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August 28, 2018 7:04 pm

August 28, 2018 7:04 pm


“it’s basically the same interview over and over again,” Islanders forward Anders Lee said Monday taking off his pads in the corner of the locker Brock Nelson a teammate sitting next to him chimed in: “They get mad at us for giving the same answers But it’s the same answers to the same questions.” Still most professional athletes also realize that allowing journalists into their sanctuary is a part of the job “[Reporters] obviously need you to say some stuff so they can write their articles,” said Islanders alternate captain Kyle Okposo wiping his forehead with an already-drenched shirt Indeed locker access is built into s’ collective bargaining agreements with the four major North American sports leagues. On the day I interviewed Norman Pearlstine at the Los Angeles Times tourists kept wandering into the cool marbled lobby to inquire about taking the building tour The security guard politely told them—on four separate occasions in a. Still for most mainstream sports journalists venturing into locker s remains a basic necessity to stay competitive “We all just kind of deal with it,” says Jenni Carlson a columnist for The Oklahoman and self-described “shorter person” who fights to see and hear her often giant interview subjects “Would it be awesome if they were better ventilated? Sure.” Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by joining. Some of the best locker reporting comes when the unthinkable happens reminding us that these gods between the lines are just men and women outside of them Two Sundays ago for example Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a last-second chip shot that would have likely advanced his team to the next round of the NFL playoffs He sobbed at his locker for 15 minutes after the game as ESPN’s Kevin Seifert wrote later facing a gaggle of reporters “It’s my fault,” Walsh said his eyes still glistening “I want you here when I make the game-winning kicks and I realize that I got to have you here when I miss them That’s the life of a kicker.” Jealousy is a terrible disease Get well soon!Please don't interrupt me while I am ignoring you!I'm not conceited I'm just simply aware of my sexy lil self!It's not easy being me But it sure is funny watching people try! Other interviews are illuminating for the answers they don’t elicit Take the blanket no-comment dished out by Dallas Cowboys star and alleged domestic abuser Greg Hardy after a game last year Or the periodic outbursts by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook     There is no try There is succeed and there is fail Whatever your quest confidence is the key to getting the job getting the cash getting the fame getting the girl (or guy) of your dreams So don't hide it Show the world how cocksure you can be with our hot throbbing list of cocky We've got the go­juice your blog profile or Youtube channel needs Our cocky have been collected to show off your confidence in love work and life to whatever ends your ambitious little heart can conceive Scroll down click and share your self­assurance with the waiting world See what rewards can come to the one who dares to be bold and authentic Use our cocky Go forth Be awesome. The New York Islanders aren’t shy about giving interviews in various stages of undress “It’s all we’ve ever known,” right wing Josh Bailey wearing a blue Islanders shirt skin-tight compression shorts and knee-high athletic socks told me after a practice last week “I don’t really think about it Since I watched hockey as a kid […] " /> The New York Islanders aren’t shy about giving interviews in various stages of undress “It’s all we’ve ever known,” right wing Josh Bailey wearing a blue Islanders shirt skin-tight compression shorts and knee-high athletic socks told me after a practice last week “I don’t really think about it Since I watched hockey as a kid […] Attention !!! Don't hate what u cant imitate!I make hot sauce taught me hate I'll teach you FEAR!!Criticize me when you reach my level meanwhile ADMIRE me.   They haven’t had a lot of time to think about what to say and they’re in a comfortable environment You get a really honest reaction and that’s what makes stories good   Like other working people professional athletes want to leave the office when their shift ends so they waste no time stripping down to hit the showers These aren’t your high school gym locker s—many are increasingly part of multi- complexes including lounges and training s that media can’t access—but journalists would be hard pressed to find so many sources anywhere else And while most nudity is off-camera and doesn’t find its way to audiences the shirtless disheveled or still-sweating sports star facing an array of microphones in front of his cubby has become an enduring image in sports coverage. The New York Islanders aren’t shy about giving interviews in various stages of undress “It’s all we’ve ever known,” right wing Josh Bailey wearing a blue Islanders shirt skin-tight compression shorts and knee-high athletic socks told me after a practice last week “I don’t really think about it Since I watched hockey as a kid it was always this way.” The hockey team’s locker isn’t as rancid as expected Industrial-size hampers home to growing mounds of moist practice jerseys sit on each side of the cramped chamber in its Syosset New York training facility s tear off equipment at wooden cubbies bearing their names and numbers laughing about how Mel Gibson got ribbed at the Golden Globes A collage on the walls above them shows newspaper headlines and media coverage of famous victories ringing the small dressing like.

That sort of collegiality isn’t obsolete in locker s but real-time publishing certainly ups the danger of such humor being viewed out of context Indeed athletes are increasingly coached on what to say to reporters in interviews—and what not to say The more we try to know about our sporting heroes the less they tell us A new generation of sports writers has responded to this shift by increasingly using advanced metrics and digital tools to change the genre entirely “Instead of saying so-and-so is a good and here’s a quote I include some Vines and GIFs to show why he’s so good,” says Kevin Trahan who writes for Vice and SB Nation “And that gives coaches and s less control over the story.” Access issues aside broader changes in the media environment have begun to change the content of locker- interviews presenting a more chronic problem for many sports journalists Franchises are increasingly fielding their own media teams to produce game stories and video interviews—meaning more softball questions—just as metro newspapers are cutting back Numerous new-media outlets have likewise gained access leading to a ballooning locker press corps and in turn limiting the exclusivity of any individual interview What’s more s are increasingly media empires in and of themselves lessening their incentive to cooperate with journalists. Those memories don’t come cheap of course A small band of media—normal-sized humans—tries to keep out of half-naked s’ way as they dip behind a curtain sporting the team’s logo and into the showers Many dressing s don’t have such modicums of privacy leaving s in the buff in front of reporters fishing for “I can’t really think of something else that’s similar to this,” Bailey said Reporters don’t wait for senators in the bath after important votes or quiz the conductor of the New York Philharmonic as he puts on his cummerbund. Teams and leagues barred female reporters from locker s over the following decades robbing them of an increasingly important access point for interviews During the 1977 World Series the MLB commissioner’s office banned then-Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke from both teams’ locker s overriding the New York Yankees’ blessing and a majority vote in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse Ludtke and Time Inc filed a civil rights lawsuit months later The following year a federal judge struck down the MLB policy on 14th Amendment grounds.    When a guy is naked he’s probably more honest than not   I am who I am And sweetie your approval isn't needed; no matter how much you think it is!The fellas call me 'ice' cause when i walk into the everyone just when you thought you were the coolest person in the i walked like a butterfly Sting like. The potential downside of the setting meanwhile is obvious: A poorly framed NFL Network shot this year showed Cincinnati Bengals s pictured over the interview subject’s shoulder unknowingly giving viewers the full monty.      s mostly accept that strangers will see them au naturel The repetitiveness and intensity of the format can be more frustrating NBA teams play 82 games a year not including playoffs and preseason contests The Major League Baseball season counts nearly twice as many while the shorter NFL campaign sees much more focused media attention Even in the relatively overlooked NHL the New York Islanders draw about 30 journalists. Though there have been numerous instances of female reporters being harassed or discriminated against over the years Ludtke says most s were surprisingly receptive to her presence afterward “What was fascinating to me was getting to hear the teasing between s how they gave each other crap,” she says “You know when the line has been crossed because you know about the culture that you’ve entered … If you don’t understand that particularly as a woman you might misinterpret it.” “they haven’t had a lot of time to think about what to say and they’re in a comfortable environment,” Boivin says differentiating the format from occasional post-game news conferences “You get a really honest reaction and that’s what makes stories good.”

If the locker is where athletes can be themselves that change may be the most challenging Eskenazi recalls an episode from the New York Jets locker in 1988 when defensive end Mark Gastineau pulled down his pants to show Eskenazi a tattoo on his hind quarters reading “Gitte,” short for then-girlfriend Brigitte Nielsen “He starts parading around the locker with his buttocks exposed saying ‘Gitte’ over and over again,” Eskenazi says The next day another told Eskenazi it was a joke “On cue all the s in the Jets locker got up and they all had the word ‘Gitte’ written on their asses,” he says     Perhaps most importantly the emphasis on real-time news gathering be it through video or social media puts athletes on their guard “Once you have a live camera or microphone in front of you you’re a different person,” says Eskenazi who covered a variety of sports over his long career “Now there are no F-bombs The are much more formal in talking And they’re very conscious that everything they say could get out.”  The interview format is believed to have been popularized around mid-century by Dick Young a New York Daily News sportswriter Before that reporters thought they understood games better than the athletes playing them largely omitting the and coach personalities that make sports stories into something more than hits runs and errors “When I interviewed s I found I had a much more personal relationship with them if I could sit next to them at their locker,” says Gerald Eskenazi an occasional CJR contributor who spent more than 40 years writing for The New York Times “When a guy is naked he’s probably more honest than not.”   The media circus surrounding professional sports is fed in part by this particularly odd sort of press access Team dressing s are typically open to journalists before or after practices and games In return for s giving up some privacy media get a one-stop shop for all the color their audiences could want while franchises reap the marketing benefits of near-daily publicity It’s a symbiotic relationship It’s also awkward for all parties involved “ just walk around naked mostly,” says Arizona Republic sports columnist Paola Boivin “Sometimes you have to stand around and wait while your guy gets ready so reporters will pull out their phones and pretend to be reading emails … It’s a bizarre world that we’ve come to live in But I don’t see any other solutions.” You are using an outdated browser Please upgrade your browser or activate Google Chrome Frame to improve your experience.