About two weeks ago we added an element to Profootballhof.com that now allows visitors to post comments on many of the stories on that appear on our website.
Not at all surprising is the fact that the story with the most comments so far is the page about our 2010 finalists. Browsing the comments just reinforces how passionate NFL fans are about the sport, especially the teams and players, they love so much.
It also sheds a bit of light on just how difficult it is to serve on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee. Somehow this panel of 44 football experts needs to determine who from the 17 finalists will be elected to the Hall of Fame. I think one thing we can all agree on is that there are 17 deserving candidates under consideration. Yet, the Selection Committee can only pick up to seven. Our bylaws stipulate that no more than five modern-era candidates can be elected; and none, one or both of the seniors can be voted into the Hall.
We can all have some fun now by debating the merits of all of the finalists but it ultimately falls on our much respected Selection Committee to decide. They meet in South Florida on the morning before Super Bowl XLIV to discuss the merits of each candidate. The meeting will last for hours and hours but eventually we’ll find out who makes it to Canton this year. Tune in at 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 6, 2010 to find out who is in the Class of 2010.
I’m generally not much into predictions on NFL games as it is far easier to analyze the games AFTER they’ve been played. However, my fellow “teammate” here at the Hall, Steve Strawbridge has included some predictions in his “Straw’s Nest” blog during the past season. He went 0-4 in his Wild-Card game predictions last weekend. I have to admit I’m not sure I would have done any better (although I’m liking the Cowboys momentum and may have picked them over the Eagles). With that stated, I’ll give it a shot for the Divisional Playoff round.
Saints 33, Cardinals 31
Colts 28, Ravens 17
Cowboys 30, Vikings 24
Chargers 35, Jets 17
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