Let’s see what you’re made of, Sid

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By now we’ve all read the comments:

  • Sidney Crosby hasn’t scored a goal since Mothers Day.
  • Sidney Crosby hasn’t shown up to the Finals.
  • Sidney Crosby hired a beard donor to give him facial hair for the playoffs.
  • Sidney Crosby clubbed baby seals in Baffin Island with Pamela Anderson.

Tonight, Game Three of the SCF is going down and, as the ticket above indicates, it really couldn’t get much bigger for Sid the Kid. There are plenty of supremely talented players in pro sports that have problems winning the “big ones,” and over time their star begins to lose a little of that shine it once had.

Golfer Phil Mickelson is a once-in-a-generation talent, but it wasn’t until he snaked his first major that people stopped calling him names. B-baller Lebron James has been widely considered the heir apparent to MJ, but has been unable to win a championship in his first five years in the league and is forced to console himself in a bath of millions of dollars nightly.

Granted Crosby is 20, but he turns 21 on August 7. Also, getting blown away in your first Stanley Cup Finals isn’t exactly the stuff from which legends are made. Who knows when the Pens will be back in this position? Wait, no not THIS position—being down 2–0 and not having scored a goal in the first two games. The OTHER this position—being in the Finals and riding high on a wave of youthful enthusiasm and crippling nervousness. The Penguins don’t necessarily think they can keep this squad of young guns together forever, and in bringing in Hossa have sent the message that the time is now.

You hear that, Sid? The time is now.

Let’s not overwhelm you with strategy or a bunch of sneak plays. Let’s keep it simple. Try scoring a goal. See if that works. ‘Cause if we have to hear Hal Gill talking about what it will take to climb out of a 3–0 deficit (hint: it involves plugging away) things are going to get ugly up in here real fast.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    "You hear that, Sid? The time is now."

    That's nonesense. Haven't you heard the saying 'why do today what you can put off until tomorrow'?

    This series starts on Saturday.

    At any rate, did anyone catch Terry Ryan's schtick on Stauffers show yesterday? After hearing it, it's pretty clear that the Penguins game plan has to involve Michel Terrien tracking down the bar that Datsyuk and Zetterburg are frequenting and proceed to beat the hell out of them.

    Nice reference on Mickelson but I think a comparison to Danica Patrick would be more apt. I don't know why really other than the whining and crying seems to give them something in common plus they both have the same amount of facial hair.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Saying that the time is now is a bit premature. Remember that the 83 Oilers (the team that this Penguins team is frequently compared with) were 11-1 until they ran into the Islanders who swept the Oilers in 4 straight. The next year the Oilers won the cup beating the Islanders in 5……so if they don't win it this year it doesn't mean that they won't get another chance.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    I think saying "the time is now" when you can come out of the game tonight either down 2-1 or 3-0 is perfectly apt.

    Rick – Danica Patrick is a champion now! Didnt she just win the something-something500 a couple weeks back? The Croz wishes he won the something-somthing. I wonder who would win in a fight between Patrick and Crosby? Crosby probably has longer fingernails at is more likely to bite…..

    OilCrazy – You are correct in your comparision, but I think that Hossa won't be around next year, nor will some of the intangible players like Roberts.

    I would be surprised if the Pens did as well next year as they do this year. Not as surprised as I was when they brought back two and a half men on CBS for another season, but surprised.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    It's true that Danica won something, another difference is that Crosby HAS world class talent in his sport where is rumour has it Danica is considered world class talent of a different sort. BUT if you're choosing a comparison between winning, talent or facial hair…you got to go with the facial hair.

    As for the fight, I thought that was what Georges was broughtin to prevent.

    And booo on the comment about Two and Half Men, any prime time TV show that can refence "going down" and "blow jobs" 5 times per episode is ok in my books.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    it's diferent from 83' cause of the salary cap, no way this team is together for many years. The time is now, but it sure as hell looks like they are being out coached and out classed. And I'm about to be out alotta dough!!! Betting that they'd win one measly game, sounded like a sure thing right, right???? Ahhhhhh, i hate Crosby (unless he get a hatrick tonight).