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Letter to Patriots Hall of Fame Selection Committee on Julius Adams

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Here is the list of the Committee Members. Not sure if this will help as they may have already had their nomination meeting, but here is some contact info. From my experience Chris Price and Mike Reiss are the two most likely to respond, and most open to suggestions - so anybody that cares to lobby for Julius Adams may want to start there. I'll attempt to fill in the blanks when I have more time.


Chris Price:
Boston Globe
Twitter: @cpriceglobe | Email: [email protected]

Mike Reiss:
ESPN
Twitter: @MikeReiss | Email:

Joe Amorosino:
WHDH Channel 7
Twitter: @joeamorosino | Email:

Ernie Adams:
Football staff
?

Ron Borges:
Formerly of the Boston Herald and Boston Globe
Twitter: @RonBorges | Email:

Bill Burt:
Lawrence Eagle Tribune
Twitter: @BurtTalksSports | Email:

Steve Burton:
WBZ Channel 4
Twitter: @STEVEBURTONWBZ

Marc Cappello:
98.5 The Sports Hub
Twitter: @Pats_Radio

Tom Curran:
NBC Sports Boston
Twitter: @tomecurran

Jim Donaldson:
Retired from the Providence Journal
Twitter: @JimDonaldsonJr

Mark Farinella:
Retired from the Attleboro Sun Chronicle
Twitter: @FarinellaMark

Glen Farley:
Retired from the Brockton Enterprise
?

Karen Guregian:
Boston Herald
Twitter: @kguregian | Email: [email protected]

John Hendry:
Patriots game day statistics
?

Ron Hobson:
Retired from the Quincy Patriot Ledger
?

Fred Kirsch:
Patriots Football Network
Twitter: @Fred_Kirsch | Email: [email protected]

Mike Lynch:
WCVB Channel 5
Twitter: @LynchieWCVB

Jim McBride:
Boston Globe
Twitter: @globejimmcbride | Email: [email protected]

Bryan Morry:
The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon Technologies
Twitter: @BryanMorry

Paul Perillo:
Patriots Football Network
Twitter: @pfwpaul

Phil Perry:
NBCSports Boston
Twitter: @PhilAPerry

John Rooke:
PA Announcer
Twitter: @JRbroadcaster

Matt Smith:
Kraft Sports and Entertainment
?

Bob Socci:
Radio play-by-play
Twitter: @BobSocci

Butch Stearns:
WFXT
Twitter: @ButchStearns

Andre Tippett:
Patriots Hall of Famer
Twitter: @AndreTippett

Howard Ulman:
Retired from the Associated Press
Twitter (seldom used): @hbulman
My first inclination is the brains on the list are Adams, Borges, Guregian, Lynch and Tippett.

McBride and Burton oughta be.
 

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My first inclination is the brains on the list are Adams, Borges, Guregian, Lynch and Tippett.

McBride and Burton oughta be.
Chris Price is a guy that has come across to me as one that is very open to Pats/sports history, even though it happened before he saw it first hand.

Borges is a guy that has been around for a long time, but I just don't know if we can put our faith in him to carry the torch.

Perhaps focusing on the retired writers is the best tactic; problem is, I don't know how to quickly contact them.
 

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Chris Price is a guy that has come across to me as one that is very open to Pats/sports history, even though it happened before he saw it first hand.

Borges is a guy that has been around for a long time, but I just don't know if we can put our faith in him to carry the torch.

Perhaps focusing on the retired writers is the best tactic; problem is, I don't know how to quickly contact them.
Would it be worth contacting the Patriots? Maybe Stacy James? Ask them for the contact information for the NE HoF Committee?
 

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Would it be worth contacting the Patriots? Maybe Stacy James? Ask them for the contact information for the NE HoF Committee?
Good question.

While Stacey James does not have a voice in the nomination process, his stature as VP of Media Relations could conceivably have an effect. Our biggest problem is that there are so few days remaining to make our case to the committee members.

Those with a vote have been partial to Parcells in the past, which to me would be an abomination over Adams.
 

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Good question.

While Stacey James does not have a voice in the nomination process, his stature as VP of Media Relations could conceivably have an effect. Our biggest problem is that there are so few days remaining to make our case to the committee members.

Those with a vote have been partial to Parcells in the past, which to me would be an abomination over Adams.
Maybe he would pass along what ever you have to the committee members?
 

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I've got major surgery Friday morning so if I start posting afterwards about how I like and accept the flying elvis you'll know I didn't make it out of there with my marbles.
Well I'm experiencing most or all of the possible side effects of what turned out to be the double jaw surgery last Friday-Saturday. Had a blood clot hemorrhage that night and a way-too-small helmet brace in the ICU afterward. Got a pretty good bump on my head, and can't help thinking it was a Nordberg-type gurney mishap à la Naked Gun. They messed up the IV and my back's not in good shape. Not complaining, though!!

I also sustained a punctured lung, separated shoulder, broken rib and a broken nose but still played against the Black Hawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Okay that was Patrice Bergeron.

Anyway Sunday I told Mrs. APF I look like Bubba from Forest Gump (it's true). They took the bandages off my face this morning, and now I feel [and sound] like Vito Corleone. ("What did I ever do to be treated with such disrespect?"- I think the Godfather stole that line from Pat Patriot)

I'm...anticipating? Or maybe dreading...the announcement from the Patriots of the 2021 Hall nominees.
 

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Good question.

While Stacey James does not have a voice in the nomination process, his stature as VP of Media Relations could conceivably have an effect. Our biggest problem is that there are so few days remaining to make our case to the committee members.

Those with a vote have been partial to Parcells in the past, which to me would be an abomination over Adams.

Well. His 'exclusivity?' Right. It's not like there's a backlog of at least 2 players and a coach from the sixties, four players and a coach from the seventies who belong in any legitimate Patriots' Hall - Oh. Wait. Did Leon Gray's belated induction impinge upon the ceremony, or enhance it? This decision erases one more precious irreplaceable year of an opportunity to appropriately honor heroes from the Patriots' history who are more deserving of recognition than ANYBODY not named Tom Brady after 1989. No, Bruschi, Faulk, Harrison, Light and McGinest should not have been in before any of the neglected/ignored from the team's first three decades.
 
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Maybe he would pass along what ever you have to the committee members?
Patriots' Owner Robert Kraft Suffers Severe Head Trauma

Foxborough, MA (AP) April 25, 2021 -New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft suffered an apparent blow to the head when he experienced a fall in his home yesterday, according to a team press release.

No official diagnosis from medical personnel is available, however it is apparent that the 79 year old has literally had the tone-deafness associated with a myriad of problems haunting the franchise for decades "knocked out of him".

First, the Patriots notified the National Football League this morning that they are restoring their team logo, helmets and uniforms to those used in their best season prior to his purchase, 1976, when they established themselves as legitimate contenders in the modern era of professional football, which were last seen in 1983.

Second, the Patriots' Hall of Fame announced that in 2022, there will be a total of ten new inductees - six players and three coaches, all only eligible if they served prior to 1993; and one from the traditional annual nomination process who will be voted in by the fans from among three finalists.

A potential loophole was avoided when it was stipulated that a nominee must have served at least three seasons in the specified time period; this was created with the specific intent to prevent committee members from nominating Bill Parcells solely based on his one season as an assistant in 1980.

Finally, the team is suing Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL for fraud, violation of civil rights, racketeering and criminal conspiracy over three supposed scandals in which the team was fined and punished more severely than any in sports history: "CryGate", "DefameGate", and "MediaProductionCrewWithNothingToDoWithFootballOperationsGate", which all included the docking of top draft picks.

Kraft is reported to be in good condition, recovering at his home, and is said to be in cheerful spirits. "I haven't seen him this coherent - I mean, happy - in a very long time," one long time team administrator was quoted as saying.
 

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From what Mike Reiss is saying in his responses, the Patriots had promised Seymour an exclusive day (which he would have had last year), so perhaps there will be two (regular/senior) for 2022.

Look at the bright side: that gives us twelve months to convince the committee to get Julius Adams name on the 2022 ballot, or to amend the senior committee rules that exclude anybody from consideration that has not previously been on the regular ballot.

 

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heaFrom what Mike Reiss is saying in his responses, the Patriots had promised Seymour an exclusive day (which he would have had last year), so perhaps there will be two (regular/senior) for 2022.

Look at the bright side: that gives us twelve months to convince the committee to get Julius Adams name on the 2022 ballot, or to amend the senior committee rules that exclude anybody from consideration that has not previously been on the regular ballot.

Eisenhauer, Whalen, Tatupu, Adams, Stingley, Holovak and Fairbanks passed away. Chuck is the only one of them who currently qualifies as a veteran because he made the ballot once. Ron Burton and Fred Marion also made it on there once, but neither of them is as worthy as the others.

That leaves only Russ Francis from the 70's still here to experience the honor non-posthumously, if still belatedly. In my mind, this adds a genuine urgency to the consideration. He was one of the major stars without which we would simply not have competed, he's definitely better than Casper and I might take him over Gronk. Adams is by far the most glaring omission, but only we and his family are left to appreciate and experience the honor and recognition.

The way these things go, somebody gets hyped or exalted at just the right time or in just the right way just before the committee convenes, and they get nominated. There is no way Bruschi, Faulk, Harrison, Light or McGinest belong ahead of these older guys.

And next year these players become eligible: Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins, Wes Welker and Lawyer Milloy, who all have impressive résumés with the Pats. No I wouldn't induct any of them ahead of the old guys.
 

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Eisenhauer, Whalen, Tatupu, Adams, Stingley, Holovak and Fairbanks passed away. Chuck is the only one of them who currently qualifies as a veteran because he made the ballot once. Ron Burton and Fred Marion also made it on there once, but neither of them is as worthy as the others.

That leaves only Russ Francis from the 70's still here to experience the honor non-posthumously, if still belatedly. In my mind, this adds a genuine urgency to the consideration. He was one of the major stars without which we would simply not have competed, he's definitely better than Casper and I might take him over Gronk. Adams is by far the most glaring omission, but only we and his family are left to appreciate and experience the honor and recognition.

The way these things go, somebody gets hyped or exalted at just the right time or in just the right way just before the committee convenes, and they get nominated. There is no way Bruschi, Faulk, Harrison, Light or McGinest belong ahead of these older guys.

And next year these players become eligible: Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins, Wes Welker and Lawyer Milloy, who all have impressive résumés with the Pats. No I wouldn't induct any of them ahead of the old guys.
The committee failed by waiting too long multiple times. It is inexcusable that Jim Nance, Houston Antwine and Leon Gray all were denied the opportunity to enjoy that experience while they were still alive.

The rule regarding being on the full ballot previously in order to have consideration by the senior committee needs to be eliminated. It is unnecessary and needlessly eliminates many worthy candidates like Julius Adams and Russ Francis from a chance of even being debated.
 


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