Sidney Crosby could return to play as early as this Friday, and I couldn't be more happy. Maybe now we can read and write and take in something else hockey-related instead of a minute-by-minute update on Crosby's condition.
Don't get me wrong. I am excited that he's coming back. I long ago gave up my dislike of Crosby and allowed it to give way to respect. No, my beef isn't with the player at all, but the outlandish and ridiculous levels of attention that the media has given Sid since he was injured last January.
Jeremy Roenick was on to something when he went on this rant in the middle of October. Sure, he didn't express the idea particularly well, but that's live television (and JR) for you. The central idea was a simple one: enough already!
As Roenick said, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a fun team without Crosby. I'm inclined to agree, and anyone who has seen these guys play this season would have to agree as well. Are they better and more entertaining when Sid is on the ice? Of course!
However there are plenty of other players worth talking about this season and a lot of other noteworthy storylines that don't include Crosby. Here's 10 guys I'd rather be hearing about right now.