[quote=RuthlessBurgher]I think they should give living Hall of Famers a say in who deserves to join them in Canton. Shouldn't guys who played against the candidates have a better opinion than guys eating doughnuts up in the pressbox? Normally, I don't think the NCAA does many things better than the NFL (I hate the BCS over a playoff system, hate the college OT, etc.), but letting past Heisman winners vote for the Heisman each year makes sense to me.[/quote:1pq7liwo]Originally Posted by Mr Smartmonies
Yes and know. But they don't do much better. Youcan see that each year when they vote for things like Team MVP. They cannot even do that right.
Honestly sports handicappers should have a say in the matter. I say that with all seriousness and its got nothing to do with me being one. The Beat writer just sticks a microphone under the players chin. That's all he does differently from Joe Fan. But when I wrote last nov to Bouchette about the Steelers struggles in the Running game , he had no idea what I was talking about until the Steelers started drafting and signing backs this offseason. Most writers will point to the most basic of stats like "passing yards." yet , a team with a lot of passing yards is often one who is playing from behind a lot and have to throw to catch up. A good sports capper can break things down to what is really going on, not just what is perceived. for example it was "perceived" that the 2004 steelers were winning because of their running game. but a sports capper will let you know that Bettis rushing yards were coming in the 4th QTR long after the Steelers had taken the lead. He would also compare and contrast the Steelers QB key passing stats in the 1st QTR, and then compare them to Maddox a year before. Hence the new efficient QB allowed the steelers to control the ball by completing third downs early in the game. he helped them pile on points early so that they didn't have to pass late. Vice Versa Maddox's inefficiency in the first halves, led to less ball control, more punts, tired defense, and more passing attempts by games end. I use this as just one example.
A beat writer would never break things down to the finer points. Hence you have people who should be in the hall and not be in the hall.