Henry Hank - Ovechkin fought Mike Richards in his rookie season. It's on YouTube. He hasn't fought anyone since. But if you watch that fight, the Flyers were all over him and he got really pissed off, and it's almost as he was forced to fight Richards. The Crosby-Ference fight was a lot more of a fight than that AO-Richards.
tombarrassorules wrote:i get why people hate crosby. it is pretty annoying how much attention he gets. and he's kinda annoying on the ice. and he does always have that whiny look on his face after a call doesnt go his way.
the NHL, at the time of crosby's crowning, didnt have much to stand on. a bunch of aging former stars (ie jagr, sundin etc). the hype coming from canada on crosby was so huge it only made sense for the league to capitalize on that.
i mean who cares. as a hockey fan and not as a homer fan boy (larry brooks) if the marketing scheme was a hotdog holding a hockey stick and that got people to pay attention to the league, then who cares. im just glad the league is still kicking and gaining popularity.
as for the ovechkin argument, ya the dude is flashier, scores more goals. whatev. im not one for the crosby ovechkin argument. but its tough to sell to north americans, and americans more specifically, the idea that the face of your league is a guy who can barely speak english. its hard to imagine that a guy who had yet to play a game on north american ice would be the centerpiece of the league. get over it. its called marketing. you're trying to sell a product overall, not who scores more points or flashier goals, or is the captain, or youngest, or who has better or worse wingers, blah blah blah.
also, people cry about crosby crying more than crosby cries.
Crosby doesn't cry. You've been talking to too many Crosby haters that you're starting to believe their crap. He complains to the refs - all players do it.
And remember. Anything Sid does gets scrutinized 20 times more than it would for any other star in this league. It's pathetic. And the hockey media refuses to acknowledge the ridiculous smearing and bashing by a lot of these dummies who go around everywhere calling Sid a crybaby and a diver, when there's maybe 2 or 3 video clips, all from 3 years ago, that could lead anyone to believe that he really is those things.
Despite his current slump, Crosby continues to work as hard any player in this league. He is a great captain and a role model to young hockey players everywhere. Period.
And as for the league marketing Sid more than Ovechkin, that's being blown way out of proportion. Over the past year Ovechkin has gotten plenty of commercials and a ton of coverage from the media. And even when both were rookies, Ovechkin starred in that commercial with Sid and got plenty of attention too.
Larry Brooks is simply another dumb biased Rangers fan who must hate all things Pittsburgh. So he's camouflaging his jealousy and hate for Sid by saying Ovechkin is OBVIOUSLY better, when better arguments can be made for both Crosby and Malkin being better than AO.