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Can Crosby really live up to hype?

Updated: July 30, 2005, 8:37 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

OTTAWA -- Let's start from this simple premise: Sidney Crosby cannot possibly be as good as people expect him to be.

How could he?

If NASA and IBM joined forces and took the heart of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, the hockey mind of Wayne Gretzky, the leadership qualities of Mark Messier and Mike Bossy's shot and created their own super-player, such a creation would still fail to meet the expectations heaped on the slender shoulders of the 17-year-old Canadian.

"You wish him ...

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