Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Great One

My apologies in advance to my Canadian readers, but I become bothered by the use of the term, “The Great One” mentioned with the name Wayne Gretzky. The term Great “One” indicates to me that there is only one “Great One.” There is only one King of Pop, only one King of Rock and only one Queen of Soul.

I consulted the Interwebs to see just how many people are claiming the title and found passing references to Ronald Reagan probably because his sycophants couldn’t spell the word Orator. He was known as the Great Orator.

Then I saw a reference to “The Great One” being used for Mark Levin, a conservative radio talk show host. Radio and especially talk radio is the lowest rung in entertainment. No one sitting in a chair with cans on their head should ever be called great. This title was more than likely boasted by Faux News which is famous their revisionist history. No way is this guy great.

I guess the Canadians felt that if they used the term “The Great One” to describe Gretsky no one but Canadians would notice since Americans have no idea of what Hockey is. It’s like soccer on ice, and we have no idea what soccer is either in spite of the millions of kids that are forced to play it by some unseen force. Unless one is Continental you’ve probably never seen a soccer game. You’ve probably never seen a hockey game unless you are from Canada or Minnesota.

Setting the record straight, Jackie Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987) was and still is the Great One. His death at the age of 71 did not remove the title. He will always be the Great One. All of these other posers need to make up a new title for them selves.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall Reagan being referred to as the "Great Communicator"--but not "Orator"....Everett Dirkson was an orator.

7:12 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I thought he was The Great Big One. No... that was an infantry division, wasn't it? I'm confused.

7:50 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

What? Not one reply from a Canadian? WTF? Either they are really pissed off at me or they are too busy watching hockey on the Olympics.

Anon, I've heard him called both, but you are correct, there are many more references to the more pedestrian, "Communicator."

Darev, you are...

5:09 AM  
Blogger dalia said...

ahem. in the fourth paragraph, you misspell Gretzky.


11:43 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

See, only a Canadian would notice. Are you bitter about the Olympic thing?

5:30 AM  
Anonymous dalia said...

no... 'cause we're GOLD! :-)

9:28 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Oh good, because no one down here noticed ; )

4:45 AM  

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