Crosby learning about life as a superstar
The Canadian Press had a great story on the wire today about Sidney Crosby coping with the day-to-day pressures at the Memorial Cup. Only in Canada could a 17-year-old hockey player no longer go to watch a movie in peace!
So far, however, Crosby's "good-guy" bubble has yet to burst; aside from all of the attention, he's done nothing to upset fans and/or the media (which isn't exactly an easy thing to do). Recall, if you will, how the media roasted Eric Lindros at a similar juncture in his career.
Aside from Don Cherry's reprimands, Crosby's been even the media's golden boy — and, boy, does that make for boring copy (I'm kidding). Seriously though, if there was anyway to nitpick this young star, there would be reporters and columnists doing exactly that. As it is, Crosby hasn't done much more than smile, give relatively benign interviews and, of course, play hockey very, very well.
In my mind, this is as amazing as anything else. Considering the amount of media attention flung his way, Crosby was likely savvy with the media by 15, an expert at dolling out the same innocuous quotes over and over... and over.
Crosby was the most prominent active hockey player in Canada this year and, in the absence of the NHL, requests for media interviews never stopped. The theft and subsequent return of his Canadian junior team jersey in January and his withdrawal from the Top Prospects Game were front-page news.
He's been available to the media here, conducting interviews in both French and English.
''He never says `I hate interviews,''' teammate Dany Roussin said. ''He never says one word bad about doing interviews.''
Interviews are generally a tedious exercise for everyone concerned — reporters often malign how marble-mouthed their subjects are (and I'm sure players have few kinds words for those peppering them with niggling questions) — so for Crosby to never say anything bad about the media, well, that's almost too hard to believe.
Why don't we just induct him right now?