Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bullying: Series Issues - Sound Responses



My series on bullying was one of the more popular set of posts in "Insight" history. I hope that it continues to serve as a starting point in an ongoing digital conversation among parents, fellow teachers, school staff, students and all other concerned citizens in our society.

The entire feature is being presented again in chronological order today for your convenience. 


Bullying: Part 1 

Bullying has always existed. The convergence of many events, including the modern family structure, the litigious land we live in, a focus on personal feelings, desensitized developing brains, a perception that there are no consequences in life, in addition to other factors, are linked to the issue that is known as bullying.

Let me be clear: Anyone (child, or adult) who threatens violence against another human being is guilty of “bullying” that person. Anyone who joins with others to do the same has participated in group bullying behavior. Obviously, committing an act of violence against another person is a crime (to varying degrees under the law).

Bullying can be delivered in-person, or through a virtual world.

All of these incidents must be prevented (if possible), stopped during the process, or resolved.

I have a zero-tolerance policy in my classroom in this regard for all legitimate bullying issues. And legitimate is the key subjective word to keep in mind. More will be offered about this important topic within this digital space tomorrow.

Bullying: Part 2

There are many children who are being (or have been) conditioned to become overly sensitive. Parents/family members/guardians, etc. who don't have adequate parenting skills (or who are honestly developing these skills) and educators who are encouraging children to become professional “tattletales” are adding to the confusion that surrounds this issue.

I completely understand and value the intent of the authority figures who I've just mentioned. Their feelings are genuine. But, these individuals are clearly in the early stages of forming their thoughts and resultant reactions regarding this developing social issue.

Serious problems must be recognized and dealt with. Ignoring bullying reports is negligent and shouldn't be tolerated. But, honest problems are undercut whenever people inadvertently (or intentionally) make thin, or false claims. This aspect of the bullying issue can't be denied and represents one of the more challenging aspects to an already complex topic.  

Time will be needed before our society can come to grips with what has come to be referred to as "bullying". Everyone who cares about solutions and honesty will remain open-minded and flexible as they  relentlessly pursue justice for true victims and don't back down from those occasions where education about this issue is warranted.  


Bulling: Responses and Solutions - Part 1

1. Listen to what people are saying

Never disregard what anyone (child, or adult) reports about this topic. If someone says that bullying has taken place, pass no initial judgments. Yes, you will have to make some type of decision in these instance. But, initially you need to be compassionate and start to gather facts.

2. Ask, but don't interrogate

It's very challenging to be the victim of bullying and then have to prove it through verbal explanations. No one is capable of being objective about himself, or herself, which can make relaying this type of information very hard. 

Be gentle when you ask someone questions about the incident(s). It probably won't be a linear conversation and you need to be prepared for that.

3. Seek outside help in every instance if you are the victim, or if you are the one who is receiving a report about bullying

Victims: Never keep this topic to yourself. Talk to a trusted individual about this matter, or about any other matter that's of importance to you, as soon as possible. You are never alone and defending yourself is your right.

Report Receivers: Don't feel that you must solve the problem on your own. Regardless of your own experience level in handling these issues, asking other people (be they family members, co-workers, etc.) for assistance in responding to these situations is strongly advisable. 


Bulling: Responses and Solutions - Part 2

4. We must try to NEVER undercut this serious issue by falsely labeling all issues as "bullying". 

Confront the "bully" only after hard evidence has been confirmed. Be completely aware of resulting legal consequences if you make the decision to also confront the family/guardian of the "bully" based on thin, or non-existent evidence.

In the United States we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Some of the hysteria surrounding this issue labels people as guilty based purely on what someone, or some group of people claim to be true. Issues connected to underdeveloped minds and overly sensitive personalities are being mixed with this issue because many of these situations involve children reporting other children. 

5. Recognize that not all people can be saved and that the human behavior is not something to legislate, or to be forced into becoming whatever your personal ideology makes you believe it should be. 

6. Continue to educate yourself by seeking information from other parents, trusted friends, religious personnel, law enforcement, educators, children and through other legitimate sources of research on this matter. (For example, this blog post doesn't count as a legitimate, or final source of information. It represents my opinion.)

Legitimate sources of information would not be connected to a slanted political view (either left, or right), or one that is favorable to making institutional devices stronger. Legitimate sources will be easily seen as protecting the best interests of all true victims and by not turning innocent parties into villains. 

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My interviews with famous athletes and sports' personalities...
Martin Brodeur: Discusses His Record-Setting Shutout Total and Key Rivalries 
Allison Baver: US Olympian Facing Every Challenge

My interviews with broadcasters, actors, models and more...
Fox Television's Erin Como Reveals Her Timeless Model for Success: Interview
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I intentionally used Amazon.com to publish my first ebook: 
Fast Fiction and Other Stuff  because that platform is the number 1 eBook publishing site in the world. 
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I look forward to becoming friends on Facebook  
Let's connect on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter @SeanyOB
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Bullying: Questions and Solutions




My series on bullying was one of the more popular set of posts in "Insight" history. I hope that it continues to serve as a starting point in an ongoing digital conversation among parents, fellow teachers, school staff, students and all other concerned citizens in our society.

The entire feature is being presented again in chronological order today for your convenience. 


Bullying: Part 1 

Bullying has always existed. The convergence of many events, including the modern family structure, the litigious land we live in, a focus on personal feelings, desensitized developing brains, a perception that there are no consequences in life, in addition to other factors, are linked to the issue that is known as bullying.

Let me be clear: Anyone (child, or adult) who threatens violence against another human being is guilty of “bullying” that person. Anyone who joins with others to do the same has participated in group bullying behavior. Obviously, committing an act of violence against another person is a crime (to varying degrees under the law).

Bullying can be delivered in-person, or through a virtual world.

All of these incidents must be prevented (if possible), stopped during the process, or resolved.

I have a zero-tolerance policy in my classroom in this regard for all legitimate bullying issues. And legitimate is the key subjective word to keep in mind. More will be offered about this important topic within this digital space tomorrow.


Bullying: Part 2

There are many children who are being (or have been) conditioned to become overly sensitive. Parents/family members/guardians, etc. who don't have adequate parenting skills (or who are honestly developing these skills) and educators who are encouraging children to become professional “tattletales” are adding to the confusion that surrounds this issue.

I completely understand and value the intent of the authority figures who I've just mentioned. Their feelings are genuine. But, these individuals are clearly in the early stages of forming their thoughts and resultant reactions regarding this developing social issue.

Serious problems must be recognized and dealt with. Ignoring bullying reports is negligent and shouldn't be tolerated. But, honest problems are undercut whenever people inadvertently (or intentionally) make thin, or false claims. This aspect of the bullying issue can't be denied and represents one of the more challenging aspects to an already complex topic.  

Time will be needed before our society can come to grips with what has come to be referred to as "bullying". Everyone who cares about solutions and honesty will remain open-minded and flexible as they  relentlessly pursue justice for true victims and don't back down from those occasions where education about this issue is warranted.  


Bulling: Responses and Solutions - Part 1

1. Listen to what people are saying

Never disregard what anyone (child, or adult) reports about this topic. If someone says that bullying has taken place, pass no initial judgments. Yes, you will have to make some type of decision in these instance. But, initially you need to be compassionate and start to gather facts.

2. Ask, but don't interrogate

It's very challenging to be the victim of bullying and then have to prove it through verbal explanations. No one is capable of being objective about himself, or herself, which can make relaying this type of information very hard. 

Be gentle when you ask someone questions about the incident(s). It probably won't be a linear conversation and you need to be prepared for that.

3. Seek outside help in every instance if you are the victim, or if you are the one who is receiving a report about bullying

Victims: Never keep this topic to yourself. Talk to a trusted individual about this matter, or about any other matter that's of importance to you, as soon as possible. You are never alone and defending yourself is your right.

Report Receivers: Don't feel that you must solve the problem on your own. Regardless of your own experience level in handling these issues, asking other people (be they family members, co-workers, etc.) for assistance in responding to these situations is strongly advisable. 


Bulling: Responses and Solutions - Part 2

4. We must try to NEVER undercut this serious issue by falsely labeling all issues as "bullying". 

Confront the "bully" only after hard evidence has been confirmed. Be completely aware of resulting legal consequences if you make the decision to also confront the family/guardian of the "bully" based on thin, or non-existent evidence.

In the United States we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Some of the hysteria surrounding this issue labels people as guilty based purely on what someone, or some group of people claim to be true. Issues connected to underdeveloped minds and overly sensitive personalities are being mixed with this issue because many of these situations involve children reporting other children. 

5. Recognize that not all people can be saved and that the human behavior is not something to legislate, or to be forced into becoming whatever your personal ideology makes you believe it should be. 

6. Continue to educate yourself by seeking information from other parents, trusted friends, religious personnel, law enforcement, educators, children and through other legitimate sources of research on this matter. (For example, this blog post doesn't count as a legitimate, or final source of information. It represents my opinion.)

Legitimate sources of information would not be connected to a slanted political view (either left, or right), or one that is favorable to making institutional devices stronger. Legitimate sources will be easily seen as protecting the best interests of all true victims and by not turning innocent parties into villains. 

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My interviews with famous athletes and sports' personalities...
Martin Brodeur: Discusses His Record-Setting Shutout Total and Key Rivalries 
Allison Baver: US Olympian Facing Every Challenge

My interviews with broadcasters, actors, models and more...
Fox Television's Erin Como Reveals Her Timeless Model for Success: Interview
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I intentionally used Amazon.com to publish my first ebook: 
Fast Fiction and Other Stuff  because that platform is the number 1 eBook publishing site in the world. 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I look forward to becoming friends on Facebook  
Let's connect on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter @SeanyOB
Visit my Rant Sports Author Pagemy Examiner Contributor Pageor my Yahoo Contributor Page.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Making Connections With Celebrities and Other Public Figures



Many people have asked me over the years how I've gotten to meet and interview athletes, actors, models and other public figures. 

These connections happened because a relationship was developed ahead of time. 

Regarding sports: Connections need to be developed and maintained with teams. Through that, access to personnel and players becomes possible. 

In terms of the entertainment industry: Your personality, social media reach and established credibility help to create your credentials and provides a platform to help promote interesting personal stories.

Relentless persistence is a term that I've used before in my blog Insight. What that means is this: I never stop exploring new avenues. And by that I mean both personally and professionally.

Of course, all efforts don't pan out. But, some do and that's the point. 

So, I ask other people who want to make connections: 

*What have you done in the past to pursue your goals? (That establishes a framework for me to understand where the person has been.)

*What are you doing today? (Current efforts, projects, etc.)

What are your plans for the future? (Definable goals.)

Consider what I've said above and then click on any of the links below. You will learn more when you read what has been written and when you read between the lines.
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Interviews with famous athletes and sports' personalities...

Martin Brodeur: Discusses His Record-Setting Shutout Total and Key Rivalries 
Allison Baver: US Olympian Facing Every Challenge

Interviews with broadcasters, actors, models and more...

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I intentionally used Amazon.com to publish my first ebook: 
Fast Fiction and Other Stuff  because that platform is the number 1 eBook publishing site in the world. 
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I look forward to becoming friends on Facebook  

Let's connect on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter @SeanyOB


Visit my Rant Sports Author Pagemy Examiner Contributor Pageor my Yahoo Contributor Page.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Model Management Agency-MMA:Rachael Platt-McMullan Proves Why Dreams Are Worth Pursuing

A replay of one of my recent exclusive interviews...


Model Management Agency- MMA has grown to become one of the most respected talent agencies in the Philadelphia and Tri-State area since it was founded in 1989.
Rachel Platt-McMullan is one of their many successful clients. She impressed me from the jump as someone who has chosen to be happy and has naturally projected that positive view into her full life.
The early years

My parents are still married to this day and were always supportive of my dreams. They never said that I couldn't achieve anything. The only dreams that I ever had were to be on stage, or to be in front of the camera.”

Making an apt link between her childhood in rural Columbus, New Jersey to her still-current nature she said, “Part I was born with and part was nurtured. Making my own plays and performing them at parties was something that I did when I was three- or four-years-old.”

Having an outgoing personality led her to play soccer and to being a cheerleader. Both activities involve total teamwork. That character trait helped build a bridge to her career path.

Making the right career choices

I was looking for a strong agency and I had gone to some open calls. Model Management Agency's name kept popping up (among other models/talent who were recommending that agency).
MMA advised me that they needed to see a few non-professional photos submitted first, because their open call is by invitation.
I went back to the next open call with some photos, but they didn't take me. I went to other agencies, but there was something about MMA that just stuck. So, I had some professional pictures taken.
By not signing me right away, MMA showed me that they were a legitimate agency and very selective. It felt professional,” Platt-McMullan said.
She was highly motivated and went again to MMA's open call and was signed. She was then guided in her career and was booked for work.
You have to be the type of person who is willing to give. I received this huge gift. MMA is like a family to me,” Platt-McMullan said.
Rachael is a talented model and actor. She is professional, lovely and dedicated to becoming her personal best,” Ellen Wasser-Hrin (the Founder and Director of Model Management Agency - MMA) said.
When I sat down with Ellen, she really listened. It was like talking with my mom.
She wants everyone to reach their dreams and is willing to take you further in your career. There is something really sweet and sincere about her and there is something different about the people who work for MMA. If I met someone and that person didn't tell me that he, or she, was working for the company, I would know it.
Sometimes people can be very cutthroat and cold. But working with them, it's like a family.
Having MMA as my “Mother Agency” opened a lot of doors,” Platt-McMullan said.

Besides booking her in the Philadelphia area, we also helped to get her placed in New York with a New York agency. We also work as her mother agent,” Wasser-Hrin said.

Everyone remembers their first gig
One of my very first bookings was with H C Gifts. The photographer and I had such a great rapport. We have worked together for 10 years now. I'm still working with them today,” Platt-McMullan said.

Her affable personality was evident during our conversation. So, it's no surprise that she bonded with the first important person who was connected to the client that she worked for.
Commercial verses high fashion
My look is more commercial, than high fashion,” Platt-McMullan said.

She defined commercial as a more natural look, whereas high fashion is connected to specific measurements for certain garments. Megan Irminger, who is another Model Management Agency - MMA client, would be an example of someone who works in the high fashion end of the business.
With modeling and acting, you need to be open to what the client needs from you. If you want to be successful in this business, you need to expand who you are.
Be a different character. You need to have a certain thought process. Playing dress-up, or playing a part. You need to be willing to try new things,” Platt-McMullan said.
Being attractive gets someone noticed. Possessing that attribute, while also making smart decisions, secures, develops and maintains employment.

Anyone who achieves true success in the field has done so because of who they are, not just because of what they look like.

No Just Means - Not Right Now
One of the flashpoints in our conversation came when Platt-McMullan spoke about rejection. Her philosophy is shared by all high-achievers and can be adopted by anyone who wants to reach their goals.

No just means, not right now,” Platt-McMullan said.

Twenty-two letters formed the six words that she offered. Consider how fundamentally strong that laser sharp assessment is for just a moment.

Everyone faces rejection, or disappointment of some type in life. But, the manner in which we respond to those moments sets the stage for our immediate and long-term performances during each subsequent day.


As we all know modeling is partially about numbers and also about brains.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Danny DeVito became famous through his monstrously great portrayal of the character “Louie DePalma” on ABC's iconic sitcom “Taxi”. His most recent show, “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has developed a strong following on FX because of it's outrageously unique humor.

Competition for a spot on that popular series is fierce, but Platt-McMullan landed a role. Yes, she's a model and also an actor who was the 2010 Best Actress Winner for “Unlock!” in the 48 Hour Film Festival in Philadelphia. She was also part of a team that won a Best Film Award for “Half A Sandwich”, in the National Hunger Awareness Contest during that same year.

My first on-camera speaking role was playing a hooker with comedic geniuses Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney on the set of the hit series, “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. Those guys were welcoming, down-to-earth and completely hilarious on- and off-camera.

That experience remains one of the funniest and most memorable days of my acting career,” Platt-McMullan said.

Philadelphia Fashion Fest, Brad and Ella

Being open to possibilities often leads to moments that we could never imagine.
Platt-McMullan's work ethic also led directly to a life-changing moment. It was inspiring and gratifying to hear this next part of her story.
I called Rachael for a last minute booking. We had already booked the show models for Philly Phashion Phest; however, the client needed a promotional model who would help with a spa booth.
I told her that I truly believe that when you do good and/or help someone then something good will come out of it. Like the saying, ‘The good you do comes back to you multiplied.’ She was so gracious and helpful. Rachael met a wonderful guy at that event who later became her husband. The good she did came back to her multiplied,” Wasser-Hrin said.
I was working at Philadelphia's Phashion Phest in September, 2006 when this man asked for my phone number. I had to give it to him.”
That man (Brad McMullan) became her husband in June 2009. By March of 2012, their daughter Ella was born.

Being married to the right person means that your career doesn't change that much. Brad was even more of a cheerleader. He's been my best friend and my biggest fan.
When a pregnancy and a daughter comes into play, things do change. You do need to rest and your first priority is taking care of your child,” Platt-McMullan said.
But then something unexpected happened...
Model Management Agency has a children's department that is run by Lindsey Catherine. It was decided that my baby was going to be part of the family.
Lindsey asked if me if I wanted Ella to be in a commercial with me. Of course, I said yes.
It was so cool because everything came full circle for me. Ella was only five months old at the time. It reassured me that everything was going to be okay.

I'm in nursing school now. Within the next year I'll be a registered nurse. I believe that my modeling and nursing careers are going to mold,” Platt-McMullan said.
Final take
Rachael Platt-McMullan has been dedicated to her profession for over a decade. She smartly chose to work with a reputable agency during that time and earned a positive reputation in the industry.
Her openness has created a magnetic reciprocal cycle where a building stream of positive people are connected to the personal and professional parts of her life.
I look forward to being with my family and continuing to live fully and truthfully.
I love the idea of being a nurse and helping others. Tomorrow, I could also be playing a character on a television show, or modeling for a client,” Platt-McMullan concluded.
(All photos used in this feature were provided courtesy of Model Management Agency - MMA.)

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Fast Fiction and Other Stuff  because that platform is the number 1 eBook publishing site in the world. 
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Increasing Our Social Media Reach




Social media connections have improved all of our lives in many different ways. Feel free to connect with me using any, or all, of my links. 

I look forward to becoming friends on Facebook  
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Congratulations to Central Michigan's Eric Fisher who was selected number 1 in the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The 6'7", 306 pound Offensive Tackle has taken his place in history. I wish him and all of the other young men who were drafted today that best in their careers.

Football isn't my favorite game, though I respect that it has the most passionate sports' fans in the United States. I think that it's very cool that the draft generates such great interest each April.
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My Exclusive Interview: Martin Brodeur

I spoke with New Jersey Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur after his team defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on April 18, 2013. 

Brodeur won his first National Hockey League game on March 26, 1992, when the Devils defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2. He initially wore number 29, before switching to his trademark number 30. During the past two-plus decades this 1990 first round draft choice (twentieth overall) recorded 121 shutouts, scored three goals, reached numerous other high marks and has redefined the art of goaltending. 

I've learned through the years that individuals who achieve and then maintain greatness in any field share common character traits. With that subjective point in mind, it was reaffirming to hear what this high-achiever had to say. 

Marty

Brodeur replied to my question about the elements that create a shutout in very telling form:

“It's a team game. That's the bottom line. If you don't have a team that's committed to play a certain way in front of you, you're not getting shutouts. You can't do it by yourself.

“Once in awhile you can stand on your head. But, I think when you get a bulk of as many as I've gotten through the years, it's the commitment of the team.

“When it's 3-0, it's easy to try to get the fourth goal, or to win 3-1. Who cares? 

"But, when you take pride and people want your goalie to have them (shutouts), it's a big difference,” Brodeur said.

The affable legend is set to turn 41 on May 6. As he plays out the final games on his current contract (that runs through 2013-14), this 20-season veteran has the clearest understanding of what the Devils-Flyers' rivalry means.

“Oh yes, it's great. We have a couple teams, especially in the area because there are so many teams around. I'm sure the Flyers will tell you the same.

“The Rangers-Flyers and a little bit of the Islanders. I'm sure it's going to grow in the next few years because they (the Islanders) are getting better and better.

“But, for us to come into this building, it's always a fun game,” Brodeur said.

Digital hockey card

Clicking on the back of this veteran's digital hockey card reveals that he ranks first in NHL history in the following categories:

Games played (1,217). Patrick Roy is second (1,029).
Minutes played (71,609). Roy is second (60,235).
Wins (667). Roy is second (551).
Shots against (30,513). Roy is second (28,353).
Saves (27,853). Roy is second (25,807).
Shutouts (121). Terry Sawchuk is second (103).
Playoff shutouts (24). Roy is second (23).

Someone who won the Calder Cup, five Jennings trophies, four Vezina trophies, three Stanley Cups, has a .913 career save percentage and a 2.23 career GAA will obviously be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Any reasonable debate about the greatest goaltenders of all-time, using any criterion, should always include this Quebec native's name.

(Martin Brodeur photo credit - Sean O'Brien)
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Interviews with famous athletes and sports' personalities...

Allison Baver: US Olympian Facing Every Challenge

Interviews with broadcasters, actors, models and more...
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I intentionally used Amazon.com to publish my first ebook: 
Fast Fiction and Other Stuff  because that platform is the number 1 eBook publishing site in the world. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

NFL Draft: Eric Fisher - Kansas City Chiefs



Congratulations to Central Michigan's Eric Fisher who was selected number 1 in the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The 6'7", 306 pound Offensive Tackle has taken his place in history. I wish him and all of the other young men who were drafted today the best in their careers.

Football isn't my favorite game, though I respect that it has the most passionate sports' fans in the United States. I think that it's very cool that the draft generates such great interest each April.
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My Exclusive Interview: Martin Brodeur

I spoke with New Jersey Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur after his team defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on April 18, 2013. 

Brodeur won his first National Hockey League game on March 26, 1992, when the Devils defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2. He initially wore number 29, before switching to his trademark number 30. During the past two-plus decades this 1990 first round draft choice (twentieth overall) recorded 121 shutouts, scored three goals, reached numerous other high marks and has redefined the art of goaltending. 

I've learned through the years that individuals who achieve and then maintain greatness in any field share common character traits. With that subjective point in mind, it was reaffirming to hear what this high-achiever had to say. 

Marty

Brodeur replied to my question about the elements that create a shutout in very telling form:

“It's a team game. That's the bottom line. If you don't have a team that's committed to play a certain way in front of you, you're not getting shutouts. You can't do it by yourself.

“Once in awhile you can stand on your head. But, I think when you get a bulk of as many as I've gotten through the years, it's the commitment of the team.

“When it's 3-0, it's easy to try to get the fourth goal, or to win 3-1. Who cares? 

"But, when you take pride and people want your goalie to have them (shutouts), it's a big difference,” Brodeur said.

The affable legend is set to turn 41 on May 6. As he plays out the final games on his current contract (that runs through 2013-14), this 20-season veteran has the clearest understanding of what the Devils-Flyers' rivalry means.

“Oh yes, it's great. We have a couple teams, especially in the area because there are so many teams around. I'm sure the Flyers will tell you the same.

“The Rangers-Flyers and a little bit of the Islanders. I'm sure it's going to grow in the next few years because they (the Islanders) are getting better and better.

“But, for us to come into this building, it's always a fun game,” Brodeur said.

Digital hockey card

Clicking on the back of this veteran's digital hockey card reveals that he ranks first in NHL history in the following categories:

Games played (1,217). Patrick Roy is second (1,029).
Minutes played (71,609). Roy is second (60,235).
Wins (667). Roy is second (551).
Shots against (30,513). Roy is second (28,353).
Saves (27,853). Roy is second (25,807).
Shutouts (121). Terry Sawchuk is second (103).
Playoff shutouts (24). Roy is second (23).

Someone who won the Calder Cup, five Jennings trophies, four Vezina trophies, three Stanley Cups, has a .913 career save percentage and a 2.23 career GAA will obviously be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Any reasonable debate about the greatest goaltenders of all-time, using any criterion, should always include this Quebec native's name.

(Martin Brodeur photo credit - Sean O'Brien)
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Interviews with famous athletes and sports' personalities...

Allison Baver: US Olympian Facing Every Challenge

Interviews with broadcasters, actors, models and more...
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I look forward to becoming friends on Facebook  
Let's connect on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter @SeanyOB
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I intentionally used Amazon.com to publish my first ebook: 
Fast Fiction and Other Stuff  because that platform is the number 1 eBook publishing site in the world. 

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