- Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:03 AM
- Written By: Steve Silver
It is time to come out of hiding.
I am not sure I will ever fully recover from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Game (if you can even call it a game) 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. It was an embarrassment of epic proportions.
To make matters worse, I spent the past weekend in Philadelphia where I couldn’t even drink my misery away without bumping into a raucous Flyers fan celebrating their own Game 7 triumph. Those Broad Street Bullies sure seem like a lock for “Team of Destiny” with a 2-0 series lead in the conference final, eh?
What is most painful, though, is facing the consequences of supporting Sidney Crosby.
I truly never imagined that I would have to take back everything I said about him, but it is time to line up at the crow buffet.
I should have seen the signs starting in the Olympics.
Despite being a non-factor for most of the Gold Medal run, Crosby worked his magic in overtime against Team USA for the winning goal. I thought for sure it would happen again in Game 7. Not even close.
Maybe the magic had run out, or he was tired or he just didn’t want it enough. Perhaps Hal Gill on one leg really is that good of a defender. Whatever the reason, Crosby, as well as Evgeni Malkin, was nowhere to be found pretty much the entire series against the Canadiens. Marc-Andre Fleury, despite flashing moments of brilliance, couldn’t stop a softball for the most part.
Now after seeing Ovechkin and Crosby completely dumbfounded by the play of Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak, you have to wonder what Philadelphia knows that nobody else did.
How were the Flyers able to post 6-0 and 3-0 victories already when the Capitals and Penguins resembled the pre-Gordon Bombay District 5 squad staring in awe at the evil Hawks?
Although I hate Philly sports teams, I’ll jump on the Flyers bandwagon for this run for no other reason than the fairy tale story revolving around a regular-season finale shootout just to make the playoffs.
In my dream world the Flyers will take down the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
Just watch out if they actually do win the Stanley Cup, but because Flyers’ fans are quite a special breed as illustrated by this attack on a Montreal hockey writer’s car. I smell a riot brewing.
Finally, on a completely off-topic installment of “Today in Steroids,” cyclist Floyd Landis admitted to using pretty much ever performance enhancer he could get his hands on.
Are we really surprised by this anymore? I can’t think of a truly innocent athlete falsely accused of using steroids. Sure, they swear innocence at the time, but the truth eventually always comes out.
I think we should create an amnesty day where every athlete using an illegal substance can come out and own up to it without fear of punishment. I’m willing to bet more than 75 percent of athletes in every sport throughout the world would have something to admit.
Let’s not forget about the most recent news regarding Santana Moss and the dirty doctor from Canada either.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Professional athletes are not role models and they will do anything to keep up with or gain an edge on their competition.