Before I launch into this post, I just wanted to take a minute and tell all you guys/girls that have emailed me lately that I’ve been very very bad in responding to some emails and golly I am going to get to them tonight. Promise. I’ll be in touch.
That said, reader Denise forwarded me this article about Sid and [sigh] [sigh] [SIGH] he’s just so awesome.
Some of the best snippets in addition to the Ellen/Chandler bit that is a must read:
- All requests for Crosby’s time are filtered through the prism of, “How does this affect my teammates?”
- Interviews and photo shoots often are carried out in the morning before other players arrive. “I don’t want to say I drag them down, but sometimes there are situations where they have to wait for me if I’m signing or people come to the table and things like that. It’s probably something I don’t want to put them through. So, it’s the best for everyone if we can kind of just pick our spots.”
- For every comment Armstrong makes about the size of Crosby’s butt (“It’s kind of big”), Crosby will chide his friend about the way he eats and the noises he makes when he sleeps. “He rips me about the way I sleep because I’m a mouth breather,” Armstrong says. “He rips me to my face in front of the whole team. Can you believe that?”
- “Yeah, I think that I’m pretty simple,” he said. “I think that’s part of just trying to be one of the guys, I think. I don’t want to stick out much. I think class is always something I was taught, so I just to try to do that.”
- But Fleury does give us something. During a time when opposing players and critics were accusing Crosby of whining too much to officials, his teammates regularly hid baby clothes or baby shoes in Crosby’s dressing room stall.
- After he signed a big endorsement deal with Reebok, the company wanted to send promotional material to Crosby. He said he didn’t want anything unless his teammates and staff got the same.
- Crosby frequently keeps in contact with a wheelchair-bound girl from Montreal. When the Pens are in town, Crosby gets tickets for her and her family and always manages to spend some alone time with them. On one visit, Crosby invited her down for the morning skate. He gave her signed Pens gear and made sure players gave her high fives on their way to the ice.
I am as impressed with Sidney Crosby as I am scared for him. Really. How long can the kid stay normal?
Go read the whole article, yo.