The problem is you develop a past. Each time we make a mistake, those around us (consciously or subconsciously) make a mental note of it. After awhile, this becomes part of your “reputation” or the “walking dialogue” people might have about you when you’re not in the room. It isn’t especially nice, but it’s probably fair and if people have stopped inviting you onto projects there’s likely a good reason.
I have a buddy, we’ll call him Gary (that isn’t his real name). I’ve known Gary for over 30 years and in that time we’ve come to know a lot about each other. He’s a frontrunner, loved the Yankees as a child and I guess it took because the Packers, Red Wings and Lakers are his other teams. Anyway, because we’re both old and have long memories, discussions sometimes morph into old arguments and we can end the conversation with a quick remark or name from the past.
When I want to shut Gary down, I say “hey, how’s Susanne Kekich?” and we follow with a long pause and then start anew. There’s nothing he can say, no retort that matches it, nothing but “oh yeah?” but we’re old and beyond the point where it’s so important we’re going to argue it again.
It’s the ultimate. Ends the conversation. Stone cold dead. That story is the nadir’s nadir. The New York Yankees (and by extension their fanbase) have never recovered from that moment. It’s long gone now, but Yankees fans never found a counter to the argument. If the same thing happened today, I don’t know that the reaction would have been as universal, but at the time the world reacted as one and for whatever reason Yankee nation was forced to wear it. Funny thing, this.
The problem is you develop a past.
It’s a “best of” Nation Radio today, as we have hand picked interviews over these last months that are worth repeating. Among our guests are:
- Former Oiler Sean Brown, who talks about his NHL career, injuries and their impact, and what he’s doing these days.
- Todd Nelson, coach of the OKC Barons made a January appearance and gave great insight into Teemu Hartikainen, Tyler Pitlick, Curtis Hamilton and others.
- Canucks Corner’s Tom Benjamin was fascinating in discussing Mark Howe, the impact of fighting on the game and what to do about the trap.
- Skip Krake, former WHA Oiler and former Boston Bruin told us about Ace Bailey’s life, the WHA experience and original NHL expansion. A wonderful time.
- Michael Spiedel and I talked about the draft and early moments of free agency during this July 3rd interview. Interesting to listen again and see how things worked out.
- Jeff Krushell dropped by in late October and gave tremendous insight into player recovery. It’s a gem and he delivers all kinds of information that is relevant.
These are six of my favorite interviews over the last year, hope you tune in to hear them. Noon on Team 1260 Edmonton and the full show will be up on the Nation soon.