So, today SI.com has a report of Henrik Zetterberg echoing Kris Draper's comment that Sidney Crosby "snubbed" and "disrespected" the Detroit Red Wings by not shaking everyone's hand at the end of game 7. Just in case the Wings are interested, here are my thoughts on the subject:
Red Wings, you're a great team, and you had a whale of a playoff run this season. The Finals was a tough series, it was a close series, it was an emotional series. It all came down to one game, and you came up short in that game: the Penguins played the game of their lives, and they beat you straight-up. If you wanted to take the high road, and demonstrate once again that you're a gracious, classy group, the thing to do would have been to let the Pens enjoy their moment. They worked their tails off, overcame adversity all season long, clawed their way into the playoffs, and earned everything they got, including their victory Friday night. When the final horn sounded, Sid was immediately mobbed by teammates and team staff, and the handshake line was just one of the things he had to do (along with answering questions from about 70 reporters, wondering how many ligaments in his knee might be ruptured, and, you know, skating with the Stanley Cup). If he didn't personally hurry after every member of the Wings to shake their hands, that's just something that happens. This wasn't LeBron James after the Cavaliers lost to Orlando; Sid wasn't in any hurry to get off the ice. It just happens.
But, for whatever reason, some of you (well, Kris and Hank) chose not to take the high road. You decided to try to make the Penguins' moment about you instead. In a season filled with ironies, you provided perhaps the most amusing irony of all: you whined and complained that Sidney Crosby was mean to you. Where I used to live, in California, we have an expression to describe people who make every situation about themselves, and complain about how others are offending their delicate sensibilities: the expression is "drama queen". And Kris and Hank, that's the way you're acting. I would have assumed you were better than this. But apparently I would have been wrong.