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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Why So Secret?

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In the Internet age, it seems preposterous the football-loving public isn't privy to voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's time for that to change.

It's only equitable for Hall of Fame voters to be held just as accountable as the players about whom they wrote and tangentially off whom they made a living. The only way for that to happen is to have their votes as part of the public record.

No player, no matter how great, went through his NFL career without media criticism. Most of them handled it professionally, and even those who didn't, well, that shouldn't mar their Hall of Fame credentials if they excelled on the field.

With the greatest individual honor in sports at stake, players have a right to know who voted for them, and perhaps more important, who didn't. Especially if the voters are folks who covered the players for a living.

The public has a right to know as well. If I were a Redskins season ticket holder, for example, and had paid a lot of money to watch my favorite players, I'd want to know why it took so long for Art Monk to get in. Ditto for Bob Hayes if I were a Cowboys season ticket holder.

Without fans' constant craving for information, journalists would be out of business. So when the Hall of Fame voting comes around, journalists decide it's just fine to keep things secret? That just doesn't make sense.

By Gene Wang  |  August 7, 2009; 6:13 PM ET  | Category:  Fans , Gene Wang , NFL , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Are they that secretive? They seem like such a bunch of arrogant, know it alls. I can't believe they wouldn't want to tell us why they so wisely waited so long to induct what should have been a first vote, no brainer inductee, Art Monk.

Posted by: wcasey1 | August 8, 2009 10:19 AM

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