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The Greatest Meme in the History of Whatever.

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You're probably aware that our old friend Rany Jazayerli has occasional differences of opinion with the Royals brain trust regarding their management of the team. Yet despite Rany's years of torment, the team still manages to surprise him. Just two days ago, he noticed a quote by an unnamed team official who was expressing shock that the 2009 season went as badly as it did:

Everybody thought we had the greatest offseason in the history of whatever and people in the game were saying we did as good as anybody in improving the team.

Which... yeah. Wow.

After dropping his jaw for several paragraphs, Rany finally responds to it:

I could criticize this quote from now till kingdom come, but really, this quote transcends criticism. It is a masterpiece of hallucinatory thinking. I’m convinced the secret to cold fusion is locked somewhere inside that quote. So the only proper response is not criticism – it is mockery.

Rany then challenged his readers to invent other historical situations to which this meme could be applied -- including France in World War II, the makers of Heaven's Gate, and the advisers to Martha Coakley's losing Senate campaign in Massachusetts -- and I thought that our corner of the blogosphere should contribute.

The producers of "The Magic Hour" with Magic Johnson, 1998: Everybody thought we had the greatest talk show in the history of whatever and people in the business were saying we did as good as anybody in hiring a talk show host.

Nikita Khrushchev, 1962: Everybody thought we had the greatest missiles in the history of whatever and people in the Kremlin were saying we did as good as anybody in picking a country to put them in.

Atlanta, 1864: Everybody thought we had the greatest wooden buildings in the history of whatever and people in the Confederacy were saying we did as good as anybody at making them fireproof.

Your turn!

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