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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Those Vaunted Halls

In the past couple weeks, both college football and Drum Corps International inducted new members into their respective halls of fame. Two of my favorite podcasts, the ESPNU College Football Podcast and the DCI Field Pass, were each talking about their respective classes.

There was one parallel I realized between the two that I thought was kind of cool. Both selection committees have a mechanism through which some of the more senior members of each community can vote on players whose tenure was before most current voters' memory. For college football, it's the Veteran's Committee, while DCI has Legacy initiates. The podcast's own Beano Cook, at 77 years young, is one of the voters for football's Veteran's Committee.

I think it's amazing and a great nod to history that both committees see fit to honor these cornerstones of the respective activities. It's a shame to think that someday the day will come that the brain trust who elects these men and women will no longer be with us.
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