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WIP’s “Baby Crosby” Song

Kyle Scott - April 18, 2012

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At one point last night, I realized that four of the eight posts on the home page here on CB contained Sidney Crosby’s name in the title. Generally speaking, that’s entirely too many. Too much estrogen… too little jam. Plus, too many mentions of his name and the site will go down without explanation and start spamming me with error messages, just cause. Anyway, here’s one more… because we just. can’t. stop. laying. into. the. bitch. 

Word of caution: This may or may not be the post in which I reveal my quiet obsession with awful pop music and Carly Rae’s Call Me Maybe. Yeah, yeah… I know– I don’t pretend to be proud of these things. Just keep reading.

Joe and Casey Conklin remixed the bubblegum pop song into Baby Crosby for the WIP Morning Show today. Most of you feel Conklin jams on the WIP Morning Show are hit or miss, and that will likely be the case here, but you have to appreciate any song that blends whining Crosby drops with fake Ilya Bryzgalov. 

The audio, for your a.m. enjoyment, after the jump.

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Flyers Game 4 Giveaway T-Shirt Rips Sidney Crosby

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2012

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Here's the Flyers' Game 4 giveaway t-shirt. It appears that someone from the printer took a picture and tweeted it.

Listen to Sid's comments from after Sunday's Game 3 here.

via Puck Daddy, (@mattmatiks), and (@PuckDucky)

Jaromir Jagr Blogs About Sidney Crosby: “He Does Harm Only To Himself”

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2012

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Somewhere, Mario Lemieux is punching himself in the dick. This must be so difficult for him– watching as his former mate brushes off his gnat of a star.

I truly don’t know what has happened to Jaromir Jagr over the last few weeks. He was quickly embraced by Flyers fans this season, but, other than The Jaromir Jagr Hockey School, there wasn’t one story that stood out, and Jags didn’t do anything extraordinary in terms of marketing himself (like, say, Scott Hartnell, Hunter Pence or Shane Victorino, all of whom are very active on Twitter and hardly camera shy). 

Something changed last week (for the better, of course).

Jagr joined Twitter and Facebook. Playfully taunted Ilya Bryzgalov with a “beeaaaars” chant during a post-game media scrum. Fired out one of the most genuinely funny Tweets you will see. Randomly popped up in a promotional video, flexing for Hartnell and Claude Giroux. And he writes his own blog for some Czech website.

While he doesn’t give us a ton of quotable material, his blog is certainly more insightful and lengthier than what his younger teammates are doing for the Flyers’ website and One item of note is Jagr’s take of the antics of Sidney Crosby. Hint: he doesn't have one.

There is a lot of talk now about Sidney Crosby and what he’s been doing on the ice. Some give it a lot of thought, others less. And I am a guy who does not care at all, I take no notice. He does harm only to himself. But every man is different, perhaps this helps him get into the game and play better.

But I don’t want to add any more comments; I really take no notice of it. In fact, when on the ice, I hardly know something like this is going on. I really want to focus on my game, to be as useful as possible to my team.

And that he swept Voras’ (Jakub Voráček’s) glove away with his stick? Well, it’s no big deal; one can pick it up a few yards further on… Sure, I understand there are people who take it differently, which is right. This is what the team is about. Every player is different, every team needs someone with a cool head to calm things down, but also players with an emotional attitude.

If everyone were like me, the team would get roughed up and beaten by others all the time; on the other hand, if all of us were short-fused, we would spend most of our game time inside the penalty box rather than on the ice. So this is what the team is about.

Personally, I don’t care about the “Crosby issue”. I even don’t know what newspapers have written about it. I believe we shouldn’t care; we should stick to our game and try to maintain the same excellent team spirit we have enjoyed throughout the regular season. There is no point in changing anything.


In effect, Jagr couldn’t care less that Crosby dislikes every. single. Flyer. He’s too busy scoring goals and tweeting about beautiful naked women. Plus he touches on a really interesting point: teams succeed because different players have different roles. Zac Rinaldo and Scott Hartnell stir the pot (Hartnell scores, too). Sean Couturier purchases the manhood of Evgeni Malkin. Giroux dangles. It all balances out. Unlike the Penguins, who have 20 goons of varying skills levels who start shit all over the ice and get so incredibly sidetracked talking about how much they hate the other team that they almost can’t recognize the fact that they’re down 3-0 and about to be sent back to their cribs for the summer. Oh wells.

Former Referee Kerry Fraser Blames Officials for Allowing Sidney Crosby to Turn into a Bitch on Sunday

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2012

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This is fun: A former (follicly-advanced) referee blames current referees for allowing Sunday’s Game 3 to spiral out of control and into a clusterfuck of epic proportions.

Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser – whose work on TSN I thoroughly enjoy – was asked a question in his column about the no-call on James Neal (for his hit on Sean Couturier) and other Penguins for their general jackassery. Fraser responded brilliantly. Really, the man (an author) is a wordsmith. Read this: [it’s a long excerpt, but it really needs some attention… I would recommend you read the rest of the post too, because it’s very good]

"The absence of a swift and firm response by the referees to Sidney Crosby's repeated slash to the glove hand of Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov prior to the fisticuffs became an officiating turning point in the game. This spark ignited the ever-present combustible fuel that exists when these two teams meet and caused player hostilities to boil over and continue throughout most of the game. The officials had to continually battle back from this early incident in an
attempt to exert and maintain control.

Every game has an ebb and flow; a heartbeat and a temperature that rises and falls throughout. This is especially true in a playoff series when player aggression and "hatred" (perceived or stated) escalates. It is incumbent upon the referees to know when to impose themselves to control the temperature of the game through appropriate application of the rules. The "when" and "how" results from an acute feel for the game.

Action in an around the goal crease, contact with the goalie and dangerous or high hits are always "hot spots" that draw a crowd resulting in scrums and should always be high on the ref's radar screen. 

Once Crosby swatted at the glove hand of Bryzgalov as the play was blown dead, Voracek led the cavalry charge and wrestled with Crosby.  This was the perfect opportunity for the referee(s) to impose themselves and establish game control. A swift and forceful reaction by the referee behind the goal line to impose a slashing and roughing minor to Crosby in addition to a roughing minor to the Flyers' Voracek would have ended the incident in this moment. The linesmen would have escorted the two players to the penalty box swiftly and nothing further would have developed at that point and time. A Flyers power play would have also sent an early message to avoid contact with the goalkeepers at both ends of the ice.

Due to a lack of response by the referees on this initial incident, tornados of player hostility were allowed to spawn elsewhere which resulted in two fights and game ejections to key players from both teams a minute or two later. The stage was set and the match was lit for what followed."

stands up, claps, whistles, “nice hair!”

Well done, Kerry Fraser. Well done.

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There are a few interesting things to note here:

1) Fraser very obviously believes that officials allowed the initial scrum to get entirely out-of-control. That led to Crosby pulling off the Menstrual Cycle (as we detailed here), Timonen getting his ass beat, and set the stage for the rest of the game. 

2) Rarely, if ever, will you see officials admit to what we all already know– that they interpret rules differently based on a feel for the game. When Fraser writes “it is incumbent upon the referees to know when to impose themselves to control the temperature of the game through appropriate application of the rules. The when and how results from an acute feel for the game,” he is saying that depending on circumstance, calls should or shouldn’t be made. It’s an age-old sports debate (do refs put away the whistle at times?), but rarely has it been described so eloquently.

 3) The phrase “tornados of player hostility” may have to be mandated for every playoff game recap. That’s just excellent.

Read Fraser’s full response to the question about Neal not receiving a penalty here.

Cute Kids Hate Sidney Crosby

Kyle Scott - April 16, 2012

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In a surprising and perhaps disturbing trend, pictures of Crosby-hating children have been popping up everywhere. We featured several in our roundup earlier, but none better than Aubrey, a 4-year-old whose picture was sent to us by her proud father, JC. 

You know, if we get enough of these, we may just have to start a #kidsagainstcrosby hashtag…

Sid is clearly the least popular kid at daycare. Others after the jump.

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Examining Why Sidney Crosby is Such a Bitch

Kyle Scott - April 16, 2012

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Sidney Crosby after Game 3:

Q: When you knocked Voracek’s glove on the ice and hit it away was that just out of frustration?

“I don’t like any guy on their team there. It was near me and he went to pick it up and I pushed it.”

Q: Why don’t you like them?

“I don’t like them, because I don’t like any guy on their team so.”

Q: The fighting and such was that you trying to spark their team a little bit?

“Yea, guys are emotional and there is a lot of stuff going on out there. There is no reason to explain. I don’t have to sit here and explain why I pushed a glove away they are doing a lot of things out there too. You know what, we don’t like each other. Was I going to sit there and pick up his glove? What was I supposed to do?”

Q: You could skate away.

“Skate away? Oh well I didn’t that time.” 


It’s hard to put into words how much of a bitch Sidney Crosby is, but the Penguins’ captain just did a pretty good job of it.

As so eloquently described by Chris Therien on the Flyers radio broadcast, Crosby was in the middle of – or started – nearly every skirmish that occurred in Game 3. For real, he was everywhere. Like if Kristen Wig’s Gilly was a hockey player, only without being funny or curiously hot. Just everywhere, startin’ shit– that’s Crosby. And not in that oh, I’d love to have that guy on my team way, but in that that guy is going to get one of us killed way. 

Two sequences come to mind: the first period scrum that ensued following Crosby taking three two-handed whacks at Ilya Bryzgalov’s glove, and the third period fraces (that’s a combination of fracas and feces— see also: shitstorm) that he escalated to an absurd level.

Let’s start with the one from the first period. 

Amazingly, Crosby managed to accomplish all of this in under one minute and 25 seconds. Let me make that clear: Crosby managed to perform all of the following in under one minute and 25 seconds. .GIFs, for your viewing pleasure:

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Audio: Chris Therien Goes Off On Sidney Crosby

Kyle Scott - April 15, 2012

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Crosby watches as the real Hulk Hogan appears on video board

Let Chris Therien sum up your feelings about Sidney Crosby (and the Pittsburgh Penguins), following the first period scrum in which Crosby punked around all over the ice:

"You know what, Crosby is the one who started that thing. What is to say someone can't just punch his lights right out? Concussion or no concussion. Punch him in the face as hard as you can. He went after Timonen, so you drop a bomb right at his beak, and you let him know, "I don't care about your head, kid, if you're going to pull this stuff in our house." He's going to whine all night and cry all night for penalties, yet he goes after Kimmo Timonen."


I’m trying to set homerism aside… but it’s hard – for anyone – to not see what a bunch of whiny, dirty, disrespectful, cheap shots the Penguins are. It's almost mind-boggling.

Audio courtesy of WIP

UPDATE: Therien didn't let up. He continued in on Crosby in the third period:

“What is Crosby doing with Hartnell?! Crosby is an absolute joke right now.”

“This is Crosby’s fault! It’s a joke! The whole thing is Crosby’s fault.”

“Look at Crosby and Schenn. Come on Sidney, drop the gloves. Don’t hide behind the linesman. Why’s Crosby…. Crosby is giving it to Schenn behind the linesman. Get out in the open and drop your gloves. Go! Go ahead Schenner, take him.”

“He has caused more teammates and opposition to fight because of him today than I’ve ever seen one player in my NHL career, the history I’ve been involved in this league.”

“They should put one of those little nuks in his mouth. What do you call those things there? Those little baby soothers.”

Tim Saunders:

“In my day we called them nipples.”


That's poetry right there.

You're going to need to hop over the jump to listen to audio of that one.

Thanks to WIP's Adam Reigner (@adamreigner) and Kenny Brock (@KbrockJR) for the assist here

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John Tortorella Also Thinks That The Penguins are a Bunch of Whiny, Arrogant Shits

Kyle Scott - April 6, 2012

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You may recall that, earlier this week, both Mike Milbury and Craig Berube basically called the Penguins a bunch of whining sissy vaginas (I’m paraphrasing). Milbury has since half-heartedly backed down from his comments, but The Chief has not.  

Now you can add Rangers coach John Tortorella to the mix.

In the final minutes of last night’s 5-2 Penguins win against the Rangers, Brooks Orpik extended his leg, causing a knee-on-knee collision with Derek Stepan, who crumbled to the ice in agony [watch it after the jump]. 

After the game, Tortorella was asked for his thoughts on the hit. You're going to notice a theme here.

Concerned for Derek Stepan, on the hit, the knee-to-knee?

"Absolutely. It’s a cheap, dirty hit. I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there? I wonder what would happen. So I’m anxious to see what happens with the league with this. Just no respect amongst players– none. It’s sickening." 

Why do you think that happens, a play like that?

"Ask the guy who did it. Ask him. It’s one of the most arrogant organizations in the league. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens."

Any update on Stepan? 

"I haven’t talked to Rammer. It’s ridiculous. But they’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they? Starting with their two fucking stars."


+1, John Tortorella. +1.

Videos after the jump.

H/T to (@JBer89)

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