Thursday, December 13, 2007
The 2008 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were announced today. (link) The class is headlined by the material girl herself, Madonna, and the one and only cougar, John Mellencamp. The group is rounded out by The Ventures, Leonard Cohen and The Dave Clark Five.
This was the first year of eligibility for Madonna, Cohen and The Ventures. (link) Another popular musical group, the Beastie Boys, were also on the ballot for the first time but did not garner enough votes to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame located in Cleveland, Ohio.
As a huge fan of John "Cougar" Mellencamp I'm glad to see he's finally being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. What The Blot still can't figure out is what does and what does not count as "rock and roll." I'm pretty sure the Beastie Boys have been more rap than rock since they hung up their instruments early on and decided to become rappers. But then again Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted last year, so who knows where the line is. I just get the feeling this "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame is turning more into a Music Hall of Fame with every new class of inductees.
If you’d like to open/read/download the 400 page PDF document, it can be found here.
According to the same ESPN report, Brian McNamee, who served as a personal trainer for Clemens and close friend/teammate Andy Pettitte, “also told investigators that on at least one occasion, Clemens was in possession of steroids from another supplier.” (link) Pettitte, it seems, has not been implicated in any way with steroid use.
It seems like today is going to be a dark day for baseball, especially if early reports hold true and several MVPs, All-Stars and Cy Young award winners are implicated in the Mitchell report. On the bright side, it should be a great day for Barry Bonds as there will finally be other Major League Baseball stars, both active and retired, who will now have to share the brunt of the media’s scrutiny and investigation into the steroid scandal with Bonds.