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Crosby Reportedly Rejects Offer To Read Letterman's "Top Ten"

Crosby Turned Down "Today" Show Appearance
Following Penguins' Stanley Cup Victory

Penguins C Sidney Crosby turned down David Letterman's "invitation to host his Top Ten" while in N.Y. last week, according to Larry Brooks of the N.Y. POST. This is not the first time Crosby "rejected a request from Letterman's 'Late Show,'" and he also declined to appear on NBC's "Today" after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup last June. Brooks wrote in the "days that hockey was front-page and back-page material" after Crosby scored the game-winning goal to secure the men's hockey Gold Medal for Canada, it is "difficult to understand why the NHL's most recognizable player and ambassador refused to spread the gospel" (N.Y. POST, 3/7). In St. Petersburg, Tom Jones wrote Crosby "fanned on a great shot to help the league" by turning down Letterman's offer. A chance to "share the gospel on a show such as Letterman's is something Crosby needed to do, especially with the small window the NHL has to build on the momentum created by the Olympics" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/8). In L.A., Jill Painter writes the NHL "should have us on Crosby overload" following the Olympics, and fans "should be tired of seeing his mug." The "biggest news about Crosby these days is that the stick and gloves he used to score the winning goal" last Sunday are missing (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 3/8). TORONTO SPORTS MEDIA noted the talk-show appearances could have been  "requested at the last minute and Crosby was booked up," and he is "not like the rest of us who would dump many ... things for that type of request." But Crosby's decision to turn down Letterman "does raise the question as to what type of obligations come with being the poster boy of the NHL." Should Crosby "have to drop everything whenever one of the big boys comes a calling," and is it "fair to judge him for not wanting to be on Letterman?" Also, would Crosby "deny the chance of hosting 'Saturday Night Live' if he were to be asked?" (TORONTOSPORTSMEDIA.com, 3/7).

MEDIA DARLING: Sabres G Ryan Miller appeared on NBC’s “Today” this morning and discussed Team USA’s Silver Medal-winning performance in the Vancouver Games. Miller said, “So many people in the country took notice of our team and they’re very proud of what we accomplished. ... Maybe we built some hockey fans.” He also noted the standing ovation he received in Pittsburgh last week in his first game since returning from the Games. Miller: “It felt amazing. Usually you go into an opposing rink and you hear a lot of boos. Probably worse, probably a lot worse. But just to have that moment where the American fans were taking notice ... even from people who weren’t even hockey fans" (“Today,” NBC, 3/8). Miller said yesterday of the "Today" appearance, “The league, my agent, the team and USA Hockey all conspired on this one so you just take advantage of it while you can. People are interested in me at the moment and I'll try to do my best to promote the game -- and try not to mumble too much." Miller will make several other media appearances in N.Y. today, “including interviews with Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal and VH1” (BUFFALONEWS.com, 3/7).

MISSING: GOLDEN EQUIPMENT: The CP reported Reebok Canada is "offering a $10,000 reward, no questions asked, for the return" of Crosby's missing Gold Medal-game equipment. Reebok has "set up an email hotline for people to send in tips on the equipment's location." Reebok Canada VP & GM Len Rhodes said, "The stick and glove are priceless. There's absolutely no substitute for that exact stick and glove" (CP, 3/7). Reebok said that there will be "no questions asked and the items will be returned to the Penguins center, although footage from that evening at Canada Hockey Place apparently is being used to help identify whoever might have had the equipment" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 3/8).

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