Sorry to post such a blunt title, but he showed his true colors after the game was over. Good for him for winning the cup and being the face of the league and whatnot, but when you win the Cup you should ACT like a champion. The FIRST thing you should be doing is congratulating the other team and acknowledging their hard work and a well fought series. He is their captain after all, one of the most important players in the line to shake hands with. Even if you buy the fact that the media FORCED him from shaking hands or that Lidstrom left the ice too soon (which btw is a bunch of bull, because it takes anyone a good couple of minutes to go through the entire line after the game), I still think his complete ignoring Babcock after the game in front of national tv audiences says it all about Crosby.
At the end of the game, with the cameras rolling, while Crosby was skating around, avoiding the handshake line and NOT doing interviews, Babcock sought Crosby out, shook his hand and audibly said, "Great job. You showed alot of leadership..." Crosby then either said nothing or mumbled a one word response so low you couldn't hear it, AVOIDED eye contact with Babcock, and skated away before Babcock could finish. Nice job Sid. Very classy. That's the kind of player we want on national tv, being the face of the league. Little kids turning around asking their parents if all hockey players are such huge tools.
Penguins fans may say that Crosby was justified in acting like a d*ck to Babcock because of Babcock not giving Crosby any respect during media conferences but what do you expect? He's the star player of the opposite team. He wants his team to hate the guy, not love him. A Pens fan said Babcock was the jerk in all of this for referring to Malkin and Crosby to the media as 71 and 87 (by their numbers). Are you kidding me? Babcock is a jerk just because he didn't address them by their names during the series? Who cares? He never badmouthed them, he just wanted to dehumanize them for his team.
After watching the postgame I immediately texted my friend that Crosby was a jerk and he vehemently agreed. The next day ESPN posted an article about it and Detroit's reaction to Sidney's actions which further reaffirmed my thoughts on the matter. You can say Detroit was just eating sour grapes all you want, and maybe they shouldn't have said anything publicly, but I can tell you that I and many NHL fans and players around the nation have lost a ton of respect for the so called face of the league. Maybe Sidney is too young, has too much talent, too much money, or was too caught up in the moment. But if you ask me, a classy player like Henrik Zetterberg deserves to be hoisting that cup more than a person who acts like a child after a game despite being the victor.
Oh, and this whole postgame immaturity is pretty audacious coming from a player who (injury or no injury) did absolutely NOTHING to help his team win that game 7.