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  1. Kimi

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    I've got a question regarding the Hall of Fame. Why isn't it call the Hall of Greatness? Most of the post here are who is better, and people post thing like trophy lists for each of them, one has more and therefore is greater and should go in, and then an argument after that.

    The way I see the Hall of Fame is that’s what it is. A hall that houses the Famous players, not just the greats. Take Lindros for example, he was meant the be the next big thing, and was for a while. It made him famous, that huge trade to Flyers his dominance on the ice and all the disappointment all at to this fame. If you ask me, he should be in the hall for that.

    Was the Hall of Fame design just for the greats? Or was it a hall for the famous? I don’t know much, I just wonder what some of you guys think…
     
  2. Ogopogo*

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    I give the Hall the respect it deserves. I consider it interesting but far from the definitive list of the greatest players of all time. Too many players are in that I think are not deserving of the honor so, I take HOF selections with a very large grain of salt.

    Back to your main point. Hall of "fame" is quite accurate. It is not exactly the hall of greatness - perhaps, that is what I will name my list. ;)
     
  3. tom_servo

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    Interesting that you take Hall of Fame voting with a grain of salt, but do not do so for awards voting.
     
  4. Ogopogo*

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    I tire of going through this over and over again but, here goes:

    The awards are voted on by people that actually saw the players play. Every season was voted on by the people that covered the league. Is it perfect? No. Is it the best we have? Yes. Award winners supplemented with relevant statistics is very effective.

    Tell me, who on the Hall of Fame selection committee has seen Eddie Shore play? Cy Denneny? Howie Morenz? OK, having said that, how can they compare the value of, say, Pat Lafontaine to those players? If they are basing it on what they saw, their selection process is sadly lacking. If they are basing it on raw stats - without really analyzing them - their selection process is hurting again.

    Make sense, Tom?
     
  5. chooch*

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    :biglaugh: you know nothing about these awards
     
  6. Ogopogo*

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    Why do you bother even chiming in on anything? Make a point or abstain. You are a fool, I don't even know why I bother responding to your childish drivel.
     
  7. DETROIT SKABOY

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    makes sense
    if it was hall of greatness less people would make it in
    perhaps we should start one :)
     
  8. Paxon

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    You never miss a chance, do you? Do you wear a shirt that you scribbled "Appreciate My System!" on?

    It is called the Hall of Fame because that is simply the traditional name for these things. As far as it being a definitive list of the greatest players, it isn't. It isn't supposed to be.. such a thing is impossible. No one is ever going to agree on who the greatest players are. You standing up with a list of your formulaic output saying "Here it is, these are the great ones" isn't any more definitive than just one of the Hall voters standing up and saying "Here are the players I think are great". You both have your ideas of what greatness is and how it is quantified. The difference is no one else claims that they're "right" because they realize it is an opinion. When enough people have that opinion it becomes conventional wisdom (which is often the result of collective idiocy, but anyhow). Either way, no one is right. You aren't wrong about who is great (though you're usually alone), you are just wrong in thinking that you're right. And it is getting really annoying.
     
  9. Ogopogo*

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    I have some advice for you. Don't read my posts.
     
  10. Paxon

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    Ditto.

    He did make a point, albeit not one with much depth. It was, however, quite direct. He says you don't know anything about these awards and in terms of how you sanctify them, I'd tend to agree.

    You honestly think the Hall voters by and large didn't see the players up for vote play? You think the award voters all have? PLEASE. The Hall of Fame is exactly like the awards. They are all to be taken with a grain of salt. Both are swayed by personal bias, differing opinions on what is more important in a player, differing levels of viewing of each player by each voter, country of origin, team played for, popularity, etc, etc. In fact, popularity is as reliable a comparitive tool as awards are.

    Of course you don't agree which makes me wrong, or so says every smart ass little kid who still believe in Santa.
     
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    No why would I do a thing like that? The irony, of course, is that you just complained about another poster and even questioned why you respond to him. Makes a man wonder, no?
     
  12. Ogopogo*

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    I gave you that advice for YOUR benefit. Your blood pressure seems to be getting out of control by reading my stuff.

    I have no problem with your critiques but please don't have a stroke while typing your replies.
     
  13. Paxon

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    Ah, I see... very similar to your "I'm sorry I hurt your feelings" comment. Very often people come up with such comments and it always comes off as a defensive measure. What on Earth would make you think I'm angry? Through text at that.

    If I don't agree with someone I'm mad? Hell, if you think I'm arguing with any fervor at this point I don't know what you'd think of my temperament if I were actually invested. And I still wouldn't be angry at that point.

    Stick to the issues as these little jabs aren't going to make you look any better.

    It is amazing how often this seems to happen... maybe I need rage counseling? :dunno:

    Aside from this odd little side-story, the advice may have been for my benefit, but it'd apply as well to you. If you think it applies poorly to you then that may give you some idea of how irrelevant it was to me.
     
  14. Ogopogo*

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    Hall voters have not seen every player in NHL history play. Award voters are only voting for one season. They have seen the players during that one season so they are in good position to make a judgment for that year. Are their picks perfect? No. That is why I have included runners up in addition to the award winners in my ratings.

    Award voters are in much better position than Hall voters. If Hall voters are basing their picks on stats and watching players, how can they possibly compare today's stars with those of the 20s? Where is the bar? But, that is why I have created my system. I found the Hall of Fame to not be a measure of the greatest players of all time.
     
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    You do know the HHOF selection committee changes, right? It's not like the damn thing opened last year.

    This is like out of that Sunday comics game "Spot the Difference", except there's no answer.
     
  16. Ogopogo*

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    The guys that elected Denneny, Lalonde and Morenz are not the guys on the committee today. So, how does the committee of today compare Pat Lafontaine with guys like Denneny, Lalonde and Morenz? Or, do they just start fresh and not consider where Lafontaine's career stacks up with the all-time greats?

    Who is the worst player in the Hall? Does the committee know? That is my point.

    The guys that vote for awards have seen all the players in action during the same season so it is all in context.
     
  17. Paxon

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    Hall voters don't vote for every player in history. I don't imagine many players from the 1920's are currently up for Hall vote. I'm no expert on precisely each individual voting, but certainly they've watched the guys from the past couple decades who are the ones, by vast majority, coming up for election. If I'm wrong there let me know, but I'm pretty sure I'm not.

    I was playing with some hyperbole when I said they see as much of the players they vote for as year-by-year awards, but it certainly isn't far off and would be subject to a case-by-case basis anyhow. There is always major concern among fans and some voters of all the sports leagues, including the college levels, that many voters simply don't have the necessary knowledge to vote on the awards. In other words, many of them aren't watching the amount of games they should and so forth. To be frank, I don't trust the people voting for the Hall or the awards at all, especially when it comes to writers voting. Sports writers are among the most biased people imaginable.

    It is a very good question how they measure players from one era and another. The simple answer is that they all use their own criteria and that is for the best. You'd think that then collectively the results are pretty good. Sure, your system shows different results than the Hall voters. Well, for starters there have been many different Hall voters through time. It would be down-right frightening if you were able to come up with the same list that many different people through many many years came up with. However, that means you found the Hall of Fame to have a different measure of greatness than your system. It doesn't mean it isn't a measure of greatness any less than yours. Because who says yours is perfect? Perhaps you think it is, but then you have a bunch of people who disagree, thinking yours isn't a measure of greatness.

    That's just it, we aren't supposed to agree. To say though that the Hall isn't a place for the greatest players of all-time simply isn't fair to those who are in it. It may not be a place for every single great and it may be a place for some not-so-greats, but it does a good job all things considered. It is the only Hall of Fame we have (well, there's the international one). Part of the fun is arguing who we think should and shouldn't make it. Saying "well, here is a list of exactly who should and shouldn't make it according to some strict statistical criteria, nothing else considered" isn't very fun. However, saying "well this and that, blah blah, plus he finished 20th in my system's list and all the other guys in the top 25 are already in the Hall" takes your system and makes its output relevant and interesting... without being so absolute about it.
     
  18. Ogopogo*

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    I think the issue is simply that you don't like it that I consider my system "the gospel"

    OK, let's put it this way. I don't consider it "gospel" but I treat it as more accurate than anything else available. The system makes all kinds of sense to me and I think it is a better way that just "eyeballing it" or just having personal opinions and biases.

    Perfect? No. It it THE authoritative system? No. But I like it. A lot.
     
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    Alright, but I don't see myself how it is better than personal opinions. After all, it is just a mathematical result of what your opinions of greatness are.

    And again, it isn't my only issue with it (see Lindros vs Forsberg for example).
     
  20. Ogopogo*

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    Personal opinions are many times based on having seen a certain player more than another. Some people would say that Lafontaine was greater than Mike Bossy because they never saw Bossy play. The stats and awards, used properly, help us to consider the players we have never seen.

    With my system, every player gets an equal opportunity to make his case. I don't discount players that I have never seen.
     
  21. chooch*

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    Who have you seen anyway? :biglaugh:

    Ombongo, you overlook that sentiment plays a big role in many of the subjective awards like the Smythe or the AllStar selections (or they just go on scoring) and that there is a story behind many of the "objective" awards like the Art Ross.

    Give it a rest. Your "system" is for kids.

    Read some Dick Irvin books and come back better informed to this site.
     
  22. Ogopogo*

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    Dick Irvin books. :biglaugh:

    That wouldn't explain your Montreal bias now would it?
     
  23. Malefic74

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    My problem with the Awards is how vague some are. Some are straightforward. The Art Ross and Jennings for instance. Everything else is VERY subjective.

    The Hart? Best player that season or Most Valuable to his team? Often different things. (Iginla vs Theodore for example)

    The Vezina? Is goalie more deserving putting up great numbers on a strong team or putting up above average numbers on a bad team? (Brodeur vs Luongo)

    The Selke? Does a defensive forward need goals to get this or not? Years ago Kurri was overlooked for this award a LOT. Now if you don't bag at least twenty to go with your defensive play you have no chance.

    And my favorite, the Norris. Do you value offence or defence from a blueliner? Defence wins championships but not awards. No defensive blueliner has won the Norris since Langway in 83 despite many worthy performances.

    Add to this there is a certain regional bias. Eastern writers and voters don't see as many Western teams or games. They vote on what they say and if I were intheir shoes I would vote for players I saw more of. Not out of favortism, but I'd simply feel better voting for a player I had seen more of. Granted, it's not as bad as it once was, but it is present.

    Add it all up and all it means to me is the only reliable awards are the ones atached to statistics.
     
  24. Ogopogo*

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    Award selections are not perfect and neither are most statistics.

    But, award selections and runners up, are better than no eyewitness accounts at all. Other than goals and assists, there really isn't an NHL stat that gives us an accurate representation of a player's worth.

    Award votes do have their bias but, I think that at least 80% of voters do an honest attempt at getting it right. So, by rewarding the winner and the runner up, I think I capture a close to accurate picture of the best players each season.

    With defensive defensemen, I think that most of them just happen to score a lot, as well. To be a complete player you need to play offensively AND defensively. Many players that are great defensively but cannot score are missing half their game. But, the players that contribute both defense and scoring means they are well rounded and often better players. Pronger, Stevens and Bourque come to mind. To contribute ONLY defensively or ONLY offensively means you have to be amazing at your craft to be the best defenseman in the league. Langway did it and Coffey did it as well. Not very often do you see a completely one dimensional player win the Norris. Usually the player scores a lot but plays in his own end very well, too.
     
  25. Malefic74

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    I generally agree here. But why not reward all three nominees with some kind of weighted system? Is there a reason you leave them out?
     
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