He can’t possibly be this great, can he?

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.





14 Comments

  1. deebee
    January 29, 2008 10:15 am

    Wow what a great read. How lucky are we to have him. His parents have raised a great son.



  2. Sarah
    January 29, 2008 10:35 am

    “There’s something about younger kids that I just, I want to see them be happy.”

    *Swoon* That man is adorable. How can you not fall in love with that?



  3. fugly
    January 29, 2008 11:05 am

    I think he should be the official ambassador for our city!!!



  4. Gunn Lino
    January 29, 2008 11:26 am

    As always style, grace and class proves itself, ’nuff said.



  5. Pensgirl
    January 29, 2008 1:45 pm

    He can stay normal as long as the rest of the world doesn’t drive him crazy. It’s precisely why, when we see him out and about, we have to let him be. We can’t control the media requests, or how he’s treated anyplace else, but we can make it so when he’s “home” here in Pgh, he’s enjoyed and appreciated but not hounded.

    (Sorry, I get preachy about that but I just don’t see how famous people deal with that stuff. I don’t envy him one bit.)

    I also can’t think of two people who can be more proud than his parents. You look around sports and entertainment and see kids whose parents sold them down the river for cash, and his clearly cared more about raising a good man than they did about capitalizing on his talents. Nature or nurture, Troy and Trina Crosby were the right two people to parent a superstar.

    On a totally different note, I want Colby dancing to “Ellen” up on Youtube, STAT.



  6. back in the burgh
    January 29, 2008 3:17 pm

    I could not agree more, Pensgirl. His parents should be very proud. As the mother of two young boys (hockey players), I especially give huge kudos to his parents. You know he led a busy, busy life as a kid, but they took the time to make him a gentleman who cares more about his team than himself. And the young kids. And the fans. I could go on and on… Pittsburgh is lucky to have him!



  7. Susan Helene Gottfried
    January 29, 2008 3:59 pm

    I don’t know if all that’s for real (although I suspect it is), but man, that was a great article. Thanks for pointing it out.



  8. amber
    January 29, 2008 6:01 pm

    in love…



  9. PittCheMBA
    January 29, 2008 6:56 pm

    Credit goes to Sid’s parents for raising him right and to Sid for following his parent’s example. It is unfortunate that other athletes, especially Burgh athletes, are not like Sid.



  10. Anthony
    January 29, 2008 9:35 pm

    You won’t hear Sid whine about wanting a taller winger. Heh.



  11. Melissa
    January 29, 2008 11:55 pm

    Couldn’t agree more w/ Pensgirl regarding leaving Sidney or any other athletes alone. Those who are awesome like Sid deserve their own time and the others (the a holes) well were just feeding into it….



  12. Bram R
    January 30, 2008 9:56 am

    Easy. This is how we overinflated Troy’s head, until it puffed up so big he floated off to the Crab Nebulae.



  13. deebee
    January 30, 2008 6:25 pm

    Bram,loved the Crab Nebulae comment. Ha!



  14. Evie
    February 23, 2008 7:29 pm

    Sid should be the one to wage war on snow. It would literally just melt after one of his many classy comments. He could take on snow with Lukie in a battle of epic proportions.