football Have Been Revealed. These Two Locations Are Easy Choices For The Top Of The List Why Is The CIA Following Tom Hanks, Jennifer...
    Camila Cabello Wishes Shawn Mendes a Happy 23rd Birthday After N.Y.C. Party: Some Real Bday Love Stock futures are flat after Dow closes at record Friday © Provided by Sports Illustrated This year's class includes Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, Alan Faneca, John Lynch, Tom Flores, Bill Nunn and Drew Pearson. View the original article to see embedded media.The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the class of 2021 in Canton, Ohio will be held Sunday night and this year's stellar class features three first-ballot inductees. Leading the class is former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The two-time Super Bowl champ will be joined by former Raiders and Packers defensive back Charles Woodson and Detroit's other-worldly wide receiver Calvin Johnson as the players being inducted in the first year of their eligibility. Six-time All-Pro First Team guard Alan Faneca and nine-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch are also set to be enshrined. Former Raiders coach Tom Flores will be inducted as the coaches' candidate. Former Steelers senior scout and assistant director of player personnel Bill...
    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions: ___ With the 20 members of the class of 2020 now enshrined, the Pro Football Hall of Fame turns its attention to inducting eight men from the class of 2021. Peyton Manning, John Lynch, Calvin Johnson, Charles Woodson and Alan Faneca are being inducted as modern-day players at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Tom Flores will enter in the coaching category, Drew Pearson in the senior category. Bill Nunn, who was recognized posthumously in April from the contributors, will be featured in a video tribute. Inducted on Saturday were coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue; safeties Troy Polamalu, Steve Atwater, Donnie Shell, and Cliff Harris; receivers Harold Carmichael and Isaac Bruce; guard Steve Hutchinson and tackle Jimbo Covert; and running back Edgerrin James. Video tributes were paid to eight members of the class of 2020 or the centennial class who have died: executive George Young; safety Bobby Dillon; defensive tackle Alex Karras; offensive tackles Duke Slater and Winston Hill; NFL...
    OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND – AUGUST 18: Defensive end Calais Campbell #93 of the Baltimore Ravens trains during the Baltimore Ravens Training Camp at Under Armour Performance Center Baltimore Ravens on on August 18, 2020 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) The ultimate personal honor for a professional football player is having a bust in Canton, Ohio. In early August, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have enshrinement ceremonies for both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. So what about one active player on each of the NFL’s 32 rosters? The key here is active and on the roster. Yes, some have more seasons under their helmets than others. But the list doesn’t include recently retired performers or a player that has not re-signed with the franchise. Keep that in mind while mulling over the choices. Arizona Cardinals: DE J.J. WattThe second-leading pass-catcher is currently without a team. While Larry Fitzgerald may or may not play in 2021, the Cardinals signed former Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt this offseason. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of...
    Jessica Alba said her husband was more like a roommate at times while raising their 3 kids U.S. stocks fall Friday, book weekly losses amid delta variant concerns and weakness in Amazon results Very few defenses have the legacy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Other great defenses have won Super Bowls. Very few did it without much star power on offense. The 1970s Steelers had a great defense and an offense with multiple Hall of Famers. The 1985 Bears had Walter Payton. The 2015 Denver Broncos had Peyton Manning, and although he was a lesser version of himself in his final season, people will remember it as a Manning team.  The 2002 Buccaneers had an offense that was not near the top half of the league, but they had a defense. Did they ever. It was a punishing defense with Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and others.  Safety John Lynch was a key member of that defense and it took a while for him to get to the Hall of Fame....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s been nearly one year since Baltimore super fan Mo Gaba passed away after a lifelong battle with Cancer and next month, the Orioles will honor the 14-year-old by inducting him into their Hall of Fame. There was truly something special about Mo Gaba, the 14-year-old who inspired a city during his short time on earth. READ MORE: A Great Way For Me To Have Some Peace Of Mind Fertility Clinics See Increase In Egg Preservation During Pandemic “I like to call him the heart of Baltimore,” said Dean Tejeda, Thread Level Midnight. Last September, not even two months after his passing, an entire section at M&T Bank Stadium was filled with Mo cutouts. They called it “Mo’s Rows.” “The most incredible thing I’ve ever been a part of,” said Tejeda. Dean Tejeda helped organize that effort and wants to do it again — this time at Camden Yards and with real Mo Gaba fans filling the seats. “I think this is a nice way for people who wanted to pay their respects to Mo, come attend...
    Films that did the best and worst jobs of predicting the future What Income Level Is Considered Middle Class in Your State? © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Tom Flores thought he was a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 37 years ago, when he won his second Super Bowl as head coach of the Raiders. But he’s only getting inducted now, this summer. Flores admitted he grew increasingly frustrated in all those years that he didn’t make the Hall of Fame, and began to doubt it would ever happen. At the age of 84, Flores has finally been selected and is getting ready for the enshrinement ceremony. “I kind of expected [being inducted] sooner, but it didn’t happen, so then I got skeptical about it and guarded in terms of this might be the year,” Flores said, via Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I wasn’t going to count on anything. But when I saw Mr. Baker had knocked on my door, and I saw that...
    Nav Bhatia, 69, became the first basketball fan to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bhatia is known as the "superfan" of the Toronto Raptors and has rarely missed a game since the team started in 1995. He now runs a foundation to send kids, especially Sikhs like himself, to basketball games.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. There are basketball fans, and then there's Nav Bhatia.  Bhatia, a 69-year-old Sikh man, immigrated from India to Toronto in 1984 and fell in love with the Toronto Raptors. Bhatia made a living as a car salesman, eventually becoming successful enough to own several dealerships.  But his real passion was basketball — and the Raptors in particular. When the team came to Toronto as part of an NBA expansion program, Bhatia bought season tickets. Despite the Toronto team having something of a rocky record through the '90s and early '00s, Bhatia hardly ever missed a game, and, famously, has never left a game early. He was such a vocal fan and such a constant presence that...
    BURBANK (CBSLA) – As a tribute to Kobe Bryan, after his death more than a year ago, many fans around Southern California memorialized him with murals and with his posthumous induction into the hall of fame Saturday, people around the southland reacted. Many fans say that while Bryant’s 18-time all-star appearances and five NBA championships are impressive, much of what he did off the court is why they respect him so much. READ MORE: Arson Suspected In 750-Acre Pacific Palisades Brush Fire; Mandatory Evacuations Ordered “I think everybody right now should be happy that it’s happened and just go on. It’s great,” Marco, a Bryant fan told CBSLA’s Rick Montanez. ” READ MORE: Demonstrators Protesting Conflict Between Israel And Palestine March In Westwood Donna Ross-Jones acknowledge that a group of people excel in basketball, but Kobe was more than that. MORE NEWS: Kobe Bryan Posthumously Inducted Into Hall Of Fame, With Emotional Remarks From Vanessa Bryant “He excelled at humanity, and that to me is what sticks with me,” she said.
    Kobe Bryant's place in basketball history was secured long before his posthumous enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Connecticut. The fact that the Los Angeles Lakers icon is being inducted by Michael Jordan certainly adds prestige to the honor, but the decision to induct Bryant was more or less procedural. Not only does Bryant have have five NBA titles and two Olympic gold medals on his resume, but the two-time NBA scoring champion and 2008 Most Valuable Player was named to 18 All-Star games, ranking behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in that category. In fact, there was a push to induct Bryant before he was even eligible in the wake of the January 26, 2020 helicopter crash that claimed his life and the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Giana as well as seven others.  So that Bryant was approved by voters in April of 2020 was hardly a surprise and more of an inevitability. (The induction ceremony was originally supposed to take place in August at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield,...
    More from: Ken Davidoff Gerrit Cole is an absolute bulldog when Yankees need him most Bobby Valentine putting baseball lessons to work in run for mayor How Mets fans should view Matt Harveys return to Citi Field Patrick Mazeika quickly becoming Mets lucky charm Lessons Yankees must learn to help break Rays dominance In this modern world of social media and hashtags, you want to promote your cause in small, edible bites. Two or three words, ideally. Hence my cautious optimism that #FloodTheHall will move the needle for someone who very much belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Courageous groundbreaker (and pretty darn good outfielder as well) Curt Flood. “I just think that it’s a very clever, catchy hook and it raises questions,” Judy Pace Flood, Flood’s widow, said last week in a telephone interview, “and those who know will definitely give the information. I can’t wait to put mine on.” She’s referring to the #FloodTheHall T-shirt, which can be purchased online now and which, fingers crossed, will be worn en masse by the current major-league players later...
    COVID treatment has improved, but many wish for an easy pill A deadly year: Gun violence so far in 2021 The two strikers are worthy recipients of the honor, with six more players set to join them this year. At a time when European soccer's future is in the crosshairs, the Premier League has paid homage to two of the best in its past. Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were the first two players inducted into the Premier League's Hall of Fame, with the strikers being honored on Monday. Shearer, the league's all-time leading scorer with 260 goals, and Henry, Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with 175 goals in Premier League play, are worthy recipients given what they accomplished in their time in England. Their inductions are a long time coming, with the Premier League initially planning to unveil its first honorees in March 2020, only to postpone the festivities due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to be eligible now, players must have been retired by August 1, 2020, and only the Premier League portions of their careers are...
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