Monday, December 12, 2011

Sid's Sequelae: What do we do now?

By Artistry

Sidney Crosby is gone again. He is absent from the Penguins lineup in that way that makes us feel like he's really missing, and we have no idea how to find him.

He's "not feeling bad," but he sure ain't feeling good, and no one knows what to do with that information.  So we look back at the transcript from that vestibular ferrari press conference, and we see this:

Dr. Collins: Yes, there will be no evidence that this injury is there anymore, or we wouldn’t put him back to play. The brain wants to recover from this. It will recover over time and with the right therapies. It was a more significant event, but we’ll get there. We’re getting there. He’s made tremendous progress. Our research – and many others in this field, and we’ve come a long way with research – understands that if you have full recovery, the outcomes are far less in terms of revisitism and problems reoccurring. And I expect that to occur in this case. I’m very optimistic that we’ll see Sid have a very long and fruitful NHL career.

Dr. Carrick: I think that we’ve got some markers now that we didn’t have before on Sid Crosby and his brain function. Our goal is to make his brain function better than it has been. So hopefully he’ll have a better functioning nervous system than he had before, and certainly we don’t expect any sort of sequelae.

Uh, doctors? Paging Drs. Collins and Carrick. This is a sequel, is it not?  The first of maybe multiple sequels, nay, sequelae?  How could you say there would be no sequelae?  You Latin spewing bastards.

We're not really angry with Sidney Crosby's doctors. We're not angry with the people who, out of ignorance and even outright malice question Crosby's toughness.  And we're not going to think the worst, that we're facing the possibility of "Police Academy"-level sequelae.  We know that Sidney Crosby is worth waiting for.  So we'll continue to choose the one good option here.  Hope for the best.

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