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The Crosby Sucks Phenomenon

While both Philadelphia Flyer fans and Washington Capital fans both lay claim as to having come up with “Crosby Sucks”.  Since the day Sidney Crosby buried the shot between Ryan Millers pads in overtime of the Olympic Gold Medal game, every NHL city across the USA has adopted it as there own.

There are websites, t-shirts, mugs, NHL jersey’s that have been modified, Facebook fan pages or lack there of. There are songs, YouTube videos, anything goes so far, except the always original Calvin from Calvin in Hobbes peeing on him and I’m sure that’s in the works now also. They’ve thrown all kinds of sayings at the wall hoping anything would stick “Cindy Crosby”, “Cindy Crysby”, “Miss Crosby” and they even tried to work in a diving angle. The thing that makes me laugh the most is the fans who have spent hundreds on the “Crosby Sucks” shirts, yet wear his number on their back.

Up in the “great white north” the opposite is happening. People are appearing at the games in wedding dresses asking Crosby to marry them. Though some are better looking than others, the intent I’m sure is the same.

Night after night in New Jersey, Boston, Detroit the fans chant “Crosby Sucks” “Crosby Sucks” “Crosby Sucks”.  The best was in Philadelphia when Crosby put in a game winning goal while the fans were chanting it.  He’s even had hat tricks at games while the fans scream it.  It gets his adrenaline flowing so much that we even thought of chanting it in Pittsburgh just to get him playing harder.

“Crosby Sucks” song

Baseball player Barry Bonds once said after his steroid scandal that he didn’t care if opposing fans booed him as long as his hometown fans didn’t boo him.  Of course he also said he didn’t do steroids.  One thing is for sure. It is a true sign of respect towards Sidney Crosby. These fans are not hating him because he did steroids, shoved a camera into someone’s face or because he’s a cheap player who keeps getting suspended. They simply hate him because of the heartache he has bestowed upon them using nothing but his hockey skill.

Facts are facts and the fact is if Crosby did not win the Art Ross Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, Hart Memorial Trophy, Mark Messier Leadership Award, Stanley Cup and Gold Medal, opposing fans would be silent every time Sidney Crosby touches the puck. So while we may never truly know who came up with “Crosby Sucks”, not much unlike Philadelphia claiming Betsy Ross sewed the first flag and the Smithsonian in Washington DC saying otherwise, there is one thing that we know in Pittsburgh and that is the louder the “Crosby Sucks” the better he’s doing.

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  1. Mike's Gravatar Mike
    November 24, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I like that you compare Sid to Barry Bonds. I do that all the time. They are both the most notorious cheaters in their sport.

    Ok, I guess that’s not fair. Bonds’ cheating ultimately made him better. It challenged opponents to make themselves better. Crosby’s cheating on the other hand prevents opponents from playing better. The constant diving, the whining for calls, the cheap shots and hiding behind the refs (often literally), force opponents to hold back, to play more conservatively because of the favoritism.

    On top of all that, he was completely invisible during the Olympics despite NBC dropping his name every 23 seconds, until Jarome Iginla dropped a perfect gift of a pass on his stick in OT. Crosby was by far the worst player on the Canadian team, had a negative +/- in just about every game, and was a complete liability on defense.

    So I shouldn’t insult Bonds by comparing him to the most overhyped prima donna in the history of hockey. Bonds made a name for himself well before he was a superstar, was already a talented player before he cheated.

    Crosby on the other hand was cheating and got superstar favoritism from day 1. He sucks because he doesn’t play on a level playing field, we will never know his true level of talent because he never plays a fair game. He pretty much gets assists credited to him automatically just for being on the ice, and so many of his goals come from cherry picking one timers, because defenders are afraid of the easy whistles he draws.

  2. SCrosby's Gravatar SCrosby
    November 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink
  3. RUKidding's Gravatar RUKidding
    November 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    This is ridiculous. The reason people say Crosby sucks is he hasn’t played an honest game. He exaggerates every time someone touches him, he slashes after any play that he gets checked, he fights people that aren’t even looking to fight and runs from fights from people that do, he cries to the refs about every non call and last but not least he is an Olympic level diver.

  4. Alyssa's Gravatar Alyssa
    July 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    hahahahahahahahah!!!!!!love the song!!i am 12 ans me and my dad are die heart flyers fans, and no matter what team the Flyer’s are playing there is always at least 1 chant per game saying “CROOSSBYY SUUUCKKKS!!!”

  5. danonfire's Gravatar danonfire
    June 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Most hockey fans don’t hate Crosby because he wins that is irrelevant we hate him because of how he is very overhyped and viewed as the “savior” of hockey Last time I checked Hockey the only thing that can save hockey at this moment is firing gary bettman. I wouldn’t hate Crosby as much as I do if he didn’t get all the hype. I think that it is fair to say people wouldn’t hate Lebron James as much if he wasn’t so hyped.

  6. pk subban's Gravatar pk subban
    May 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    happy birthday to me motha fuckas!!!!

  7. pk subban's Gravatar pk subban
    May 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    how much you want to bet crosby spent the night crying on mario’s shoulder…
    crosby goes down easier then a time square hooker

  8. goomba's Gravatar goomba
    May 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Crosby still sucks

  9. Tommy's Gravatar Tommy
    May 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m from Canada and I can’t stand the kid. Biggest diver, whiner, baby that has ever hit the ice.

    He should pick up cheerleading.

  10. nick's Gravatar nick
    April 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    so how did crosby do when we chanted crosby sucks in Detroit

    • Corsby is Awesome's Gravatar Corsby is Awesome
      January 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      He won a stanley cup bitch

      • Corsby is Awesome's Gravatar Corsby is Awesome
        January 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

        and he is the leading goal scorer

  11. PensNed's Gravatar PensNed
    March 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t hear the “crosby sucks” chant last night at the caps game, either their worried that we would do a “Ovechkin sucks” or they may be, gasp, becoming descent hockey fans. It sounded like a few tried to start it and were drowned out.

  12. Gibby's Gravatar Gibby
    March 25, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    You gotta be kidding. People chant “Crosby sucks” because he’s (arguably) the biggest crybaby in NHL history. Already! And, despite your protests, he cheap-shots players all the time. Since I know you’ll ask for an example, just the other night in Detroit, he gave Zetterberg 3 or 4 crosschecks in front of the net with time running out and the puck nowhere near the play. Totally uncalled for. It was so egregious that even tough-guy goalie Jimmy Howard hard to rough the little, sissy-boy up.

    • Ron Malore's Gravatar Ron Malore
      March 25, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink


      He for sure is in city’s like Philadelphia and Washington where the Philly-Flyer-OrganEYEzation promote it because it’s much better than “OrganEYEzation Sucks” from their rafters. In Washington, their Owner who has gone through more re-construction than the Squirrel Hill Tunnels, called his own fans losers for not showing up for playoff games and literally attempted to strangle one of his own fans has created a blog network that only says good things for the free box seats they get finally has got a team but his star, best player in the world, appears to not have the success rate as Crosby. Sure these fans and OrganEYEzations are upset. Remember Ted Leonsis is the one that refused ticket orders from 724 and 412 area codes then bitched about an empty arena.

      So you watch replays on NHL. Zetterberg and Crosby have been going at it for the last two-season in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Red Wings and Penguins are made up of some pretty decent personalities and skilled players all of which want to win and sometimes it boils over. Something that doesn’t go unnoticed by those who have played or even watched games from somewhere else besides NHL replays.


      “Most” Detroit fans recognize the heat of battle and have a decent respect for each other. Jim Howard jumping Crosby from behind, with his goalie mask on, knowing the odds are against them meeting in the Finals for the third time in a row was a real task of bravery. LOL.
      You have to be from Flyers-land where you watch him kick-ass reguraly or Washington where the fans are mostly new-bees and really don’t know too much about the game except what they are told.

      And, despite your protests, he cheap-shots players all the time. Since I know you’ll ask for an example, just the other night in Detroit, he gave Zetterberg 3 or 4 crosschecks in front of the net with time running out and the puck nowhere near the play. Totally uncalled for. It was so egregious that even tough-guy goalie Jimmy Howard hard to rough the little, sissy-boy up.

    • Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
      March 25, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      You should pay more attention to the game.

  13. Ralph larPens's Gravatar Ralph larPens
    March 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I don’t remember ever doing that down at the arena unless the othe teams player cheap shot ours or talked out about our teamm but never just because he was good.

  14. Anthony's Gravatar Anthony
    March 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Yes, lots of those folks are just jealous that we have Sid on our team and not theirs. So the “Crosby Sucks” chants are just good-natured bantering. But from what I read on a lot of the message boards, there seems to be a lot of hate out there towards Sid. I think it is ugly and, at times, offensive.

    • Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
      March 25, 2010 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      They do it in Philadelphia to keep their minds off the on ice product.

      • pk subban's Gravatar pk subban
        May 13, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

        or maybe they do it cause crosby actually sucks..ohhh, 1 goal in 7 games? what a superstar..
        CROSBY SUCKS! CROSBY SUCKS! CROSBY SUCKS!!!!!!!! and so does malkin, staal, and fleury..and your mom


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