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Leave poor Sidney Crosby alone

Mar 9, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

I have to be honest here: I didn’t know about the Sidney Crosby
“snub” of David Letterman until earlier today and my immediate reaction
was “who cares?”.

If this had happened in the middle of July or
some other time when the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn’t actively playing an
NHL season, then I can understand the anger or dismay that he is “too
much of a celebrity” and can just turn down gigs like that. But the guy
had just finished up the Olympics, his team was on the road in New York
and getting ready to play a game, and you have to respect his decision
to focus on hockey.

I know he’s already done a ton of interviews
but this one was a bit different. From what I can tell, the sit downs
he’s had have been where they come to him, and they most likely worked
around his schedule. Going on Letterman is a different animal
altogether, and would take a considerable amount of time out of his day.
Not a whole lot, but it’s certainly going to be out of the way from his
normal routine.

Penguins GM Ray Shero wants everyone to lay off
as well:

“At some point there’s a responsibility, that he takes very
seriously, about being a hockey player and preparing,” Shero said
Tuesday at the NHL’s GM meetings. “To me, any criticism for Sidney isn’t
warranted. He does so much for the game, so much for the league. …

“He’s trying to do it all and it’s unfortunate he can’t do it all.
But he does a lot.”

I know not everyone loves Crosby and that there is some overexposure
backlash happening, especially among hard core fans. But the NHL needs
to have superstars to market and Crosby is one of them. But he can’t do
everything that is asked of him, and I was surprised at the reaction
this has received. That he gets attacked when he turns down something
like this is ridiculous.

  1. Scott Davis - Mar 9, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Sidney Crosby is a class act. A young man who only brings greatness to the game of hockey. His dedication to his team is inspirational. Keep going young man as a fellow Canadian I am proud and we could learn much from this young man.

  2. Tapeleg - Mar 9, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Simply put, No.
    I understand what you are saying in this case, but Crosby could have publicly communicated the same info himself and probably earned a little more respect from those who don’t like him / don’t care about him. But he didn’t, so this is what he gets.
    But in the long run, while it may get a little old (especially for his fans), we the ‘haters’ get to do what we like. It doesn’t hurt his millionaire, Stanley Cup winning, Gold Medal winning life one bit. He doesn’t care, and if he does, he will get over it really fast. The burden is on his fans, not him, and not the rest of us.

  3. Jordan - Mar 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Mr. Worley,
    As much disdain as I have for Mr. Crosby, I do not deny that he is the NHL’s most marketable asset. His popularity in Canada is already sky-high, and while he may be known on a last-name basis here in the U.S., he’s certainly not doing the NHL and its fans any favors by passing over interviews with Letterman, or the rumored TODAY show appearance he also shrugged off. If the game of hockey is going to grow in the U.S., it needs players like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, who gave the media the cold shoulder at the Olympics, to take advantage of the (U.S.) national spotlight when the light is on, which it is for Letterman and the TODAY show. A 15 second highlight montage of Crosby on Sunday afternoons is not merely enough to convince the casual U.S. hockey fan that the NHL is ready to provide the same quality entertainment, as say the NFL or NBA. Of all the professional sports leagues, NHL players should be the easiest for causal fans to identify with given their typically good-guy nature and humble demeanor. Even Sidney Crosby.

  4. Brandon Worley - Mar 9, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Jordan-
    You make a good point. Would have been better for the NHL if Crosby had gone a national tour, appearing on the Today show, Letterman, 20/20, etc? Of course!
    My point was that you cannot fault him for passing these up. It’s the middle of the season, he was trying to get back with the Penguins after the Olympics and it’s not like he was refusing any and all interviews.
    It’s a tough situation for him. I’m not a Crosby lover by any means — in fact, I’m fairly neutral when it comes to him, Ovechkin, etc, other than I enjoy watching them play. But I do not hold Crosby at fault at all.

  5. schtimpy27 - Mar 9, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    If he had gone on, people would have complained that he’s over-exposed and being pushed down our throats. He said no, and people are complaining that he snubbed a media opportunity to sell the game. He really can’t win.
    Frankly, it was kind of odd that he was even asked. He won a gold medal for another country by beating our country. That spot would have been better given to Miller, which the Today Show did do. Good for them, and good for him. And good for the sport to have more than the few usual guys out there.

  6. Jeff H - Mar 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Crosby sucks. Who wants to hear that over-hyped, touque-wearing, sap-sucking, colagen-lipped, Maple leaf-wearing cry baby? Letterman should book a real American hockey star – Ryan Miller.

  7. frank - Mar 10, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    For as much as i dislike Jay Leno, Crosby should go on his show to say f you to Letterman. Since when are player obligated to do talk shows?

  8. anne - Mar 10, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    I agree with frank. No one is obligated to do any talk show, especially a young hockey player who is known to have very little life outside of hockey especially during the season. I am sure Crosby had no idea of the hooplah he would be creating by turning down Letterman. It is just not on his list of priorities in the middle of a playoff run.

  9. Noland - Mar 10, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Crosby is the game’s biggest ambassador right now and that’s going to involved doing some things that cramp his “style.” He’s so molly-coddled by that idiot Bettman that he probably thinks the universe truly does revolve around him.
    But let’s look at it this way: You’re the nice white kid face of the NHL, you just had the winning shot in the finals in the Olympics, your team’s doing well (despite the dirty play and, again, HUGE blind-eye the NHL turns to that in your case). All the momentum is in your favor, you can risk the over-saturation if it’s for the greater good of expanding the hockey viewing audience, you can easily keep that good feeling going now.
    Yet instead of doing what’s best for the league he does whatever he wants. Again, he’s over-indulged/spoiled by that useless ignoramus w/ the last name of “Bettman” who’s doing more harm to hockey than a lockout so it’s understandable if Sid comes to this w/ a sense of advantage. Kick that lunatic Bettman out, get someone in that actually cares about the game, and all these problems will resolve themselves.

  10. G Harmatiuk - Mar 10, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Colagen lipped super-star? You must be joking Jeff!! The fat lip was from a viscious high stick to the face from Ryan Malone, during the Gold medal Game at the Vancouver Olympics. Did you see the game? Too bad, it was a good one. Although, the final score kind of flattered Team USA. It wasn’t really that close.
    As far as Mr Letterman goes… He’ll get over it. I’m sure that this is not the first time that a true super-star does not have time for him, even though he expects that every time he asks, people should just drop what they are doing, and agree to his schedule. As if he has some kind of pull.
    As far as replacing Sidney Crosby with Ryan Miller for the interview. That would be real good Jeff. Maybe Mr letterman could do, what it is he does best. Get a few laughs at the expense of Ryan Miller. And oh ya, show a replay of the game winning goal. You now the play, where Iginla put the puck right on the tape, and Crosby rips it five hole, to win the Gold Medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.(sorry, hockey jargon, you may have trouble following) Hell, show it from a couple of different angles. If you blinked, you would have missed it. maybe Mr. Letterman can ask Mr. Miller, if that is what he did to allow the puck get between his legs.
    Hey Dave, I hear that there is a real cutey who just started work in the mail room. Send her an email, maybe bring you a cup of coffee, or something.
    Keep your head up Jeff. playoffs are coming, and that is what Sidney Crosby is concerned about. He has a Stanley Cup to defend. And, I’m sure he’ll do himself, and his team proud. Nothing fancy, just be ready to finish the play. Mr Crosby has shown all along that he is capable of doing that. Don’t believe me Jeff? Let’s see… World Junior Champion, Stanley Cup Champion, and Gold Medal Olympic Champion. All by the time he is 22. Hell, this young man is a legend in his own time.
    What is it that you have done Jeff? The way you try and cut down a true super-star with your words, it would seem to me that you would have to have done something that your mommy could be proud of. So go ahead Jeff, tell the people what it is that you have done. Are you a brain surgeon? Took a ride on the space shuttle? Went to see an NHL game in person? What? Can’t think of anything worth talking about? I thought so…

  11. Hoodman - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Couldn’t have said it better – that to me is worthy of a Nobel Prize in Literature. Jeff needs to go back to studying for his Home Economics test is baking water and leave the rest of us real hockey fans alone. Hey Jeff, isn’t there a CNNSI Fannation Blog you can vent your teen angst on? Probably just need to go back to your Philly suburbs and crawl back in your hut.

  12. lae - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    this is nothing. when sid has the time and if there’s an open invitation at these networks he will get the chance to go there, like when playoffs are over and such, but the pens need points and he needs his own points cause i’m sure he doesn’t want to lose out to ov or one of the sedins or one of the redwings who are charging up in points, or any of the sharks or even to rookies like stammy, so keep it up sid. this whole thing is a non story. i mean i’m in the land of hockey in the most fiercest hockey market aside from montreal even though our laughs suck more than you can imagine (nice win last night against boston. hahaha ryder really killed tim thomas’ chance to win that game for his team)and i only heard about this really once on sportsnet while i was flipping channels. it’s not a big deal. it was briefly mentioned/discussed on otr. everyone’s making jokes about it and no one really is taking this seriously (unless you’re a hater really and someone who staunchly believes this kid is the only one who should market the game all on his shoulders because he’s the only fresh faced star of the game, as if he’s really the only star in hockey (that’s completly batsh*t crazy)). this kid eats, breathes, lives hockey. no true person who loves hockey, might love/hate this kid, neutral about this kid, loves hockey and breathes lives it day in and out truly gives a crap about sidney crosby (or like others like to say “crybaby” but as we like to say here “in your face america. he five holed on the amazing ryan miller “(ryan miller has been a great goalie for 2 years straight now. he’s playing even better than he was as a rookie), or the second coming, or as i texted to my friend when iggy passed and sid scored without looking “he’s a gift from god” really) blowing off letterman (love him) or the today show (really). it’s complete grabage run of the mill have nothing better to talk about conversation when really we should be discussing points, redwings at 8th and flames outside but consistently winning since the break, shaky goalies taking their teams to the playoffs, etc. no hockey person should be talking about this because on the scale of what matters in hockey land it’s nothing really. pens need sid, points, and sid needs points. let’s go!

  13. lae - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    this is nothing. when sid has the time and if there’s an open invitation at these networks he will get the chance to go there, like when playoffs are over and such, but the pens need points and he needs his own points cause i’m sure he doesn’t want to lose out to ov or one of the sedins or one of the redwings who are charging up in points, or any of the sharks or even to rookies like stammy, so keep it up sid. this whole thing is a non story. i mean i’m in the land of hockey in the most fiercest hockey market aside from montreal even though our laughs suck more than you can imagine (nice win last night against boston. hahaha ryder really killed tim thomas’ chance to win that game for his team)and i only heard about this really once on sportsnet while i was flipping channels. it’s not a big deal. it was briefly mentioned/discussed on otr. everyone’s making jokes about it and no one really is taking this seriously (unless you’re a hater really and someone who staunchly believes this kid is the only one who should market the game all on his shoulders because he’s the only fresh faced star of the game, as if he’s really the only star in hockey (that’s completly batsh*t crazy)). this kid eats, breathes, lives hockey. no true person who loves hockey, might love/hate this kid, neutral about this kid, loves hockey and breathes lives it day in and out truly gives a crap about sidney crosby (or like others like to say “crybaby” but as we like to say here “in your face america. he five holed on the amazing ryan miller “(ryan miller has been a great goalie for 2 years straight now. he’s playing even better than he was as a rookie), or the second coming, or as i texted to my friend when iggy passed and sid scored without looking “he’s a gift from god” really) blowing off letterman (love him) or the today show (really). it’s complete grabage run of the mill have nothing better to talk about conversation when really we should be discussing points, redwings at 8th and flames outside but consistently winning since the break, shaky goalies taking their teams to the playoffs, etc. no hockey person should be talking about this because on the scale of what matters in hockey land it’s nothing really. pens need sid, points, and sid needs points. let’s go!

  14. lae - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    oh sh*t. didn’t mean to post twice. i hate being dumb.

  15. Hoof Hearted - Mar 10, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Jeff you need to step up and slap your momma for giving birth to such an idiot as you. You’re probably a fan of a lesser team that Crosby and the Pens continually keep out of the playoffs so you feel this is leveling the field. I laugh at jerks like you and it goes to prove once again that you can’t fix stupid!

  16. Tony - Mar 10, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Jeff H has a point. Crosby is a very good player with a lot of good help. Malkin and Staal are also very good players. Crosby is only a +14 even though he has over points. Ovechkin is something like +42. The Penguins were fortuante that the lock out allowed them to pick Malkin and Crosby in back to back drafts. In the Olympics, Crosby was pretty invisible until that last goal. Iginla made the real play.
    By the way, Iae, your real sin isn’t posting twice. It’s your complete butchering of the English language. Are you not familiar with the shift key to create capital letters for proper names and the beginning of sentences?

  17. Whalerlady - Mar 11, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA WAA
    THIS is why we hate Cindy Crosby. The ever constant whining. From him on the ice, from him off the ice, and from his seemingly endless pre-programmed apologists. Thanks bunches, Gary Buttman.
    All of you need to stop and think for a minute or two. He wins because he is fortunate enough to be in the right places, on the right teams, at the right times. (See Scott Niedermayer.)
    Not to question his ability – he is definitely one of the top 5-7 forwards of his day. But… that’s all he is, or will ever be.
    Scott Niedermayer is a wonderful defenseman, who won every championship he ever competed for, but Bobby Orr he is not… Orr was a mesmerizing player with truly unique gifts. Nieds will not be remembered with such adoration a few years after his retirement. NOR WILL CROSBY.
    Great, yes. Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, or Alex Ovechkin-level… in 15 years I will STILL bet the answer is no.

  18. Lady Jazz - Jun 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Pssh, Crosby.
    I mean, sure he’s an amazing player and all, but do any of us know the REAL Sidney Crosby?
    From what Ovechkin says and does, we can tell that he’s a fun-loving guy who’s competitive and considerate, all at the same time.
    But what can you say about Crosby…? Do we really know anything about him, and his tempermant, and what his character is really like.
    To me, he’s like an inaccessible Presidential candidate–sorry for the crappy analogy, but it’s true. When’s the last time he’s actually went out and done something–and don’t say anything about charity events, but you know, when’s the last time he’s shown PERSONALITY?
    Maybe, if he wasn’t as cold as the ice he plays on, people might side with him a little more often, and he might actally have a LOT more devoted fans, the kind who’d stick with him, and give him some joy and tell him to lighten up, not the ones who pity him for something stupid, and take him to the ER for a papercut–again, I apologize for the crappy analogy.
    But for now, GO TEAM OVECHKIN!

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