Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:17 AM
Was anyone else kind of sad watching the 2000 Finals highlights last night? I'd almost forgotten how fvcking good Marty was in his prime. I always appreciated his durability, consistency, intelligence, and mental toughness, but he was so fast. The past couple years of watching him as an old, slow goalie dulled my memory of his athleticism in the crease (not just skating out to make passes). Seeing the highlights was a nice reminder of that, but also how far he's fallen.
Sometimes during lunch here at work, I'll do a little youtubing and check out some old Devils clips. It's funny, re: Marty, it's almost like watching your kid grow up...it's so subtle you almost don't notice it, but if someone hasn't seen your kid in 6 months or so, he'll say "OMG, your son/daughter has changed so much!"
Agreed, he was was so so good back in the day (the only true off-year I can remember was 2001...that was the one season where he made me nervous). Made some truly spectacular OMG saves, and made them often. When you spend an hour or so watching those clips, and you see him now, he's clearly not even close to being the same guy. The jersey is the same, the name on the back is the same, the face may have aged and the hairline may have receeded but it's still largely the same face, but the skills have eroded. If you're a sports fan, you've seen this story before, but that doesn't make any less painful or sad to watch.
It's gotten ugly now, but when we look back, we'll wonder how his prime lasted so damned long...through the end of the 2009-2010 season, really...and how he was able to be so durable for so long. All those years of starting 70+ games...truly an amazing feat.
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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