Mike Milbury is talking crap again. In other news, water is wet.
He made some derogatory remarks about Sidney Crosby is a Philly radio interview discussing the brawl at the end of Saturday’s game. He called Sidney a “punk” and a “goody two shoes” among other things that you can read about on ESPN.com [link].
Let me say, as a huge Crosby fan, that sometimes he is a punk and a goody-two shoes. It’s like saying sometimes Scott Hartnell is a goon – he’s still an awesome hockey player. Ovi is lazy – we know this. Then he lights it up and you remember why you don’t really care. (Bad example, I care about that one.) Patrick Kane dives, Jonathan Toews pouts, Ryan Kesler gets his naked pictures Photoshopped (insists Jess). Get over it! You want to hate him, so you’re really just complaining about something you don’t want to stop.
Look, I don’t care if you like Crosby or not. I could defend him for days, but loving to hate someone is half the fun! I have been brainwashed by the Capitals and I still hate Ovi, so I get it.
What Milbury’s doing here, aside from making Liam McHugh wish for a new job, is pandering. He knew his audience, that their blood was up about the game. Now he’s sorry. MY ASS, BUDDY. He realizes now his remarks were “inappropriate and wrong?” That’s like saying “no offense” then being really offensive, or ending an insult with “bless his heart.” Milbury has to cover who knows how many more Pens games this season, and is suddenly worried he’ll seem foolish or biased. Oh no, we might not respect his opinions! I’m laughing so hard I can’t even hear what he’s blabbering about.
Milbury’s other big contribution to the world in this interview was:
“[Crosby]’s not the perfect gentleman. He’s not the sweet kid you see in interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes.”
WHAT? REALLY?! I’ve been waiting here ages in this dress for him to pick me up, and I’m pretty sure prom is over by now!
Does anyone think this? Who is Milbury astonishing with this news? Mike must be in the tanning bed between his intermission segments, because anyone who thinks that Crosby, or any player, is out there selling Girl Scout Cookies must be new around here. (Insert vision here of Stamkos skating cross-ice to tackle Troy Brouwer after a hit – we don’t want pushovers on our teams!)
You can read Sid’s comments at the same link. I wish he’d just said, “Does anyone care what Mike Milbury says?” and left it. Answering only makes things worse. (Gah! I’m doing it too!) All that matters in the end is if you performed and if you won – and even Crosby-haters can’t argue with the scoresheet.
Since Sid won’t say it, and certainly isn’t the only player who wants to, I will. Shove it, Milbury. Preferably somewhere where we’re not forced to watch you.