SBD/Issue 124/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Crosby Cites Schedule As Reason For Declining "Late Show" Invite

Crosby Maintains He Does His
Best To Balance His Schedule

Penguins C Sidney Crosby yesterday cited a “packed schedule” as a reason why he declined an invitation to present the Top Ten List on CBS' “Late Show with David Letterman” last week, according to Shelly Anderson of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Following the February 28 Gold Medal game, Crosby’s Penguins hosted the Sabres on March 2 and then flew to N.Y., where Letterman tapes his show, to play the Rangers on March 4. Crosby said, “I do my best. That’s all I can do. It’s not the first year I’ve dealt with balancing everything. I’ve had that responsibility for a long time, and I think anybody who knows me well knows I take that seriously. ... Everybody’s not always going to be happy, but I do my best, and I do what I think is right, and I’ll continue to do that. There’s really nothing I can do if people disagree with that.” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said, “Before anybody should weigh criticism, I would ask them to walk a week in his shoes and see how many times they say ‘yes’ and they say ‘no’ to what he does. The demands on his time -- inside our (locker) room and our organization, to our city, to outside our city when we go other places -- is extraordinary” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 3/11).

LISTING PRIORITIES: ESPN.com's J.A. Adande asked, "Would you rather have Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins playing in the Stanley Cup or appearing on the David Letterman show? Besides, is Sidney Crosby really that entertaining?" FanHouse.com's Jay Mariotti: "Why can't you have both? Why can't they win the Stanley Cup and appear on Letterman. They were in New York City at the time. I think you need to capitalize and strike when that fire is hot. … If I'm the league I'm pushing them for every late-night show, every morning show ... because you hit the masses." FanHouse.com's Kevin Blackistone: "They ought to be doing everything they can as a league to capitalize on it. Don't worry about Sidney Crosby. He's going to be on TV when the playoffs crank up" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 3/9). In Pittsburgh, Dave Molinari wrote, "Does anyone really believe that having Crosby read a ten-item list on a television show is going to have a meaningful impact on the NHL's popularity?" It is "perplexing that someone in the league office came to the conclusion that blindsiding him over the Letterman non-appearance was a shrewd move that would work to the benefit of the NHL and its member clubs" (POST-GAZETTE.com, 3/10).

LOST & FOUND: Hockey Canada yesterday announced that the Reebok stick Crosby used to score the Gold Medal-winning goal against the U.S. was found after officials “sifted through leads, watched videotape replays of the gold-medal game’s celebrations and figured it may have been part of a shipment bound for St. Petersburg, Russia,” home to the IIHF HOF. An IIHF staff member “was given one of several sticks” Crosby used during the game to be donated to the HOF, including the one Crosby used to score the game-winning goal. Meanwhile, Hockey Canada also announced that it has found Crosby’s missing glove. The glove was “mistakenly placed in the equipment bag” of Team Canada and Bruins C Patrice Bergeron (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/11).

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