that is nice bonus change
And now a followup to the Bruce Feldman/Myron Rolle/Tom Lemming hootenanny from a bit back. Teddy Greenstein has an article in the Chicago Tribune today about the Lemminator that makes two things really clear: he drives a lot and he inappropriately advocates certain schools over others.
Lemming has taken a bunch [of flak] since the July 4 edition of ESPN the Magazine, in which Myron Rolle, a top cornerback recruit from New Jersey, said, "Tom Lemming is a huge Notre Dame guy. He kept saying to me, 'You know they have a great coaching staff. You know Charlie Weis is Mr. NFL. You're an academic guy. That place is for you.' Then he killed Florida State. He said, 'You're stupid if you go there.' Um, OK. Thanks."
Lemming has a different recollection of his conversation with Rolle, which occurred during a high school scouting combine.
"I never said he'd be stupid to go to Florida State," Lemming says. "He's a 4.0 student and wants to be a doctor. I said, 'Do yourself a favor: Look at how many kids have gone on from there to become doctors.' I do that with all kids. I ask them questions that make them think.
"I say, 'Forget football. Go to a school where you can get a worthwhile degree.' People might think that means I'm pushing kids to go to schools like Duke, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. I can see where some schools could get upset by that, and I have to watch myself. I'm very careful about mentioning names of schools now."
I guess this qualifies as an attempt to defend himself. He's gotten in trouble in the past for pushing certain schools for academic reasons. His big fix for this problem is apparently implying things instead of stating them directly, which fools exactly no 4.0 students who want to be doctors.
And then there's this gem about the ESPN/Lemming breakup:
Lemming, meanwhile, was miffed that people had to pay a premium to read his rankings and on-line chats on ESPN.com.
Because it's all for charity, kids! Bleah. That sentence, accepted uncritically, lowered the credibility of the story significantly in my eyes, coloring everything around it with the aura of a buddy-buddy quid pro quo thing going on. The story is a puff piece designed to make Lemming look good, but in it he basically confirms the allegations leveled at him.
Speaking of horrible losses to inferior teams when holding an eighteen point lead, one for the Where Are They Now Files:
That's former Illinois scatback Rocky Harvey scoring for the Fort Wayne Freedom in their recent 45-20 romp over the Tupelo Fireants of the United Indoor Football League (motto: "When the Arena League Cuts Your Ass").
Hat tip to Dangerous Logic, who has more Freedom-Fireant pictures.
Well, the NHL is back, for really officially this time, and thus the articles on Montoya are coming. The NY Daily News is the first out of the gate with an article on Montoya and fellow first-rounder Hugh Jessiman:
Montoya is similarly confident in his ability to play in the NHL. In fact, coming off a heady 2003-04 that included leading the United States to the World Junior championship, Montoya conceded he found himself getting bored to the point of distraction with the college game.
He attributes part of that to not preparing adequately last summer in the aftermath of his drafting by the Rangers. Promising he'll be ready and focused no matter where he plays this season, Montoya understands there are persuasive reasons to turn pro now. One is the chance to work closely with accomplished Rangers goaltending coach Benoit Allaire. Another is the desire to get in the battle before budding Swedish star Henrik Lundqvist gets the inside track in the race to become Mike Richter's successor as the Rangers' franchise goalie.
"I know I'm ready for this level - I know that," Montoya said. "But the thing is: Is another year of college going to hurt me? I don't think so."
Michigan College Hockey thinks the last sentence bodes well, but color me unconvinced. Teams can start negotiating with unsigned draft picks this weekend. Hopefully Montoya makes a decision soon, no matter what it is. And if it's college, then, uh, Monty, try to PAY ATTENTION.
The other major departure risk is forward and captain Jeff Tambellini, who was somewhere between great and spectacular last year. INCH declares him to be one of the major flight risks in an article that is long on speculation and short on hard information. The general feeling among those close to the program is that Tambellini leaving would be a major surprise (especially if he keeps getting sweet suites at Pistons playoff games). Michigan hockey is used to 'major surprises' in the horrible, horrible offseason, though.
Also, Michigan recruits Steve Kampfer and Billy Sauer were named to the US U18 Select team. The team will play in the U18 World Cup in Slovakia and the Czech Republic in mid-August. 2007 recruit Tristin Llewellyn was named to the U17 team.