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It wasn’t supposed to get out so quickly Peyton Barber Jersey , but it did. And now at least one Hall of Famer is trying to shout it down as (you guessed it) #fakenews.

That’s what Cris Carter said regarding the PFT report that the Hall of Fame is considering what would surely be known as the T.O. rule — a requirement that candidates for enshrinement commit in advance to attending the enshrinement ceremony. But, as so often happens when that term is often used in other arenas, the news isn’t fake, just inconvenient.

PFT has re-confirmed via a third source what was reported earlier in the day. The subject of an advance commitment to attend the enshrinement ceremony came up on Friday during both the annual Ray Nitschke luncheon (attended exclusively by members of the Hall of Fame) and the meeting of the Hall of Fame’s board of trustees. The Hall of Fame staff has been asked to develop a rule, and the Hall of Fame’s lawyers currently are in the early stages of crafting language.

As one source explained it, the board of trustees is not pleased at all about the failure of Owens to show up. The board hopes to make it very difficult for someone to do it again, that a plan is moving forward in this regard, and that it was agreed no one would say anything about it for now. (Oops.)

There’s surely a financial motivation at work here. The weekend brings thousands of people — and hundreds of thousands of dollars — to Canton. Friday night’s Gold Jacket dinner, for example, featured tickets that cost $145 each, and at least 4,000 people attended the event at the Canton Civic Center.

This doesn’t mean that a potential T.O. rule will be finalized Emmanuel Lamur Jersey , especially if there’s enough opposition to it before it becomes official. So far, the reaction has been largely negative, possibly negative enough to persuade someone with the power to pull the plug to do so.

And the plug should be pulled. The gold jacket and bronze bust become earned via a career in football, not through a pledge to show up at a series of parties and events associated with officially joining the ranks of the supposed immortals. Player, coaches, and contributors either belong in the Hall of Fame or they don’t, regardless of whether they respond properly to the “be there or be square” mandate.

Really, what’s next? A threat to rescind Hall of Fame status if, for example, someone who really didn’t want to show up agrees to show up and then aggressively criticizes during the speech the selection process or other flaws regarding the Hall of Fame? Could the commitment to attend morph into an oath to say nothing negative about the Hall of Fame or, for that matter, any fellow members of the Hall of Fame Jeremy Hill Jersey , for life?

Enacting this rule would be a huge mistake, and this is where the someone on the inside needs to stand up and say, “Look, folks. This was a one-time thing from a unique personality. It’s not going to become a trend. And if it does, isn’t that the right of the person who earned enshrinement? Maybe instead of creating a barrier to entry we should take the criticism to heart and re-examine the selection process.”

If only someone with that kind of vision, power, and influence over the sport of football were on the board of trustees. Oh, wait, someone is.

HOUSTON (0-0) at NEW ENGLAND (0-0)

Sunday, 1p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE – Patriots by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Houston 7-9, New England 12-7

SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead 9-1

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Texans 36-33 Alec Ogletree Jersey , Sept. 24, 2017

AP PRO32 RANKING – Texans No. 12, Patriots No. 2





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Facing off for fourth straight year in regular season. … Patriots have won last five regular-season meetings and are 4-0 at home vs. Texans. … Houston coach Bill O’Brien was New England assistant from 2007-11. He is 0-3 against his former team. … Texans QB Deshaun Watson set franchise rookie records with 19 TD passes and 103 QB rating last season before tearing right ACL in November. …Watson had 19 TD passes in seven games A.J. Derby Jersey , most in NFL history by rookie in first seven games. …He passed for 301 yards and two TDs in last year’s loss to New England. … DE J.J. Watt has 76 career sacks, second most in NFL since entering league in 2011. … Watt has appeared in just eight games in last two seasons after suffering herniated disc in 2016 and fracturing left tibia last season. … DE Jadeveon Clowney had career-high 9 1/2 sacks and ranked second in NFL with 21 tackles for loss last season. In three career meetings with Patriots, Clowney has four sacks, six tackles for loss and forced fumble. … LB Whitney Mercilus has 3 1/2 sacks in past five meetings. He played in only five games in 2017 before tearing pectoral in October. … LB Benardrick McKinney led team with 95 tackles in 2017. … WR DeAndre Hopkins led NFL with career-high and franchise-record 13 TD receptions in 2017. … Hopkins needs one reception to extend streak to 80 consecutive games with reception to start his career. … WR Will Fuller V had career-high seven TD catches in 2017. … Texans are one of four teams Patriots own undefeated regular-season home record (4-0) against. … QB Tom Brady, now 41, passed for 378 yards and five TDS in last meeting. He has 1,371 passing yards, 13 TDs and INT in past four meetings. … TE Rob Gronkowski led NFL tight ends with 1,084 receiving yards in 2017. He has three TD catches in four career meetings with Texans. … S Devin McCourty led team with career-high 94 tackles last season. … DE Adrian Clayborn had career-high 9 1/2 sacks with Falcons last season as was signed as free agent. … LB Kyle Van Noy had career-high 11 tackles in last meeting with Texans. … Fantasy Tip: Brady owns 8-1 record against Houston, passing for 22 TDs and 2,565 yards (regular season and playoffs).

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