By Stu Hackel
The old joke was the three fastest forms of communication were television, telephone and tell someone in hockey. So the wildfire sort of Twitter activity that some believe accelerate stock market rises and tumbles are nothing new in this sport, just technologically enhanced.
The status of the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby got Tweeps all crazy on Sunday following a post by Josh Rimmer of XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice, who tweeted that he was “hearing from 3 sources now that Sidney Crosby won’t b ready 2 start season. I hope its not true because the NHL needs its best players!” Later in the day, Rimmer said Crosby was still training in Halifax but was experiencing headaches, and he added that he’d sat on the story for two weeks.
Since gossip is often treated like fact in our culture, it’s probably no surprise that Rimmer’s tweet was endlessly retweeted and inflated and the resulting rumor-fest caused the Penguins to schedule a news conference for Monday afternoon to clarify Crosby’s status.