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Anyone planning on going to the HOF game/ceremony?

Posted: 7/25/2014 8:53 PM

Anyone planning on going to the HOF game/ceremony? 


Just curious if anyone has plans to travel and partake in the experience.    Would love to hear any stories about how that weekend goes.    There is something about the NFLs HOF experience.    People that are in that HOF are a very unique community that doesn't seem to exist in the same way as other professional and college sport HOFs.
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Posted: 7/26/2014 1:01 AM

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JeffHostetlerFan wrote: Just curious if anyone has plans to travel and partake in the experience.    Would love to hear any stories about how that weekend goes.    There is something about the NFLs HOF experience.    People that are in that HOF are a very unique community that doesn't seem to exist in the same way as other professional and college sport HOFs.
I found the Hall itself immensely disappointing when I went a few years back. There have been some renovations since then, but the entire place was so uninspired and in such poor condition, that the NFL might have been better served to build a new Hall from scratch. It's small, it looks like everything is from 1974 (and last cleaned in 1984), the exhibits are few, poor, and lacking the in depth information that a fan would crave. As my son pointed, the most modern exhibit was the Madden game on Xbox and that version was two years old. We both left wondering out loud why a billion dollar a year industry that employs cutting edge technology in it's broadcasts would allow such a small, dated, and poorly maintained museum to represent it's greatest players and moments. The final insult is if you drive there, the surrounding areas are rural. I'm doing the speed limit, 65 mph, and I see the flashing lights in my rearview. Ohio Highway Patrol pulls me over. I ask the officer, politely - my son is in the car after all, what could I do to help. He tells me I was speeding "through town" I said, again politely, "but officer the signs indicate 65 and there was no town". "You didn't see the gas station?". You mean the one across the road from the Wendys?". "Yeah. That's town.". Well, in Ohio when you go through "town", you have to go 55mph, but they don't have to post signs because it's state law to go 55 through town. And town can be a Wendys on one side of the highway and a gas station on the other. So, if you do go Jeff, remember when you are driving outside of Canton, you have a giant bullseye on your back. Oh, and if a family ducks are walking on the side of the road, hit the brakes. That is probably their definition of the Thanksgiving Day parade and who knows what the speed limit is for that.

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Posted: 7/26/2014 8:11 AM

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Amazing story
dweez115 wrote:
JeffHostetlerFan wrote: Just curious if anyone has plans to travel and partake in the experience.    Would love to hear any stories about how that weekend goes.    There is something about the NFLs HOF experience.    People that are in that HOF are a very unique community that doesn't seem to exist in the same way as other professional and college sport HOFs.
I found the Hall itself immensely disappointing when I went a few years back. There have been some renovations since then, but the entire place was so uninspired and in such poor condition, that the NFL might have been better served to build a new Hall from scratch. It's small, it looks like everything is from 1974 (and last cleaned in 1984), the exhibits are few, poor, and lacking the in depth information that a fan would crave. As my son pointed, the most modern exhibit was the Madden game on Xbox and that version was two years old. We both left wondering out loud why a billion dollar a year industry that employees cutting edge technology in it's broadcasts would allow such a small, dated, and poorly maintained museum to represent it's greatest players and moments. The final insult is if you drive there, the surrounding areas are rural. I'm doing the speed limit, 65 mph, and I see the flashing lights in my rearview. Ohio Highway Patrol pulls me over. I ask the officer, politely - my son is in the car after all, what could I do to help. He tells me I was speeding "through town" I said, again politely, "but officer the signs indicate 65 and there was no town". "You didn't see the gas station?". You mean the one across the road from the Wendys?". "Yeah. That's town.". Well, in Ohio when you go through "town", you have to go 55mph, but they don't have to post signs because it's state law to go 55 through town. And town can be a Wendys on one side of the highway and a gas station on the other. So, if you do go Jeff, remember when you are driving outside of Canton, you have a giant bullseye on your back. Oh, and if a family ducks are walking on the side of the road, hit the brakes. That is probably their definition of the Thanksgiving Day parade and who knows what the speed limit is for that.
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Posted: 7/26/2014 10:17 AM

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NapoleonBlownapart wrote: Amazing story
 
Nah, just another example of a small town using a highway that runs through it as a revenue source. The locals know all about "town", so everyone they pull over is an "out of towner". They also know there's a good chance that the person who got the ticket will find coming back to their little slice of rural heaven to fight the ticket is more trouble than it's worth, so people just pay the fine and move on. Happens everyday in every state. Did inspire me to buy a radar detector, so I guess they can even claim it's good for the national economy.tongue
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Posted: 7/26/2014 1:02 PM

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of course the road thing..happens all over, that wasn't amazing sorry lol...

I should have been more specific, the amazing was the description of a place I was at when it first opened in 1972.  How things have not changed, except for the madden thing. dang. you would have thought it would be the size of Madison sq garden?  funny its so small still and by itself.
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NapoleonBlownapart wrote: Amazing story
 
Nah, just another example of a small town using a highway that runs through it as a revenue source.
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Posted: 7/26/2014 4:21 PM

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Sorry your opinion and experience at the HOF wasn't a good one.

Personally, I went to the HOF also several years ago and thought it amazing. Yes, it is no where near what the baseball HOF is like, but they basically had to kick us out of the building at closing time, as I wanted more . I was fascinated by all the old memorabilia, by the room with all the busts of all the HOFers, by the movie that they show. I loved the place where they had all the SB rings on display. Loved that the only bust enclosed in a sort of shield was OJ Simpsons.
As a football fan, this place was heaven. My sons also thought the HOF was terrific. They are both Giants fans, but didn't know a lot about the start of the league,. the game before the merger, the old AFL and it's stars. I was a wealth of knowledge to them, seeing the shoe Tom Dempsey wore to kick his, then, record setting FG, to see Johnny Unitis uniform, and so much more.
 I really didn't pay that much attention to the 'condition' of the building, as I was more interested in it's contents.

Not to say your encounter with the Ohio State Police wasn't a bad thing, but we spent a week in Ohio, from the Rock and Roll HOF in Cleveland, to Cedar Point Amusement Park then to Canton, and we just loved Ohio and it's people. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful.

All football fans should visit Canton at least once.

Again, sorry your experience wasn't as favorable as ours.
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Posted: 7/26/2014 6:19 PM

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I will be at the game.

For anyone not familiar with the area, the HOF is right off the freeway.  One need not drive through small towns.
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Posted: 7/26/2014 6:33 PM

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Jintsfan46 wrote: Sorry your opinion and experience at the HOF wasn't a good one.

Personally, I went to the HOF also several years ago and thought it amazing. Yes, it is no where near what the baseball HOF is like, but they basically had to kick us out of the building at closing time, as I wanted more . I was fascinated by all the old memorabilia, by the room with all the busts of all the HOFers, by the movie that they show. I loved the place where they had all the SB rings on display. Loved that the only bust enclosed in a sort of shield was OJ Simpsons.
As a football fan, this place was heaven. My sons also thought the HOF was terrific. They are both Giants fans, but didn't know a lot about the start of the league,. the game before the merger, the old AFL and it's stars. I was a wealth of knowledge to them, seeing the shoe Tom Dempsey wore to kick his, then, record setting FG, to see Johnny Unitis uniform, and so much more.
 I really didn't pay that much attention to the 'condition' of the building, as I was more interested in it's contents.


Everything you described is, essentially, the entire Hall. My son was also very eager to learn more about the history of the game. He read every bit of information provided and was done in 20 minutes looking for more. The issue is, there simply is not more. A paragraph here, a 1 minute clip there, and that's it. You want in depth? You won't find it there. The busts were fun, but it's the 21st century. Why does anyone have to go back towards the front of the room to see a few clips of only a handful of the players? A simple barcode next to the placard and all the player's information could be available to see on my phone. It's not hard to do and well within the NFL's budget "constraints".  And where's the fun? 20 plus years ago I was at the NBA's HOF and all the kids there got to shoot three pointers and half court shots. Why can't the kids throw a pass or try a kick at the NFL HOF? As for paying attention to the condition of the building, it's a little hard to miss broken glass, exposed wiring, holes in the walls, and layers of dust. My son was old enough to avoid that stuff, but I can't imagine bringing a 5 year old in there. A small child could get seriously hurt. To me, when a sport has had so many amazing moments, to have so few of them on display in the HOF is negligent. Why couldn't we see highlights of Winslow's performance against Miami in the playoffs, LT's game against New Orleans playing with one arm, Barry Sanders turning a 3 yard loss into a TD yet again, and so many other classic NFL moments that aren't even mentioned, yet alone, on display? I'm glad you and your kids had fun. But to me, the NFL has squandered an opportunity to let the next generation revel in it's amazing history by putting so little out for the kids to see and the adults to remember. My son and I arrived at the opening and planned to stay until closing to soak it all in. We had seen, read, and watched everything by lunch. The number one sport in the country,  making a billion dollars a year, with some of the greatest athletes ever, should have enough pride it's own past that going through it's HOF should take all day and have you wanting to come back to learn even more.
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Posted: 7/26/2014 8:34 PM

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dweez115 wrote:
Jintsfan46 wrote: Sorry your opinion and experience at the HOF wasn't a good one.

Personally, I went to the HOF also several years ago and thought it amazing. Yes, it is no where near what the baseball HOF is like, but they basically had to kick us out of the building at closing time, as I wanted more . I was fascinated by all the old memorabilia, by the room with all the busts of all the HOFers, by the movie that they show. I loved the place where they had all the SB rings on display. Loved that the only bust enclosed in a sort of shield was OJ Simpsons.
As a football fan, this place was heaven. My sons also thought the HOF was terrific. They are both Giants fans, but didn't know a lot about the start of the league,. the game before the merger, the old AFL and it's stars. I was a wealth of knowledge to them, seeing the shoe Tom Dempsey wore to kick his, then, record setting FG, to see Johnny Unitis uniform, and so much more.
 I really didn't pay that much attention to the 'condition' of the building, as I was more interested in it's contents.


Everything you described is, essentially, the entire Hall. My son was also very eager to learn more about the history of the game. He read every bit of information provided and was done in 20 minutes looking for more. The issue is, there simply is not more. A paragraph here, a 1 minute clip there, and that's it. You want in depth? You won't find it there. The busts were fun, but it's the 21st century. Why does anyone have to go back towards the front of the room to see a few clips of only a handful of the players? A simple barcode next to the placard and all the player's information could be available to see on my phone. It's not hard to do and well within the NFL's budget "constraints".  And where's the fun? 20 plus years ago I was at the NBA's HOF and all the kids there got to shoot three pointers and half court shots. Why can't the kids throw a pass or try a kick at the NFL HOF? As for paying attention to the condition of the building, it's a little hard to miss broken glass, exposed wiring, holes in the walls, and layers of dust. My son was old enough to avoid that stuff, but I can't imagine bringing a 5 year old in there. A small child could get seriously hurt. To me, when a sport has had so many amazing moments, to have so few of them on display in the HOF is negligent. Why couldn't we see highlights of Winslow's performance against Miami in the playoffs, LT's game against New Orleans playing with one arm, Barry Sanders turning a 3 yard loss into a TD yet again, and so many other classic NFL moments that aren't even mentioned, yet alone, on display? I'm glad you and your kids had fun. But to me, the NFL has squandered an opportunity to let the next generation revel in it's amazing history by putting so little out for the kids to see and the adults to remember. My son and I arrived at the opening and planned to stay until closing to soak it all in. We had seen, read, and watched everything by lunch. The number one sport in the country,  making a billion dollars a year, with some of the greatest athletes ever, should have enough pride it's own past that going through it's HOF should take all day and have you wanting to come back to learn even more.
I can't say you are wrong. Maybe something like that is in the works. Maybe it is different for old timers like myself, but you do have some interesting ideas. I like the idea of having something by each inductee to see maybe a body of their work. So many people haven't seen most of the HOFers and that might make them a bit more aware of these football greats.

Have you ever been to the baseball HOF?> Same idea as Canton but just bigger, (like 6-7 floors). But again, its mostly memorabilia, just a lot more of it.
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Posted: 7/27/2014 12:53 PM

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Jintsfan46 wrote:
dweez115 wrote:
Jintsfan46 wrote: Sorry your opinion and experience at the HOF wasn't a good one.

Personally, I went to the HOF also several years ago and thought it amazing. Yes, it is no where near what the baseball HOF is like, but they basically had to kick us out of the building at closing time, as I wanted more . I was fascinated by all the old memorabilia, by the room with all the busts of all the HOFers, by the movie that they show. I loved the place where they had all the SB rings on display. Loved that the only bust enclosed in a sort of shield was OJ Simpsons.
As a football fan, this place was heaven. My sons also thought the HOF was terrific. They are both Giants fans, but didn't know a lot about the start of the league,. the game before the merger, the old AFL and it's stars. I was a wealth of knowledge to them, seeing the shoe Tom Dempsey wore to kick his, then, record setting FG, to see Johnny Unitis uniform, and so much more.
 I really didn't pay that much attention to the 'condition' of the building, as I was more interested in it's contents.


Everything you described is, essentially, the entire Hall. My son was also very eager to learn more about the history of the game. He read every bit of information provided and was done in 20 minutes looking for more. The issue is, there simply is not more. A paragraph here, a 1 minute clip there, and that's it. You want in depth? You won't find it there. The busts were fun, but it's the 21st century. Why does anyone have to go back towards the front of the room to see a few clips of only a handful of the players? A simple barcode next to the placard and all the player's information could be available to see on my phone. It's not hard to do and well within the NFL's budget "constraints".  And where's the fun? 20 plus years ago I was at the NBA's HOF and all the kids there got to shoot three pointers and half court shots. Why can't the kids throw a pass or try a kick at the NFL HOF? As for paying attention to the condition of the building, it's a little hard to miss broken glass, exposed wiring, holes in the walls, and layers of dust. My son was old enough to avoid that stuff, but I can't imagine bringing a 5 year old in there. A small child could get seriously hurt. To me, when a sport has had so many amazing moments, to have so few of them on display in the HOF is negligent. Why couldn't we see highlights of Winslow's performance against Miami in the playoffs, LT's game against New Orleans playing with one arm, Barry Sanders turning a 3 yard loss into a TD yet again, and so many other classic NFL moments that aren't even mentioned, yet alone, on display? I'm glad you and your kids had fun. But to me, the NFL has squandered an opportunity to let the next generation revel in it's amazing history by putting so little out for the kids to see and the adults to remember. My son and I arrived at the opening and planned to stay until closing to soak it all in. We had seen, read, and watched everything by lunch. The number one sport in the country,  making a billion dollars a year, with some of the greatest athletes ever, should have enough pride it's own past that going through it's HOF should take all day and have you wanting to come back to learn even more.
I can't say you are wrong. Maybe something like that is in the works. Maybe it is different for old timers like myself, but you do have some interesting ideas. I like the idea of having something by each inductee to see maybe a body of their work. So many people haven't seen most of the HOFers and that might make them a bit more aware of these football greats.

Have you ever been to the baseball HOF?> Same idea as Canton but just bigger, (like 6-7 floors). But again, its mostly memorabilia, just a lot more of it.
I have never been to the baseball HOF because I do not enjoy the game itself. I do know friends and relatives that like baseball and they loved it. I honestly don't recall anyone having anything bad to say about Cooperstown. 6 to 7 floors sounds alot like what I was hoping to see in Canton. Football has such a rich history and each of players enshrined does, as well. I really wish the NFL would make it a football Mecca where a fan could totally get lost in the game's history. I want the kind of place where the security guards have to say, "Sir, it's time to go now. We are closing for the evening." because all you want to do is learn more. I do realize the further back in time you go, the fewer video clips are available. In some cases, I am sure even the radio broadcasts are gone. But those are exactly the guys fans need more information about. With the technology available today, fans should have access to each HOF player's stats, a brief history, and for the complete NFL geek, a link to an in depth history. There were a number of players enshrined who I never got to see, but heard my dad talking about from when he was a kid, and it was a disappointment to not be able to see & learn more about these men who built the game we all enjoy so much. I think the NFL is missing a golden opportunity to create something truly special and helps create the next generation of life long fans. Touch screens, video on demand, even holographs! (Universal did it with Harry Potter, so can the NFL!), interactive features. I remember you said you enjoyed seeing the Super Bowl rings. Why not a "design your own" feature on a touch screen right next to the display? Sure, upgrades costs money, but 1) the NFL has it 2) they can write it off as a completely legitimate marketing expense 3) do what they do every year for games and jack up ticket prices. It's not like they are reluctant about parting us from our money. tongue
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