A Time to Misremember

Sunday, March 8, 2015


The misdeeds of athletes at all levels of competition have forced sports fans to alter their fondest memories

I went my entire childhood and a significant amount of my adult life without ever hearing the word “misremember.” Then Roger Clemens testified before Congress about performance- enhancing drugs and tried to diffuse the detrimental testimony of his teammate, Andy Pettitte, regarding the use of human growth hormone. “Andy misremembers,” Clemens said on that day, a phrase so bizarre that the interrogating congressman followed up with: “Excuse me?”

I thought that this might be an isolated invocation of a word that actually does appear in the Oxford English dictionary but that, as far as I know, no one had used for 200 years. The word, however, was given new life in February when Brian Williams was suspended from the NBC anchor chair after he admitted that he “misremembered” an alleged incident in which he said that his helicopter had been hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. Thus, it is time to take the word misremember out of quotes, not only because of its use as a go-to word by prominent people caught in controversy, but also because the art of misremembering is an important skill to the modern sports fan.

Read the full article on SportsTravel

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