Terrell Owens, the latest example of a flawed Hall of Fame voting process


Terrell Owens, the latest example of a flawed Hall of Fame voting process

For the record and up front, I have never had an opinion on Terrell Owens’ Hall of Fame credentials, and I have none now. I was fine when he wasn’t in, and I am fine with the news that that he is now.
In other words, this is neither a triumph nor an outrage. It is, however, a curiosity that will always surround Hall of Fame selection committees – how did the same guy get so much better a year after being not nearly good enough?
Part of it, of course, is that every class of candidates is different, and some years those classes are better than others. Thus, Owens’ inclusion is not exactly an anomaly.
But what is an oddity is the solid opposition to him in 2017 that seemed to melt in much colder temperatures in 2018. Whatever the arguments against him (hard on coaches and teammates, disrupting his own teams more than his opposition, etc.), they stood up one year and faded the next.
Which is what makes the Pro Football Hall of Fame such a dichotomy between concept and execution – if it takes 12 votes to keep a guy out one year, the question of what caused a voter or voters to flip is worth asking.
And it would be knowable if the Hall of Fame selectors were asked to show their work, which they are not. In fact, they are expressly told not to do so, this rendering the entire enterprise just the slightest bit hinky.
Again, this isn’t about Owens. His inclusion damages the Hall no more than his exclusion elevated it, or vice versa. But it does remind us all that whim and persuasion weighs too heavily in the process. All Hall of Fame voting processes are hated by those who aren’t voters, but the one thing that makes baseball’s process best is that voters vote in their own homes or offices, and do not gather in one place to make themselves available for possible lobbying over pastries and coffee.
The best part for Owens, of course, is that once candidates become inductees, nobody sweats the process. He can enjoy the day with the same pleasure that he would have in 2017, or 2016, and the outrage train can move on to its next pet projects.
But it would be at least slightly more sensible for all involved if the process didn’t seem so . . . well, so very like it is every year. Terrell Owens, Hall of Famer, is merely the latest example.

49ers-Seahawks injury report: Jaquiski Tartt out for second consecutive game


49ers-Seahawks injury report: Jaquiski Tartt out for second consecutive game

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers will face the Seattle Seahawks without safety Jaquiski Tartt, who will sit out for the second week in a row. 

This will be the sixth game that Tartt has missed over the course of the season while dealing with a re-occurring shoulder injury. Marcell Harris and Antone Exum Jr. will reprise their roles at the safety positions as a result. 

Harris had a much improved performance in the team’s win over the Broncos, exemplifying the learning curve that was expected by coach Robert Saleh. 

[RELATED: 49ers rookie Harris gets quick chance for redemption vs. Seahawks]

Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis are questionable, which is a better sign than being downgraded, after being limited in practice this week. Expect to still see Kendrick Bourne in the lineup frequently, as well as tight end George Kittle working in as a receiving weapon. 

Running back Matt Breida also is questionable, but with solid performances by rookie Jeff Wilson over the last few weeks, there is less pressure to get him onto the field. His snap counts could be limited. 

Good news for the offense is that all offensive linemen are off the injury report. That could help their ability to work against a Seahawks front seven that held the 49ers to 66 yards on the ground in their first matchup. 

49ers injury report

S Jaquiski Tartt 

RB Matt Breida
WR Marquise Goodwin
LB Mark Nzeocha
WR Dante Pettis
CB K’Waun Williams
DL Cassius Marsh

Seahawks injury report 

S Maurice Alexander 
RB Rashaad Penny
LB K.J. Wright

G D.J. Fluker

WR Doug Baldwin 
S Bradley McDougald
DT Jarran Reed

49ers vs. Seahawks live stream: How to watch NFL Week 15 game online


49ers vs. Seahawks live stream: How to watch NFL Week 15 game online

With the season winding down, Richard Sherman will get one more shot at revenge in Week 15.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback will square off against his old team, the Seattle Seahawks, on Sunday at Levi's Stadium. Sherman first squared off against his former club in Week 13, but neither he nor the 49ers would be happy with the result: a 43-16 loss in the Pacific Northwest.

[RELATED: Sherman unbothered by ex-teammate Frank Clark's comments]

The Seahawks are red-hot, and will bring a four-game winning streak to Santa Clara. Seattle shut down the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, and currently hold the NFC's final Wild Card spot.

Can the 49ers clinch their first winning streak of the season, and once again throw a wrench into the playoff picture? Or, will Sherman's former teammates prove to be too much?

Here's how you can stream 49ers-Seahawks live online. 

Start time: Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1:05 p.m. PT
TV channel: FOX
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