T.O. controversy underscores need for Hall of Fame transparency

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I started down the T.O. Hall of Fame time out rabbit hole a week ago due primarily to concerns regarding a lack of transparency in the selection process. After a week of arguments, counterarguments, and a few condescending comments from voters who resent being questioned or criticized by people who don’t know the inner working of the process, I’m back to where I started.

Those who criticize the process indeed don’t know the inner workings of the process because the process is kept completely secret. And the T.O. case proves that the time has arrived for transparency.

As Peter King of TheMMQB.com pointed out earlier this week, those who voted against Owens largely have slipped into hiding.

The fact that Owens didn’t make it from the final 15 to the final 10 suggests that the nays are more plentiful than necessary to transform him from one of the final five into a Hall of Famer. Don’t underestimate, however, the possibility that the voters collectively realized that enough of them would never get behind Owens on the final ballot (where it takes only 10 to put the kibosh on Canton) to make pushing Owens to the final 10 or the final five an exercise in futility.

It ultimately may be only 10 people who are anti-T.O. Maybe there aren’t that many; maybe the handful was loud enough and zealous enough that they managed to convince enough of their peers to think that pushing Owens through to the final five would set the stage for an ugly filibuster at best or a complete waste of time (and a spot that could have gone to someone else) at worst.

The only obvious “no” votes currently known (by me) are Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News (he wrote a column about it), Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (ditto), Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts (he made his case against Owens in a radio interview), and Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report (his Twitter account makes his position clear). All of the “no” votes should be known, and those who have kept quiet while the process has been challenged generally and a small handful of their colleagues have been attacked specifically should speak up.

Even if all the “no” votes were known, we still won’t know everything that needs to be known. Those voters who have chosen to disclose their position on Owens refuse to disclose the identity of other Hall of Famers, players, and/or coaches who have privately said that Owens doesn’t belong. Setting aside the question of whether these non-voters should have so much sway over the process, the refusal to name them makes the process even harder to accept.

It’s one thing to gather facts anonymously. Gathering opinions anonymously allows for those anonymous opinions to be tainted by personal animus. Also, it makes objective assessment of the basis for the opinions impossible, allowing for all sorts of subjective factors to be twisted and warped — and for the voters to abdicate their responsibility to assess the candidate to the whispers of those who, given the benefit of secrecy, are far more likely to yield to the temptation of human factors.

The broader concern is this: When evaluating a player based on what he did on a 100-by-53-yard patch of grass or FieldTurf or green cement, it’s easy to assess the opinions of the voters and to develop opinions on the accuracy of the outcome of the votes. When things that happened from the sideline to the parking lot become relevant to the process, it becomes impossible to know what is being considered, why it’s being considered, which others have made it through despite similar concerns, and whether those standards will be applied to future candidates.

There can be no consistency without transparency, and with no transparency it’s impossible for those who view Owens as a knee-jerk Hall of Famer to understand his omission for a second straight year. The voters who oppose Owens can either sneer at those of us who think they got it wrong or they can heed the criticisms, lobby for meaningful change, and bring a different approach to the process in 2018.

If it’s the former, there will be more sneering at those of us who think they got it wrong, both as to Owens and as to others who seem to pass the Hall of Fame eyeball test but can’t get in.

Super Bowl 2023: A casual fan’s cheat sheet guide to Super Bowl LVII

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The final game of the 2022 NFL season will take place on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII. For the more casual fan, the Super Bowl can provide a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, enjoy some game day eats and take in the competition without the stress Philly and Kansas City die-hards will likely be feeling. For those of you who haven’t been glued to the standings all season, here’s a cheat sheet guide for all the basics ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.

When and where is Super Bowl LVII?

  • Date: Sunday, February 12
  • Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Network: Fox

Who is playing in Super Bowl LVII?

The Philadelphia Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams finished the regular season with a 14-3 record, which was tied for the best record in the NFL.

Who are the quarterbacks for both teams?

Jalen Hurts, 24, is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Patrick Mahomes, 27, is the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. This year marks the first Super Bowl in history with two Black starting quarterbacks. 

Who are the head coaches for both teams?

The Kansas City Chiefs are led by Andy Reid, who actually got his start as an NFL coach with the Eagles in 1999. Reid coached the Eagles from 199-2012, and that 14-season span makes him the longest-tenured HC in franchise history. He’s had plenty of continued success since moving to Kansas City – this is the third Super Bowl appearance in the last four seasons for the Chiefs.

The Eagles head coach is Nick Sirianni, from Jamestown in Western New York. He’s in his second season as Philadelphia’s head coach and is hoping to get them their first Super Bowl victory since 2017. Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, NBC Sports’ Peter King rode to work with Sirianni to get his take on this season, his roster, and his own history with Reid. You can read more from that interview in this week’s Football Morning in America.

FMIA Pre-Super Bowl: Commuting With Nick Sirianni, the O-Line of the Century, and the Tom Brady Recipe

Who is performing at halftime of the Super Bowl?

This year, nine-time Grammy Award winner Rihanna will take center stage for the halftime show.

When was the last time the Eagles or Chiefs won the Super Bowl?

The Eagles have won one Super Bowl in franchise history, winning Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots in the 2017 season.

The Chiefs have won two Super Bowls in franchise history. After beating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV in the 1969 season, the Chiefs had to wait 50 years before winning another Super Bowl, defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in the 2019 season.

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Super Bowl 2023: Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid set to face former team in Eagles showdown

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Andy Reid will be looking to win his second Super Bowl as head coach of the Chiefs when Kansas City takes on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12. The matchup could be called a homecoming for Reid, who spent nearly a decade and a half leading the Philly faithful before landing in Kansas City. Here’s a look back at Andy Reid’s history with the Eagles before he and Patrick Mahomes face them in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Andy Reid’s History with the Eagles

Reid got his start as an NFL head coach with the Eagles in 1999 and went on to become the longest-tenured and winningest head coach in Philadelphia franchise history. Reid spent 14 seasons as the Eagles’ head coach (1999-2012) and won 140 games with the team (including playoffs). The Eagles reached the playoffs in nine of 14 seasons under Reid, winning six NFC East division titles in that time.

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While Reid led the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game in four straight seasons from 2001 to 2004, the Eagles reached just one Super Bowl under Reid, losing against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in the 2004 season.

Now in his 10th season as the Chiefs’ head coach, Reid has seen even more success in Kansas City. The Chiefs won a seventh-straight AFC West division title this season and will be playing in their third Super Bowl in four seasons. Reid got his first Super Bowl win as a head coach in the 2019 season when the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

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Super Bowl LVII marks the first-ever playoff meeting between the Chiefs and Eagles. Reid, whose 21 career playoff wins are 2nd-most by a head coach in NFL history behind only Bill Belichick (31), has won all three of his regular season meetings against Philadelphia as the Chiefs’ head coach.

How can I watch and live stream Super Bowl 2023?

  • When: Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • TV Channel: FOX
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