LBS- San Jose center Logan Couture says Sidney Crosby isn't the only player cheating in faceoffs in the Stanley Cup Final.
Couture said that he, teammate Joe Thornton and just about every other player who gets in the faceoff circle tries for any sort of edge they can get, legal or otherwise.
''Everyone cheats on faceoffs,'' Couture said Friday. ''I cheat, Jumbo cheats. That's how you try to win draws. He's one of the best at it. He wins a lot of faceoffs.''
"I just have to be better is the bottom line,'' he said.
"You find better centermen out there,'' Couture said. ''It's tough. It's a little part of the game we want to improve at and be better at but there are bigger aspects of our game we want to get better at.''
Okay, now I see what's going on. Logan Couture wasn't frustrated that his team had gone down two games in the Stanley Cup Finals. He wasn't upset that Sidney Crosby was using every semi-deceitful tool at his disposal to help the Penguins take that lead. He was just butthurt by the realization that he's not nearly as proficient at using the exact same tools.
When Logan Couture declared to the media that Crosby "cheats" on face-offs he was basically the girl that gets over a breakup by sitting around crying into a tub of ice cream and telling her friends why her ex is the most despicable person to ever own a penis. He was the chick that subjectively omits to explain that she too was unfaithful in favor of emphasizing every single one of his acts of infidelity. The broad that's not mad at her boyfriend for cheating per se, but mad at him for cheating with more people, for a longer amount of time, in a more subtle way. Essentially Logan Couture is just jealous that he's not capable of taking full advantage of a situation that is susceptible to deception. Unfortunately he wasn't talking to a roundtable of enablers like a scorned woman. He's talking to reporters that have no problem digging a little deeper. That's what this admission was. It was Logan Couture coming clean that his accusations towards another player were nothing more than a hypocritical justification of his own struggles. Struggles that couldn't even be cured by the same dishonest tricks of the trade that he so emphatically scolded Sidney Crosby for using.
I was pretty rejective of Logan Couture's intent when he first made the allegations, but at least then I could rationalize his decision to do so. Before this followup interview you could argue that he was just trying to get the referees to pay more attention to the best player on the opposition during an extremely common, increasingly important game situation. Had his words even been partially responsible for Crosby getting tossed from as much as one draw then it would be worth the criticism he faced for blurting them out. Unfortunately he couldn't let a sleeping dog lie, and now the officials have no reason to keep a closer eye on any particular player, because the "victim" just admitted that he's just as much of a culprit of the same "crime". Logan never hated the player and he damn sure didn't mind the gamesmanship. It's pretty clear he just resented the player's artistry in successfully getting away with the gamesmanship.