Columbus Dispatch to give out crying Sidney Crosby masks (Photo)

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The Columbus Dispatch will give out crying Sidney Crosby masks in the paper’s Sunday edition, the publication tweeted Friday.

The Dispatch, the newspaper of record in Columbus, tweeted out a graphic of Crosby crying with the words “Sid the Kid” written seemingly in crayon onto his helmet.

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“You can get a #SidTheKid mask to wear to Sunday’s #PITvsCBJ game,” The Dispatch’s Twitter handle said.

The tweet has since been deleted.

This is sort of similar to the Chicago Tribune’s “Chrissy Pronger” pullout poster from the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

The belief that Crosby is a player who “cries” or “whines” a lot about penalty calls is a longstanding dig at the Penguins captain. In 2012, Philadelphia Flyers analyst Chris Therien slammed Crosby saying, “He’s going to whine all night and cry all night for penalties.”

Therien also said Crosby needed a “baby soother” to put in his mouth.

Recently, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk ripped Crosby as a “whiner” in a tirade after Crosby slashed Marc Methot’s finger.

A JetBlue pilot on a 2013 flight from Pittsburgh to Boston asked a plane if a crying baby on board was Crosby. The plane was full of Boston Bruins media covering the Penguins, Bruins Eastern Conference Final series so the comment was posted on social media.

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Crosby has toned down his act in recent seasons and focused more on his play on the ice than officiating. In the past year he has won a Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy and was named MVP of the World Cup after Team Canada’s win.

His Penguins are up 2-0 in their series with the Blue Jackets.

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