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Insults Took on an Oral Motif at the Flyers-Penguins Game

Kyle Scott - January 20, 2013

I’ll just put these here:

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As for the game: Not bad, really. These first five games or so are going to look like drunk pre-season hockey– players with the rust of September, but the urgency of March. It’s a strange combination. After the forwards looked like they were playing a different sport and Ilya Bryzgalov looked shaky for much of the first period, the Flyers settled down nicely. It was a lack of crispness that hurt them: easy passes wound up in skates, in front of streaking wingers, or on a Penguins' stick. Still, the Flyers got plenty of chances and, really, with just a bounce or two, would have won the game. So many pucks went through the crease but never found the back of the net. No reason for concern.

Meanwhile, New Media Friendly Bryz is well, media friendly: “Thank you for your question, I’ll try to answer it right,” he told reporters after the game. Video of his post-game press, after the jump.

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Your Lockout Update: The NHL Waited Until December to Be Reasonable, and A Possible Reason To Momentarily Not Hate Sidney Crosby

Ryan Gillon - December 5, 2012


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It "started" with a seemingly bogus report from CBS 4's Steve Burton in Boston:


Despite Bill Daly refuting the report rather quickly, here we sit two days later with assorted shreds of optimism that the NHL Lockout may be coming to an end.

Whether or not Burton truly has the inside track regarding the progression of talks is beyond me, but I'm not really here to delve into it either. The possibility exists that we may see NHL hockey before Christmas, and that's what matters.

Having said that, as you check your Twitter feed and watch the combined 44 seconds of ESPN SportsCenter coverage tomorrow during their six live hours of Tebow/RG III bullshit, remember that the lockout isn't over… yet.

Part of me is asking where the this effort was in September when the CBA was about to expire. I also wonder why Gary Bettman and the owners opened negotiations with such a lowball offer sending pessimism running through the veins of the hockey community. And then I read this piece from the Edmonton Journal's David Staples, pointing to a strategy reportedly executed by the NHL during negotiations:

“Apparently Gary is ready to get a deal done,” [Nick] Kypreos said. “He wants this thing done Friday. Friday!”

On Sportsnet’s Hockey Central show, Kypreos debated the issues withtwo other NHL insiders, former NHL GM Doug MacLean and sportscaster Daren Millard.

MacLean said that six weeks ago, he heard the NHL’s position, that “it is knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out until December 1st, and then at December 1st we’re getting a deal done.”


Fucking terrific. It was absolutely worth losing three months of hockey and thousands and thousands of fans. That's not even considering the cash cow that is the Winter Classic. All-Star Weekend in Columbus is also a goner, but hey, it's December 1st, the NHL is ready to negotiate!

Ironic is the fact that the most progress has been made without Bettman and the NHL Players Association's Donald Fehr. In addition to 18 current players and six of the league's owners, the aformentioned Daly sat in for the NHL while Donald's brother Steve represented the players. The move could prove to be a blessing considering the widespread resentment that the players have for Bettman.

What may be the most painfully odd factor for Flyers fans in all of this is the reported impact that Pittsburgh Penguins dickbag Sidney Crosby is having in all of this. He and Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle flew into New York City together, were present in yesterday's meetings that lasted more than eight hours, and are both participating in tonight's activities.

Rob Rossi of the Pittburgh Tribune-Review even went as far to write that "Burkle and Crosby were described by participants in the five-hour talks as voices of reason. 


So, where are we? Well…

The Players Association delivered an offer to the owners this afternoon, and the owners came back with a counter quickly. What's different about these proposals is that we actually know nothing about them. Nothing has leaked or been made public by either side. Although we're obviously curious, the lack of information available to us is probably a good thing and means that both sides are taking this latest round of negotiations seriously.

Meanwhile, Tim Panaccio is reporting the Board of Governors discussed a season that would feature anywhere from 50 to 60 games if the lockout ends. Ren Lavoie of RDS in Canada mentioned this:


So, if you've been paying attention, that would mean the NHL's next lockout will begin in September 2023.

As of this writing, the owners have just left the negotiating room, and there is no indication if talks have finished for the night or if they will continue. The NHL has set up a podium in the past hour, so we are expecting some sort of announcement, but there's no guarantee it's coming anytime soon.

Stay tuned…

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Sidney Crosby Went to the Justin Bieber Concert Last Night

Kyle Scott - November 21, 2012

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You know how I know?

The fine folks at 25 Stanley had this photo sent to them by a reader last night. It is of, duh, Sidney Crosby, apparently taken at the Justin Bieber concert at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, where Biebs was playing last night. It's perfect

Suddenly, Claude Giroux holding at gun at a Nickelback concert doesn't seem so homoerotic anymore.

Here, for Christmas:

Sidney Crosby Won’t Apologize for Breaking Claude Giroux’s Wrist

Kyle Scott - October 17, 2012

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One thing I miss about hockey is the sound Sidney Crosby’s whines. There’s something about a baby crying that, while annoying, makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s cute, cuddly… and let’s you know that your hockey team probably just dominated his.

Crosby spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about a myriad things. If you feel like reading the equivalent of a rectal examine, then I’d highly suggest you check this out. If not, don’t fret, because I did the dirty work for you.

Sid was asked about Claude Giroux’s punishing blow in Game 6 of their first round series and about Giroux’s claim that Crosby broke his wrist on faceoffs during the series:

The primary highlight from last season’s playoff series between the Penguins and Flyers was Claude Giroux’s hit against you in Game 6. How much have you thought about that series and that hit this past summer?

"It was a clean hit. I don’t think I would have really changed anything. Do you like putting yourself in that position? No. The odds of a guy making a hit like that at home and then having the puck end up on his stick two seconds later and scoring a goal…. That probably is the whole series in a nutshell. The series could have been over, we could have not had to play that game if we would have won the first two (games). It might not have even gotten to that point. We learned a pretty good lesson there hopefully. We didn’t execute. We lost leads. We did everything possible to lose. We let in a lot of goals. Weren’t good defensively. The only thing that really came out of that was our power play was pretty good. But that’s not usually what wins you games. We got a pretty good lesson and we’ve got to learn from it.” 

During the offseason, Giroux claimed you broke his wrists while taking faceoffs. Do you recall any plays where that might have happened?

”No. I really like to win the faceoff. I don’t try to go after his wrists but if I caught it, I’m not sorry for it. I think it’s hilarious I hear that stuff from Philly. It’s comedy to me to be honest with you. They’re probably involved in that stuff more than any team in the league and they’re the ones always talking about it. I guess I’m not apologetic. I was trying to win a faceoff and if I caught his wrist, then I caught his wrist. He seemed to play okay so I couldn’t have hurt him that bad.”


God I miss hockey.

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Sidney Crosby Fractured One of Claude Giroux’s Wrists in the Playoffs

Kyle Scott - July 27, 2012

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As you are undoubtedly aware by now, Claude Giroux had surgeries on both wrists this offseason (and then played beer pong with casts on). The official reasons for the procedures were torn cartilage and removal of bone spurs, respectively. 

But, it turns out, one of his wrists was fractured at the hands (pun very much intended!) of Sidney Crosby.


To look at him, you'd never know the hockey credentials Giroux carries. He looks like a regular Joe, who would have a regular job.

At a perhaps slightly exaggerated 5'11” and 172 lbs., he isn't the biggest guy in the world. He's not missing teeth à la Flyers legend Bobby Clarke and his face is yet to show any major battle scars that are pretty commonplace among professional hockey players.

That's not to say he doesn't have any though, as one look at his hands reveals a pair of nearly symmetrical scars.

“Those are from (Sidney) Crosby,” he says half smiling, but with some tension in his voice. “Every time we'd line up against each other for a face-off during our (2012 playoff) series, instead of going for the puck when it was dropped, he'd hack me across the wrists. I ended up playing the series against (New) Jersey with one of them fractured and had to go for surgery on both of them after we were out of the playoffs.”


What a bag of puss, Sid is. But should we really have expected better from a guy who did this?

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So, yeah– Sidney Crosby fractured Giroux’s wrist, which in-turn hurt G’s play against the Devils, who beat the Flyers in five games. Whose got pitchforks?!

via The Pens Blog

[Related: Examining Why Sidney Crosby is Such a Bitch]

Quite Possibly The Greatest Sidney Crosby Cry Video Ever

Kyle Scott - April 25, 2012

That was the text in the Tweet sent to me by reader Carly, and I figured hey, why change a thing? 

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Yeah yeah– we know, the series is over. But the Flyers don’t have an opponent yet, so why not keep piling on Sidney Crosby? He would probably like that anyway.


Video: Real Househusbands of Philadelphia Visit Sidney Crosby’s House

Kyle Scott - April 24, 2012

Our friends over at – makers of the popular Househusbands of Philadelphia web series – are back with their special brand of humor. This time, a visit to Sidney Crosby’s house.

Claude Giroux: Alpha Male

Kyle Scott - April 22, 2012

via (@Borntoreign88)

Peter Laviolette on what Claude Giroux told him before the game: “I don't know who you're planning on starting tonight, but I want that first shift.” 

Philadelphia has a new The Shift.