Thursday, November 16, 2006

HOF Announces 25 Semi-Finalists

The Hall of Fame Selection committee announced today the 25 semi-finalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2007. Congratulations to semi-finalists Ray Guy, Lester Hayes, and Kenny Stabler! Amongst the 25 semi-finalists, the Hall of Fame bylaws stipulates that between three and six new members will be selected each year which will be announced in February of 2007 prior to SBXLI. Here are the credentials of the Raiders on the short list for the HOF.

Ray Guy - Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1973-1986)
- NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team Member
- Ray Guy Award - Honors nations top collegiate punter
- Played in seven Pro Bowls (six consecutively) - most ever for a punter.
- Played in seven AFC Championship Games.
- Played in three Super Bowl wins punting 14 times (tied for 3rd for most Super Bowl punts in a career) including a 41.9 average (3rd highest average recorded for a career).
- Led NFL in Punting three times.
- NFL Postseason Record for most punts in a career with 111 punts.
- NFL Postseason Record for Highest Punting Average in a game with 56.0 average.
Ray Guy's Official Website

Lester Hayes - Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1977-1986)
- Hayes was a member of two Raiders championship teams (1980, 1983)
- He was a five time Pro Bowler (1980-1984).
- In 1980 Hayes led the NFL with 13 interceptions
- In 1980 Hayes was named AP Defensive Player of the Year.
- He retired after the 1986 season with a total of 39 interceptions.
(a Raider record shared with Hall of Famer Willie Brown)
- Voted NFL 1980s All-Decade Team

Ken Stabler - Oakland Raiders (1970-1979)
- 1974, 1976 AFC “Player of the Year”
- 1974 “Offensive Player of the Year”
- 1976 NFL “Player of the Year” and NFL Passing Champion
- 1977 led the Oakland Raiders to Super Bowl XI victory over the Minnesota Vikings
- “All Pro Team” in 1974, 1976 & 1977
- Played the Pro Bowl in 1973, 1974 & 1976
- Most victories of a Raiders quarterback - 71
- All time leading Raiders passer in attempts, completions, completion percentage, yardage and touchdowns
- Led the Raiders to their 1st Super Bowl Championship in 1977
Ken Stabler's Official Website


Blogger R-8-er Mike said...

amen. keep our fingers crossed, but as raiders, we know the haters will resist. i know that there are no punters in the HOF, but damn if Ray doesn't make it in, its a tragedy and disgrace for the league.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the biggest disgrace of the so called experts is that a 2 time superbowl winner and MVP is passed over again.
And nobody is talking about it.
Look at the list of candidates. That speaks for itself.
What fouts did in 10 years,plunk did in three.And has the hardware.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

Great Take Calico,

There's no doubt that Guy, & Hayes, are no brainers for the Hall of Fame.

As much as I loved watching the Snake play, I think the fact that he threw more career interceptions, then TD's really hurts his chances.
It's not a stat you can hide.

Tom Flores is someone who really has gotten screwed.
When you stop to think that Bud Grant, & Marv Levy are both in the Hall, for going a combined 0-8 in Super Bowls.
Why should losing 4 SB's supersede winning 2 ?
What idiot made that rule up ??

Tom Flores should be in the Hall.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Plunkett & Flores are both very worthy candidates for the HOF.

Of the 3 Raider semi-finalists (Guy, Hayes, Stabler) I think Guy has the best shot to get in. In the past the selection committee was reluctant to vote in a punter into the HOF. The fact that there isn't a punter in the HOF and Guy had a long, stellar career, works to his advantage.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

Calico, I have a question perhaps you can help me with.

You did such a great job breaking down the offense's TD problems, but I was wondering something about the defense.

There's no doubt the D is doing much better at intercepting the ball this year, but what is the breakdown of picks at home games vs the road games ??

If you can dig up the stats, that would be great.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

The real Tooz partied with all three of these HOF candidates. If stories are accurate, Snake deserves is just for the sake of surviving his own excesses. Fake Tooz (me) breaks the odds down like this:

Guy = .995 to 1 The .005 disadvantage is due to the slight potential that anti-Raider bias will come into account. Still, would take these odds in Vegas. And there has never been a punter in the entire league like him since.

Stabler = .5 to 1 Coin toss. He won a Super Bowl and also played while drunk and on "rat turds" (see his autobiography). Who among us could do the same so well? I've seen some of us on same and it is not pretty.

Hayes = .5 to 1 He 'll get in some day if not this time. Memories of stickum may keep him out for awhile but at some point those beautiful INT numbers just add up to an HOF career.

"Coach" Shell = 1 to 1 he gets his HOF honor stripped for impersonating a coach.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Raider 00 - I just got back from a thrilling Clippers OT victory over the 76ers.

Here's the breakdown on INTs:

Home: (11)

SD: n/a
Clev: Asomugha (2)
AZ: Poole, Sands
Pitt: Asomugha, Morrison, Washington, Carr
Den: Asomugha, Washington (2)

Away: (2)

Balt: Morrison
SF: Routt
Den: n/a
Sea: n/a

12:01 AM  
Blogger Whitey said...

Mr. Stickum was the most entertaining and quotable player of his day. Hope he makes it in -- for his acceptance speech if nothing else.

5:15 AM  

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