This day in sports history...
Wayne Gretzky was traded from Edmonton to LA.
My neighbor and I are sitting on my back deck playing some sng's and watching 9 little girls try to sleep out in the tent tonight.
Of course this leads to some alcohol consumption, and that leads to discussions of sports history. To which he mentioned that today is the day when Gretzky was traded from Edmonton to LA.
That begged the question of why. Edmonton got a ridiculous deal with McSorley, two other guys, like 47 first round picks, and 15 million in cash.
His deduction, which I defer to always because he is a sports history GOD, was that 1) Gretzky's wife had something to do with it, 2) The NHL had something to do with it, and 3) That Edmonton just couldn't pass up the cash and the draft picks.
Gretzky's wife was obviously an actress and was probably right near the prime of her career. Wanting to be in LA was probably a big part of Wayne trying to get the deal done. Or at least receptive to it, if not the one who requested the intiation of a deal.
The NHL back in those days were on a marketing drive because the game had seen some growth through popularity and were probably interested in driving some traffic on the west coast.
Any of you canuks out there remember this? any thoughts on why he was traded?
And this begs another question...
If there was a Mount Rushmore of sports icons, who would they be?
Our picks are:
2) Babe Ruth
3) Muhammad Ali
4) Michael Jordan