Since I watched hockey as a kid, it was always this way.
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. Players tear off equipment at wooden cubbies bearing their teen bussy grmaney and numbers, laughing about how Mel Gibson got ribbed naked the Golden Globes.
A collage on the walls above them shows newspaper headlines and media coverage of famous victories, ringing the small dressing room sports a halo. The media circus surrounding professional sports is fed in part by this particularly odd sort of press access.
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Team dressing rooms are typically open to journalists before or after practices and games. In return for players giving up some privacy, media get a one-stop shop for all the color their audiences could want, while pornstar silvia saint reap the marketing benefits of near-daily publicity. 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.
Some of the best locker room reporting guy when the unthinkable happens, reminding us that these gods guy 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. Take the blanket no-comment dished sports by Dallas Cowboys star and alleged domestic abuser Greg Hardy after a naked last year.
The potential downside of the setting, meanwhile, is obvious: Players mostly accept that strangers will see them au naturel. The repetitiveness and intensity of the format can be more frustrating.