The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

February 4, 2008

Going Out of Business…

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 8:22 pm

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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/don_banks/02/03/superbowl.snaps/1.html
Super Bowl Snaps
Sports Illustrated SI.com
February 4, 2008
Don Banks

• I’m glad Art Monk made the Hall of Fame. If only because it now puts the cottage industry known as the Art-Monk-deserves-to-be-in-the-Hall-of-Fame Washington lobbyist group out of business.

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http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/02/monk_campaign_disperses.html
Their Work Is Done
The Washington Post
February 8, 2008
Dan Steinberg

The Art Monk campaign was waged for years by the fans, from online petitions to those parking lot diehards who dressed in monk robes, from Tom Kercheval’s video-heavy Monk4TheHall site to Ted Jou’s Nexis-heavy Art Monk campaign blog. Hundreds if not thousands of their fellow fans confronted Hall voters directly, demanding Monk’s inclusion.

Sports Illustrated’s Dr. Z finally gave in under the onslaught, telling FanHouse’s Michael David Smith “I’m tired of being the [expletive],” while SI.com’s Don Banks no doubt spoke for many media members this week when he wrote “I’m glad Art Monk made the Hall of Fame. If only because it now puts the cottage industry known as the Art-Monk-deserves-to-be-in-the-Hall-of-Fame Washington lobbyist group out of business.”

But Banks brought up an interesting point: what will these out-of-business lobbyists do with themselves now that they’ve won? Will they miss the solidarity, miss being part of a cause, miss gearing up for election season each February?

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10 Comments »

  1. Thanks to all the Redskins fans who helped get Monk in. (He should have not needed any help – he should have been in on the first ballot 8 years ago. He is either just as great or better than every WR currently in the Hall).

    • Thanks to Jack Prather, aka “Remember the Redskins” with his great information on this site and everyone else who contributed.

    • The Skins fan(s) who put up highlights of Monk’s greatest games on You Tube..

    • Skins fan A. Levine for writing to Dr. Z throughout the years.

    • All the other people for the last 7 years who have campaigned for Art.

    • Most of all, TKerch, aka “Diss,” the architect behind the brilliant site http://www.monk4thehall.com.

    • The members of the national media and former players, scouts etc. who supported him all along – Mark Schlereth, Sean Salisbury, Bill Polian, Pat Kirwan. Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Andre Reed and many others for speaking out.

    • The local media – Czaban for knocking down King’s arguments a couple of years ago. Pollin too. Shapiro and Elfin and Wilbon. Everybody else.

    • And last but not least, the guys who did this song!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNCSHC1fsoo

    Congrats of course to Green too – I knew he’d get in, it was just a question of when. It’ll be great to see Monk go in with Green.

    Note – this doesn’t right the wrongs of the past – Monk should have been a first ballot hall of famer. I believe that King and Zimmerman and those who were anti-Monk in the past are not necessarily bad people – they just did very bad things and caused a lot of damage that lasted for many years by being so anti-Monk. We forgive them though, even though today there are more doubters in the media and otherwise because it took him 8 years after being eligible to get in.

    Also, on my site, http://www.coachmike.net/artmonk/artmonk.htm, I wrote a month ago: “The 1991 Redskins at 17-2, were one of the greatest teams of all-time, though they are rarely regarded as such. The 1991 Redskins only outscored their opponents by 17 points a game, better than every team in history except for the 2007 Patriots and the 1985 Bears. (It’s unfair to compare the 2007 Patriots to the 1991 Redskins, though, because the Skins were so much better. They had one of the best running attacks in the NFL while the Pats have one of the worst). Those Redskins took teams that spread the field with multiple wide receivers – the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills – and shredded them. The average score of the two playoff games and the Super Bowl that year was Redskins 34, opponents 14.”

    So how about some respect for the Redskins? All along, we knew the ‘91 team were not only better than this year’s Pats, but ranked among the greatest ever.
    Still, some of the hometown writers even downplay Monk’s accomplishments. Mike Wise of the Post, who arrived in DC yesterday, this week called Monk a possession WR, even though he had more TDs than Irvin, the same number of TDs as Lofton from 1980-1993, and a better average than Carter and Harrison.
    And Dan Daly of the Times says, “Didn’t the Skins essentially win two Super Bowls without him because he was hurt?” No, Dan, he came back and changed the course of the Super Bowl vs. the Broncos when the Skins were down 10-0, 3rd and 16, deep in their own territory, as he made a 40-yard catch – his first catch in 2 months because of an injury.
    Daly says Monk was “hardly treated unfairly.” Monk was treated more unfairly than any other player in the modern era regarding the HOF. Daly again mentions the 3 Pro Bowls, which should be trumped by Monk’s 7 TDs for a 26 yard average in the playoffs, 100 yards vs. the Bills in the Super Bowl, being named to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 80s, etc. (I could go on forever, and I do on my site…) And Daly ignores the fact that Monk had the stats to be named to several other Pro Bowls, and that Swann and Joiner went to just 3 themselves, and Stallworth and Biletnikoff just 4, and Riggins to just one. It’s so backwards, people being obsessed with the Pro Bowl, which doesn’t include playoffs. As I said on my site, “Nobody cares about this awful, boring, “all-star” game. It’s a joke.

    Still, we forgive and we remember that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    So What’s next? Gary Clark, Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby, Jim Lachey and Wilber Marshall all merit strong consideration.
    How about Hall and Oates for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Maybe we can right this wrong and stop by Cleveland on the way to Canton…

    Comment by Mike Frandsen — February 5, 2008 @ 3:10 am

  2. One final comment – Don Banks refers to the “Washington lobbyist group” that helped Monk…this was a true grass roots effort, funded on ramen noodles and water…

    So congrats to Art Monk, So everyone run some hills in honor of Art. Not a treadmill – do actual hills!

    “Make us tough from the heart.

    It’s a start, a work of art.

    To revolutionize make a change.”

    –“Fight the Power” by Public Enemy.

    Comment by Mike Frandsen — February 5, 2008 @ 11:13 am

  3. Believe us Don, we’re happy too.

    We have all had to spend WAY too much time showing the voters where they were mixed up. This is time we could have been spending on our jobs, spouses, friends, mowing the lawn, etc.

    This was made necessary because we felt an obligation to Mr. Monk. We owed a debt of gratitude to a man who showed many of us the appropriate way to go about our lives. Art Monk displayed that success could be achieved with hard work, with dedication, and without excessive self-promotion or self-aggrandizement.

    Our work on Mr. Monk’s behalf became necessary because too many of the voters did not get this lesson somewhere along the way. We had to become his stalwart promoters and trumpet blowers because his inherent patience and humility did not “pop” for some of these selectors.

    We can now return fully to our other good works. We can do this because our efforts here have apparently been influential and successful. The continued sharing of our esteem for Mr. Monk and the ways in which we believed he was the perfect candidate for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been cited by more than one source as a significant factor in the eventual result.

    We have participated in this good work, this repayment of debt to a decent man, because we felt we had to. It was the right thing to do. Our participation lasted as long as it was made necessary by those who we endeavored to convince.

    There is one more thing we can do, however. We can enjoy Mr. Monk’s rightful enshrinement. We will be in force in Canton in August to say one more official “thank you” to a man who has inspired us, a man whose example of determination and patience has bolstered our own in this campaign.

    That man is Hall of Famer Art Monk.

    Comment by remember the redskins — February 5, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  4. I am estatic the Art Monk finally made the HOF. I think the voters were forced to notice players and coaches points of view in light of the questions Monk fans and Redskins fans brought to the table. The voters realized that no one was more qualified to judge Monk’s enshrinement than the players (teammates and opponents) that believed he should be enshrined. Thank you guys, those of you that put this website together, for getting this arguement heard, not just by the fans, but by the players too.

    Mr. Banks, I’m sorry to inform you that the fans work is never done. There are so many others that have not received their due by the HOF (not just Redskins). Art Monk was the most overlooked candidate for the HOF the last 8 years. It’s now our honor and privaledge to help secure others.

    There are many deserving Redskins, and my next choice is the great PAT FISCHER. I’ll be working towards his enshrinement next!!
    Let the grass get mowed by the landscaper, I’ve got more important things to do!

    Comment by Roy Shields — February 5, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

  5. As Joe Paterno once famously said:
    “If I ever need to get a brain transplant, I want to get it from a sportswriter. That way, I’ll know its never been used”

    So we get of few cynical little parting shots from cynical little people. Dr. Z and Banks among them.

    Some cottage industry, ehhh Banks? Don’t forget to include some of its high profile members. Andre Reed, Michael Irvin, Steve Largent, Jerry Rice among Monk’s peers. Ronnie Lott and Rod Woodson among the guys who tried to slow Monk down. All scratching their head wondering what those sportswriters could possibly be thinking. Really Banks, we are glad to be out of business. Though your colleagues should have never let it get to this point.

    As for the little people that were at the heart of the cottage, we simply knew that Monk was a wonderful player and a winner.

    I sort of get a kick out if it when people apologize for his yards per catch or not enough catches because he was needed to block or do the tough stuff over the middle. When you are setting records, maybe the apologies shouldn’t be needed. But it became a game and some writers needed their strokes.

    Monk was deserving of the Hall on his catches alone.

    There were other qualities. He was a nasty blocker, a role model, a team first player, a guy who always made the smart decision, who played well in big games and playoffs. Just add it to the list. And his rings, the fact he did it with less that stellar QBs on a run first team, got tough first downs, etc etc.

    Yeah, this little cottage industry has been around too long. I’m glad to see it go out of business, too.

    Comment by overdue — February 6, 2008 @ 4:10 am

  6. Did anyone else catch the final episode of Inside the NFL?

    Their discussion of the Hall of Fame centered almost entirely on complaining about Cris Carter not being elected this year. So much so that they did not even say the names of Darrell Green, Andre Tippett, Fred Dean, Emmitt Thomas, and Gary Zimmerman! They mentioned Art Monk’s name only as it related to his getting in ahead of Carter. There appeared to be no acknowledgement of why anyone might consider Monk a better candidate than Carter. You can see those reasons elsewhere on this site.

    To his credit, Carter DID say that the elected candidates were deserving. However, he also made the ridiculous statement that he minded having to wait ONE YEAR becaue: “What if something were to happen to me or my son in that time?” We understand that you are disappointed, Cris. We understand it better than many. We’ve been waiting for Monk to be honored for EIGHT years. Perhaps you now understand how others have felt. If the best candidates had gone in every year rather than the voters trying to right past wrongs, Monk would not have been on the ballot this year. He would have gone in long ago, ahead of Stallworth, Swann, Lofton, and Irvin. You have just tasted a very small portion of the disappointment which Monk and his fans have faced for almost a decade. Suck it up, and stop complaining like a little girl with your gaggle of TV pals. Monk always left the complaining to his fans. He showed class and professionalism in the face of disappointment. Try to follow his example.

    Maybe there’s a reason these guys were the ones on watch when this show was cancelled after 31 years.

    Comment by remember the redskins — February 7, 2008 @ 7:17 am

  7. One more thing: I’d like to thank Ted Jou for doing this artmonk.wordpress.com site. I didn’t know who did it until I read Mike Wise’s sports bog in the Post. Great work, Ted!

    Comment by Mike Frandsen — February 9, 2008 @ 2:40 am

  8. But thank goodness we can still get cheap shots from guys like Jason Whitlock at foxsports.com who go on whining about how underserving Art Monk is to join the Hall…reminds us once again the quality of person who has opposed Monk’s inclusion all these years.

    Comment by Bwana — February 12, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

  9. I got my tickets today!

    Hail to the Redskins!

    See you in Canton!

    Comment by remember the redskins — June 25, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  10. We’re not quite out of business yet.

    Our next bit of business involves forming a mob scene in Canton to congratulate Mr. Monk.

    We will succeed at this also.

    Comment by remember the redskins — July 7, 2008 @ 9:58 am


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