The situation surrounding Sidney Crosby over the past 13 months has been, suffice it to say, less than perfect. Crosby’s recovery from a debilitating concussion seemed hopeful on that late November evening against the Islanders, but those hopes were dashed after only eight contests when Crosby was again sidelined with a recurrence of concussion symptoms. But now it appears the Crosby concussion plot could be in for another twist – this time of Shyamalan-like proportions; the real culprit might not be Sid’s wonky brain after all, instead his recent injury could be explained by inflammation in the C1 and C2 vertebrae in his neck.
So what does this all mean for Crosby? Are his recent symptoms caused by this injury, and not a concussion? Is it even worth speculating?
Well, I’m here to tell you it’s not.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand the allure of looking into the crystal ball and projecting what the future might hold for the greatest NHL player in recent memory; but everything about this endeavor is useless, and it really only serves to compound the confusion and misinformation being propagated at the moment.
As Adam Proteau of The Hockey News figuratively – and literally – stated earlier this week on Twitter:
Sidney Crosby’s concussion saga perfectly matches the NHL’s: what began as a headache has turned into a real pain in the neck.
I think we can all stand in agreement with Mr. Proteau’s statement, and further with the outspoken Jeremy Roenick that the speculation regarding Crosby’s injury status is becoming more than a bit ridiculous.
Part of the blame most certainly goes to Ray Shero and the Penguins’ management for not providing regular updates to the media on Crosby’s status, but members of the media deserve all the flak they receive for expounding rumors of Crosby shutting down for the year, refusing to play without a contract extension, an apparent rift within the Pens’ locker room, and even a potential retirement for The Kid.
The fact of the matter is that the media has no idea what is going on with Sidney Crosby. Other than what information they have received through press releases from Crosby’s medical team, the only ‘stories’ circulating are either some bits of information released by Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, or the usual rumor-mill material talking retirement or something equally as laughable. The constant speculation of this rumor or that really does no service to the situation, and instead piles even more unrealistic pressure on Crosby to return prematurely from what could be an entirely treatable diagnosis.
There’s really no other point to this piece other than for me to plead with the hockey world – but most especially any NHL media personnel – to ease up a bit on Sidney Crosby and the ridiculous speculation.
“He’s a hockey player. He wants to play hockey,” said Penguins GM Ray Shero in a press-conference Tuesday.
Yes, that’s true. Sidney Crosby is a hockey player, and he will play again when his neurological symptoms have subsided. But first and foremost Sidney Crosby is a human being; and with everything he has done for not only the Penguins’ organization but for the city of Pittsburgh as a whole, the Kid (read: man) deserves our respect.