They’ve Turned on Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh

BloodyPenguinShirtOh what, you thought we had a Claude Giroux problem even though Claude Giroux led the Flyers in scoring in seven games against the Rangers, who, as it turns out, are really good and legit Cup contenders? Well, that’s nothing(!) compared to what’s going on in Pittsburgh, where the front office is currently looked upon with great shame the way a 15-year-old might look at his tissue-filled waste basket after a weekend home alone with a promotionally-priced Cinemax subscription, and the city’s media is turning on Sidney Crosby.

Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in an article titled Crosby Led Penguins Down Drain (outstanding!):

Don’t let that little front-office earthquake distract you from the primary reason the Penguins are not participating in the Eastern Conference final.

The primary reason is Sidney Crosby, whose leadership never has been more in question.

If you didn’t know better, you’d be looking for blood on Crosby’s hands in the wake of Ray Shero’s beheading and the pending demise of Dan Bylsma. You’d think he tried to orchestrate the palace coup.

Set aside, for a moment, Crosby’s paltry playoff numbers. This is bigger than that. It’s about the way he comported himself.

It’s about the mysteriously early exits from power plays, the drifting to the bench in the middle of shifts, the uncharacteristic snapping at the coach and the perpetually blank look on his face.

If we find out he was badly injured, different story. But there is no evidence of that. The evidence suggests Crosby was unhappy and wanted the world to know it.

Jesus Christ. This is a screed which I’m very much enjoying. Let’s grab a soda and keep going, because Starkey’s piece doesn’t just stop with Sid’s performance. No, no. It takes aim at his leadership in much the same way people took aim at Giroux’s leadership last fall:

One thing we never heard from Crosby during these playoffs was an unprompted, unqualified statement of personal responsibility.

A leader’s first commandment is to personally and publicly accept blame even when he is not at fault but especially when he is. It tends to play well in locker rooms.

But in the midst of his hideous playoff, Crosby never said anything like this: “Put it on me. I’m the captain. I’m not getting it done.”

Instead, the best he could muster after his wretched Game 2 against Columbus was, “We’ve got to be better.”


On locker clean-out day, a defensive Crosby said, “Obviously, I would have liked to score more and contribute more. But it wasn’t from a lack of effort.”

OK. But when I watched Game 7, I couldn’t help but notice that Malkin practically poured his soul onto the ice while Crosby often skirted the perimeter.

Did it look to you like Crosby brought every ounce of his hockey being to Game 7?

I don’t know, Joe– we’d need to know how much Sid’s hockey being weighs to determine that. But that’s not the point. The point is they’re turning on Crosby in Pittsburgh, and it’s fun.


15 Responses

  1. I hate Crosby as much as the next Flyers fan, but “they’re” not turning on Crosby in Pittsburgh. It’s one guy, who undoubtedly wrote this article for the page-clicks (which you are so eagerly providing him). It’s like saying the couple beat writer hacks and bloggers were calling Giroux out earlier in the season spoke for all of Philly or its fans- it’s just flat out not true. I’d be ecstatic if this mindset spread to more than just this guy, leading to a majority of Pens fans turning on Crosby. But that’s as likely to happen as the K4cie comments stopping anytime soon.

    And now that I’ve written something that isn’t completely anti-Crosby, I need to go take a shower.

    1. Well, this may have been just one guy with an ax to grind against Cindy. Let’s wait and see if other writers, colunists and talking heads in Yinzer Land follow suit. Then we’ll know if there’s a media fueled revolt against Crosby.

  2. comport 1 |kəmˈpôrt|
    1 (comport oneself) formal conduct oneself; behave: articulate students who comported themselves well in television interviews.
    2 [ no obj. ] (comport with) accord with; agree with: the actions that comport with her own liberal views.

  3. If Kyle made a T-shirt of Johnny Manziel making the money sign with one hand and giving KAClE the ol’ Tony Danza with the other, how many of you would buy it? I would!

  4. Another weird playoff showing for Crosby but strangely he was the uncontested MVP of the regular season. I sometimes wonder if Malkin is the better player though…He’s bigger and incredibly skilled and seems to have a greater will to win but he’ll always be wrongly stuck with the Russian stereotypes.

  5. For once no one seems to be blaming MAF for the Penguins choke job.

    If the Pens fans start calling out #87 for diving, then I’ll be impressed.

  6. Gosh, I’m sure glad there aren’t any events in the next 48 hours that could change the course of one of our four major sports franchises for the next decade. Because clearly it would make no sense whatsoever to blog this h0rse* shit instead of that story.

    * – do you suppose h0rses tell each other they have KAClE te3th?

  7. This guy’s got his head so far up his ass he’s re-chewing his fries w/ mayo he had for dinner last night

    Wouldn’t expect anything less from a place that boos Jagr, the guy that helped bring them 2 (!!!) cups

  8. KYLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE! make them stop or I’ll never let you see my fake boobs!

  9. if only the flyers fans would turn on mr. snider. maybe he would sell the team and get some winners in here.

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