For some, it was words of joy. For others, it was words of agony. Many remember, though most try to forget, the words that Craig Patrick said at the 2005 NHL entry level draft — “On behalf of Mario Lemieux and the entire ownership group, The Pittsburgh Penguins select, from Rimouski Quebec Major Junior League, Sidney Crosby.” That was the moment the National Hockey League found its “savior.” The league was being overlooked by many news groups and even avid hockey fans worldwide. It was a troubled time for the NHL, and Sid “the kid” was its pitch to bring fans back to the game they love.
It was hard to argue what Crosby did for the league, especially early on his career. Of the first five years of his career, Crosby had recorded 100+ points in four, and in 2009, he won a Stanley Cup. Fans, those outside of Pittsburgh of course, hated Crosby for his talent and the fact that he wasn’t leading their team to a championship. Now, however, he is hated for a completely different reason.
Since 2009, Crosby has suddenly found himself going from champ, to chump. His sour attitude and big mouth have earned him quite the negative reputation. The nicknames are endless — “Cry Baby Crosby” and “Cindy” are just a few. Some fans don’t even have to resort to originality, they just simply refer to a simple five-lettered word that’s used to describe a four-legged house pet.
This past week, he added another chapter to his best-seller, Diva For Dummies.
For those of you who haven’t seen the video, Crosby was smacked in the face by a linesman and then appeared to dive in the process. I don’t know about you, but for this kid to be ailing from a little tap in the chops like he was is quite dramatic. On top of that, many fans have accused his falling to the ice as an act of diving, which again, doesn’t help his building diva reputation. This past week wasn’t the first time we’ve seen Crosby audition, though.
A 2010 game against the New York Rangers is where his coward-esque actions seemed to begin. Crosby was clearly interfered with in a play behind the net, but did appear to give a slight dive in the process. Come on, Sid. You know better than to dive, don’t you? On top of that, he gave a cheap shot to Henrik Lundqvist following the play.
Philadelphia Flyers fans remember the incident where Crosby pushed Jakub Voracek‘s glove asside when he proceeded to pick it up. Following that game, he responded by saying, “I don’t like any guy on their team.” Easy there, sport. I’m sure they keep tissues somewhere in the locker rooms.
These are just a few examples of the chump-like actions that Crosby has performed over the course of his career. Crosby may lead the league in points, but he also leads the league in Oscar nominations.