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05-12-2006, 05:22 AM
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Player vs. Player (that causes the greatest polarization among fans)

This can't possibly be an entirely new sentiment but I lurk on these boards a lot more than I post and I haven't seen this question so I apologize if this is a replication of a recent thread.

My question: Why is Crosby vs. Ovechkin soooooooooo polarizing?
Why can't we just enjoy the fact that we are lucky enough to be fans during the time of both?

Secondly I'm wondering if there have been player vs. player questions in the past that have been as polarizing. I'm looking for examples.

My own example is Maurice Richard vs. Gordie Howe.
I'm 22 so obviously this is not from my own experience, but from what I have heard/ read about the past the whole French Canadian vs English Canadian star thing was a fairly big deal. Was it ever like this with Lemieux and Gretzky?

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Flagrant emotions arising from debates over Corrado Micalef vs. Pat Jablonski have caused the death of many a young man from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia. Some topics are best left undiscussed.

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Gretzky vs. Orr
Gretzky vs. Lemieux
Gretzky vs. Lafleur
Jagr vs. Forsberg

Those are the first ones that came to mind...

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05-12-2006, 10:32 AM
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Maybe this doesn't answer your question fully but the first two picks of the 1971 draft were Guy Lafleur (Montreal) followed by Marcel Dionne (Detroit). Montreal acquired the top pick through a trade with the Seals in June of 1970.
Here is an article that mentions the subject:


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