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September 1, 2006
From journal Cleveland Sights!
November 17, 2005
I wrote this for wheretogousa.com. Thought I'd share it. Traversing the exhibits at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is like pulling a light chain of great memories. You’ll lose count the number of times you hear or say, “I remember..” and “That reminds me of…” Occasionally, you’ll find yourself transfixed to a time when everyone was huddled around the television in the living room on a Sunday afternoon: Mom rushing off to make snacks during commercials; Dad spouting the wisdom of Vince Lombardi; and you in your oversized Baltimore Colts jersey, wondering if Johnny U. could pull it off one more time.
The immaculate reception, The Heidi Bowl, The Packer Dynasty, Jim Brown, Jim Thorpe, The Steel Curtain, America’s Team, Dan Marino, and The Drive, each display and interactive feature is like an electric jolt to momentous times of joy, excitement and yes, even disappointment. Opened in 1963 and expanded three times since, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is 83,000 square feet of memorabilia and multimedia excitement.
Don’t be surprised if, after your visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you suddenly have an overwhelming need to go out in the backyard and toss around the pigskin as you mix simulated crowd noises with your mock play-by-play action: “He’s at the twenty, the ten, the five, touchdown!” Ah, memories.
From journal Fun in Cleveland. Yes Cleveland!
June 28, 2003
In the Game day theater, you watch two films that give you an overview of the expereinces that a NFL player has during one season, from training camp, to gameday, to the Superbowl. The film had hightlights from the most recent season which showed the Bucks whipping the Raiders in the Superbowl. As a Bear's fan, I yelled at the lady at the exit that I wanted a refund. You can't show Randy Moss beating us for a TD!! Oops sorry, got excited. I hate Moss.
The most interesting part was thea actual Hall of Fame. Each inductee has a bust, and a brief biography that can be accessed by the computres that are spread throughout the room. I pulled up the info on Bear's greats Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary, Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, and Gale Sayers. Each one had a video clip that showed that player's most memorable moment, and then another video clip that highlighted that player's style of play. I loved it!! Any football fan would.
If you don't really care about football, you probably won't like this place. However . . . if you are ready for some football every day of the year, this is a pilgrimage that you should make.
From journal Weekend trip from Chicago to Ohio