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November 15, 2013
Things the Hall of Fame is Not the Hall of, According to a Quick Search
At some point in the next six weeks, you’ll find yourself arguing about the Hall of Fame with someone whose mind is already made up. (That someone will, at that moment, be having the same experience.) You’ll have a vague sense that this kind of conversation historically hasn’t gone anywhere, and you’ll be tempted to walk away, but you’ll be damned if you’re going to get on the same page about anything with this Lee Smith-loving, Tim Raines-rejecting anti-intellectual, even agreeing to disagree. At this impasse, there’s only one way to win: by reminding them that it’s called the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of whatever crazy criterion they’re using to decide who deserves to get in.
It’s the perfect putdown. With one crushing sentence, you convey not only that your adversary is dead wrong about a particular player, but that they’ve misunderstood the entire enterprise, thereby shaming them into keep their (obviously flawed) opinion to themselves next time they’re tempted to weigh in on someone’s suitability for the Hall. Hell, how could they have an opinion? They don’t even know the name of the place.
There’s just one problem: because this rhetorical device is so devastating, you won’t be the first to have used it. In your eagerness to deliver the conversational kayo, you’ll be tempted to hit them with “…It’s not the Hall of Very Good.” Don’t do it. Others have been there before.
For a truly satisfying takedown, you need an original line. And a little preparation goes a long way if you want to drop the mic memorably.
The following is a comprehensive list, culled from the internet, of things that the Hall of Fame has already been established not to be. Feel free to bookmark or print it and carry it around as a reference during peak Hall of Fame debate periods.
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As tempting as it would be to destroy your debate partner’s point with one of the above finishing moves, bringing an end to the argument and determining who’s a Hall of Famer once and for all, show some self-restraint. Take a look at the list (or better yet, commit it to memory), and think of something to say that isn’t already on there. If you’re out of fresh material, you may add a modifier. But whatever you do, don’t rest your case on a repeat.
Of course, by putting all the emphasis on the fact that it’s called the Hall of Fame, you’re inadvertently implying that notoriety should be the standard for induction. But don’t worry; by the time some bystander brings that up, you'll have been savoring your opponent's stunned silence for approximately [/checks tweet timestamps] two hours and 27 minutes.
— Carmelo Benz (@MeloSwag7) September 20, 2013