Saturday, March 18, 2006

Cross hears Edmonton boo birds — again

I talked a little bit about this when Cory Cross was traded, but it seems relative again considering he was once again booed(!) tonight — this time as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

I mean really, what on earth is the point in booing this poor guy? He's a marginal NHLer who has ground out a decent career, and, besides, he's basically a hometown kid from Lloydminster, Alta.

The Oilers are down 3-2 now with 15 minutes left and perhaps karma will have as much to do with an Edmonton loss as anything.


At 3:39 a.m., March 19, 2006, Blogger mike w said...

Take it from me, some Oilers fans ARE COMPLETE MORONS. The irony, of course, is that these are likely the same fans who bitterly whine when a player doesn't want to take a pay cut to stay with his team.

That said, there's always a little bit of cartoonish WWE villianry in sports which pro athletes have to be able to shrug off and accept (unless, of course, someone sends you white powdered mail or drops a dumptruck of manure on your lawn).

At 12:14 p.m., March 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't understand being that hard on a minor player, either. That much venom just isn't worth the effort.

Although, maybe the Oilers fans are just upset because he didn't show the same offensive flair with Edmonton as with Detroit, considering he scored a goal on his first shift with the Red Wings. I always love it when something so unlikely happens in a game that it makes the announcers crack up on air, and this was one of those moments. :)

At 2:06 p.m., March 19, 2006, Blogger Chris said...


I think booing Cross likely gives him more attention than he's worth. On the other hand, I was filled with glee when he was traded. You never had to listen to "Corry Cross coughs up the puck and..(opposition team x) scores". Or "Corry Cross beaten to the outside." Nor have you watched the Oil and felt the pang of terror against any moderately good hockey player on another team being on the ice at the same time as Corry Cross.

At 2:35 p.m., March 19, 2006, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...


I understand your bitterness but, given where he's playing now, Cross may end up with the last laugh.

I give Cross full marks for lasting as long as he has in the NHL. He's a marginal player but he plays with a lot of heart, something that was surely broken with all the abuse he received in Edmonton. Nice to see him get a second chance with a Cup contender.

At 8:29 p.m., March 19, 2006, Anonymous Paul Kukla said...

You may be correct Lyle... Not to compare Cross with Larry Murphy, but how many woop-woops did Murphy hear evertime he went back to Toronto.
Sometimes, fans have to realize that maybe the system the player was in wasn't the correct fit for the player they are booing.

At 11:42 p.m., March 19, 2006, Blogger John F. said...

The problem is, Paul, Cross NEVER fits in the systems he goes to.

I mean, he was reviled in Tampa Bay, earned Toronto's wrath, then the Oil... He doesn't fit, period.

You gotta respect him hanging on but it's almost like the reason he is still around is to give teams fans a reason to complain.

At 12:29 p.m., March 20, 2006, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

I mean, he was reviled in Tampa Bay, earned Toronto's wrath, then the Oil... He doesn't fit, period.

Cory Cross gave the Oilers 79 solid bottom pairing games in 2002-03 and 2003-04. I'm with Mike W.'s first paragraph: some Oilers fans ARE COMPLETE MORONS. The same people who are kissing Lowe's ass right now for getting Spacek and Tarnstrom should realize he's the guy who gave Cory Cross 30+ games this season.

I'm not a Cross fan or anything, but it would really make me happy if Oiler fans would take some of the time that they devote to booing the irrelevant and apply it to more important things, like dumping a load of manure on Ty Conklin's lawn.


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