I have been a long time Crosby defender. I've argued viciously against Crosby being a whiner or a diver. I argued that the reputation was gained from Crosby's early years and had stuck with him.
Think about it for a minute. Crosby was an 18-year old kid who was openly expected to save a franchise. He shouldered the fate and hopes of an entire city. Then the league shoved him down our throats while openly calling him a savior. That is a TON of pressure for a kid that young.
What were you doing when you were 18? Getting drunk every night? Crying because your boyfriend/girlfriend broke up with you and you'll never find another one like him/her?!? Getting high and playing Mario Brothers? Skinny dipping in Robb's pool on a dare?
Whatever it is you were doing, I'd bet you didn't even have a fraction of the pressure Crosby had.
So maybe it can be expected that a kid that young would whine to the refs or dive to buy a call. He hadn't matured. He...