Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins: Second to None in the NHL

Scott BrownCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 15:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds the Stanley Cup as Maxime Talbot #25 of the Penguins sprays the crowd during Stanley Cup Champion Victory Parade on June 15, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

I know there are a lot of people out there that are going to read the headline of this article and simple dismiss it because they can't stand Sidney Crosby

He doesn't score, he's too neatly packaged, and he whines. You know the usual stuff that people who just hate Crosby tend to repeat over and over again.

I make no bones about it that I feel Crosby is the best player on the ice, hands down.  Sure, he doesn't end up with the most goals or the most points. Hey, if the best team doesn't always win the cup, show me where it's written in stone that the best player is the one who scores the most points or buries the most goals. 

Yet, if someone really wants to understand why Sidney Crosby is the best player in the league, they should look no further than the most recent article from ESPN's Scott Burnside.

If you truly wish to know why Sidney Crosby is second to none it's because even at the tender age of 22, Sidney Crosby gets it. I am not talking about a guy who smiles for the cameras during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and then goes out and gets plastered at a local nightclub, all while beating up a cabbie for 20 cents. 

Thank you, Scott Burnside, for your excellent insight into Sidney Crosby's day with the cup.  A day that brought out more fans to the small town of Cole Harbour than the Winter Classic in Buffalo brought to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

To the people that hate Sidney Crosby, you probably don't want to read the article because the stuff in there is the kind of stuff that eats you up inside. 

To everyone else, if you haven't read the article, I have posted the link below. Of course, there is probably nothing in there that you didn't already know.