Deadspin fired a few shots this morning at Sidney Crosby in the aftermath of last night's Penguin victory over the NY Rangers, asking this question: "Does Crosby get away with things that other players, even stars like Alexander Ovechkin, can't?"
As long as Crosby's been around (and as long as he will be around), people will bring this up. It's a tired argument, and one that happens to all major stars in all sports. Does Kobe get the calls? Does Lebron? Or Brady? Or Manning? Did Jordan?
It's a time-tested mix of nine parts Haterade tossed in with one part actual reality, I'm sure. Of course the elite of the elite players get the benefit of the doubt from some officials. But the fact of the matter is that no one's buying a ticket to watch Brandon Dubinsky or Curtis Painter or Eddie House. This is not breaking news, despite the title of this post.
Rules are rules, but they're always open to interpretation. And as long as humans are officiating pro sports, questions like these are going to arise. I'd actually take it as a compliment. In fact, I wish the NFL would treat Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison with the kid gloves they get accused of wearing when handling the Bradys and Mannings of the league.