Monday, March 20, 2006

Watching 'Crosby Watch'

I didn't see this earlier, but PittsburghPenguins.com did a story in January about Globe and Mail reporter Shawna Richer's assignment covering Sid Crosby, and it's rather interesting.

Richer wasn’t sure how the 18-year-old phenom would react to having his entire rookie season chronicled.

“When training camp started, I was kind of nervous about how I was going to approach him. After the first wave of hubbub died down, I just went up to him and introduced myself,” she said. “He knew that there was someone around who was doing this. I explained to him what I was doing and how I was going to approach it. He was really cool about it.

It's one of those scenarios that, as a fledgling sportswriter, I can't help but try and think of what I would do in such a situation. The 'Crosby beat' seems like an assignment that has such limitless potential, but is also very, very difficult. It's not about making this 18-year-old phenom interesting for a story of a series of stories; it's about finding worthwhile stories to tell about him many times over.

You know, I truly enjoy most of the interviews I do get with hockey players — even if they are few and far between lately — but I'll readily admit many are not particularly articulate or quoteable. Still, these guys are the quintessential Canadian everymen — and I think that's a description that includes not being as colourful as some of the American athletes in other pro sports.

In related news, even a few days later, my post on this Crosby business continues to get comments. Feel free to join in the discussion.

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