Jun 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL referee Brad Watson (23) talks to Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) on the ice against the Boston Bruins during the second period in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL's Biggest Baby: Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby, next to Steven Stamkos, is arguably the most gifted hockey player the National Hockey League has seen in some time. This much is irrefutable. But the fact remains that Crosby is among the NHL’s most intensely disliked players. Part of this can be attributed to his notoriety and pedigree. As the saying goes, “It’s lonely at the top.”

Crosby has accomplished so much in his NHL career and still has not even reached his prime. He’s been a 4-time All-Star, a Stanley Cup champion and a gold medal winner (which included scoring the winning goal against the USA).

However, the primary reason that Sidney Crosby is so widely viewed with contempt and vitriol is his near-constant penchant for diving to embellish infractions to draw a penalty, and then complaining to both officials and the media. Crosby can routinely be seen falling to the ice as if his leg fell off given the faintest contact with an opponent’s stick. When playing away from home, this “pity me” act draws the ire of opposing fans when they look at the replays.

Crosby has complained numerous times throughout his career about referees permitting “rough play.” During this past postseason’s undressing at the hands of the rival Boston Bruins, Crosby scolded the referees for allowing the Bruins to play “too physical.” Furthermore, he accused Bruins’ big man Zdeno Chara of intentionally punching him in the jaw when video evidence supported nothing of the sort.

Despite his exhaustive list of extraordinary accomplishments in his professional career, the Crosby legacy will be forever tarnished by his disingenuous and childish antics on and off the ice.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning Zdeno Chara

  • dan

    Lol what a biased and ridiculous article. Does crosby talk to the refs? yes, but he is the captain. Does he occasionally dive and embelish sure. But to say he is the biggest baby in the league is a joke. Just because everything he does is so over analyzed by the media doesnt mean he is a baby. And get your facts straight crosbys agent complained about chara not crosby.. “Most talented next to Steven Stamkos” was all i needed to see to know this article was going to be garbage. Anyone who gets right up like a man after getting hit in the jaw with a 90 mph slapshot and skates off has my respect.

  • green_ember

    Obviously you have not watched PK Subban and his quest for an Academy Award as the best actor in the NHL. All players try to draw penalties. It only seems like Crosby does it more because there’s always a camera on him

  • HockeyTalk

    Way to report impartially.

    “But the fact remains that Crosby is among the NHL’s most intensely disliked players.”

    Source? Cite? Back up? By whom? Who says so? DId you hear that on an ESPN message board?

  • Justin Leary

    lol evgeni malkin has more talent in his left nut than Stamkos has in his entire body… Sidney Crosby’s dead skin cells have more talent than Stamkos, and the only reason we don’t see stamkos complain to the refs is because his team is to mediocre to show on national tv.

  • Justin Leary

    Also what else is funny is that u can score goals at will but your defense is so terrible that the pens bottom defensive pair could be Tampa’s top D pairing…. Do u correct the problem? No!!!! Instead of Drafting Seth Jones u draft another winger your teams logic just has made me laugh so hard that I almost piss my pants every time I see your garbage team play

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