Saturday AM Update: The Dispatch realized how dumb this idea was and changed their minds.
Friday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but one Ohio paper is now doing its part to try and rattle the defending champions.
According to Sportsnet, the Columbus Dispatch will give away “Sid The Kid” masks in its Sunday edition of the paper and are encouraging Blue Jackets fans to wear it to Nationwide Arena that night for Game Three. And while that sounds like a tribute to one of the game’s preeminent players, I promise you it’s anything but.
Crosby is illustrated crying big crocodile tears while his Sid The Kid moniker is adorned on the front of his helmet. Pen & Inked Sid looks as if he lost his binky or something.
This may prove to be an unwise decision by the paper. Crosby tallied a goal and two assists in the Penguins 4-1′ victory Friday.
And, after watching Matt Calvert try to break Tom Kunhackl’s neck, I’m not sure the Penguins need any more motivation to close this series out in four games.
The Columbus Dispatch first announced the mask earlier this evening, but deleted the tweet after the illustration went viral.
— Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts) April 14, 2017
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