Sidney Crosby Fails to Resurrect the Dead in Rookie Debut
18-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins super phenom Sidney Crosby was disappointing in his official NHL debut last night against the New Jersey Devils. While the native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia turned in a workmanlike if not spectacular performance, collecting an assist on his team's lone goal in their 5-1 loss, his inability to feed thousands from a single loaf of bread was a major letdown.
"I don't know, I guess...I just expected more from Crosby," said Toronto Star hockey writer Damien Cox. "Sure, he demonstrated his exceptional lower body strength, as well as some amazing passing skills beyond his years, but he didn't bring the dead back to life, which is what I think everybody was expecting."
TSN hockey analyst Pierre Maguire, who is paid by the word, was also less than impressed with Crosby. "Yes, Sidney looked good in his debut against the Devils-good vision, good hands, monster work on the boards using his body to keep New Jersey's defenders at bay, but where was the turning water into wine? Where was the cure for cancer? This kid has got to engage! He's got to be special! He's got to deliver the goods!
"15 minutes of ice time and not one verifiable miracle. That's not the performance worthy of a deity. Come on, Sidney!"
Maguire was then administered a horse tranquilizer by his broadcast partner Gord Miller.
After the game, Crosby told reporters he would "try real hard" to do a better job of accepting responsibility for all of the sins of mankind in his team's next game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Posted on October 6th, 2005