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Junker: Crosby was posessed in quest for scoring title

| Monday, April 12, 2010

• It's a good thing Sidney Crosby is not an evil human being. He was possessed to a scary level yesterday on Long Island as he tried to win the NHL goal scoring title. If he had that look in his eye while doing anything else people would run away from him. That said, anyone who thinks there is no way the Penguins can lose the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to Ottawa hasn't been paying attention. Perhaps a couple of good playoff game performances may make their regular season finish a moot point. Bbut would you really be shocked if Ottawa wins• They split their two regular season games and the Pens finished with just three more wins over an 82 game schedule. Then again, when Eric Godard is scoring goals, how can you doubt anything?

• Earlier in the week, Tiger Woods was kissing babies and showing off his new self to the fans at the Masters. By Saturday he was cussing plainly for a national television audience. So much for his new respect for the game. And if he can't control his language on the course, what is there to make you believe any of the rest of his behavior will change either?

• Barry Bonds was interviewed at a San Francisco Giants reunion over the weekend. He said he was proud of Mark McGwire for admitting use of performance enhancing drugs before getting back into baseball as a coach. Proud• It shows you his twisted way of thinking. He also said he had a great relationship with McGwire. Here's a story closer to the truth. Bonds was so jealous of the attention that McGwire and Sammy Sosa received during their record home run battle of 1998, that it led Bonds to "work out" a lot more so he too could be a super hero. It's a good thing he only crawls out from under his rock once in awhile.

• There is absolutely no way that a playoff spot should be decided by a shootout as it was yesterday when the Flyers beat the Rangers. If the idea is not good enough to use in the playoffs it is not good enough to use to get into the playoffs. Fans love it but it's a carnival of skills that should be saved for all-star games. That said, it will be great if the Penguins can somehow match up with the Flyers and eliminate them again for the third straight spring.

• It was good to hear Kristin Fasbender, the associate director of NCAA championships, say that she doubted the Frozen Four would be returning to a football stadium anytime in the near future. "I would never say never...NHL buildings have been really good to us the last few years. My guess is we'll go back to NHL buildings for awhile." Thank goodness.

I just got back from Detroit where I watched, along with 37,591 others in the record setting crowd Saturday night, as Boston College beat Wisconsin 5-0 for the championship. The price for record attendance was a drop in the usual frenzied but cozy atmosphere. Sight lines were poor from many seats at Ford Field, a bonus if you are watching the building's regular tenants, the Detroit Lions. But not for watching championship hockey. Try turning your binoculars backwards inside a cave and you get the idea. The trend toward this kind of thing, (the NCAA basketball championships, the NBA All-Star game etc.), makes money and allows more people to "experience" the event. But those experiencing it for the first time this past weekend won't be as willing to come back as many of the faithful who have come to love the excitement of the Frozen Four.


• Hopefully one of the future NHL buildings to host the Frozen Four will include Pittsburgh's new Consol Energy Center. Robert Morris should find out in the next week of so if they are a finalist to host the games in 2013 or 2014. The Colonials were well-represented in Detroit with head coach Derek Schooley and associate athlete director Marty Galosi among those on hand to observe and perhaps campaign a bit.

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