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Crosby Steals Canadian Athlete of the Year Award for Third Time – SportsUntapped.com
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Added December 31st, 2010 by Chalk

Crosby Steals Canadian Athlete of the Year Award for Third Time
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The Canadian Press has named hockey player Sidney Crosby its Canadian Athlete of the Year for the third time in four years. Considering the only other Canadian hockey players to win the award three times were The Great One Wayne Gretzky and The Rocket Maurice Richard, it seems to be a clear and depressing indication that Canada and its sporting press are lowering their standards.

Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins team was knocked out of the playoffs by the lowest seed in their conference last spring, and more recently Crosby failed to score in the team’s final game of the calender year, which they lost to the NHL’s 29th-best team. But one goal in a meaningless international exhibition game in Vancouver way back in February was apparently enough to get Crosby the award this year.

Wayne Gretzky won four Stanley Cups; Richard won eight. Crosby has only won one. A further indication of Canadian logic is who finished second, third and fourth in this year’s voting. Cincinnati Reds first baseman finished second because he was MVP of the NL for a team that got swept in the first round of the playoffs, which is only vaguely impressive because weather condition make playing baseball nearly impossible for most Canadians. Some Olympic skier was third. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, somehow only finished fourth. Toews did get a geographical feature in his native Manitoba named after him, so maybe he’s still better off.

Baseball’s Ferguson Jenkins is the only athlete to win four Canadian Athelete of the Year awards. Golf’s Mike Weir and the NBA’s Steve Nash are other three-time winners. I’m sure they’re all embarrassed to have to share the spotlight with an undeserving low-life like Crosby.

 
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