Who's more popular in Pittsburgh? Crosby or Malkin?
Just out of curiosity, who's more popular in the Pittsburgh-area? I know Crosby is popular as ****, but does Malkin get his fair share?
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I think it's Crosby. He was the first great thing Pens fans had to cheer for his rookie season after going through the fire sale years. Had he not gotten a one year head start on Geno things may have been different. Though with Malkins inability to speak English that early probably not, and a lot of Pens fan were disappointed that Malkin didn't come over to the NHL a la Ovechkin in that 05-06 season too. I will say that since then though, the gap has narrowed considerably, especially with Geno's personality starting to shine through.
Crosby's more of a household name among non hockey fans, but I think it'd be pretty even if you interviewed Pens fans. Even when we had Lemieux there were still plenty of people saying their favorite Pen was Jagr.
Ehhh. Yinzers change their opinions quickly. Last season it was Sid AINEC. This season it's Malkin AINEC. Both are generational talents and should have equal popularity deserving of their talent level and accomplishments on and off the ice.
The fact that we get to choose between these two amazing players - priceless.
Although I have a tremendous respect for Crosby and think that he is THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD (before injury), I have to admit that I love 71 a bit more. I just cannot even imagine watching games without him, he is my favorite athlete now in the world.
And I really really dislike Russia and Russians, root against them (that has deeper roots, whatever)