Sidney Crosby’s first few games back will be a weird combination of celebration and speculation. The world will be watching his every move and asking “Is he the same?” Pretty much every person who loves hockey will be nervously hoping that Sidney Crosby is okay, no matter what team they cheer for. For the first little while, it will be very strange.
Then one day, in some arena somewhere, maybe in Philadelphia or in Washington but perhaps somewhere else, you’ll hear it. The first “Crosby Sucks” chant will break out. You’ll start seeing people on message boards and blogs calling him a “whiner” and a “diver” and a “baby” again. And, for the first time, you’ll smile because everything will be back to normal.