I just got my copy of The Hockey News’ Yearbook. Holy s#!+ is Sidney Crosby boring.
For three pages of fluff and pictures, Crosby puts us to sleep, answering the most hack questions a hockey person could ask. If it will help steer you from wasting your time by reading it, I will now give you the highlights. Crosby wouldn’t say that, doesn’t know about this, thinks the town he lives in is “neat,” thinks Jay Leno is a nice guy, and some other stuff that I would report back to you, but I fell asleep.
What have we done to athletes? They get jumped so fast for showing any personality, they won’t show any at all. I’m not talking about Sean Avery or Jeremy Roenick. Those two deserve what they get, because they are such asses when they open their mouths. But the normal athlete is too scared to say anything, thanks to a sensationalist media. It drives me nuts. You might as well get rid of the player interview all together these days. There is no need. The hack questions asked over and over to the same dull, emotionless answer.
I’d like to put the standard don’t-get-me-wrong paragraph, maybe a little butt covering. But that isn’t going to happen. This is exactly how I feel. I am bored to tears with these players. I bet they could be interesting people, have interesting things to say, maybe even be conversational. That’s one of the impressive things about players who are no longer in the game. They don’t have to censor themselves so much, and didn’t have to in their day. They tell great stories, talk shit about other players, and generally speak their minds. Why can’t we have more of that?
This is just one more reason Alex O is winning me over. He is colorful, honest, talented, funny, has fun, and still has a good head on his shoulders. He will tell you what he is thinking, and doesn’t have to apologize for it. He has a personality, which I have yet to see from Crosby.
Need proof? Watch this…
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Also, check out the guy (is it a player?) at 2:40 into the clip, with the picture stuck to his back, and then finding it.
I can’t imagine what Crosby goes through in his life. It isn’t something I would want for myself. There has to be so much pressure on him to be an ambassador for the NHL. But, come on. Show me something here. We could all use it.
Also… Hey, Rick Nash. Did someone slip you a mickey for your snippet in the last issue of THN? Try to sound more excited about a rivalry. At least sound like it matters, not like you are writing a report about it. If you feel the rivalry with the Preds is strong, great. Now do something about it. Jeez, why did you even bother to answer?