This time tomorrow, 46 of us will be locked in a room (not literally) to go through the all-day process of electing the next Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
We start at 8 a.m. and we may emerge by 3, if we’re lucky. There are 15 candidates on the modern-day ballot and two seniors.
Here’s how this unusual process works:
Before each vote, there can be a debate. Before the first votes, there is a very long debate that takes literally hours. We discuss the two seniors and then vote individually on them, simply a yes or no. If one or both receives 80 percent of the yes vote, they are in.
We then move to the 15 modern-day candidates. We discuss one man, end it, and then move to the next. After all of that, we vote for our top 10. The votes are tallied and five are eliminated.
We can then discuss the remaining 10. After that, we vote for our top 5. The votes are tallied, and five more are eliminated. We then have five names to vote yes or no. All five can make it, but only one can be eliminated.
Jerome Bettis is among the finalists, as is Kevin Greene, both former Steelers but, of course, the Bus the most beloved by their fans. He has a decent shot this year, he’s the only running back on the ballot, but he also will have some tough competition for those final five spots. We’ll see.
Onto some stuff:
--- If you need to know any more why the Steelers haven’t had cheerleaders for more than 40 years, here is the best reason I can think of involving a Super Bowl "snub" for one of the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders:
--- Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV interviewed Art Rooney the other day. Here’s a transcript:
--- And here’s an interview with former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed from 93.7 The Fan:
--- No Slog Saturday because I’ll be reporting early for Hall of Fame duty. You never know, though, when GD will add an item. I’ll have a morning blog Sunday.
A few of your questions:
Any truth to the rumors that the Steelers are either considering the release of Ryan Clark or that Clark is considering retirement?
ME: From what I saw, someone cooked up that idea after Clark shut down his Twitter account, trying to add two plus two and coming up with 3.
Ed, would steelers brain trust ever have an inclination to hire wannstedt & or Tom Bradley for assistant coach openings if not this year down the road... i e, when coach lebeau retires or for Lb coach? Thanks ME: They definitely would consider Bradley, and I would not rule out Dave Wannstedt either. Both have close ties and would be good additions. However, when Dick LeBeau retires – maybe I should say if – Keith Butler would succeed him and they would be looking for a linebackers coach, not a coordinator.
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