New York Giants fans who were hoping to make a trip to Canton, Ohio in early August in order to kill two Hall of Fame birds with one stone are out of luck. And now there's a strong chance those fans who don't want to miss any former G-Men get enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have to make two trips in as many years.
That's because Bill Parcells is now in after having to wait one year longer than the minimum, and Michael Strahan is very likely to follow suit on a one-year delay.
Strahan missed the Hall of Fame cut this past weekend, making the final 10 but not getting enough votes to be inducted in his first year of eligibility. That certainly came as a surprise to me considering that Strahan has a ring, holds the single-season sack record and ranks fifth on the all-time sacks list.
This was a strange year, though, with logjams emerging in several spots and guys like Parcells and Chris Carter overdue. With Warren Sapp and Strahan both in their first year of eligibility and Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen also joining the fray, there was a decent chance only one was going to make the cut.
Strahan fell short due to those circumstances and some bad luck, but he belongs in a class with guys like Sapp and Ogden and Allen.
The good news is that it's likely he'll be the top priority in 2014—Derrick Brooks and Marvin Harrison are the only big shots who will become eligible—and the better news is that the announcement regarding the 2014 class will be made at the first-ever Super Bowl in New York City, where Strahan is obviously a hero.
I know this process can be frustrating because you should either be a Hall of Famer or not, but at least Strahan is taking it in stride.