Sidney Crosby: Why Hockey Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Penguins' Captain

Jason Sapunka@moreSapunkaCorrespondent IIAugust 24, 2011

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 17:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins waits on the bench for his next shift against the Vancouver Canucks on November 17, 2010 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 17: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins waits on the bench for his next shift against the Vancouver Canucks on November 17, 2010 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby is one of the greatest hockey players in the world.

His career accomplishments are already plentiful; at just 24 years old he is the winner of a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Rocket Richard Trophy.

His career highlights include a handful of hat tricks and important goals such as the overtime winner in the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal game or the shootout winner in the 2008 NHL Winter Classic.

His point-producing skills are second to none, and for that reason he is one of the league's most admired players.

However, along with these positive accolades exist a number of drawbacks that make him one of the league's most despised players as well.

Crosby is often the source of backlash from non-Penguins fans of the NHL, much to the loss of comprehension from Pittsburgh.

How could anyone hate Crosby?

They must be jealous.

If the explanation was that, the same people who do not like Crosby would share an equal disdain for players such as Steven Stamkos, Jarome Iginla, Brad Richards, Eric Staal, Johnathan Toews, Claude Giroux or any other player who finds himself among the NHL's scoring leaders.

If jealousy was the reason behind disdain for Crosby, there would be just as many "Stamkos sucks!" chants erupting across the NHL as there are for Crosby.

There aren't.

Why Crosby is disliked by so many remains a simple concept; he's earned it.

Crosby is cheap.

In Game 3 of the 2010 Conference Quarterfinals against the Montreal Canadiens, Crosby took a dive that ignited a scrum. During the scrum, Crosby waited until a teammate became involved with Roman Hamrlik before cowardly punching Hamrlik in the head.

During another scrum involving the Atlanta Thrashers on December 18, 2008 Crosby waited for a teammate to get Boris Valabik down before throwing punches at him from behind.

In yet another cowardly act, Crosby’s second career fight featured him jumping an unsuspecting Brett McLean during a faceoff.

Crosby is a diver.

Along with these pathetic displays that show Crosby’s lack of courage are equally as embarrassing dives.

Faking in order to draw a powerplay is not only incredibly disrespectful to the integrity of the game, but embarrassing to one's own dignity.

Hockey is a sport meant to be characterized by hard work, tough play, speed and skill. When NHL hockey hits the ice, the players are meant to display the highest level of talent the sport can offer.

Fans attend games with hopes to see well-produced plays, eye-opening goals, hard hits and gritty action. Nobody pays hard-earned money to watch a grown man flail on the ice in order to earn an unfair advantage.

Nobody wants to see a sore loser who lacks respect for his opponents.

Crosby is just that.

After a regular season game against the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009-2010 season which the Penguins lost, Crosby took out his frustrations by cross-checking Henrik Zetterberg. Once the action escalated, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard had grabbed Crosby by the face.

Crosby received special treatment and was protected by both linesmen.

During a regular season game against the New York Rangers on November 29, 2010 Crosby tripped Ryan Callahan from behind. Callahan was penalized for interference despite being the victim of a slewfoot.

Crosby is a whiner.

In the second round of the 2009 playoffs, Pittsburgh played the Washington Capitals.

When Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick in the second game of the series, Crosby asked a referee if he could have an announcement made for the fans to "stop throwing hats."

After decades of this hockey tradition taking place, Crosby suddenly felt he was too good to be on the short end of such a celebration.

This was one example of the many complaints Crosby is famous for.

In a 2009 player survey, he was voted as the league's whiniest player. Crosby alone received 52 percent of the votes; more than every other player in the NHL combined.

Again, that's more than half of the votes going for Crosby, less than half of them split among the other several hundred players in the league.

So, why is Sidney Crosby hated?

Crosby is a cheap, arrogant whiner who feels entitled to special treatment. For these reasons, many hockey fans will not miss the Pittsburgh Penguins captain in the 2011-2012 season if he is not ready to play.

For more videos of Sidney Crosby’s escapades, check out Crosby's Most Embarrassing Moments.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.