New Blog Post:Reactions to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Elections
(February 15, 2011) I must admit it is the election mechanics I enjoy the most about Halls of Fame. There are many different ways of making it work and all of them have faults and are open to criticism; some, perhaps, over the top while others more reasonable. But the intricacies of the process, the differences, large and small, from one Hall of Fame to another are fascinating to me. I especially enjoy reading the comments and reflections of those who have or claim to have a stake in the outcome.
The recent Pro Football Hall of Fame election announcement provided two respected football columnists the opportunity to comment. One, Jason Whitlock of FoxSports.com, is on the outside of the process looking in. His comments are pointed and acerbic. The other, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and SI.com, is an insider, one of the 44 selectors involved in the process, and his comments, while containing some criticism of the rules governing the process, are more measured.
For all Halls of Fame I believe it is important to note that the criticism of process and results are a constant. However, that is not the same as saying it should be ignored. Valid points are raised in both these columns and I believe it is important for every Hall of Fame to consider the process each year and to see where improvement may be possible.
Jack Huckel, Founder & Principal of J.R. Huckel & Associates, offers election and induction consulting services to Halls of Fame. More information is available at the firm’s web site. Jack can be reached at email@example.com or 518/852-3033.