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McCown maintains Crosby had C1 and C2 vertebrae injury

Feb 1, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

The Toronto radio host who broke the news about Sidney Crosby’s neck injury is standing by his story that the Penguins’ captain had an abnormality in his C1 and C2 vertebrae. Pittsburgh has since said Crosby suffered “a soft-tissue injury of the neck” with “no evidence of a past or present neck fracture.”

“I never reported it as a fracture to the C1 and C2,” Bob McCown told The Globe and Mail today. “I deliberately said it was an injury to the C1 and C2. But [Crosby’s agent] Pat Brisson confirmed it as a fracture. So did Alex Guerrero and Dr. [Robert] Bray who both saw the fractures in the MRIs.

“Just because the Penguins now say there was no fracture, why should we believe them? Why are they the most credible source? They’ve had this file in front of them for months, and the story keeps changing. Are they saying Guerrero and Dr. Bray, who’ve worked with many top athletes and teams in the past, aren’t accurate?

“Look, I’d be okay if someone could prove it one way or the other. But this idea that the Penguins and their doctors are the final word on this doesn’t stand up after all that’s happened in the past on this file.”

Yesterday Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero wouldn’t say whether or not Bray officially diagnosed Crosby with a neck fracture, only that there was something Bray saw in examining Crosby that he wanted to get a second opinion on. The Penguins subsequently consulted with Dr. Alexander Vaccaro in Philadelphia, after which, Shero says, all the doctors had a conference call and concluded there was no evidence of a neck fracture.

  1. letangshair - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    sounds like ole bawby is scared. they cant even beat the pens without sid. how are they gonna beat them with the absolute finest thighs in the game on the ice?

  2. reachers87 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Just because the media is only finding out about this now is a tribute to the Pens Organization. That’s why the NHL only has to report upper or lower body injuries. Why be SPECIFIC if you don’t have to be. The media is too sensitive.

  3. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    First off, soupcan has no soft tissue, he only has mike tyson like hard tissue cells in his robot like system. Obviously another smear campaign from Gretzky’s camp, who all fear that Sid will soon shatter all his made from glass records

    • richardparksdong - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:15 PM just got f*cked up with some truth

  4. flyersfandave - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    The MRI confirmed it. His head was up his ass the whole time.

  5. pittsburghpoonslayer - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    aren’t you embarrased to have your name flyersfandave? your not suppose to let people know you really like that shit squad. cmmonnn mannnnn

    • jpelle82 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      arent you embarrassed that you troll message boards with multiple accounts looking for opportunities to spew your gay love for grown men?

  6. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I would admit to kicking my retarded grandmother down a flight of stairs before admitting I was a filthy fan. Seriously Dave, show some class

    • jpelle82 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      oh, so you get your retardedness from your grandmother…now i get why you act like this.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I never would’ve thought one person could single-handedly ruin this site. Never underestimate the capabilities of a lunatic. Too bad the readers and writers of PHT don’t have the balls to shut this guy down like the guys at HBT would.

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I never would’ve thought one person could singlehandedly ruin this site. Never underestimate the ability of a lunatic I guess. Too bad the readers and writers of PHT don’t have the cojones to shut this jerk down like the guys at HBT would.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      My bad on the double posting, thumbed myself down.

      • psujay - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM


      • movinonyoleft - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        a comment so nice you said it twice

  9. psujay - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Guy’s let’s be nicer to the 20 names this guy uses. Odds are he’s about 11-13 years old, not even from the city proper in Pittsburgh, has never once been to the fine city of Philadelphia (or any other city for that matter) and is just finally allowed to surf the web without some sort of parental control on as his (or her) most recent birthday/xmas/Hanukkah present. I would assume that this kid is trashing Philly because that’s what the cool kids in school learned from their older brothers who are in high school. Would we all like him (or her) banned? Yes.

    As that is not in our power, let’s just treat him (or her) like the Pens fans treated their team for the majority of its history: Just ignore it.

  10. yardstickstaal - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    MrMojo, Please do not insult the talented writers here at Questioning their manhood is downright childish for someone born long ago enough to know who jim morrison is. Are you aware of the fact that there are stories written here too, not just comments? So please recognize the jouralistic brilliance and learn to ignore the comments. Thanks-SoupCanArmy4Life

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Sorry bud, got a new mantra:

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