Saturday, January 31, 2009

Kooch

As has become the custom for the last several years, Bob Keuchenberg was shutout of the Hall of Fame.  At this point, I think they'd even block his admission if he bought a ticket as a visitor.
 
And realistically, I think he will never get in.  If I'm not mistaken, he is no longer eligible as a "recent" player (because its been 20 years now), and must be considered as an old timer.  Yeah, whatever.  We still love you, Kooch.
 
For reference, here's what I said in 2006:
We here at Dave's feel bad for Bob Keuchenberg. Poor guy. He played for like 17 years in the league, at guard no less. He was part of what is arguably the best team in history. He was one of the linemen who contributed to the first combincation running backs to gain 1,000 yards.

And he gets no respect. Shut out of the hall for the umpteenth time.

I laugh at the hall because their voting is so, uhhh, ridiculuos. They're deciding from among 15 players who were all great. And for some reason, they set an arbitrary limit of 6 players for induction. What makes Rayfield Wright a better linemen than Kooch, anyway? I'm not saying that Kooch was better, only that there's no way to distinguish.

Let's see? Long tenure. Check. Never missed a game. Check. Played with a broken arm in a superbowl. Check. Retired because he was hit in the head one too many times and had blurred vision. Check. Played on the 17-0 Dolphins. Check. (oh forget that one, no one seems to care about that anymore). Led Morris and Csonka to both post 1,000 yard seasons in one year (never had been done before). Check. Protected Marino during his record setting year. Check.

Sounds like all the makings of a hall of famer to me.
 
And in 2007:
The Hall of Fame class of 2007 was announced yesterday.  6 guys made it.  I've been a football fan for a large part of my life, and I hadn't heard of some of these guys before.  They have been accomplished players and literally unheralded in their day, I suppose, but still...
 
Michael Irvin's career was good, but was it *that* good?  Ditto for Thurman Thomas.
 
And as for Thomas, do you think they'll misplace his helmet?  And do you think he'll be inducted as a Dolphin?
 
And in 2008:
Bob Keuchenberg was not elected to the HOF for the umpteenth year in a row (actually, I believe he became eligible in 1990, so it would be 18 years).

And here's my problem with that: the hall seems to be saying there's enough of the 1972 Dolphins in there, and we don't need anymore.

And isn't that what they've been saying about the Dolphins all along? Yeah, they were 17-0, but....they're just a bunch of grumpy old men...etc...etc...etc...

Miami has Buoniconti, Csonka, Griese, Langer, Little, and Warfield there now. That's 6 of the 30 or so regular contributors to the success.

Suppose the Patriots make it to 19-0 tomorrow. Think they'll stop at 6 and say that's enough? I doubt it.

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