We have recently been calming down in our neverending vigil of completely losing our minds whenever we hear people ranking on Marty Brodeur. His comeback from his injury this season has been enough of an apotheosis that it’s seemed enough people were backing off the “he’s an overrated product of the system” line to placate us. So imagine our horror when we wandered over to From The Rink today to discover Mirtle’s statistical breakdown of why he thinks Patrick Roy is a better goalie than Marty. Now, we’ve got no problem with anyone choosing Roy in that debate (we mean, it’s not like he’s saying he thinks Giguere is better…), but this sentence stood out in Mirtle’s explanation of his choice:
“Not to mention the fact that Scott Clemmensen looked pretty darn good in his [Marty's] place.”
Cue our heads exploding.
We had a fevered IM exchange about this, culminating in Pookie’s declaration of war on hockey’s new generation of statheads:
Pookie: I know NOTHING about the technical aspects of playing hockey but even I can see the difference between how the way Clemmer directs rebounds changes the way the d plays around him compared to the way Marty directs them. If Martle can’t see that, then he’s either not watching the Devils enough to comment or he’s an idiot.
Schnookie: Yeah, the Devils with Clemmer this year proved that they CAN play without Marty. But it’s easier for them to win with him.
Pookie: But that doesn’t mean Marty’s not a considerably better goalie than Clemmer. Just because his team is also talented. I mean, really, James. I can give you the rules of classical painting and tell you all the reasons why “Death of Socrates” is “better” than “Guernica”. That doesn’t mean “Death of Socrates” actually is better. I’m sorry. It just doesn’t work that way. Since when have numbers EVER told the whole story? Oh, you’ve got your fancy science formulas, but entropy and chaos are always going to factor in, too. THE STATISTICAL REVOLUTION IS A FRAUD! WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS OF HAVING STAT-O-MATICS TELL US MARTY BRODEUR ISN’T A GENIUS!
Schnookie: That’s beautiful.