The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

November 8, 2007

Dr. Z sees the light

Filed under: News, Voter Articles — DjTj @ 10:54 pm

Early Call for the Hall
Sports Illustrated
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Dr. Z

I’m tired of being a negative. I’m tired of all the impassioned letters asking me what did he ever do to me. I’ve been thinking long and hard about this. OK, he caught a lot of short passes but he also bought a lot of first downs, and he was a terrific team guy, well-respected and a pleasure from whom to borrow money. Why must I continue to pound a shoe on the table?“Because the heel is falling off,” says The Flaming Redhead. Hey, can’t you see this is serious? What’s the matter with you?

Where was I? Oh yeah, Art Monk. OK. He’s got my vote. D.C. e-mailers can mail their contributions to me, care of the office.


  1. Well hallelujah and ring them bells.

    Comment by Benjamin Etkin — November 9, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

  2. Sheesh. Finally. Hope it sways some others. Credit where credit is due, but, man, what was going on in that guy’s head? Back to watching the video…

    Comment by Bill Walsh — November 9, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

  3. We need to remember that all this means is that he is voting to include Monk in the list of 25 intermediate nominees. This does not mean that he will vote for Monk down the line as the list continues to be cropped. We need to continue putting the pressure on (Politely!) Heaven knows, we’ve offered tons of evidence and arguments in Mr. Monk’s favor, but if anyone can think of any other angles, they could be helpful.
    My personal point of view on this year’s nominees is that while Cris Carter is probably a cinch to get in relatively quickly, he should NOT be a first-ballot guy. A first ballot guy would have had more personal and team success in the playoffs than Mr. Carter did. I totally understand when a guy is individually strong in the playoffs, but his team just isn’t good enough, or if a guy puts up decent numbers while his team is winning big. Neither of these descriptions match the situation with Carter, however. His personal playoff numbers are very average. In fact, they are not nearly as good as Monk’s. If you compare Carter’s stats from his NFC Championship game appearances to Monk’s, the difference is particularly notable.
    Catches per Game- Carter: 4.5 Monk: 5.3
    Yards per Game- Carter: 45.5 Monk: 85
    Touchdowns per game- Carter: 0 Monk: .3
    Yards per catch- Carter: 10.1 Monk: 15.9
    Monk and the Redskins won in two out of three appearances, beating Montana’s 49ers in ’83-’84 who would go 15-1 and win the Super Bowl the following year, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champ Giants, who were led by Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson & Phil Simms and coached by Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick in ’86-’87, then beating Barry Sanders’ Lions while the Redskins were on their own Super Bowl-winning run in ’91-’92.
    Meanwhile, Carter’s below-average performances contributed to the Vikings losing first at home to the Chris Chandler, Jammal Anderson Falcons, who were then routed in the Super Bowl by Denver, then losing 41-0 to the Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan Giants, who were then routed by the Ravens in the Super Bowl.
    This is not an argument against Carter eventually being inducted. It is, however, an argument against his being a first-ballot inductee. By putting off Carter’s induction a couple of years, the voters can honor Monk, who has been waiting patiently for seven years.
    Monk, who has three Super Bowl rings, as compared to Carter’s zero Super Bowl appearances.

    Monk, whose ‘Skins teams won 66% of the playoff games he participated in, as compared to the 25% winning percentage of Carter’s teams in the playoffs.

    Monk, whose personal playoff stats are better than Carter’s.

    Monk, who acheived those numbers against stronger competition than what Carter faced.

    Monk, who held three different league records for a total of about 14 years, compared to Carter, who held one league record for a total of a single year.

    Monk, the right choice for induction in 2008.


    Comment by remember the redskins — November 11, 2007 @ 10:56 am

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