Apparently, the issues with the way the Pro Football Hall of Fame voting isn't going away anytime too soon.
Peter King took umbrage with something written by Jason Whitlock recently regarding the way the voting is done. Whitlock all but called some of the voters on the panel racists, which is ridiculous. Of course, this is the same Whitlock who was once suspended by the Kansas City Star for taunting a fan at a Patriots-Chiefs game by holding up a sign calling Drew Bledsoe gay, so you have to consider the source.
Whitlock is a clown.
As for the Hall of Fame voting process, I have no problem with it.
Every year, 44 voters – one from each NFL city and 12 at-large voters – gather at the site of the Super Bowl to whittle down the list to five new members and give their rubber stamp of approval to the two veteran committee nominees.
I know several of the voters and these guys take it very seriously. It's worked pretty darn well over the years.
But now, we have people like Whitlock championing making changes to the system by adding more voters to the process.
I've been a member of the Pro Football Writers of America for 18 years. Were I a member of the Pro Baseball Writers of America, I would have gotten a vote for the Hall of Fame after 10 years of covering the league.
That's why there are about 2,000 people out there voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame - many of whom haven't covered baseball in years. They simply pay their dues every year to keep their vote – I actually know people who do this.
And that's why you have a number of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame who don't really belong.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is different. There's a more rigid voting process. And that's the way it should be.
Everybody has favorite players who they think should get in. For Whitlock, it's Willie Roaf. But Dermontti Dawson hasn't gotten in yet and if Whitlock thinks Roaf was better than Dawson, I would suggest he lay off the sauce for a while.
But that's the great thing about these kind of honors - it's purely subjective.
Dawson will get in at some point - probably next year. Jerome Bettis will get in at some point as well.
Only five guys get in each year, which, when you consider that there are currently 32 teams with 53 men on each roster, isn't a lot.
That's the way it should be. It's the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of the Pretty Good.