Why Crosby doesn't deserve Rookie of the Year
There are a lot of reasons why Crosby should be considered a top rookie of the year candidate. And deservingly so. He is having a very good year. But in my mind there is one thing that he does that should automatically eliminate him from contention and it was seen once again in last nights game against the Atlanta Thrashers. I’m not talking about him losing his cool and taking a retaliation slashing penalty, I’m talking about him taking a diving penalty. In my mind, diving is as unsportsmanlike as you can get almost on par with straight out cheating. The worst thing that could ever happen in the NHL is to have it’s superstars become super divers. It would be disasterous for growing the game in the United States and would probably be disasterous for the game even in Canada. Last night may have been Crosby’s first diving penalty but it isn’t the first time he has been accused of diving. The Flyers have accused Crosby of diving as has Don Cherry and as have I. He’s a diver and Mario Lemieux needs to pull him to the side and tell him that diving is not acceptable in the NHL and especially on his team. Diving has to be stopped and if I were a voter I would not reward a diver with the rookie of the year trophy.