103 For MB, Groundhog Year For The FlyersShareThis
Marty Brodeur tied Terry Sawchuk atop the all-time shutout list at 103 against Buffalo on Monday. That’s more than an entire seasons-worth (playoffs included) of shutouts. A mind-boggling accomplishment.
Brodeur is simply a great talent who was put in the best possible situation to accomplish feats of goaltenderly greatness. New Jersey in the ’90′s? I could’ve taped magazines to my shins and used a baseball glove and put up a couple doughnuts.
So kudos to the guy. Everything he does is so likable that it’s easy to forget he once had his own Tiger Woods moment on the way to winning one of his cups…. Doing his sister-in-law? That blew over quick, didn’t it?
I recently read this article in TIME (sprouted from Tiger’s fiasco) that explains how, if an athlete is still able to make the fans cheer, they tend to be willing to forgive, forget, or both. Loosely paraphrasing the article, Mark McGwire was done hitting home runs, so when the scandal broke, we were done with him. Same with Pete Rose and anybody else who’s sins were discovered after their playing days. But with people like Kobe Bryant and A-Rod, their sins have been “buried under the confetti of their latest championship”.
Marty has proven time and time again that there’s reason to root for him, from his talent to his personality. I guess we all have our faults, and I really want to end this with “so I still love Marty”. ….but your sister-in-law? Thats a pretty big hurdle for me to clear, there, “fatty”.
I tweeted something last night along the lines of “Being a Flyers fan is similar to being the chef that fights Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. It seems like everything is going well TIL YOU GET YOUR HEART RIPPED OUT.” …I stand by that.
To me, they seem like they’d be the hardest team to suit up and play, yet they can’t seem to get over the “pretty good team” hump. (Every year they wish for another Sharks collapse to take the spotlight off them.)
Richards is a beast. He can score, and he’s mean. Carter, Briere, (and now Van Riemsdyk), these guys are deadly. And a d-corp that has Pronger, Carle, Timmonen? Seems like a team nobody would want to play.
And yet, it seems like we’ve been here before, and seen this already. Haven’t they already tried the “good team, playoff four-seed, question mark in net” second/third round elimination thing? They must be making money as an organization, so that’s cool, but don’t they wanna win a Cup? You can’t stop the bleeding with Ray Emery. He’s good, he’s just not enough. (note: Emery is out six weeks to have ab surgery)
We’re that house.
As of December 6th, we had lights up. We have tree scented candles rockin’. Santa is up. And apparently, we’re tree shopping in the next day or two. It keeps getting earlier.
This is my first year in a warm place for Christmas, sans snow. Seeing as how I’m not sure what to expect, I thought I’d solicit some first-hand accounts from people who celebrate the season in warm climates. Does no snow suck? Awesome? Does it feel as Chrismassy?
With Christmas on the horizon, it’s always a little more nerve-wracking financially than the usual grind. Throughout the past couple months, I’ve received a few donations to the blog, and they make a huge difference to me. It buys me time to legitimately pursue my new goal of writing, without having to sell Big Macs from 9 to 5 (or having to join the legion of people the Coyotes hire to dress like seats at home games). Or sometimes, it simply buys me one of those Big Macs. So thank you to those gracious people, and thank you to my regular readers. I always look forward to the comments.
(I just feel like putting this picture up – my brother is a travesty of a human being when trying to get the lime to the bottom of his Corona. I mean disaster-level, call-in-FEMA-for-cleanup style situations occur. On the right is Jeff’s buddy, Isles trainer Shakey, doing a little heckling.)