He might be one of the greatest sports figures of all time. He is also someone I cannot stand.
Sid the kid, the next great one or just Sidney Crosby are the names this hockey superstar goes by. Sid the kid applies very well to his personality, but if it weren’t for the catchiness of this nickname, Sid the baby would work a lot better.
As a Flyers fan since I was 7 years old, I was destined to hate the rival team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is the team Crosby represents.
I’ve been to plenty of Flyers vs. Penguins games and each one comes with the same repetitive chant in which I joyfully join.
“Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks!”
It’s quite funny because even when this all-star is sitting and taking a break on the bench, this chant still roars through the stadium. The crowd and all Flyers’ fans share the same passionate hate I have for Crosby.
Why, you might ask?
Sure, he is extremely successful.
Sure, he has won a Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold at the young age of 22.
Sure, he might be looked at as the next Wayne Gretzky.
But these stats do not take away from the fact that his immature attitude is incredibly annoying and takes away any respect I “could” have for him.
For example, he always throws fits when things don’t go his way. If his team is losing by a lot, bad penalties are called against the team. It’s a little immature for the captain of the team to be doing that.
When he complains on the verge of tears to the refs or slams his stick weakly against the ice like a puny lumberjack, it’s pretty pathetic, but honestly I get a kick out of witnessing it.
A captain of a NHL team should be setting the stage for the rest of the team, not setting a bad example because he gets his panties tied in a bunch.
I never have liked this player and I believe I never will.
I really didn’t expect for a Canadian hero to be such a baby, but hey it’s not my country.
By Simon Zimmerman