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dollarsI had a random thought.

Over the last several weeks I have received calls from some World All Star calibur players and coaches regarding our “Lacrosse Economy”.

I believe this to be a bit worse at the moment than our regular economy.

People in everyday life are struggling.  Struggling for jobs, family and overall strength.

For the laxers, a lot of companies that were on board or on the cusp of investing into the game have silenced their pocketbooks.

For the “inventors” of great ideas that require capital, have had to temporrily table their coming out party for a short spell.

Players and coaches alike need to take this time and really search their souls as to what they would like to be in our game.

Last I heard, push ups, sit ups and wall ball were still free.   The Internet clinics were also minimally priced to the tune of your connection fee and of course, faith is free.

The economy will turn around as it always has.  Where will you, your skills, your coaching and your faith be at that time?

Lee E. Southren
Acorn Financial
Faceoff Sports Management, LLC

Pick your greatest “color” in college sports.

After careful consideration I am now ready to make my proclamation and would like you all to weigh in;

In order of greatest:
1- Maize (Michigan)
2- Carolina blue (UNC)
3- Vegas gold (numerous)

For kids who have no real team or school allegiance, the color or cool cred of the gear usually wins out.  Keep you eyes open in the near future for some new program’s gear to appear.

I am not much into predictions and I am submitting this entry at 11.40am ESt sitting at Eppes Essen deli in Livingston, NJ.

Today at 3pm EST, Pressler’s Bryant is playing former protege Alberici’s Army on the road.

Look for mentor to outlast student 12-8 for D1 #3.

You heard it here first.

For my results go to the next page…

Here is my thought of the week.  I did a little research and confirmed what I thought.  The University of Michigan is among the top selling in overall merchandise #1 in 2008.

What greater way to help give exposure to our game than wearing some Michigan Lacrosse apparel.

Honestly, and no disrespect intended, as great as the “standard” lacrosse marketed teams are, I am less than enthusiastic about buying yet another Syracuse or Hopkins hoodie.

On another note, how about the Men’s Team USA announcing their list of 84 players to tryout?

Not many surprises, except, I didn’t see Mikey or Casey Powell on that list…

Acorn Financial


Spring is here.  Rec lacrosse is here.  So why is there still snow on the ground?

The next wave of Turf fields is the automatic 24 hour heating system that melts the snow and absorbs the rain right away….haha, Just kidding…

Every year due to global warming we say the same thing.  I have been encouraged to see the nets out in the backyards and the kids dusting off their Spring’s best clothing to get ready for the season.

With the exception of the summer lax tryouts (I will get back to that one in a minute), or a 1 hour indoor league, there ain’t much laxin’ going on here on the left coast.

I will say that on my way to have dinner at the Mountain Lakes Club in Lakes which I am a member of, those youngins are shooting in snow suits, hats, boots etc…all year round.

Maybe that’s why they have been dominating youth lacrosse in this area and even taking it to Delbarton (their private school arch rival).  Or maybe, part of it is the philosophy…hhhmmmm well, Lakes is public and has been unique in having a summer program limited to their own called Laker Futures.  The official, un official Delbarton feeding program is Patriot Lacrosse.

It seems like if you or a male sib goes there or is going there, you basically make the team.

To round out their roster, they hold a series of $40 a head tryouts in November to fill a few sports (if any), but they don’t tell you that.  They tell you that all spots are available (not true), and that you have to be at a tryout to be considered (also not true) and they will only take you for a position you tryout for (again not true).

But- the owners become rich, the hype (which is becoming less and less each year) creates the demand and yet more and more parents become more disappointed at the apathetic communication and utter arrogance of youth Lacrosse grades 5-8; some 4th graders make it too.

Kudos to Mountain Lakes  for showing that in public school, program and committment doesn’t carry the tag of $25,000 per year tuition.

usc_laxProps to “The” Adam Shuman from U South Carolina for sending me a SC Lax shirt.

How cool is that!?

I am at my gym yesterday Parisi Speed School in Morris Plains, NJ where the training is very Delbarton Lax intensive and I get stopped by no less than 3 varsity players commenting on where I got it.

I am a bit on the horse of the MCLA, not just because they did a feature article on me in this months issue, but because I believe it to be the “real” concentrated growth in the game today.

Think about it.  Huge student bodies, legit alumni, on the map for TV and continuous recognition for the caliber of athlete deciding to play MCLA versus D2 or D3.

Ask yourself the question, would you rather play D2 or D3 at a small virtually unknown school or rock out playing high level club at eerrr!!!

Texas?? Or USC where the Girlz are pretty???

What do you think?

90210How has the recent mainstream lacrosse exposure helped our game?

Has it really? Or do we just think it has?

Is there a tangible way to even know?

There has been mainstream 90210, the back drop to ads for hit show House, the subject for numerous Law and Order episodes and even a Duke Lacrosse movie currently being written by a legit Hollywood writer for Home Box Office or HBO.

The old adage is all pub is good pub except when it come to the MLL…here is the exception the the rule your mother always told you about.

There is some back room talk about what happens next, nothing to bring out just yet…but there are good changes coming.

For all you laxers, keep laxing, for all you baseball players, keep laxing.

Btw- Congrats to Coach Pressler for his first RE-D1 win vs Sacred Heart!

This legendary line to a popular song in the 70’s has been likened to the lackluster success of Dave Gross’s MLL going from 10 teams to 6.

To Industry insiders this should come as no surprise as Tickets Sold + Merchandise + Televsion and Media Coverage = Success.  As opposed to minimal fans + minimal merchandise + average television and media support = A Failing Entity.

If you ask Dave, he will assure you this is not the case ‘blah, blah, blah’.

I am not the first person to suggest that the MLL will continue to fail until he gets reassigned, replaced  or flat out cut from the roster, even though he will tell you that I am the only one.  The MLL has a ton of talent (on the field that is), a decent base of teams (cities), some real characters (in a good way) and a small but loyal fan base (in 2 cities).

Believe it or not, I would like to see the MLL succeed.  I have been talking this talk for 3 years now and feel like a broken record.  I even had a quality customizable product that would be a no brainer for the MLL to sell with their logos and a hefty profit margin.  Dave Gross wouldn’t consider the deal.  Dave Gross wouldn’t consider the deal.  I believe that giving someone who is not involved with his inner circle credit for a deal is something he is not interested in doing.  The bottom line is that most of the comments and criticisms come directly from player and or management in the league.

I am happy I don’t play.

Moving onto another topic.  Let’s try an experiment.

Ask any teenage laxer between the ages of 10 and 15 years old.  Ask them to name any 10 colleges that first come to mind.  Not lacrosse colleges, but just college’s.   I bet that at least 4 out of 10 are MCLA “club” universities.

How about U of Michigan, Michigan State, South Carolina, Oregon, Southern California, Texas and Texas A&M to name a few.

How cool would it be to see a Michigan Lacrosse hoodie???

This gear is available, but not from our standard buying options like the few Lax dominant catalogs and retail stores.  At this point we have to dig a little deeper.  Use your search engine of choice and search one of these programs.

You should see an online store with various pieces of gear.

Wait until you see the looks of disbelief as to where you scored that piece of swag lax gold!!

The Agent

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