“The Proliferation Of Media Means We Don’t Get To Decide What We Remember.”

Goodness gracious, I almost forgot! But thanks to CFRN’s pre-midnight local news program, with only about five minutes left in the day, I was able to not forget that today (well, yesterday) was the twenty-third anniversary of the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. The folks on Whyte Avenue who got corralled into some vox populi interviews looked pretty relieved that somebody made sure they didn’t forget either. In the words of my favourite of the lot: “Who cares? It was a long time ago.”

The lady behind the desk, however, while trying hard not to be argumentative, clearly begged to differ: “It’s an important date.”

Which brings us around to our wise Uncle Chuck Klosterman, who manages, in one brief piece in Grantland, to tie together an argument for the non-existence of any given Hall of Fame you could think of, a quick discussion of the death of Amy Winehouse and the ‘Curse of 27’, and a critique of the mass media which I’ve been dying to quote ever since I read it. Hence the title of this thing. So there.

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