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Sidney Crosby Alexander Ovechkin Vanity Fair photo shoot

Hockey stars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are in the new issue of Vanity Fair for the January 1st Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

The NHL tried to leverage the metrosexual readership of Vanity Fair to expand their fanbase for a sport where the mullet is acceptable and fighting is encouraged. Despite the NHL’s effort, Vanity Fair only printed a 290-word preice withouth any quotes form either athlete. But let’s face it, Vanity Fair is way classier than anything Ovechkin would have said.

This year’s Winter Classic is at Pittsburgh Steeler’s Heinz Field, and while the Capitals don’t have a particularly strong fan base, the main reason for this match up is because of the Ovechkin Crosby rivalry.

The two stars are polar opposite, not only in their playing style but Ovechkin loves his Russian ladies… while Crosby still lives at the home of Penguins owner Mario Lemuiex.

In a Vanity Fair online exclusive interview, Crosby touches on their rivalry saying, “It always feels like there’s a bit more there just because of the emotion, because of the intensity. I guess that’s what makes rivalries—when it seems like there’s a little bit extra there…He’s got speed; he’s big; he’s physical. He can score from pretty much anywhere.”

Another noteworthy comment from Crosby is that his favorite player is Steve Yzerman. After being a fan of Crosby from when he was 13 (creepy I know), I had to abruptly end my Crosby fanhood when he cheated me out of seeing the Red Wings win two Stanley Cups in person (2008′s Game 5 and 2009′s Game 7). Finding out Crosby is a fan of Yzerman, only the greatest player ever, may have just reignited the flame.

To read Crosby’s entire transcript click here!

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Steelers Harrison will walk away from football if he can’t hit

The NFL has announced it will now be suspending players for hits to the head. While this is to protect the safety of the players, many believe the league is being hypocritical because for years the NFL has celebrated hard hits. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $75,000 for his concussion hitting hits against the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday.

Harrison opened up to Tony Bruno on FOX Sports Radio about the fine and how it may mean the end of football for him:

You literally have to think about changing the way you play football. Honestly, I’m truly considering if I can play football in the NFL by the rules that they’re trying to make. I’m honestly going to sit down with my coach and see if I can play football within the NFL rules and still be effective. If not, I may have to give up playing football.

Harrison was excused from Wednesday’s practice as he contemplated retirement but is planning to practice on Thursday. Harrison is a 3 time Pro-Bowler.

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Protestors welcome Big Ben to his first game back

Back in April, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended two-time Super Bowl winner and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger for the first six games of the season. Rothlisberger violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was accused of sexual assault by a 20-year-old student at Georgia College & State University. This is the second accusation of its kind Rothisberger has been accused of.

Rothisberger’s first game back was today against the Cleveland Browns. Women’s rights groups gathered outside Heinz Field to protest Rothlisberger’s return. Some of the signs read: “Big Ben’s a Jagoff,” “Consent is Not a Game,” “No Means No,” and “Don’t Let Ben Rape Again.”

The Steelers beat the Browns, 28-10.

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