Monk Makes First Cut

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Monk Makes First Cut

Postby BossHog » Wed Jan 14, 2004 1:58 pm

I just saw this at ESPN, but it wasn't there when I was there earlier, so I figured I'd run back with the good news...

Two candidates, tackle Bob Brown and wide receiver Bob Hayes, were recommended by the Hall's senior committee. Other finalists: wide receiver Art Monk; defensive ends Richard Dent, Carl Eller, and Jim Marshall; guard Bob Kuechenberg; safety Cliff Harris; cornerback Lester Hayes; tackles Rayfield Wright and Gary Zimmerman.


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So he's made it to the next step...

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Postby Jake » Wed Jan 14, 2004 2:37 pm

I just hope he REALLY gets in this time. He deserves it. I don't understand why people pass him up.
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Postby kkryan » Wed Jan 14, 2004 2:42 pm

I agree, but how could richard dent be not in the hall
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Postby BossHog » Wed Jan 14, 2004 3:06 pm

kkryan wrote:how could richard dent be not in the hall


Same way Art Monk managed it... BS.

I'm not even going to speak on the Monk issue, 'cause I just get so angry...

The guy was the all time leading receiver when he retired... the guy was the first receiver to catch 100 passes in a season... what sexier stats do they need?

How about super bowls?

How about a legion of loving fans long after he's left the game?

How about the fact that the term possession receiver was built around Art Monk?

The only knock on the guy is that he wasn't always a #1 prototype guy and guys like Gary Clark would out 'shine' him. Well duh... you're speaking to the very thing that made Art Monk so worthy of induction... his team spirit. He always did what was best for the team, kept his mouth shut, and all he managed to do was retire with more receptions than anyone had ever got (to that point)...

Bahhh... like I said... I don't even wanna start....
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Postby Philly is an Armpit » Wed Jan 14, 2004 3:13 pm

Monk ws the epitome of what it means to be a Redskin. Like gibbs, he did everything with class. one reason why he's not in the HOF could be because he wasn't very open with the press- he's an extremely shy guy. Maybe bad blood developed to some extent?
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Postby psummersjr » Wed Jan 14, 2004 3:23 pm

Bad blood my @$$... my father still sees him at the grocery store in Great Falls, VA and says he's always very pleasant and nice... of course, most of the kids have no idea who is he now. I remember seeing him at Blockbuster when I was younger and just staring in awe... I bet any of the Washington sportswriters (Wilbon, Kornheiser, etc.) would vote him in in a second if they had a vote (do either of them have that vote?).

He embodies what it means to be a Redskin. He is the polar opposite of what athletes represent these days... he deserves to get in based on character alone but his stats are overwhelming evidence enough that he deserves induction. It would be such a fitting extra to this off-season if he gets the nod!
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Postby Philly is an Armpit » Wed Jan 14, 2004 3:35 pm

easyt, buddy, you're preaching to the choir. I know he's a generous, gracious person, but could his desire to keep his life private (which is his God-given right), hurt his relationship with the press?

I think he'll get in this year. What's the minimum amount of time of inactivity required for an appearance on the ballot?
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Postby bigmatt007 » Wed Jan 14, 2004 3:50 pm

monk should have went in before james lofton in my book

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Postby Fios » Wed Jan 14, 2004 3:53 pm

I despise these post-career pissing matches sports writers get into with players who they felt were less than giddy about doing interviews. It is beyond unprofessional to allow that kind of thing to keep Monk out of the Hall. As a non-D.C. sports columnist (who's name I forget) said last year: If they aren't going to put Monk in the Hall of Fame, they should rip it down and put a Wendy's there.
The voters for the Hall are expected to be the type of experts who can look at Monk's career and see that he did the kind of things that don't show up on a stat sheet, namely blocking. These people constantly bemoan the dearth of unselfish players in the NFL, and professional sports in general, and then snub a player who was the very embodiment of that ideal. A pox on all who don't vote for Monk.

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Postby Philly is an Armpit » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:02 pm

I'm not the most knowledgable about Monk's (my hero, by the way) struggle to be inducted, so what's been said besides the relationship with the press that's keeping him out? They won't keep him out because he didn't grant a post-game interview after every game. He'll get in. It's five or six years out of football for eligibility, right?
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Postby tcwest10 » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:05 pm

I think everybody is real clear on where I stand with all this. I agree with everything above. I can see where HOF voters might be "getting back at" an athlete who was less than available during their career. (See Mattingly v. Puckett in Cooperstown. Sullen is out, big happy grin guy is in. Numbers are very comparable.)
Well, that's just crap. In a perfect world, you hold people to a certain standard. If they meet or exceed it, you reward them.
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Postby Fios » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:09 pm

It can't possibly be his career numbers. He's No. 5 all-time in receptions and No. 6 isn't even close, putting Monk in an elite group. And keep in mind he had 100 catches prior to the rule changes for cornerbacks. He's also in the top 20 in receiving yards, a feet made all the more impressive when you consider he was not asked to be a down the field receiver.

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Postby Fios » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:10 pm

By the way, Dr. Z picked the Bills all 4 times they lost in the Super Bowl. Moron.

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Postby whomp-em » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:59 pm

yeah, the whole "Monk wasn't quite good enough" thing is getting old. and i'm getting tired of the knock about him not performing in super bowls. he helped the 'skins get to 4 of them which is more than i can say for a lot of receivers in the hall...

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Postby tcwest10 » Wed Jan 14, 2004 5:07 pm

I think we should mention something here, in case you didn't go to the article linked by BossHog. There are generally no more than 5-7 inductees. Elway and Barry Sanders are in this class of finalists. That leaves no more than 5 spots.
Monk's chances are thus reduced by two. The voters can also choose less than 5-7. It's in the hands of the naysayers like Zimmerman, once again.
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