Come now Gordie-- Yzerman is renown for his class. Crosby's had a spotted history at best when it comes to class. Whining, skipping Stanley Cup handshakes, dismissive comments about other players, etc. He's a great player, sure, but comparing him to Yzerman is laughable.
Well Drake, I would say most of his detractors are doing the exact same thing in a roundabout way.
For instance, you mention the hand shake line. Not for 1 second do I believe he intentionally decided to snub any of the Wings. Afterall, he did make part of the line did he not? You're only upset about it b/c, even if you don't say it, Stevie Y or Nick would never do that. Well, the flip side of that coin neither Stevie nor Nick was ever dubbed the next one, nor did either ever have the media exposure Sid has, and third, neither of them won the cup at age 21 and were immediately hounded. People ***** about the handshake line like he was standing off in the corner, watching the line go by and deliberately not joining in the handshakes. That's laughable.
The rest of it, stuff like the cross checks last night. Really? That's the kind of stuff that has people so wound up? It's absurd on a level that would make absurd look at it and go "chill the f*** out!"
I don't think this has anything to do with class. I've seen tons of interviews with him (hard to miss, they're have been many), and you know what, he's well spoken and humble. He always praises his teammates and I have never, EVER, once seen him give an interview where he says anything about himself in such glorious terms such as he's god's gift and we're all just living in his world. But if you listen to LGWers, he's said much, much worse. You'd think he takes PR lessons from Avery the way LGWers look at it. The cold hard truth, it's just people forgetting that this is hockey afterall, and they're just looking to be offended.
People may get the impression that I like Crosby. I really don't. I think he's a little ******. But I think of it in hockey terms. Like how I think Andy McDonald was always a ******. He plays for another team so I don't like him. He plays well and can be a pain in the ass, so I don't like him. And that's where it ends. I don't go looking for stuff to exaggerate when a level head and some perspective will tell you that you're making a mountain out of a molehill.
So he cross checks Z a bunch of times last night. SO WHAT. That's what players do. All players? No. All Captains? Not necessarily. But you know what, Mark Messier was one of the greatest leaders in history and he did s*** that was sof****** foul it makes anything Crosby does look Rated G for everyone.
Also, I really don't think the LGW hard on for Crosby has anything to do with jealousy. I think anybody who doesn't recognize how great he is or how hard he works or how bad he wants to win, or says they'd never want him on the wings is jealous of him. I just think they'ref****** retards that have no business opining about anything related to hockey.
Jealousy of Crosby? No. An overblown, adolescent, ridiculous ***** fest, overreaction, mostly perpetrated by younger posters who for whatever reason love to cling to even the shakiest ground just so that they can continue to ***** about him. Absolutely.
IMO, the Crosby hate is so phony and contrived it's downright embarrassing. The guy never does anything worthy of the wrath he gets. 800 nhlers cross check, face wash, do whatever and nobody says a peep. Hartnell, Pronger, Tootoo and about 6 others do the same thing and they should be banished from the league. Crosby does it, and he falls somewhere in the middle of those 2 groups. It's because he's good. It's because they beat us. It's because its a rivalry.
I don't think there's anything wrong with the kid. Hours of interviews have proven to me he's geniuinely a good kid and not a pompous ass. Does he make mistakes? Sure. But every reaction to something he's done is so overblown people need to realize it's NOT b/c there's something wrong with Crosby. It's b/c there's something wrong with them.
i.e. take af****** chill pill.
Drake-i'm speaking in general terms here so don't think i'm blasting all of this in your direction