Read David Grossman's story about high school athletes jumping to the NCAA to get a sense of the issue for some.
It's starting to get nasty again.
Hmm, some rather terse comments from people directed at me - and all via voice mails - reacting to stories in the Star and on our website about Canadian high school athletes deciding to go to the United States for post-secondary education and sports.
No names left. No return telephone numbers. Nothing on call display. Adult voices. It's almost as if there were a string of individuals agreeing to, one by one, blast some hot air at me. I can take it, but I was surprised.
I know everyone has an opinion, but let's keep the anger, tone and language respectable. It would be nice to know who the people are since they did take the time to call and, well, I'd like to speak with them.
The latest gust of steam follows stories we had about sensational hockey player Thea Imbrogno, from St. Basil The Great College in Toronto, and 6-foot-10 basketball player Stefan Nastic, who attends Thornhill Secondary, and is one of the best in the Greater Toronto Area.
Some people are fuming. I could sense the saliva dripping out of their mouths because we had mentioned Imbrogno and Nastic are going to NCAA Division One schools. Great in sports, both are also doing very well on the academic side. High marks. Very good role models. So, why the outburst? Simply, because they chose U.S. schools?
I don't get it. Why aren't there angry calls when students choose European schools? It seems that people would be happier if young people chose a Canadian school.
Imbrogno has decided to go to Pittsburgh to attend Robert Morris University — and join 13 other Canadians on the hockey team. Nastic has chosen Palo Alto, Calif., which is home to Stanford University. Not bad either. Both students did their homework, got advice from family members and made "their" choice. Imbrogno is getting a full ride. I am sure Nastic is up for some form of financial assistance. Both also like the academics.
They aren't burning Canadian flags, handing in their citizenship, dumping on the quality of education or sports at Canadian universities, who also have scholarships too — but limited in amounts. Imbrogno and Nastic, who probably wouldn't know each other if they collided at a shopping mall, have a right to make their choice.
My job is to share their news with you.
And to those angry callers, if you don't want to have a conversation with me, how about an e-mail?