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Columnist: An anonymous doctor thinks Sidney Crosby should retire

Jan 31, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

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As if the hysteria around Sidney Crosby‘s potentially broken neck wasn’t already sky high, leave it to a columnist to find a way to up the ante.

Such was the case for The Globe And Mail’s Robert MacLeod who spoke with a “respected Toronto sports orthopedic surgeon” who told him that Sidney Crosby should retire from the NHL.

“Crosby would be far better off quitting the game and becoming the chief spokesperson for concussions and speaking out against head shots in the game,” said the doctor. “He is taking a huge gamble with his health by trying to come back.

“He has nothing left to prove in the game. And imagine the impact he would have, especially to younger kids, by getting out now. That alone would force the NHL to take serious steps to clean up its act.”

Getting word from someone in the business who knows about injuries is nice, but hearing it from a doctor we’ll have to assume has never examined Crosby and doesn’t know the specifics of his injury is doing a disservice to the story.

If you’re consulting a surgeon who knows his or her’s stuff, why not attribute said knowledge to them? For all we know, MacLeod’s doctor friend might be Dr. Nick Riviera and asking about Crosby’s health from a guy who went to Hollywood Upstairs Medical College isn’t any good.

This isn’t the first column written saying that Crosby should retire and until we find out what’s up with him, it won’t be the last. Letting the doctors figure out what’s going on with Crosby is apparently too hard to do.

  1. orpikseyes - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    that so called “respected Toronto sports orthopedic surgeon” clearly is taking bribes from every GM in the league except the almighty Shero. They scared of the Soup Can Comeback 2012 movement.

  2. richardparksdong - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    This “anonymous” doctor should shut his whore mouth. Soup Can Sid is recovered. The Cali cream-pie expedition did the boy good, and now he will be out soon raping those ho’s on the ice.

  3. letangshair - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    The anonymous doctor is probably Wayne Gretzky. This dude is so scared that Crosby will break all of his records. He even tried to send his daughter to Crosby one night but little did he know soup can Sid has already busted that cervix. Stick to golf old timer.

    • orpikseyes - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Paulina Gretzky doesn’t know sheeit, sittin here waving around her cervix like it’s the hottest ticket in town.

    • sharks123 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      That’s funny, you obviously have no clue how far Gretzky is from everyone else plus the game is very different from the 80s. If anyones scared it’s Crosby cause his career is in jeopardy.

    • richardparksdong - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      hes already broke the pussy pounding record

      • fthepens - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        that was easy for him, every time she sits down to piss and wipe, she is pounding her pussy.

    • cmutimmah - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      LOL – You must be in your lower 20s to even THINK that Gretzky’s numbers are ever touchable.

      Gretzky was a wimp, but he was the best player the game has ever seen and he was also an innovator. You didn’t see guys as soft as him putting up the numbers he did.

      I don’t know why you would embarrass yourself by even bringing him into the conversation!

      PS – Crosby’s absence over the last 2 years pretty much solidified the fact that even if he plays the next 20 years he still doesn’t touch The Great One’s career numbers.

  4. pastabelly - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Opinions from annonymous doctors who have never examined Crosby really aren’t worth too much. But these annonymous jerks will be giving opinions on Manning and Crosby at least until they retire and the press will keep reporting them.

  5. yettyskills - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Break Wayne’s records?
    LOL Riiiiiiight.

    Lemme know when someone cracks 150 points again, and then Ill remind them they are still 62 points behind to tie.

    Maybe if they remove offsides and power plays continue even after a goal is scored (again)

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      If Sid got to have a career as long as Gretzky’s he might be able to make a run at some of his points records, but the ones like 92 goals in a season or 50 in 39 games will never be touched by anyone ever.

      • stakex - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Not a chance in hell. Actually go and do the math on the numbers and figure out just how many points Crosby needs to actually come close to ANY of Gretzky’s records. A few notes:

        1. Crosby was having a pretty amazing season last year when him and the Pens were absolutely on fire. He was on pace to score a career high 122 points (32g 34a in 41 games). Gretzky had only one season in his first 13 where he scored less then 122 points, and that was his first seasons where he scored 109 points.

        2. Crosby has 572 points. In order to take a run at Gretzkys point record of 2,857 he would need to score 2,300 more points… four times his current amount. Not only is that not going to happen, hes not going to come anywhere near that.

        3. Crosby has 212 goals. Gretzkys record is 894. Crosby might have shown better ability to score goals over the last couple seasons, but its laughable to think he will score 682 more goals over the rest of his career. IF he had a faster start to scoring goals in his career, and IF he wasn’t hurt so much he MIGHT have been able to make a run at this mark… but that could be said about a lot of guys. Right now there are only two guys who have even a mathmatical chance to break this record, Stamkos and Ovechkin, and I doubt either of them will come close.

        4. Gretzkys assist record is 1,963. Crosby has 357…. Crosby needs five times the amount of assists he already has. Simply put, hes not even going to be close.


        Bottom line here is, I have no idea what records of Gretzky’s you think Crosby has a chance to break. Hes not even on pace to come remotely close to any of them. Hell, hes not even close to coming in 2nd or 3rd on any of these lists. Thats not even getting into the facts that Crosby has a tendency to get hurt, his long range health is in serious question, and no one is really sure how well Crosby will play from this point onward.

        This isn’t just aimed at Crosby either. No one is much of a chance to break ANY of Gretzky’s records right now and that won’t change unless there is some sort of major rules change (such as larger nets).

      • stakex - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        EDIT: There was a typo in my post there. Should be 132 points, not 122.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:51 AM

        Calm down or you’ll shoot in your pants. I said “if” Sid got to have a career as long as Gretzky’s then he “might” make a run at some of his points records. “If” and “might” are the operative words there, although I should have just said his career points record. I’m well aware of the numbers, and if Sid played 4 times his current amount of seasons he would have 24, whereas Gretzky had 20. Those would need to be fairly full and productive seasons for Sid, which is possible but unlikely given his health concerns.

  6. broadstbully33 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    I agree the nhl needs less crybabys

  7. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    I’m loving this anonymous doctor. Please retire Cindy so we don’t have to hear about everything in your life any longer, have to see your diving antics, and will have an even playing field once the league doesn’t have you to cater to.

  8. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I would love to see Crosby take a run at Wayne’s records, but it’s just not going to happen for him or anyone else.

    Crosby is a once in a generation talent to be certain, but there’s a reason why he was called The Next One and Not The Great One II. Not on the same level.

  9. sheckyrimshot - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:29 PM


  10. stakex - Jan 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Its far to early to talk about retirement for Crosby. The only way that changes is if Crosby goes out and gets another quick concussion. At that point, retirement talk will be far more valid.

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