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With no Penguins to captain, Crosby leads NHLPA

Despite the continuation of the lockout, the face of hockey decided it was time to speak up and took some verbal jabs at the leagues' handling of the latest round of negotiations

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GOOD WEEK When the face of the NHL speaks, people listen. Still, it was slightly surprising when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sullied his butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-his-mouth personality by taking verbal jabs at the league this week.


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“The timing of this [week’s offer] is pretty ironic, thinking that the only way of getting 82 games in is figuring something out in the next week,” he said Thursday. “I think that’s by design. You come with three proposals [Thursday] and it’s shut down in 10 minutes, not even a day to think about them. That doesn’t seem like a group willing to negotiate.” Good luck sleeping after that, Mr. Bettman.


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GOOD WEEK San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh is no stranger to controversy – just ask Detroit coach Jim Schwartz – but he stirred the pot once again with his decision to decline a safety and take over on downs in San Francisco’s 13-6 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.


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“I have never seen that,” tweeted Las Vegas bookmaker Jay Kornegay, who works at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. “Crazy to see that with the cover on the line.” Yes, because in the midst of a heated divisional rivalry game, the seven-point spread is the first thing on an NFL head coach’s mind.

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BAD WEEK If you talk the talk you must walk the walk. So when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman to meet him after the game once New England had won last Sunday, Sherman obliged. The only problem?

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The Patriots then proceeded to give up 14 points in the last 7 1/2 minutes to lose 24-23. Naturally Sherman had the last word, taking the opportunity to have a dig at NFL pundits in the process. “They thought [New England] was the greatest ball club to step on the earth,” he said. “They’re 3-3, .500. I don’t know what great ball club is 3-3.”


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BAD WEEK A hockey nation through and through, Canada’s obsession with the sport even extended to the world’s most popular game, as the men’s national team put up an NHL-like score in its do-or-die World Cup qualifier in Honduras last Tuesday.

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Unfortunately though, this group of Canadians sported cleats instead of skates, so the 8-1 scoreline was in the Hondurans’ favour and the only thing redder than the Canadian shirts was the faces of the players that wore them.


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BAD WEEK Alex Rodriguez couldn’t pick up the curveball as it moved through the air in the Yankees’ 6-4 extra-innings loss to the Detroit Tigers last Saturday, but he had no trouble picking up something else.


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Despite denying that he was flirting with an Australian model behind the New York dugout during his 0-for-3 performance at the plate, A-Rod reportedly went on a date with her after the defeat, ensuring that not every Yankee was a dismal failure this October.

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