I just got back from Berkeley (the women's team topped U$C in overtime) and read about the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008 on my cell phone on the way to the El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station to my car.
Congrats to those that got in. Redskins corner Darrell Green began his career when I was in the first grade and finished up after I was done with grad school. Art Monk was one of the best of his era, as was tackle Gary Zimmerman.
I'm a bit too young to remember Fred Dean and wasn't even born to see Emmitt Thomas and didn't see a lot of Andre Tippett.
But I know Raider fans are miffed as to why the best punter in NFL history, Ray Guy, still isn't in the HOF.
Being the best at one's position should be enough, but he's a punter. It's one of those contradictions among us in the media.
Many media members are quick to chide a punter for missing a tackle, but never give those that play the position the respect they deserve for the impact they can have on the game.
That's right. Us media folks can be hypocrites.
The biggest surprises were Cris Carter and Randall McDaniel. Warren Sapp once told me McDaniel was the toughest guard he'd ever played against from their days in the old NFC Central, then in practice as teammates.
Carter's play from 1993-00 should have been enough to get him in.
And why Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas gets no love is baffling.
I'll check in during the game tomorrow (I hear some of you actually look at blogs during games) and try to be as insightful as I can be watching at home.