Grudging Admiration

Taking a moment out from pre-Thanksgiving housecleaning to grudgingly admit that I’m really impressed with the play of newly-returned Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby. The guy sits out with post-concussion syndrome from January 5th to November 21st, then comes in and scores a goal on his first shot and adds two assists (and the game’s not even over yet as I’m writing– they still have one period left to play). So, over ten months of headaches and feeling off in the head, and not being able to be in true game shape, and he jumps back in and is a scoring threat right away? Granted, the New York Islanders are not exactly one of the elite teams in the NHL, but still.

Damn, dude. My hat’s off to you. At least for tonight.

And just as I’m about to hit publish, he scores yet another goal early in the third. Curse you for wringing compliments out of me!

 

That said, this is still my favorite picture of Sid: 

 

Sports are best when you have an arch-enemy, don’t you think? Patrick Roy is long gone, so Crosby it is. And I am glad this arch-enemy’s career was not ended by a ridiculous accidental concussion. I admit it. It’s the same way that I hate that Joe Sakic’s career was ended when he mangled his hand in the snowblower. Guys like that, you want them to go out, but it needs to be in glory. These are not ignominious opponents, these are the guys you respect even while hating them. So therefore: welcome back, Crosby.

Now let me make sure you haven’t scored again before I hit the publish button.

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