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Pittsburgh sportswriter wonders if Sidney Crosby is better than Tom Brady

Alex Reimer
June 15, 2017 - 4:41 pm

The Penguins defeated the Predators this week in the Stanley Cup Finals, giving Sidney Crosby his third title. This incredible accomplishment led one Pittsburgh sportswriter to ask if the star Penguins forward is now the best athlete in North American sports. 

In an article this week, Joshua Axelrod compares Crosby to LeBron James and Tom Brady. At 29 years old, Crosby is a two-time Conn Smythe Trophy-winner, two-time Hart Memorial Trophy-winner and six-time All-Star. It's an impressive resume, but falls short of James, who's a four-time MVP and 13-time All-Star. 

But since Crosby is three years younger than James, Axelrod gives him the edge. That seems a bit ridiculous on the surface, considering James' dominance on the court. But then again, it's impossible for a hockey player to have the same kind of impact on a game as a basketball player. 

Axelrod also propels Crosby ahead of James, because he hasn't experienced as much playoff failrue. But that's unfair, since Crosby hasn't had as many postseason opportunities. 

But don't worry: Brady, winner of five Super Bowl championships and two NFL MVPs, is still placed ahead of Crosby. Axelrod says Crosby still has a "little more work to do" before he leapfrogs Brady. It's nice to know there's still some semblance of perspective in Pittsburgh amidst all of the Kool-Aid drinking. 

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