Sidney Crosby: Press Conference Won't Yield Positive Results for Penguins Fans

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 05:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates during warmups prior to taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 5, 2011 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Things are beginning to look gloomy in Pittsburgh this morning. As the rain falls across the east coast, tears may begin falling as well.

Sidney Crosby is holding a 12:30 PM EST news conference to discuss his future, and that doesn't bode well for the Penguins.

Rumors have run rampant this offseason that Crosby's brain has serious damage, and that he has continued to relapse.

It's been eight months since Crosby was last injured, and it is extremely concerning to hockey fans across the country that his career could be ended due to a concussion. I'm not saying that Crosby will announce his retirement today, but would it really be that shocking?

One noted brain expert has said that Crosby has significant damage to his brain. According to Yahoo Sports, Dr. Charles Taylor had this to say about Crosby's brain:

The fact that he's still not 100 percent after eight months means that it has taken its toll. 

And the amount of force that is required to cause a second concussion is always less than what was needed to cause the first concussion. And the recovery is that much longer as the number of concussions goes up.

It's cumulative damage.

Now, I don't believe Crosby is going to announce his retirement. He is not a quitter. No matter what you think about Crosby as a player or a person, it doesn't take an expert to know that Crosby plays with a ton of heart and passion for the game.

The fact of the matter is that concussions have ruined some careers before. Think Chris Chelios.

Crosby may recover from this concussion, but it's going to be easier for him to be concussed in the future.

This could be a problem that plagues Crosby's career and eventually forces him out of the game that he loves.

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