Wayne Gretzky is not impressed with his son-in-law, Dustin Johnson.
Sure Johnson won the FedEx Cup title last week making him the greatest golfer in the world. OK, fine, whatever.
Johnson went 30 under par in a tournament a few weeks ago – breaking a record. Over the last eight weeks, he has dominated four golf tourneys in a row.
All this noise falls Canadian country miles short from true greatness from the perspective of the Great Gretzky. You see, Wayne was OK at what he did in his career playing hockey. He won the MVP of the National Hockey League his first eight seasons in the league. He holds the all-time record for goals scored (894), assists (1,963), and points (2,853).
No one – literally NO ONE – has ever had a serious debate about who the greatest hockey player of all time is. It’s Wayne Gretzky. By a hundred million thousand trillion billion thousand Canadian miles.
If you think Michael Jordan (MJ) is the greatest basketball player ever, you’re probably right. But you can at least have a reasonable discussion that a few other guys may have been just as great. I’m thinking of Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and Luca Doncic.
That fair-minded discussion never even happens when it comes to Gretzky and hockey. He’s by far the greatest ever.
At this moment – but not for all time – DJ is the greatest golfer on Earth. But did he win golfer of the year his first eight years on the PGA tour? Uh, no. Has any athlete in any sport ever achieved this? No one has ever come anywhere close, not even MJ.
Do people have serious discussions about whether DJ is better than Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Brooks “I Hate Golf” Koepka? Uh, yes.
“DJ needs to come back to me when he’s won 35 Major titles, then maybe, maybe we could have a serious discussion about whether he has had as insanely successful golf career as I had a hockey career,” said The Great One. “He’s got one Major now. So it’s looking highly unlikely he’ll ever come close to being as great as I was. Every time he comes to our house to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner, I remind him how much better I was at my craft than he is at his.”
DJ’s wife, and The Great One’s daughter, is Tatum Gretzky Johnson. She’s not offended that her father publicly trashes her husband even on the critically acclaimed and widely read Sammy Sportface Baby Boomer Brotherhood Facebook page.
“It’s all about the money,” she said. “DJ won me $15 million with his victory in the FedEx Cup. I don’t remember my Dad bringing home weekend paychecks that big as a hockey player.”
DJ piled on.
“So what if Wayne became the greatest hockey player ever,” he said. “Nobody cares about hockey.”
To be continued…
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