Sidney Crosby’s face looks like mumps, apparently isn’t mumps
Mumps is going around the NHL. Mumps makes your face swell up. Sidney Crosby is sick and has a swollen face, but says he doesn’t have mumps. HMMMMMM.
You may have heard that mumps is going around the NHL, and that one of the chief symptoms of the disease is severe swelling of the saliva glands, particularly the parotid gland in the cheek. In the simplest terms, mumps give you a big ole cheek.
So consider that, and then consider this picture of Sidney Crosby taken Friday morning:
The right side of Sidney Crosby’s face was … different … today: pic.twitter.com/8gVmXU8c19
— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) December 12, 2014
It’s a little more subtle when you watch the video, but there is definitely some swelling going on in Crosby’s left cheek, and the timing with the NHL’s mumps outbreak definitely makes you wonder. But it’s just a wonder, because he’s playing Friday night against Calgary, and there are a million ailments that could make your face swell like that — maybe even something as simple as dental work.
Crosby missed practice on Thursday with what the team called a “sickness,” but he wouldn’t be in the lineup or even in the locker room if team doctors knew he had mumps. So we’ll have to believe him when he says he doesn’t.