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Dublin farewelled Brian ODriscoll in style last weekend. Tim Hardaway Jersey . The great man sweetened the occasion with a magic effort against Italy, tarnished later only by his rendition of Barry Manilows "Copacabana" in the changing room. While it was a fitting celebration of ODriscoll, theres symmetry in him bowing out of international rugby on Saturday in a likely Six Nations title decider in Paris. Thats where he launched himself on the rugby worlds consciousness in 2000 with a hat trick of tries in Irelands first win there over France in 28 years. To that point, he was an Irish star with 10 tests. Marked for great things as a teen with humility masking a ferocious competitiveness, he made his Ireland debut on the 1999 summer tour of Australia at age 20. Man-of-the-match awards in Irelands first two tour games made him a must-pick opposite Wallabies Dan Herbert and Tim Horan. ODriscoll held his own, and again in that years World Cup, where Ireland exited the group stage, embarrassed by Argentina. That was Ireland rugby then, a graveyard of dreams for more than a decade. But ODriscoll gave the side a world-class talent beside hooker Keith Wood, and a back who could create and score tries and return hope and thrills to Lansdowne Road. It took a 50-point hiding from England in the 2000 Six Nations opener for then-coach Warren Gatland to introduce the likes of John Hayes, Simon Easterby, Peter Stringer and Ronan OGara, who became stars of the new millennium as Irelands fortunes prospered. When France was overcome 27-25, Ireland had three wins in the championship for the first time in 15 years. ODriscolls was the first hat trick by an Irish player in the championship in 47 years. "It was lucky that I was in the right place at the right time," he said with a modesty that remains. ODriscoll has gone on to rack up a world record 140 tests, 139 of them starts, a record 132 for Ireland, the most Six Nations matches (64) and tries (26). He captained Ireland for 10 years to 2012 a record 83 times, and has 47 test tries, a record 46 for Ireland. He played in four World Cups without success, and only one win from four British and Irish Lions tours. Ireland also has won the Six Nations only once, when he scored tries in four of their wins in the 2009 Grand Slam. A second title beckons on Saturday. The statistics reward lasting class. But his legacy interests him more. ODriscoll woke up to the requirements of being professional during his first Lions tour in 2001, a tour de force for him. Hes responsible for revolutionizing Ireland, said captain Paul OConnell, in the team since 2002. "Hes spread confidence across the whole setup," OConnell said. "I grew up watching Ireland in the 90s and maybe that confidence wasnt there when an Irish team took the field. Any team that takes the field with Brian in it always feels they have a chance of winning. "When Brian finishes, that confidence will remain in the Irish setup, because a few players have moulded themselves on him a little bit and realized this is what you need to be to be the all-round rugby player." The 35-year-old ODriscoll has also remodeled himself. He has only one try since the 2011 World Cup, and no longer accelerates through gaps. But where his leg speed has declined, his mind has only sharpened. Ask Italy, victims last weekend. ODriscolls sleight of hand and awareness set up three of Irelands first four tries. He believes his caps records will be broken, and has been grooming potential successors Robbie Henshaw and Darren Cave. Ireland has an abundance of midfield talent, he said. In giving advice, "Hes been generous to a fault," Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said. Where ODriscoll ranks among the great centres is another debate. Some in Ireland still consider him second to Mike Gibson, who retired in 1979, also after 15 years, as the world caps record-holder. No matter. ODriscolls greatness is set. Hell close a circle on Saturday at Stade de France. There, after that hat trick in the stunning victory in 2000, France coach Bernard Laporte said, "We could not stop him." Only time has. Udonis Haslem Jersey . I kept my eyes focused up on the camera during each approach. I just tried to stay focused on my form, as I didnt know what the ball reaction was. I was quite emotional at the end. I did not actually see any of the shots in the game until I got home and watched the video. Hassan Whiteside Jersey . The 155th edition of the Plate for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds, the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America, will be televised live on TSN in HD (High Definition) in a special presentation from 4:30 – 6:00 pm ET. Post time is 5:38 pm. http://www.basketballheatshop.com/Cheap-Kelly-Olynyk-Heat-Jersey/ . "I never commented to anyone that I wanted out," he explained. "My heart is with this group and making the playoffs." Kesler added that the rumours are "completely false" that he asked to be traded - recently or ever.The stats speak for themselves. Marty Brodeur had an amazing career anyway you want to slice it. Its always a personal preference as to who people believe is the best of all time. The one thing that is certain, Brodeurs name is in that conversation. Some will speak to Dominik Hasek, for what he was able to do team-wise and achieve personally, while some will look at Patrick Roy, who is the winningest goaltender in the postseason and who also revolutionized the position with the butterfly save. Some older than this generation will throw names like Terry Sawchuk or Vladislav Tretiak around. Im not sure there is a right or wrong answer. It becomes a personal preference, with caveats of when they played as far as generations, who you value more for their style, or even a like ability factor may weigh in on an opinion. There are many things I loved and respected about Brodeur as a goalie. Here are a few things that stood out for me: Durability - To play 1,266 games is insane. That number is a monster and speaks to the consistency of Marty and how he was able to play 70-plus games a year for 20-plus seasons (throw in a couple of lockouts/work stoppages and the number is bigger). I believe that record will never be broken, especially with the way goalies play today. Its so hard on the body. With flexibility and lateral movement at a premium, the stress on the knees, hip flexors and groins, it will be tough to have a run of that many years in a row playing 65-plus games a season. To put it into perspective - the 1,266 regular season games - the closest to Marty of active goalies is Roberto Luongo. He is 35-years-old and has played 840 games, so if he averages 65 games for the next six-and-a-half years, he can come close to Brodeur at age 42. This is given that he is healthy (knock on wood) and wants to play that long. Lets look at someone younger. Carey Price is 27-years-old and has played 405 games. It would take him playing 65-plus games a year for the next 13.25 years to come close to the record - something that in todays game would be very tough to achieve given all the factors involved. The list goes on from there, with names like Fleury (569 GP), Lundqvist (610 GP) and Miller (594 GP). All goalies that have played a ton and have been for the most part pretty healthy in their careers, their numbers are great from a durability standpoint but nothing in comparison to what Marty was able to achieve for many years in a row. Rebound Control - One of the first things I noticed when I played against him or watched him was his rebound placement. He was unreal at putting pucks in areas that were out of danger or past the traffic. Im not talking about catching pucks, but more about how he was able to angle or direct pucks offf the original shot to the corners, past sticks in front and out of trouble. Wayne Ellington Jersey. . It was like he was thinking past the original save and was more concerned about what he was doing about the second shot. Something that was unreal if you watched intently on what he was doing or trying to achieve. To the naked eye, one might think he was letting up a bad rebound sometimes, but all of a sudden it was past oncoming rush and heading the other way. It was something he was very strong at doing consistently. Puck Handling - Ron Hextall revolutionized the game with the way he was able to play the puck. Im on record saying he was the best of all time. Marty was able to take it to another level and incorporate it into todays game. We all know New Jersey had an air tight defensive system and in their best days had big, mean and mobile defencemen that would stand you up at the blue line and teams would be forced to dump it in. Thats where Martys skills would go to work. He was able to stop the dump-ins and make a play to help them exit the zone quickly. It was to a point where his d-man would not come back to the puck but fan out and give him an option to pass. If there was no direct pass option, he was able to hit back-checkers coming back into the zone or hard rim it so that the wingers would have a board battle and flush the puck out of the zone that way. Anyway you sliced it, through his puck handling he helped them exit the zone more often than not, which led to less zone time and less shots against so they go on the attack offensively. There are many other things we can focus on when it came to Martin Brodeur and his legacy but these were a couple that stood out for me. Having played against him, watched him for many years, and respected him for the way he handled himself professionally, one can only sit back and say Congrats Marty, on an amazing career. Thank you for your contributions to goaltending and to the game of hockey. Good luck on your next endeavour. NET GAIN AWARD THE NUMBERS Stanley Cup 3 William M. Jennings Trophy 5 Vezina Trophy 4 First Team All-Star 3 Olympic Medals 2 (Gold) NHL Rankings Total NHL Rank Regular Season Games 1,266 1 Regular Season Wins 691 1 Regular Season Shutouts 125 1 Playoff Wins 113 2 Goals From Goalies Player Goals Martin Brodeur 3 Ron Hextall 2 9 other goaltenders 1 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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