Michael Jordan had the ball. The game was on the line. He drives to the free throw line, step back on Byron Russell. Iconic moment in NBA history. Even if you don't like the NBA you remember that play.
Now imagine, directly after that, some marginal NBA player and a horrible former GM got on National TV and said, "Jordan pushed off, that is embarassing. That is a soft no-call."
Maybe that is a little extreme. Imagine if Lebron James got himself fouled and won the game at the free throw line. Would the NBA studio hosts go on to call Lebron James a diver? A fraud? The face of their league, the best player in the world, would they?
On Sunday, Sidney Crosby made this play:
Game on the line, playing with a mask that makes him look like Master Shredder, a broken jaw, Crosby got a match up, drove to the net and drew a penalty. The Pens went on to score the game winning goal on the ensuing powerplay. (Oh by way, Crosby assisted.)
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