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Crosby booed, Miller cheered in Pittsburgh

Mar 2, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

Any fears that hockey fans would forget Ryan Miller’s virtuoso Olympics performance can be put to bed right now, judging from the scene at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. Seth Rorabaugh of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s “Empty Netters” blog reported that nationalism trumped laundry, at least for one night.

“Golden boy” Sidney Crosby, the “kid” who helped keep the team in Pittsburgh and bring the franchise its third Cup, was reprimanded for bringing home a gold medal to Canada with some hearty booing.
Rorabaugh set the scene:
“The ovation for Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was stunning. It was honestly, playoff loud for Ryan Miller. The visiting goaltender. We understand it. We agree with it. We just didn’t expect it 


Many fans actually booed Sidney Crosby when he was acknowledged. Wow. Way to be xenophobic Pittsburgh.”
Now, Rorabaugh attended the game and therefore has a better perspective on the reaction, but the Penguins’ announcing crew implied that the Crosby booing was at least partially light hearted. Either way, it’s pretty rare (and admittedly a bit awesome) for an opposing goalie or any other player to receive such an ovation.
I, for one, think that Miller deserves this kind of treatment across the U.S. (and, conversely, Canadians should applaud their heroes of choice). That being said, people need to treat Canadians nicely too. They’re a swell bunch, if you ask me.
(H/T to SBNation for the Empty Netters link.)
  1. Anonymous - Mar 3, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    why on earth would you boo him dumb ass fans

  2. Anonymous - Mar 3, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    pittsburgh fans should be ashamed of themselves. crosby saved hockey in pittsburgh brought another stanley cup to town and you stupid fans boo him what is wrong with you people????????

  3. aa - Mar 3, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Relax, it was probably just for fun. I was at the Spectrum in Philadelphia when Lemieux came back from his cancer treatment. Before the game everyone gave him a 5 min standing ovation. When he assisted on the first goal everybody booed him. It was just a joke. Lemieux laughed, everybody had a little fun. Same thing here.

  4. Fan - Mar 3, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    I was in Vancouver during the Olympics and was very proud of how gracious people were to anyone wearing a USA jersey. Canadiens cheered for Lindsey Vonn when she won the downhill and from what I can tell nobody booed any American at the games.
    I’ll take Luongo over Miller any day of the week and if they don’t want Sid the kid, we’ll take him in Vancouver you can have Kessler! Pittsburgh obviously has an abundance of ignorant rednecks.

  5. Fan - Mar 3, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    I was in Vancouver during the Olympics and was very proud of how gracious people were to anyone wearing a USA jersey. Canadiens cheered for Lindsey Vonn when she won the downhill and from what I can tell nobody booed any American at the games.
    I’ll take Luongo over Miller any day of the week and if they don’t want Sid the kid, we’ll take him in Vancouver you can have Kessler! Pittsburgh obviously has an abundance of ignorant rednecks.

  6. greenerD - Mar 3, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Personally, I believe the reason he deserves the ovation (hopefully plural) is not just because of his performance during the tourney, but because despite his obvious dismay immediately after the game, all I can remember of the closing ceremony is Ryan Miller marching into the stadium, proudly wearing his silver medal and a smile from ear to ear…made me an immediate fan of his. THAT is why they play.

  7. Fan - Mar 3, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Nevermind, we’ll keep Kesler…..lol

  8. Brad - Mar 3, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    Actually, Crosby himself was not booed, he was cheered (though not as loudly as Miller). Brooks Orpik was cheered just as much. What was booed in a “tongue-and-cheek” manner was the replay of the goal. The ‘burgh would never boo Crosby’s success just like we didn’t Lemieux’s in 2002.

  9. Anonymous - Mar 4, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    many were at the game besides this clown…pittsburgh booed the highlight reel not Crosby. Check it out on Yahoo sports.

  10. dumbass - Mar 4, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    really classless dumbarse fans,
    the Canadians gave ovations for Miller, Cane, etc
    after their final performance.

  11. Pens Fan - Mar 4, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    I am from Pittsburgh and LOVE the Pens.
    The only outcomes that would have made me happy were Team USA winning gold or Sidney Crosby getting the winning goal for Canada.
    He is the greatest hockey player in the universe!

  12. Anonymous - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    WHY WOULD U BOO HIM??? WHY ARE U GUYS SO HARSH!! HE BROUGHT YOU A STANLEY CUP, SO WHAT IF HE BROUGHT HIS COUNTRY A GOLD MEDAL???? YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Anonymous - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    WHY WOULD U BOO HIM??? WHY ARE U GUYS SO HARSH!! HE BROUGHT YOU A STANLEY CUP, SO WHAT IF HE BROUGHT HIS COUNTRY A GOLD MEDAL???? YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED!!!!!!!!!!!

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