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More on My Hatred of Sidney Crosby

July 10, 2009
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I can’t handle another discussion about the Phillies and their inconsistency; however, they did look good last night.  I am not going to address Pedro Martinez coming to Phillies, no point in writing about speculation that is going to be ridiculous if he doesn’t sign, but even more absurd if he does sign.  So, I will take this opportunity to share more thoughts on my most hated sports figure ever, Sidney Crosby.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure, sorry, displeasure of talking to a Pittsburgh native about their Stanley Cup win and their poor excuse for a captain, Sidney Crosby.  The Pittsburgh acquaintance was shocked at how we, as die-hard Philadelphia fans, could have such hatred for him.  I explained that he is a lousy sport, a whiner, a cheap-shot artist and a terrible leader.  Pittsburgh dude disagreed with everything I said.  I had examples, previously discussed in other blog posts that proved my points.  After much discussion and deliberation, he agreed that my perception was well justified.  His comeback points were that the NHL chose him as the face and that he is great in the Pittsburgh community.  I agree and have previously written that Crosby didn’t chose the position he is in and that’s great he is active in Pittsburgh.  Tell that to Niklas Lidstrom, who he snubbed after winning the cup and tell it to all of the tremendous athletes in the NHL that have been victim to the referees’ favoritism to Sidney Crosby.  All I want is for Pittsburgh fans to realize his significant flaws and wake up to the fact that the NHL significantly helped Crosby and the Penguins in their run to the cup.  Then, the Penguins fans can rejoice that they won a Stanley Cup (albeit tainted).  

Needless to say, my Pittsburgh connection wasn’t happy with my assessment of his wonder boy.  Guess what?  I don’t care, because until Crosby stops getting special treatment and he embraces his role as an ambassador of hockey that exudes immense sportsmanship, I will continue to lambast him until he is put in his place.  Quite frankly, now that he has a Stanley Cup, I don’t see this situation getting any better, in fact, it will get worse.  Let’s go Flyers.


PhilaTude Flyers Flashback

June 19, 2009

In the spring of 2000, 1 year removed from college graduation, I was living at home with my parents working for a small Internet start-up company.  During that time, I was adjusting to life beyond college, living with the parents again and trying to figure out what I wanted to do.  Besides the unknown of my future life, living at home wasn’t bad.  My parents were respectful of my privacy, there was always food around, my dress shirts ironed and most importantly, I was never interrupted while viewing an Eagles, Sixers, Flyers or Phillies game.  Of course, I would watch with the family, but if I wanted to watch on my own, it wasn’t a problem.  One particular game, I started watching with the family, but had to finish viewing on my own due to the length.  It was the Flyers vs. the Penguins in game 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals.

You see, this game lasted five overtimes.  Tied at 1, the game just kept going.  Each team had solid scoring chances; Ron Tugnutt of the Penguins kept denying the Flyers.  Brian Boucher boasted over 50 saves in almost a full eight periods of work.  

It was a worrisome game overall.  The Flyers were down in the series 2-1 and needed this victory on the road to have any shot of winning the series.  When the Penguins went up early in the first period, it looked ominous.  The Flyers didn’t score until the start of the 3rd period, when they tied it 1.  The third period ended that way and it continued through until the 5th overtime.  My Dad and I were watching in the family room until the 3rd overtime.  Every time the Penguins touched the puck, Dad would scream “this is it; it’s over for the Flyers.”  (Editors note:  He screams “It’s over” for all Philadelphia teams, sometimes before the game even starts).  After the third overtime, it was close to 1am, so I retreated to my bedroom to finish watching the game.  Finally, when big Keith Primeau went 1 on 1 with Darius Kasparaitis over the Penguins blue line and lifted a wrist shot past Ron Tugnutt at a little past 3:15am.

I was ecstatic, but had no one to celebrate with, assuming everyone went to bed.  Three seconds later, I hear my Dad’s bedroom door open very loudly and see him parading around in the hallway.  We exchange the high fives, Dad claimed he never thought the Flyers would lose (standard Dad flip from “it’s over” to “I knew they would pull it out”) and I returned to bed.

The Flyers went on to win the series and took the New Jersey Devils to 7 games in the Eastern Conference finals, but lost.   Dad and I are still waiting for a Flyers Stanley Cup championship we can celebrate together.

Another I Hate Crosby Post

June 15, 2009
Mike Richards defending Sidney Crosby.  Crosby whines for a call.  He didn't get one.

Mike Richards defending Sidney Crosby. Crosby whines for a call. He didn't get one.

Yes, we know I am jealous of the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning the Stanley Cup.  All I want is for the Flyers to bring a Stanley Cup championship home to Philadelphia.  However, the Penguins cup win is tainted for a few reasons.

The NHL wanted it this way.  It’s going to backfire if it hasn’t already.  The Penguins boast a line-up of three number 1 overall draft choices (Fleury, Crosby, Malkin) and a vast variety of other top picks.  The Penguins had to suffer through years of losing teams, threatened moves to other cities and league assistance.  Wouldn’t it be better for a sustained team of winning?  The Red Wings seem to do it.  Also, as the NHL appointed face of the NHL, Sidney Crosby wasn’t such a gracious winner. 

Granted, we accept that Crosby didn’t choose to be the face of the NHL and have the additional pressures.  But, it appears that he is happy to be the NHL’s ambassador for goodwill.  As discussed many times, he just doesn’t have the respect of his peers.  The latest example is that he missed shaking some of the Red Wings hands after winning the cup.  After being questioned about missing some of the players from the Red Wings, Crosby talked about tradition and how he respects the game (he made it to the handshake line way after it started).  Here’s the deal:  If Sidney Crosby truly respects the game of the hockey, his peers and fans, as the captain of the champions, he should have been the first one in the handshake line representing his team and the victory.  He blew it.  The handshake line at the end of a playoff series is one of the most hallowed traditions in hockey.  No other league has this tradition, it’s special to hockey and Crosby chose not to respect it.  I guess he thought doing interviews and parading around in someone else’s building was more important.  Nicklas Lidstrom is the only non-North American captain to win the Stanley Cup.  He did this with the Red Wings last season.  He was the first one in line to shake hands with his opponents.  Crosby should have done the same.

In a 7 game series, the NHL and its fans witnessed two acts of poor sportsmanship from the queen of the NHL, Sidney Crosby – the slash at the end of the game 1 and the late appearance in the handshake line.  (We are ignoring his poor excuse for a playoff beard that is just embarrassing for the league).   He also dives, whines, complains and thinks he should have special treatment.  If a sports website were to do a Sidney Crosby poll with the question “Do you like Sidney Crosby?” – the only positive responses would come from Pittsburgh.  If you ask the same about Malkin, Ovechkin or Brodeur, I would bet the positive responses would be much higher.  When is the NHL going to wake up and realize this guy shouldn’t be pushed, but potentially be reviewed for fines and suspensions?  Crosby is good hockey player, but the whole package is overrated.  I hate him.

Enough of the Crosby Love

June 3, 2009

I hate Sidney Crosby.  Maybe it’s not his fault that I hate him, but I detest, loathe, hate and love to hate him.  I’ve always said he is a good hockey player.  In fact, he is one of the better players in the league.  However, under no circumstances is he the greatest player since Wayne Gretzky, nor the best leader since Mark Messier and not even the best player on his team like Alexander Ovechkin.  I think Evgeni Malkin is better than Crosby.

You can read my other posts about my detest for Crosby, here, here and here.  

This post will list out the reasons I hate him:

1)  The NHL has decided to make Crosby “The Guy.”  Not his fault he has to be “The Guy,” but you think he would try being “The Guy” by having sportsmanship, getting his peers to respect him and admit that his teammates are solid. Instead, he slashes players after the games have ended, whines constantly that he isn’t treated fairly and complains that he doesn’t have good line mates.  In fact, it seems that Sid has new line mates every season.  When is the NHL going to realize that Crosby doesn’t have the attitude or personality to be “The Guy?”

2)  When an opponent of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a mistake or turns the puck over to Sidney Crosby, it’s always an amazing defensive play by Crosby.  Not really, it’s a turnover or giveaway by the opponent.  Anyone else who would get the puck off of a turnover would be considered lucky, not Crosby, he is the greatest player ever.  This isn’t his fault, but he does nothing to stop it.

3)  His playoff beard makes him look like a 14 year-old trying to impress a 12 year-old girl.  I wish Sidney Crosby would take a page from the Ruslan Fedetenko handbook and SHAVE since the beard looks awful.  Crosby’s playoff beard is a mockery of the tradition of the playoff beard.

4)  While Crosby makes good plays, he hasn’t come up clutch.  His teammates have, yet it’s all about Crosby.  Hey Sidney, do PhilaTude a favor and give your teammates a shout-out on how great they played in the run to making the playoffs, especially Malkin.  If I were a Penguin, I would want to get away from “The Guy” as soon as possible.

5)  I wish he would step-up and address his critics.  I want him to give me a reason to like him.  He should be open about the obvious bias towards him and ask them to stop.  It be great if would just be a real hockey player.

Two more quick points:

1)  Last night’s Stanley Cup Finals game 3 action was tied midway through the 3rd period.  I turned to my wife and said; “in about a minute there will be some marginal penalty call on the Red Wings to give the Penguins a late game power play.”  Sure enough, the Penguins got their power play off a poor unneccessary penalty call by the official in a playoff game.  Only in the regular season would that penalty be called and most likely, just in the first period of a game.  

A player other than Crosby got the goal, but the commentators made sure to point out that Crosby was on the ice and showed him circling near the red dot.  The Red Wings didn’t even bother with him.  What a joke.

2)  I probably should rename this blog the “I hate Sidney Crosby Blog”, but until I get my NHL back to the way it should be, I will continue to lambast the arrogant, whining, selfish loser, since no one else will and he deserves it.  Yes, I love to hate Sidney Crosby!

By the way, the Red Wings aren’t only playing the Penguins, they have to beat the league and officiating.

The NHL is Wrong!

June 1, 2009

One could say that I am bitter the Flyers aren’t playing for the Stanley Cup. It’s ok. I am bitter. Real bitter. However, since I am a huge hockey fan and absolutely detest Sidney Crosby, I have been enjoying watching the Red Wings take a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. What’s amazing about the Red Wings is that they are playing with an injury depleted team and they have to overcome the league’s bias for Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Last night the Red Wings won the game by playing stellar defense, getting good goaltending from Chris Osgood and taking advantage of their opportunities to score. Yet every analyst on TV spoke about how great the Penguins played, how hard Malkin played (he did) and most importantly, how great Sidney Crosby looked. The dude can’t even grow a legitimate playoff beard. The point is that it doesn’t matter how great Crosby and the Penguins looked, they still lost and are down 2-0 in the series. Even worse is that the commentators and analysts didn’t have one good thing to say about the Red Wings.

After game 1 was over, Sidney Crosby slashed Kirk Maltby of the Red Wings. No on ice official saw the slash, but when Maltby and a few others chased after Crosby, he hid behind the referees.

The day after game 1, I had a difficult time finding in the mainstream media any mention of the slash and subsequent “chase.” I think the media should have lambasted Crosby as a poor sport and the league potentially should have officially reviewed the incident. Nothing. Crosby claimed that Maltby did a lot of talking – so what? Stop crying. Keep in mind that if a Flyers player slashed an opponent after the end of a game, there would be suspensions for the Flyers and fines for the coaches.

I love the Flyers and hockey, but I am getting tired of the NHL playing favorites to a whiner with a crappy playoff beard. It’s time for the NHL to work on another plan because their selected face of the NHL might be a good player, but is a poor sport, has a bad attitude and definitely doesn’t have the respect of his peers.

PhilaTude and Overtime Playoff Hockey

May 12, 2009
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There’s nothing better than NHL playoff overtime hockey.  Well, it’s always better if the the Flyers are playing and go onto win.  However, since the Flyers have been ousted from the playoffs, I have to settle for the rest of the playoff teams playing overtime playoff hockey.

Last night’s Capitals/Penguins game 6 tilt went to overtime after a standard, fluke, cheesy goal by Sidney Crosby late in the 3rd period.  The Capitals needed to win to stay alive and force game 7.  The Caps hadn’t won an overtime playoff game since 2001, so it was going to be tough playing in Pittsburgh against the Penguins that were trying to close out the series.  The Caps scored about 8 minutes into the overtime – just in time for my wife to switch the channel to the “Hills.”  It was a slap shot from the point off of a face-off.  Then it was deflected over Marc-Andre Fluery’s shoulder for the win.  The Caps players were ecstatic, as they should be.  It was amazing to see the Pens’ fans disappointed knowing that their team would have to go to Washington, D.C. to win a game 7.  Even more amazing was how Sidney Crosby selfishly tried to make it seem that the Capitals ruined his party.

In overtime hockey, it is about the team that doesn’t make mistakes and the team that forces as many shots on goal as possible.  The Caps did that last night.  So, explain to me why Sidney Crosby stood on the ice and watched the Caps celebrate when the rest of this team went to the locker room.  Don’t give me the line “he was watching to see what it was like to win a big game game 6.”  Crosby wants every game to be about him.  The league has to stop playing into this and let his talent do his talking (he is a great player) – not the forced marketing or the cheesy contrived situations.

Bottom line, overtime playoff hockey is incredible, even if my two least favorite teams are playing.