Art Monk Internet Reaction: Sad
Being neither a native Washingtonian nor a Redskins fan, I can't entirely share in the fanatical Art Monk worship that crops up around this time every year, but years of exposure have at least made me sympathetic to the heartbroken masses who hurt so badly, for whatever reason. So let's consider some of the reaction this week.
2) Daniel Snyder issues a statement: "A good man and legitimate Hall of Famer is being denied entry for reasons we never know, by people who secretly vote. Art Monk is a Hall of Famer by any measure. This is not right."
3) The tireless crusader behind Monk For the Hall also issues a statement, which runs to 1,542 words, 1,506 words longer than Snyder's. Even I get depressed reading it.
As I listened to the list of the six finalists read this morning and heard that Art Monk's name was not one of them, a feeling of absolute dejection came over me. And it was more than just the fact that Art was snubbed once again. It went deeper than that....This is not sour grapes. This is not Redskins vs. Cowboys. This is right and wrong.
Etc. The Michael Irvin thing, needless to say, made it particularly painful for Monk For the Hall.
4) Redskins.com's Casey Hubbard writes an homage to Monk, entitled "Character Should Count." The message, as with Monk For the Hall, is that the measure of a Hall of Famer should extend beyond the playing field. The bitterness isn't well disguised.
For one thing, it sure seems like the distance between Dallas, Texas and Canton, Ohio is a great deal shorter than the distance between Washington, D.C., and Canton. At least as far as the last two Hall of Fame classes is concerned.
Last year when Monk and Grimm were shut out, Troy Aikman and Rayfield Wright were enshrined.
Another Cowboy goes this year, Irvin. The so-called "Playmaker" has always been quite a character, hasn't he?
5) FanHouse blogger Michael David Smith ensures he will get hundreds of comments by making dismissive comments about Monk and Redskins fans. It's a solid strategy, and one I know I should employ more frequently. (Aside: hockey is dead, soccer is boring, the Redskins should change their name, Georgetown is overrated, GW is a mid-major and Screech looks like a chicken.) Here's what Michael David Timothy Daniel Gregory Jones Smith writes:
Redskins receiver Art Monk's failure to get in means he's highly unlikely ever to get in. Redskins fans hate it, but it's time for them to understand that it's just not going to happen for him. This was the best chance Monk had, with a groundswell of support from some of the writers had been most vocal in opposition to him in the past.
6) Some jokesters for The Post make a borderline hilarious joke in this morning's paper about how maybe Monk fans should rally behind a different cause, for example, Tony Shalhoub for the Walk of Fame. Get it, Monk? Great work, gents.
7) Bog friend Hogs Haven sums up his feelings quite succinctly: "[Bleep]: Canton, Ohio."
8) Sporting News's Paul Attner calls it "ridiculous," Dan Shanoff calls it a "scandal," Rick Snider says "it's just sad" and voters are "just too chicken," Dr. Z calls Monk "very functional" (that's not a great thing), Mark Schlereth calls Hall voters "clowns," Sports Frog "agrees," The Longshot is angry, SuperSkin calls it "almost unfathomable," Power Line calls it "an injustice," etc. etc. etc.
9) WaPo commenter Gack has posted about this over on some other blog, but he e-mailed me, so I'll let him have his say. He and Monk For the Hall want to refurbish a rec center of do a Habitat for Humanity project or something like that in Monk's name. Which you'll admit isn't the typical vote-for-my-favorite-player gimmick. Gack writes:
Basically, we want to do something to let Art know how much he means to us, and also do some good in the community, something that will bear his name and represent what he represented to us: honesty, integrity, hard work, and teamwork. Secondarily, we feel that if we can get enough fired-up Redskins fans to really do this and make an impact, the media and HoF voters will have to take notice, much more than a bunch of e-mails that come off like sour grapes. Besides, I don't know of anyone else in the HoF whose fans took it upon themselves to do something like this just because they loved their favorite player.
I guess if you want you can e-mail me and I'll pass your address along to Gack, or he can post his e-mail here if he wants. And I suppose if building homes for the poor doesn't work, the inevitable next step for Monk fans would be hunger strikes and self-flagellation. And after that, revolution!
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