He's been "shoved down our throats" because he's been consistently the best player in the league. He had all the pressure in the world put on to him to save a franchise, and he delivered. He scored the gold medal winning goal for Canada. He's won the Stanley Cup.(on the ice at Joe Louis...ouch!) I can see why that pisses people off. Datsyuk was whining last night when he thought a call wasn't made against him. Big deal. Every player does it. Does he do it more than other players? Maybe. So what? Players do what they can to get an advantage. I'm sure no Red Wing has ever dove or faked an injury to try and draw a penalty, EVER.
So all the "outrage" is over one anonymous poll from 5 years ago when he was 21? If that's what gets you worked up, have at it.
The only issue I have with Crosby was him not following the proper handshake protocol after winning the Cup. I think Canadians would have went bats*** crazy if a European player had done the same thing. Otherwise, I just don't like Crosby because he plays for another team and he's good. Nobody really hates players on other teams that suck.
Datsyuk never said a word to the ref. He just went into a glide behind the net. He likely knew that a call was on it's way and hence floated away. When do you ever see Dats say anything to a ref? If anything, Z is the vocal one but he's freakishly intense, not whiny. It's really all about how you play out the situation. If you come across as a whiny idiot, the refs don't listen, and especially if you whine constantly about everything. Take Tuzzi for example, he gives the ref an earful every time he gets a penalty. The likes of Dats and Glendening don't say a word. Crosby also ******* about every single call that goes against his team. Hell, he pisses and moans about consussions, yet he never said anything was wrong with Cooke's hits to peoples heads. Z complains about bad calls and he skates off quietly when he deserved the penalty. It's perception I guess, but many perceive Crosby as a whiner where they don't perceive Dats and Z as them. Toews better be careful before he gets the label as I stated in my last post. I think another good example of the Z like Captain is Backes, where he's the intense guy that knows when he's been had on a call and skates silently to the box when he's been caught red handed.