This is actually the cover of today's Philadelphia Daily News

Well then, this series just got a bit more amusing… assuming that was possible in the first place.

Apparently the Philadelphia Daily News will be running with the above Sidney Crosby cover. This is according to Frank Seravalli of said publication who is one of the writers on the Flyers beat in Philly. He revealed the cover on twitter…

Upon seeing the tweet and corresponding cover my exact thought process was as follows:

1) That can’t be real.
2) Oh my God that’s real.
3) That doesn’t look like a Penguin at all.
4) Oh, Wizard of Oz. Gotcha.
5) Nice alliteration on Sniveling Sidney.
6) The LA Kings department of Trolling would be proud.
7) I should probably quit this linear monologue and post it already.

Regardless of what I thought, the cover seems to be in good fun. The PDN is a tabloid paper so we all know this is a ploy to get people laughing, riled up for hockey and buying papers by the bushel (can you buy papers by the bushel?).

I’m sure I could give you a well articulated rant on the double standard that web-based publications are ridiculed for this while print publications are given their free pass regardless, but this is neither the time nor the place and I don’t feel like being the buzz killer today. Wednesday usually suck as it is without me being Mr. Media Morality.

Audience participation part:

I posted this here to get your opinion on it. Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? Why?

The first person who is offended and references “class” loses the game. If you’re outraged, I’d like some creativity in the process.

Comments (19)

  1. if you can’t handle being teased by a tabloid publication… maybe you shouldn’t be in the public eye. this= hilarious.

  2. haha i hate the pens, love sid, and love this.

  3. Apparently I don’t belong to the target group of this publication. Maybe it is because I am a hockey fan who is able to respect and admire super-talented players even if they don’t play in my favourite team. Maybe my master’s (major: surprise, journalism) has something to do with it. Or then just the fact that I generally like jokes which have some intelligence in them. Anyhow I do fully understand this; their purpose is simply to sell as many papers as they can, and the cover is the very important tool for selling this type of publications.

  4. I’m outraged! That Sidney’s mouth isn’t true to its real, Mick Jagger-like size. And that I can’t get this paper in NY…

  5. Honestly, I just think they should have made a little more effort to figure out their narrative. I thought he used to be the “coward” and the “whiner” / “sniveler” because he wouldn’t fight his own battles, or whatever…. And now that he HAS changed it up and fought the Big Bad Flyers, wouldn’t he be called “dirty” or something instead? Maybe if they want to go with the Wizard of Oz theme, paint him as the Wicked Witch of the West(ern PA), so you can get both “evil” and “female” in there, as we know they love to do?

    I vote no.

    • Sniveling, Verb:
      1. Cry and sniffle.
      2. Complain in a whining or tearful way

      I am assuming it’s referencing the manner in which Crosby answered questions following Game 3.

  6. I AM COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY OUTRAGED…by the logo they used on the helmet! C’mon Philadelphia News, you’re better than that, well, really, I have no idea, I’ve never read the publication.

  7. BAHAHAHAHAHA that is MONEY! I’d buy em up by the case if I lived in PA!!

    But it is CLASS-ic in a way, as many including myself feel the same way about the kid.. I don’t like the Pens or Flyer’s (outside Universe, Hartsy, & the Rookie Beav “Read”) but this is comical, and again as a 27 year old, I’d buy a ton, just for doing a photoshop on a cover!

  8. Philly native and Flyers fan here. It’s comical, in good fun and will give the boys on CSN something to laugh about before the game tonight. The Daily News focuses a lot on sports covers to sell issues so this is nothing new for them.

  9. Don’t. Care.

    This is hardly news worthy.

  10. Pfft Flyers are a joke and ruin the face of hockey, playing their WWE style, I swear the Flyers, the refs, and Shanahan are all being payed by Vince McMahon

    • flizm – I guess you also believe James Neal’s excuse he left his feet/jumped into Sean Courturier in order to avoid hitting him, too? How delusional can you be? Bitter Pitt/Crosby fans can’t cope I guess.

  11. Meh, probably some sad little Yanks still trying to get back at him for this…

    Stanley Cup? Check. Olympic gold? Check. Millions in the bank? Check.

    I don’t think he has much to be sad about.

  12. Do they not have anyone in Philly who can use Photoshop?

  13. Good luck to the Flyers! Sid has disappointed me with his antics. It’s unfair to pin it on him though. The whole team is classless.

  14. Logo’s wrong. Skates are the wrong brand. Fighting is not cowardly. Faking injuries to avoid fights after running someone is. Face should be Schenn’s.

  15. Flyers-Penguins Game 4 Preview: Pages 70-66?? I thought this was a Philly (U.S.) publication, not Japanese.

  16. Not as good as the Obama dig at Timmy, but good for a guffaw. My only question: if Sid is the Cowardly Lion, who is Dorothy? And I suppose that makes the Flyers a bunch of flying monkeys, which I can totally get behind. Go Flyers.

  17. That is some awful photoshopping. It’s also a little baffling to have “cowardly” be the adjective attached to Crosby, when he’s actually fought during the series.

    I wouldn’t mind the dig if it made more sense.

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