Friday, January 13, 2012

The Problem with the Penguins Showing Solidarity

Today in response to Dejan Kovacevic's article about Sidney Crosby, the entire Penguins team decided to don the letter "C" during practice.  Am I the only one that doesn't like this move?

The letter "C" symbolizes a team's leader and captain on the ice.  The word captain is defined as: One who commands, leads, or guides others; the designated leader of a team or crew in sports.  Names like Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis come to mind when thinking of Penguins captains.

SIdney Crosby has been team captain since 2007 so I was as shocked as all of you when Dejan posted an article saying:

"Last week in Pittsburgh, according to three sources, a group of players held a 45-minute meeting to discuss a temporary captaincy. Another source disputed that any such meeting occurred."

Dejan Kovacevic is an established writer in the city of Pittsburgh and has no reason to make up the fact that three sources spoke of this meeting.

The Penguins are in the midst of a six game losing streak, and should have other things on their mind than proving a local journalist wrong.  Quite frankly, I think they did indeed have this meeting and are now publicly covering up for it.  Think about it: player A and player B call a team meeting and discuss a temporary captain, the rest of the team talks some sense into them and that's that.  I really do not doubt that this meeting happened.  Why else would the team act so abruptly to prove a journalist wrong?

Also, if the Penguins really wanted to show solidarity to their captain Sidney Crosby, why not tape the #87 onto their backs or onto their helmets?  Why wear the letter that puts Sidney Crosby in the same boat as Ron Francis, Mario Lemieux, and Jaromir Jagr?  Sidney Crosby is the ONLY leader on this hockey team.  Sure Brooks Orpik has tried to step up and be the team's voice during this slide, but that doesn't grant him the leadership qualities that the likes of Francis, Lemieux, and Jagr had and Crosby has.  There are many different ways to show solidarity to your captain, wearing the special letter that he worked so hard to obtain is not one of those ways.

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