It has finally happened, a kicker has made the Hall of Fame for the first time in the history of the NFL. Appropriately the man to lead as the first ever kicker in the hall is possibly the greatest kicker in the history of the NFL. It is another step towards kickers getting respect in a game that sees them as secondary. Kickers have always been a different part of the NFL, sitting on the outside of the game and being seen as less than football players.
The foundation of a good team can be drawn back to any number of positions based on the biases of who is speaking. Some say that with the passing game in the NFL that it is the quarterback while others list off a number of defensive positons, citing that Defence wins championships. There is one position that does not have the same glory but is widely considered one of the most important positions on the field, the left tackle.
A lot of times in the UFC there are fighters who come into the promotion with plenty of hype and rise up to become contenders almost immediately. These fighters can win only a few fights and if they are impressive wins can get a title shot in almost no time. It has happened time and time again with fighters seemingly bolting up the rankings for a title shot. For some it is not fair as they need to prove themselves but many times they are the best fighters in the division. That causes them to get plenty of talk surrounding them which is how they earn their shots to begin with.
In the 1990s the game was changing in the NFL as the shift that has now taken over the NFL was beginning to take shape. Before the 1990s the league remained a running back driven league with teams looking to take over on the ground. In the 1990s it was still running back driven but all of a sudden new quarterbacks that could take over a game were coming into focus. Pivots like Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, and Steve Young were taking over the game and showing what a good quarterback can bring to a team
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will add another set of great players to the busts in Canton this year with the Class of 2014. As always there will be plenty of stories behind these hall of famers with many sitting as unknowns to a new generation of fans. There are the superstars that will make it in with little wait time and those who have been waiting for a long time to get into the hall.
The halfway point of the season has come and gone in the MLB season and for many teams that means they know where they are going to be at the end of the year. There are teams that have already lost their chance to make the postseason and others that are just waiting to clinch their divisions. There are also the many teams fighting to get enough wins to make the postseason right until the end of the season. That is where the Trade Deadline comes in as teams look to find that one piece to help them push over the top to make a run at the postseason.
Throughout the 1990s the Atlanta Braves were one of the best teams in baseball and they are still considered one of the best teams assembled. It would all start in 1990 when the Braves moved Bobby Cox from the executive box to the dugout as the team’s manager. The move coincided with a number of other major moves for the team as well.
The MLB is a constant battle between pitchers and batters or offence and defence and the players who can tip the scales in that battle are few and far between. The teams are always looking to find those players with the additions of only a few meaning the difference between sitting out of the playoffs and winning the World Series. That is especially true for pitchers as teams look for a number of pitchers to help create a great rotation.
The 1990s were one of the biggest offensive eras in the MLB with more offence than the league had ever seen before. Home runs were being hit at a record pace and records were being broken almost every season. Then it all came crashing down with the BALCO Scandal and the Mitchell Report that exposed rampant steroid use throughout the league. Some of the biggest stars in the game during the 1990s were connected to these scandals putting the offensive era in baseball under a cloud.
Sometimes the UFC can put on fights that are interesting but do not get anyone excited because they don’t know what to expect. Those fights are necessary for the continuation of the UFC in finding new contenders by putting them under pressure in televised events. Many times they can produce great fights unexpectedly and other times they can produce a card that has no big moments. That has tended to be the case for many of the televised events recently as the UFC has not been able to put on very exciting fights.