The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

May 17, 2006

05-17-06: Status Report

Filed under: News — DjTj @ 11:05 am

After three months of research, here is the count of Hall of Fame voters:

No: 6 (8 or more prevents induction)
Yes: 18 (32 or more guarantees induction)
Unknown/Maybe: 15

They basically fall into five categories:

The Enemy (3): These are voters actively trying to keep Art Monk out of the Hall of Fame through their columns and their arguments in the voting room:

Green Bay: Cliff Christl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New York (Jets): Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated
At Large: Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Our Heroes (4): These voters are actively campaigning for Art Monk's induction into the Hall of Fame through their columns or through presentations in the voting room:

St. Louis: Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Washington: Len Shapiro, Washington Post
PFWA: David Elfin, Washington Times
At Large: Mike Wilbon, Washington Post

The Doubters (3): These voters have bought many of the arguments made by the enemy, and they are probably voting against Art Monk.  However, they aren't actively campaigning against Art, and maybe they could even change their minds:

Dallas: Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
New England: Ron Borges, Boston Globe
At Large: Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com

The Fan Club (14): This is the largest identifiable block of voters, and the people here support Art Monk and have been voting for him, but they haven't been very public about it and possibly don't like to talk much about Hall of Fame voting to respect the sanctity of the process.  They're listed in *very* rough order according to their support for Art:

Atlanta: Furman Bisher, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Baltimore: Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV
Carolina: Charles Chandler, Charlotte Observer
Cincinnati: Chick Ludwig, Dayton Daily News
Jacksonville: Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
San Francisco: Ira Miller, San Francisco Chronicle
Seattle: John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine
Houston: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Tampa Bay: Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Tennessee: David Climer, The Tennessean
At Large: Jarrett Bell, USA Today
Oakland: Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
At Large: Bob Oates, Los Angeles Times
Chicago: Don Pierson, Chicago Tribune

The Unknowns (15): Just under half the voters have either sent mixed signals or no signals at all.  They can be roughly divided into three sub-groups:

Not Sold on Monk (4):
Buffalo: Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News
Cleveland: Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Kansas City: Bob Gretz, KCFX Overland Park, KS
Philadelphia: Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News

Leaning Towards Monk (3):
Minnesota: Sid Hartman, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Pittsburgh: Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
San Diego: Jerry Magee, San Diego Union Tribune

Total Mysteries (8):
Arizona: Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Denver: Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News
Detroit: Jerry Green, The Detroit News
Indianapolis: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Miami: Edwin Pope, Miami Herald
New Orleans: Peter Finney, Times-Picayune
New York (Giants): Vinny DiTrani, Bergen Record
At Large: Dave Goldberg, Associated Press

There are still 5 months until the first Hall of Fame cut and 9 months until the final vote.  That's plenty of time to do more research, so if anyone uncovers any information about these voters, especially the unknowns, please leave a comment on this site.

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