How the Hall of Fame should address future no-shows

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In the wake of Terrell Owens’ boycott of last weekend’s Hall-of-Fame induction ceremony, there have been suggestions as to what the Hall should do next … if, in fact, there is a next … when someone stiffs Canton — with one report indicating it is considering a rule guaranteeing the attendance of future inductees.

To which we respond … huh?

Look, we don’t know if there will be future boycotts, but one thing we’ve learned covering the NFL over the past four decades is never to say never.  Sooooo …. we have an idea.

As Hall-of-Fame voters, we at the Talk of Fame Network believe that any proposal guaranteeing the attendance of enshrinees is … how should we put this? … ill-conceived and misguided. It not only is an overreaction to what just transpired but an idea fraught with so many potholes it creates more problems than it solves.

So, then, how should the Hall respond if and when, say, T.O., Part Deux, decides he’d rather be celebrated in Tennessee … or California … or Kuala Lumpur … than Canton? Ah, there’s an easy solution, and it’s one the Hall should waste no time embracing. And that solution is …

In this week’s Talk of Fame Network podcast.  

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  1. Bear fan Bob
    August 8, 2018

    I don’t know why this is a issue. Very simple no show up. No jacket , with all of the public embarrassment that goes with it. Headline needs to be HOF REPO’S gold jacket. NO political statements should be allowed in article. I am quite sure it won’t happen again…. person might think twice before acting like a dope…..

    • August 8, 2018

      Don’t think it will happen again, either, especially after Hall took a stand. But as I said … never say never.

  2. bachslunch
    August 21, 2018

    Just got a chance to read this. Agreed that this is likely a unique circumstance. I actually think the HoF handled it fine by simply ignoring him. Just pop his jacket in the mail and leave it at that.

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