Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Chris Osgood's Dives Are Acceptable Since He's Winning

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Is Ross McKeon serious?

Resort to whining? So is McKeon whining about the Penguins, then? Why else would his title have such harsh criticism?

I take offense to the countless "opinions" on Game 2 that just want the Pens to shut up and focus on the game. So what if Chris Osgood is showing that he has no respect for the game, so long as he posts wins?

As a Penguins fan, there's nothing that gets to me more than some dumb fan, writer, analyst calling Sidney Crosby a diver, which makes its way around the hockey community, infecting all who hears it. It seems like Penguins fans can't bring up Crosby's name without belligerent "DIVER!" calls drowning out the praise.

So Game 2 brought several instances of Chris Osgood embellishing calls and flopping to the ice as if he'd been hacked to death with a machete. Penguins fans, rightfully so, were outraged that the obvious dives resulted in two Penguins penalties. And now, since everyone and their mother thinks Crosby is a diver, Penguins fans aren't allowed to challenge Osgood's childish antics. Complain, and Ross McKeon will call you a whiner.

There is a gross double standard in the hockey world, centered primarily around the league's best player and the notion of diving. Sid is good, so its easy to label him since he isn't on your team. Osgood blatantly dives (and not just in the Penguins series. Remember Mike Ribeiro?), and the hockey world is quick to sweep it under the rug. "Focus on hockey," they'll say. "You should be more concerned that the offense hasn't scored," they'll say. Its as if calling Crosby a diver is acceptable when the Penguins are doing well. As soon as the team struggles and an opposing player flops, the Penguins and their fans aren't allowed to voice displeasure. John Dellapina calls Crosby a diver, so in turn, anyone associated with Crosby and the Pens just have to accept that Osgood was just selling calls. Focus on the fact that the Pens aren't as good as Detroit, not that Osgood killed a Pens Power Play less than 20 seconds into the kill with a bush-league flop.

With a 2-0 deficit, a Power Play could have made all the difference in the Pens getting back into Game 2. Remember the Rangers series? Down 3-0 in Game 1, the Penguins scored goals separated by less than 20 seconds on two separate occasions to win that game. That's all this offense needs. One goal gets the ball rolling, and the Pens were looking to get back into the game before Osgood's flop. Would they have scored if Osgood had more respect for the game? No one will ever know, and I can only wonder aloud since Osgood cleverly changed the feel of the game with his dramatic collapse to the ice. Fall down, and the home crowd will help buy a call.

This is not to take away from the Detroit offense or blueliners. Both parts of the team have severely outplayed the Penguins. They're up 2-0 in the series because they've been the better team. They block shots, get in passing lanes, create rushes, and most importantly, are scoring the puck.

However, I have no respect for the show Osgood put on in Game 2. Or the asinine comments of a guy like Ross McKeon.

We wouldn't be "whining" if it wasn't so obvious.

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14 comments:

Cotter said...

Yeah dude, Osgood should've gotten an Oscar for his performance last night.

Anonymous said...

Are you insane or did you not watch this game? Sykora hit Osgodd in the third, like Malone (I think it was him) hit him in the second. Stop crying, you lost, play better or get swept.
P.S. anyone who thinks Crybaby doesn't dive should take their heads out of their ass before speaking.

tecmo said...

Anon - you personify the exact type of "fan" I was talking about. Beligerent to anything I said, and quick to point back at Crosby. Re-read the post. Not once did I say Crosby has never dove. Sure, he embellished calls in his rookie year, but idiots like you still refuse update your biased view against him, mainly because your view is based on nothing current.

And I gave all the credit to Detroit, because they clearly played better. My beef is with Osgood and those who refuse to admit his bullshit acting. Your entire "argument" is stupid and baseless. Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Oh I see Crosby stopped diving after his rookie year...so how do you explain what happened in the previous playoff series. Against the rangers his antics were so bad he had Pittsburgh's second best player ever (Jagr) calling him out, along with the rest of that tema and there coach. Was it sour grapes on their part or is it sour grapes on your part because your team didn't get the call?

tecmo said...

Again with the accusations. I'm beginning to think you didn't even read the post and just have a bone to pick with Crosby.

Which is exactly the type of "fans" I said I can't stand.

The diver tag will follow him for the rest of his life thanks to idiots like Tom Renney (thats the coach's name, but you probably knew that since you're the highest nhl mind) and Bryan Murray who refuse to let that stigma die. The Rangers kept up the shenanigans because they blew a massive lead in Game 1 and never recovered.

And the "previous playoff series" was against the Flyers, not the Rangers. Your "argument" might have a shred of credibility if you came up with legit comparisons.

Chris Osgood had a lead, and flopped to change the scope of the game. He killed a PP chance. Did MAF do so when he got the lead last night? I don't know why I ask these questions, because you'll probably respond with "Crosby is a diver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Again, if you still feel the need to proliferate the type of ignorance I talked about in the post, please do so elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Crosby is a diver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Crosby is a diver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Crosby is a diver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Crosby is a diver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Crosby is a diver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Crosby is a diver!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and you're an idiot

Anonymous said...

Crosby is a diver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tecmo said...

Weeeeeeeeeeeee!

This is fun!

Anonymous said...

Crosby sucks!!!!!!!!!!! and now I'm happy to not have to here him cry about the officiating...until at least next year.