When a local Pittsburgh newspaper reported there was a rift in the Penguins locker room between some players and Sidney Crosby
, the team responded with a strong showing of solidarity with and for their captain by wearing a “C” on their chests at Friday’s morning skate in Sunrise, Florida (full details here
But the players weren’t the only ones who are adopting the "C." Fans also got in the act to show their support of Crosby, who continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms.
Amber Alexander, a senior journalism and English major at Mississippi State, started the ball rolling by lobbying fans to hashtag the C on Twitter to get it trending from her account @amb_alex
. The movement picked up steam and soon fans were tweeting and retweeting with #C.
"I first heard about the players wearing the C when you actually tweeted it!" Alexander said of the handle shared by Michelle Crechiolo and I (@PensInsideScoop
). "I was in the middle of talking over Twitter about the exact situation with some of my followers and of course some Philly fans who wanted to chip in their opinions and then I saw the tweet and couldn't keep the smile off my face.
"My first tweet from that was 'Now this is OUR team.' When the article was written about possible rifts in the locker room I just remembered feeling like this came out of nowhere. It took me by surprise big time and it felt like a completely different team from reading the article. When I saw the tweet, I immediately felt like this was that defining moment where a team could turn a season around. I was extremely proud to be a part of this fan base when I saw that the players did that for Sid."
But now fans have taken it a step further, trying to also show their solidarity with the team and captain. Some have said they’ll also tape a C on their personal jerseys and sherseys to show support at games. One fan taped a C on her cat
And with some help from @pghpenguins
, fans were able to actually add a C to their Twitter avatar (click here to add the C
). The response and outpouring of fan support has just gone viral. But what else do you expect from the best fans in the NHL.
"It was completely random! I still laugh at how far it went but it doesn't surprise me one bit," Alexander said. "Penguin fans are unbelievable when it comes to supporting the team through a rough patch. ... I tweeted, 'I'm sure Penguin fans can get #C trending.... wanna try?' and I had no idea it would work. But once I started having people tweet me back and I saw the excitement they were expressing and just the overall emotions from it, I knew I wanted to continue it.
"The avatars are amazing!! When I saw it I think I sent (Sam Kasan) three tweets because I was so excited! But I love them! They are perfect for what we are going through, and now when we see that we will remember this, and the players and fans now all have C's on them to represent what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin."