this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Corey Tropp interview
throwing everyone else under the bus like that.
Yeah, I thought he did good job of not really answering any of the tough questions. Didn't sound too sorry to me.
Honestly, the kid sounded pretty contrite, and admitted to acting horribly. He didn't throw anyone under the bus except Conboy, and that was more an admission of fact (saying he kind of suckered Kampfer) than anything else. He basically said he agreed with Kampfer's dad coming after him because of the emotion, and while he didn't sound happy with the suspension, he'll probably be back next year.
I think people need to remember that we are talking about college kids here, playing in a huge rivalry game, and sometimes idiotic things happen. I never agreed with expulsion for both kids (especially Tropp, who seems like a decent kid), and while the suspension may not make everyone happy, I still think both schools handled the situation as best they could.
College kid or not, he's over 18 and considered an adult. Even if he were 17, the "these are college kids!" defense is flimsy. It is a privilege to participate in collegiate athletics and forgetting that--or worse, using one of the 'tools of your trade' to inflict harm on a prone individual--should not be excused away with the 'college kids' thing. Whats more, using that argument actually makes Comley look like the main villain for failing to properly tame his kids. A lot of crimes in our society are idiotic, but that doesn't mean someone should be let off the hook for committing a reprehensible act.
Why do we need to remember that they are college kids? Why does that make it any better? I'm a college kid. I play soccer. I've been taken down hard in a number of games. Take downs that I would call less than legal. Instead of taking the guy out with cheap shot you just go after them hard the rest of the game, not slide tackle them from behind. There was plenty of time as he was skating toward Kampfer to say, "Hmmm, probably not a good idea to go for the cheap shot here." I was a coward play and shouldn't passed off as, "Oh these are college kids in a big rivalry game." Who fucking cares.
My point is that sometimes people make dumb mistakes, and that includes a college kid who just got (legally) lit up after suffering through another bad game in a bad season. I'm not condoning his actions, but people keep acting like this kid should be barred from ever playing hockey again. Sure, he'll continue playing in juniors and then the NHL, and it's 30/70 if he'll ever suit up for MSU again. But jebus, people need to step back at times and stop looking for a villain everywhere.
And when I was playing IM soccer during my freshman year at UM, we were up pretty big against some team and one of their guys came over and just leveled one of our players after a goal. Came from behind, popped him in the side of his face, then pushed him to the ground. The refs at the game nearly disqualified both teams both because of the fight that followed, and that was a big deal because we were on our way to the championship game. So, does that kid deserve to be banned from ever playing IM soccer/sports again? You clearly felt he should, and I respect your opinion. I just feel that people need to think of these kids as, well, kids, not just bodies in a sweater.
by taking correspondence classes so he can play hockey in a different league. those aren't the actions of someone that is sorry. it sounds to me like he is sorry that its getting so much coverage.
I don't think the two are connected. He may or may not feel sorry, but at the same time he is a 3rd round pick who will likely end up at some level of professional hockey. It is important for his future that he keep playing, regardless of how sorry he is.
That said, he didn't seem too sincere in the interview, but it's the internet so who knows.
take easy way out, but its important for Kampfer's future that he doesn't end up unconscious on the ice, getting slashed in the neck. Maybe its just semantics, but I'd be a lot more forgiving if he was a healthy scratch from at least a couple of games with his new team.
I certainly understand that. Being said though, from Tropp's point of view, he's not going to sit in a corner with a Dashboard Confessionals CD and cry for the next few months. If he can play, he will play, as much as most UM fans myself included are not too thrilled about it.
The USHL has suspended him for at least two games pending investigation. So he's not playing yet...
What a douche. "I thought I got kneed, but you know, everyone was saying it was a clean it. So I was going to go pop him from behind, but then Conboy did, and I don't know what happened." In other words, "I know I got kneed, so I was going to pop him from behind, because that is a perfectly acceptable reaction. Actually, I'm just saying that to make what I actually did seem less shitty. Kampfer is a dirty goon that deserved it. Hi mom!"
Sometimes people make dumb mistakes??? Yes they do. And just like I tell my 10-yr old son all the time, there are consequences for your actions all the time. Good and bad. You are and will always be responsible for your actions, regardless of age, situation or level of intoxication. Heat of the moment is no excuse. Using a hockey stick as a weapon is never an option. He should have to sit out the rest of the season from any hockey team. He shouldn't have to quit school or join a monastery(sp) though.
seems to me like he was exercising some restraint. i'm sure he feels much stronger about what happened than the vibe of boredom i got from the interview
Comley says that Conboy's actions weren't premeditated, if that is so, why did Conboy refuse to go to the bench after Comley told him to coming out of the penalty box, before his assault on Kampfer?