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The logo shouldn't make you hate the player.

Posted on: September 23, 2008 10:23 pm
I suppose the reason why this has all the sudden become annoying to me is that after 3 years nothing has changed.  There is a growing contingent of fans who hate Sid, yet more often than not there really isn't much to say as to why.  Don't get me wrong there are plenty of Pens fans who give the same treatment to Ovechkin, but it doesn't make it any more understandable.  I try as hard as I possibly can to avoid holding the team a player plays for against them.  You will simply eliminate fantastic players to appreciate from the league, and in the end ruining your own experience. I'm not saying don't get upset when a player does something stupid, as Sid did in his rookie year by riding the refs.  However, at some point you are going to miss an opportunity to enjoy an all time great's career if you hold onto short lived issues players have.  So my message is that unless you hate a guy because he jumped someone from behind then punched him and rode him to the ice ruining his career, give the guy a break.  Also if you're a Pens fan and you think Alex is overrated, you really need to rethink your approach to him.  All he does is play hard, physical hockey with nothing but skill at the highest level we've seen in decades.  Imagine not being able to appreciate 93 if it happens during your lifetime, solely because the shooter is often times compared to your guy. 
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