Hall of Fame Diary: Day 4

Today, was fan day.

No, not any special type of fan event. Today, had nothing to do with being media. It was all about just being a fan. 

Correction. There was some media work involved which you can read about at The Sporting Nation. Aside from that, it was all about the experience. Soaking it in began quickly:

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Players adorned both walls as you enter the museum itself to the left. A who’s who greeting you hello. Hello, Jerry. Hello, Reggie. Hey, how you doin’ L.T. and Anthony? 

Alright, so maybe that’s just a me thing having a conversation in my head…with a wall…of players. (enter smiley face emoticon here)

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Be the ball. 

Gold star if you know that line. That’s the first thing that popped into my head as I look at this picture again. The ball of today…so vastly different than the one from the old days, eh? 

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Read any “Greatest Athletes” list and you’re sure to find the name of Jim Thorpe on there. Here he is bigger than life:

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Well-worn:

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“Reintegration” 

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Game changer. As much as I may overuse the term, it applies here:

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There were other #32’s. Then there was Jim Brown:

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I think this would have made a great dress on me. Not that I would ever do that, but that was my first thought when I saw how big this jersey was.

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He wanted me to take a picture with him, but I didn’t want to break the camera.

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If you like history, this display is for you. It has yearly record for every team, including defunct teams or those under different names. 

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Pro football as we know it today would never be what it is without technology:

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Found this guy too. He didn’t ask to take a picture with me. Whew!

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40 points in one game. Not in basketball. In football. By Ernie Nevers. 

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One of my favorite displays to see? Mayyyyyyyybeeeeeee. 

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Walter Payton may be right there too on the favorites.

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These next two pictures belong together. If you haven’t heard the name Tom Fears, click here. 

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The gold jackets are BIG!

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On Pro Football HOF Weekend, the wait to see the busts is long. But, it was well worth it.

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Anything to do with the Raiders, well, you know the drill with me:

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In this edition of How to take a bad display picture… (still, it is Oakland)

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Those who know me know that I hate having my picture taken. Bonus. I’ll edit for a better picture later.

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As my friend Russ said, “Only place you’ll ever see this display.”

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What a terrific time in Canton. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. One that I won’t soon forget. If you get a chance to go, DO IT!

Lots of pictures to sort through when I get home. I’ll add more later. Until next time…

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CadChica Sports

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