Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Orlando Pace
Remember on the old television sitcom, I Love Lucy, when Ricky Ricardo would become so outraged by his wife's shenanigans that he would belt out the phrase, "Lucy, you've got some 'splainin to do?"

Well, after hearing word that legendary Ohio State offensive lineman Orlando Pace was not on the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2012 list released on Tuesday, I must share Mr. Ricardo's sentiments towards the voters. 

It's time to do some 'splainin.

Explain to me how a man who is the only two-time winner of the Lombardi Award (given annually to college football's best lineman/linebacker) doesn't make the hall of fame?

Explain to me how a two-time first team all-American isn't qualified to be a member of college football's hallowed hall?

Explain to me how the 1996 Outland Trophy winner, UPI Lineman of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist — as a lineman don't forget — isn't good enough to garner such honor?

Explain how a man that was only the second true freshman in Ohio State history to start from day one, not given admission?

Explain how a 6-foot-7, 320-pound ultra athletic tackle, who made the phrase "pancake block" an actual statistical category, not selected?

Explain to me how a man who was voted as a starter on Sports Illustrated's NCAA College Football All-Century Team, not elected UNANIMOUSLY into the hall of fame?

Explain to me how Pace's head coach at Ohio State John Cooper — who was 2-10-1 against Michigan, 3-8 in bowl games and only won three shares of a Big Ten title in 13 years — gains election, but the big man is on the outside looking in?

Pace was the first selection of the 1997 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He went to seven Pro Bowls. He was named NFL all-Pro five times and helped the "Greatest Show on Turf" — the 1999 Rams — to a Super Bowl title by anchoring the left side of the offensive line.

And he's not qualified to be in the College Football Hall of Fame? Really?

Shoot ... forget about the 'splainin.

That place should be condemned.

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