Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One Step Closer to Immortality

Marty Brodeur is closing in on history. The Devils netminder recorded victory number 549 Tuesday night as New Jersey beat Calgary 3-2. He is now three W’s away from
being the all time winningest goalie in NHL history as he will surpass the great Patrick Roy before the month is over. Add that to his 100 career shutouts which is three away from the all time record and one could make a good argument that Brodeur is the best goaltender we have ever seen. What hasn’t Brodeur accomplished? He has a Stanley Cup—three of them in fact, he has an Olympic gold medal, he has four Vezina trophys, 4 Jennings trophys, a Calder Trophy and is a 7 time all-star. He simply has done it all. Yes, there have been many great goalies in the history of the NHL but one has to suggest that when all is said and done and Brodeur hangs up his mask that he will be considered as the all time greatest. Do you agree or disagree? Still with goalies, Steve Mason gets his 9th shutout of the year as Columbus beat Boston 2-0. Could Mason be the Calder and Vezina Trophy winner this year???
It’s the best Brier field ever but Kevin Martin and Glenn Howard are once again the cream of a very talented group. The Alberta and Ontario rinks are 7-0 after Tuesday night play. Saskatchewan’s Joel Jordison goes into today riding a record of 2-5.
I spoke yesterday of Canadian baseball fans having to be upset after Canada was eliminated from play at the World Baseball Classic by Italy. That is nothing compared to what that baseball powerhouse known as the Netherlands have done. The Dutch dropped the Dominican Republic 2-1 in 11 innings to advance. It’s the 2nd time the Netherlands team beat the Dominicans in this tournament. The Dominican Republic makes 83.4 million dollars in the majors and featured players like Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz. The Netherlands players make just 400-thousand dollars. This means Italy and the Netherlands have advanced to the second round. Yes this is baseball and not soccer!
Can the Pats stay alive tonight or do their playoff chances get extinguished. Regina is in Prince Albert needing a victory and a Kootenay Ice victory over Edmonton to keep hopes alive.
Why is it scouts drool over quarterbacks because of his strong arm. A guy can have the strongest arm out there but if he’s not cerebral in his thinking, he won’t be very good. Give me an average arm with an above average brain and you have a winner. Do Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have the strongest arms in the NFL?? Does Henry Burris have the strongest arm in the CFL??? No! Do they win?? Yes! So why everyone tells me why an NFL team should take this quarterback over that quarterback because of his superior arm strength, tell me how smart he is both on the field when the lights are on and off of it when meetings are taking place.
Finally, you gotta check this out. Holy nostalgia Batman!!! Thanks to my good friend Tom Pura in Grande Prairie, Alberta for finding this. Good job Mongo!!!

And its minus 35 outside as I type this. Its March 11. Why???? Why!!!!!! Is this stretch of warm weather they are calling for on the weekend just another tease or is this the last day of this we have to endure for a few months.


Anonymous said...

Hey Mitch, I listened to the Drew Remenda show last night and the new guy must be reading your blog because he stole the Kevin Glenn question. I know its one that is out there but its ironic he chose this day to talk about it.

PS: That show still sucks without you on it. Have you seen Pedersen's blog. A lot of people want to see you host Sportsline 5 nights a week and they have some very negative feelings towards CJME. Can't say I disagree with a lot that was written.

Love the blog!!!

Terry C

Mitchell Blair said...

1)Jamie's a smart guy--give him some credit.
2)Some interesting and entertaining reading on RP's blog, but then again its like that most days.

Colin said...

Hey Mitch! I know this is a bit late, but thanks for posting one of my YouTube videos (The 1987 CFL Intro) on your blog. I have been reading this blog every day and was rather surprised when I saw the link. I have a few more vintage CFL broadcast intros (all involving the Riders) tucked into my channel if you're interested in seeing them.