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CBC Names Crosby Most Influential Sports Figure For 2011

from Malcom Kelly of CBC Sports,

For the third year, a panel of CBC Sports executives, producers, writers and broadcasters has come up with a list of the people they consider the most influential on the national sports scene over the past 12 months….

1. Sidney Crosby, Injured List, Pittsburgh Penguins

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about the “shot heard round the world” in the opening stanza of the poem Concord Hymn in 1837, he was referring to the start of the American War of Independence 62 years previous.

Hockey isn’t quite as important as the birth of a nation, but you can argue the shot delivered by David Steckel to the head of Sidney Crosby just hours into 2011 may have not only changed the Pittsburgh captain’s own paradigm, but set the game itself on a path to what may be revolutionary changes.

Crosby has missed all but eight games in 2011 with concussion, and is out again for who knows how long.

At the same time, the discussion itself has changed, especially with the death this summer of three former NHL enforcers, to now include the possibility that the game of hockey as we know it could be altered.

Crosby is famous here in Canada for a coffee shop commercial where he says, “Wouldn’t it be amazing, getting up every morning … to do something you love to do?”

That he can’t is angering a lot of hockey people and making concussion — and the shots to the head that cause it — a cause celebre.

the rest of the Top 10…

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Mandingo's avatar

#2?

You guessed it: Frank Stallone.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 12/21/11 at 04:18 PM ET

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For the third year, a panel of CBC Sports executives, producers, writers and broadcasters has come up with a list of the people they consider the most influential on the national sports scene over the past 12 months….

I hear he’s also being considered for People Magazine’s list of 100 most intriguing people & Time Magazine’s “man” of the year.

However, crosby has tough competion this year from Tim Tebow. 

Enough already with both of them.  sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/21/11 at 04:24 PM ET

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Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 12/21/11 at 02:18 PM ET

Ha!! Very, very good.

Posted by NathanBC on 12/21/11 at 05:05 PM ET

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Man, if there is one thing that hits home for Canadians that don’t even watch hockey, it’s the Croz.  I just really wish he hadn’t scored the gold medal goal; then he would just be a good player and not an icon on par with Terry Fox, Pierre Burton, and David Suzuki.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt on 12/21/11 at 05:52 PM ET

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Ridiculous. The guy is a non-factor this year. How many games has he played?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 12/21/11 at 06:21 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Hockey isn’t quite as important as the birth of a nation

I didn’t even know they had that movie in Canada.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/21/11 at 06:25 PM ET

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Hockey isn’t quite as important as the birth of a nation

I didn’t even know they had that movie in Canada.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/21/11 at 04:25 PM ET

“Inglorious Basterds.”  Beautiful.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 12/21/11 at 07:16 PM ET

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Ridiculous. The guy is a non-factor this year. How many games has he played?

Posted by MsRedWinger from somewhere in the Cosmic Dust on 12/21/11 at 04:21 PM ET

I think that is exactly the point. The fact that Crosby has a concussion and cannot play brings a great deal of attention to the issue of concussions in Hockey. That’s really what the article is pointing out.

Now I’m not saying I agree but it is noteworthy and a good thing to bring to a wider audience.

Posted by Iggy_Rules on 12/21/11 at 09:45 PM ET

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My guess is they wanted to give the award to Brain Injury, so they got the next best thing.

Posted by timbits on 12/22/11 at 12:42 AM ET

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