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Last year, we gave you, the Dubsism readers a chance to cast your ballot for who deserved induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This year, this year, we are expanding your chances for interaction by adding an entire new round of voting. The Dubsists did such a better job of calling who should be in the Hall that we thought why not let them create a better list of finalists as well?
Then we thought why not have a bit of fun with it by making it a contest?
Here’s how it works.
In the first round, you select fifteen candidates whom you believe will make the list of finalists. You then rank those selected candidates #1 through #15 based on your confidence they will be on the actual list released by the Hall of Fame. For example, if a player you list as #1 makes the list of fifteen finalists, you will score 15 points. The scoring descends by a point per place, ending with #15 being worth a single point.
Deadline for submission is November 1st. You can either leave your lists in the Comments section or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. No entries will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. ET on November 1st.
Once the finalists are announced, we repeat the process. Once the finalists are announced, we will post a blog with a list of them. You send us an email to email@example.com or leave a comment on that blog post with the same rules in place. Rank your five inductees from the list of finalists, with the scoring being as follows.
In other words, Round 2 is “Double Jeopardy” where the scores can really change. The highest total score after both rounds will be the winner, but to be declared the winner, you will have had to participate in both rounds.
Obviously, as a proud supporter of the Jerry Kramer for the Hall of Fame movement, it would be a bit silly for us to have this challenge and not mention that until Kramer gets his place in Canton, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will suffer from a major credibility gap. We here at Dubsism are on the record with our belief as to where Mr. Kramer belongs in the pantheons of Pro Football history, both on an individual basis and where he belongs in terms of the all-time great offensive linemen.
* Denotes Finalist in 2015; CAPS UNDERLINED indicates candidate’s first year of eligibility
Drew Bledsoe, BRETT FAVRE, Steve McNair, Phil Simms, Vinny Testaverde, *Kurt Warner
Running Backs (15)
Shaun Alexander, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, *Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Edgerrin James, Daryl Johnston, Jamal Lewis, CLINTON PORTIS, Herschel Walker (also as KR), Ricky Watters, BRIAN WESTBROOK
Wide Receivers (9)
Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard (also as PR), *Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, TERRELL OWENS, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith
Tight Ends (2)
Mark Bavaro, Jay Novacek
Offensive Linemen (19)
Tony Boselli (T), Jeff Bostic (C), Jim Covert (T), ALAN FANECA (G), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Jon Jansen (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), Kevin Mawae (C/G), Mark May (G/T/C), Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G), *Orlando Pace (T), Chris Samuels (T), Mark Schlereth (G), Steve Wisniewski (G)
Defensive Linemen (6)
Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Leslie O’Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT), Bryant Young (DT)
Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, KEITH BULLUCK, *Kevin Greene (also DE), Ken Harvey, Levon Kirkland, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Matt Millen, Sam Mills, Zach Thomas, MIKE VRABEL
Defensive Backs (14)
Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Rodney Harrison (S), Ty Law (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), *John Lynch (S), LAWYER MILLOY (SS), DARREN SHARPER (FS), Shawn Springs (CB), Troy Vincent (CB/S), Everson Walls (CB), Darren Woodson (S)
*Morten Andersen (K), Gary Anderson (K), JOHN CARNEY (K), Jason Elam (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K)
Special Teams – Postion Players (3)
ETHAN ALBRIGHT (LS), Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (also WR)
*Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, *Tony Dungy, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, *Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Pete Rodriguez, Lou Saban, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil
Here’s the ballot you have to beat for Round 1:
Don’t forget, the deadline for entering Round 1 is 11:59 p.m. ET on November 1st. You can either leave your lists in the Comments section or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.