owtahear wrote:Sid can shut up people by his play. He ain't doing it. Sorry.
I, too, get aggravated at the tremendous abuse directed at Sid. I feel bad for him and marvel at his ability to maintain his "cool." Unfortunately, in pro sports, those that are the "stars," make mulitmillions, and are the public persona of individual teams are going to be in the sights of fans and sports pundits (expert wannabes) nationwide.
There is a atmosphere of vindictiveness that permeates sports fans that is horrible. It is not sportsmanship at all. I would characterize it as just plain mean and ugly.
It is not fair. In fact, it's downright cruel at times. It's embarrassing to hear the "Crosby ***ks" chants while watching the games on TV with my family. I don't like to hear my grandkids asking me why the crowds don't like Crosby.
A few years ago, my daughter, son and wife, and I went to a BlueJacket vs. Pens game in Columbus. We were all decked out in our Pens garb, having a great time. The BlueJackets got out to a 3-0 lead, the fans behind us were throwing peanuts at us...it downright angered me, causing me to threaten to "put the nose" of the guysitting behind me on the other side of his head. Then the Pens scored 3 quick goals and it was total silence from behind. We were thrilled, but did not gloat. The game went to a shootout, the BlueJackets won 3 goals to 2. But it was a great time overall. Then after the game, while I was waiting in the concourse on the girls doing the "ladies room thing," some girl passes me, sees my Pens jersey, and proceeds to exclaim, "Crosby and the Pens **cks." I decided to lower myself to her standards and replied, "Up your c**t with a fencepost." Evidently it offended her, she whined to her boyfriend, he just told her "what do you expect, you started it."
I agree, though. If Sid and the Pens want to stop the ridicule, then perform and get the job done.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. I still believe in the Pens. They are my team, and I will still be a fan regardless of what happens....now I may not watch ESPN or NBC-PeeAir for a while, but I will just put my Pens gear away for another summer's rest. GO PENS !!! BEAN BOSTON !!!