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Monty Singh Harika and the Pursuit of Free Pub

Well, it's working. I wrote about this GW kid declaring for the NBA draft. It got picked up by Can't Stop The Bleeding and Golden State of Mind and Yellow Chair Sports and FanHaus. It also got picked up by mainstream media people who, like The Washington Post, probably should know better but just couldn't help themselves. Monty made the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a radio station in St. Louis, and National Journal's Blogometer (which also reported on the Obama/Arenas campaign today), and he was profiled in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today, and a Pittsburgh radio station just called me looking for his digits. The PTR story starts by calling Deadspin and FanHaus "offbeat Web sites," which is cool. From the story:

"I was on some mainstream radio show in St. Louis," [Monty] said. "I'm contacting everybody to get my name out there. I've e-mailed people like Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel and ESPN."

Some of you criticized me for giving free pub to him last week, and you'll probably do so again today. It's a tough issue for me. Is getting national attention really as easy as sending an e-mail to The Washington Post and asking for it? Apparently so. If a heavily tattooed ambidextrous vegan Portuguese-speaking 5-foot-6 freshman at Catholic e-mailed me this afternoon and told me he was entering the draft, would I write about him? Absolutely.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 19, 2007; 3:41 PM ET
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My only beef with this kid is that he shows, like, zero originality. This exact idea was already played out two years ago by that college kid on And the whole concept is derivative of the George Plimpton/"Paper Lions" idea, which was ACTUALLY funny and interesting.

Posted by: Dan Y. | April 19, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I just interviewed him on my blog too

Posted by: andrew from | April 20, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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