Cleveland needs Tony Grossi, Hall of Fame Selector, to be a hero next Saturday

by Cleveland Frowns on January 24, 2013

America and the very concept of civilization do too, of course, which is something we touched on Monday before Kanicki burned the rest of Art Modell’s “case” for induction to the ground. But it really can’t be overstated.

Some folks are calling this a non-issue, saying that Modell will never get in, and that any current controversy over whether he will is just media-manufactured low-hanging fruit. But isn’t that precisely the problem? Who here doesn’t wish it was possible to overestimate the myopia of the billionaire boys club that’s NFL ownership, or that of their besotted acolytes in the press who can’t stop tripping over themselves to ingratiate themselves to these overlords (or just to get themselves on TV).


So here’s a much better storyline that is in no way difficult to grasp:

Defenders of civilization’s basic precepts build a giant catapult and use it to shoot Art Modell’s Hall of Fame candidacy straight into the sun. Fine to do it while acknowledging that Modell might otherwise have been the greatest guy in the world (he surely was not), and also acknowledging that completely regardless of the rest of his HOF credentials (or lack thereof), nobody gets to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame if they relocate and displace (dislocate) an NFL franchise (let alone one of history’s most beloved NFL franchises) with no excuse and no apparent reason but personal self interest.


Which is where Tony Grossi comes in, because the legendary Browns beat writer will be Cleveland’s only man in the room next Saturday, February 2, when the Hall of Fame Selection Committee convenes to deliberate and vote on this year’s class of finalists, of which Modell is a member.

We know that back in 2004, when Modell’s candidacy reportedly, “had its best chance – while Art still owned the Ravens and was fresh off of the Super Bowl XXXV victory,” it was, according to Baltimore radio personality and Modell HOF advocate Nestor Aparicio, “shot down in a legendary way.” This was by Grossi himself, who “gave an impassioned speech about how what Modell did to his hometown should forever forbid his enshrinement to Canton.”

Grossi did it once and he can and damn well must do it again, with all of Cleveland and civilization rallying behind him.

He’s been quiet since his “#ArtIn or #ArtOut?” column of Monday, but hopefully by early next week he’ll publish a statement on why #ArtOut is the only conceivable answer here; a pre-release of at least part of the statement that he’ll deliver to his fellow Hall of Fame selectors next Saturday, and one that Cleveland and civilization can then take viral via Twitter, the Keep Art Modell Out of the Hall of Fame facebook page or whatever else.


Art Out today, treason and plot. Art Out forever, never forgot.


Best wishes for whatevermore brilliance Grossi can come up with.

  • dubbythe1

    Grossi occasionally updates that #Artout is outweighing the other option in a landslide of 83%+ to 15% , with email responses overwhelmingly in support of #Artout as well.
    That being said, it would be truly comical if Grossi did not heed these opinions.

    • Chris Mc

      If Grossi doesn’t put forth the same effort he did in 2004, he may as well go apply for a job at The Sun.

    • willy loman

      A sizable chunk of that 15% is probably due to Ravens fans trolling the vote.

      • Cleveland Frowns

        Without question.

  • p_forever

    I will be super mad at tony if he makes my #artout tattoo irrelevant. SUPER mad.

    • Cleveland Frowns

      Pre-emptive cool it.

      • p_forever

        Aw. That means I can’t post a pic, doesn’t it.

        • Cleveland Frowns

          Now you’re just trolling.

          • p_forever

            Lol. Fine delete.

          • Cleveland Frowns

            No way.

        • actovegin1armstrong

          Sorry that you did not see the camera, but I have a video. It may not be all that useful, because it is in a “there it is …. wait, there it is…. wait, there it is”, type video.

          • Cleveland Frowns

            I don’t know why I even try. Anyway, liked for George McFly-type activity.

  • jimkanicki

    regrettable out fall of the grossi-lombardi kerfuffle is the grossi’s cache among his peers is either diminished or notable national types are working to do so. (see jim nantz.) thus any statement by grossi in the room will be easier to minimize.

    dont know about the rest of you, but i’m becoming resigned to this (art in) happening.

    • SeattleBrownsFan

      Hopefully if Tony sticks to facts in both cases, the people in the room will know this is not a personal vendatta.

      • bupalos

        Or he could make a bizarre photomontage of post wwI Paris to show it’s not a personal vendada.

        • Cleveland Frowns

          You’re on fire this week. If only you had an excuse to miss the Super Bowl party.

          • bupalos

            I have the excuse of all excuses why I cannot and shall not commit, of such force that you yourself will throw no stones.

            That said, it’s not ruled out. It’s in the hands of various gods at this point.

          • Cleveland Frowns


      • Steve

        “if Tony sticks to facts”

        So, you’re suggesting all is lost?

        • SeattleBrownsFan

          well, if all of us stuck to facts around here, it would be pretty quiet. #crickets

  • p_forever

    Also if tony gets an #artout tattoo, merely showing it off will be enough to convince everyone else about the rightness and justness of his cause. #justsaying

  • Cleveland Frowns
  • Cleveland Frowns

    Did anyone hear Peter King on the Really Big Show today? He talked about Modell, I didn’t have time to listen, won’t till later.

    • jimkanicki

      king makes the point that while modell was ‘significant’ tv contract negotiations, he thinks someone/anyone else wouldve achieved the result.

      overall he was non-committal, but that statement seems a flag that he’s voting no.

      • Chris Mc

        Using logic to assess Peter King’s stance on anything is a fatal mistake. The last side to hand him a Starbucks coffee will get his vote.

      • humboldt

        Let’s hope he’s being genuine and not simply placating the local listenership. Any substantive counter-argument from the #ArtIn folks in Baltimore on your site, Jim?

        • Cleveland Frowns

          I’m guessing a big fat “NO” based on my personal interactions with the highest profile Modell defenders.

        • jimkanicki

          no. and thankfully no trolls so far. have heard from a couple people who are staying with the tv cmte and sprinkling in some ‘league leadership’ (aka old boys network aka crony) to be ok with a yes vote. reading between the lines, it’s not like they’re pro-art; they’re more fatigued. it is hard to summon up energy for this.

          • NeedsFoodBadly

            I tried twittering your post to Grossi, since it seems so many people around here are embargoed on his twitter. No response though.

            Maybe he doesn’t like that I don’t follow him.

    • SeattleBrownsFan

      I did. he said that he’s been against Modell in the past. the only potential merits of Modell being in the hall is his TV contract involvement according to King, not that his team is in the SB or that he’s dead.

      Based upon what he knows, he’s not convinced that the NFL wouldn’t have ended up in the same place with someone else at Roselle’s side instead of Modell which is why he doesn’t think he deserves to be in the HOF.

      He won’t commit to being for or against him or anyone prior to these meetings because if someone can change his mind in the meeting, he doesn’t want to be accused of not doing what he said he was going to do.

      a positive interview, until he picked the Fucking Ravens as the winner of the Superbowl.

  • bupalos

    Hey I just did the Cheddar math in alternate bupalos world where Jim Harbaugh does NOT decline the safety he was awarded at the end of that one MNF game. In said world, I would currently have 144 points. Cheddar is a stern mistress.

    • bupalos

      Just to follow up on that, and as a public service to let the young know what they are getting into with this cheddar lifestyle, if the guy with the ball has a first down, Alternate Bupalos World would have ensued.

      • Cleveland Frowns

        Bahahahahaha I bet you could come up with at least a few more. I could read these all day.

  • PML

    Anyone else picturing a WWE style turn of events and Grossi suddenly turns heel and endorses Art’s credentials in the deliberation room as JR Lawler is screaming he can’t believe what he just saw?

    • Cleveland Frowns

      I mean, yeah, that’s an obvious concern as well.

  • SeattleBrownsFan

    here’s Grossi talking earlier this week about “he whose name will not be spoken” and the HOF. It is kind of long, but it does give good insight into how the whole process works.

    While the Devil’s spawn has returned to Hell, TG is of the opinion that this is the only reason “it” has made it to the finals for the first time. Beelzabub’s bastard son needs 80% of the vote to get in, so it only takes 10 negative votes out of 46 total to keep the HOF from getting soiled…further.

    Grossi’s opinion on the subject hasn’t changed, it’s #Artout as far as he’s concerned. Here is a short discussion on it from yesterday.

    So Tony is still fighting the good fight when it comes to this and will speak against the incubus’s entrance into the HOF after a Baltimore writer brings up the nomination and the “good points” as to why he should be in…should be a very short speech before TG gets his turn.

    • Cleveland Frowns

      Good stuff. Thank you for this.

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