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Well, well Laxers!  It has been a while and Punk has been anxiously waiting for Spring and the rebirth of the NCAA season.  Sure indoor is great, but that’ll be a topic for another post.  E-Lacrosse’s new blog platform is going to bring the game to folks on a personal level which is pretty rad.

The season already started last week and Punk has to get his favorites in so it doesn’t look like he’s jumping on the bandwagon come May. 

With the way that the sport is growing, the parity at all levels is going to be insane.  There may be an outright #1 or top 1-5 but beyond that every Saturday is going to be a war.  And we’re lucky to have even more games games on the tube this year!!

So here are Punk’s top teams of the 2009 season.  Of course there won’t be updates every week, but you’ll see how these picks will end up and of course Punk will be right on the money!

The Division 1 List
1.  Virgina
2.  Syracuse
3.  Cornell
4.  Maryland
5.  Duke
6.  Georgetown
7.  Johns Hopkins
8.  UMBC
9.  Navy
10. Penn State
     The Divison 2 List
1.  NYIT
2.  C.W. Post
3.  Limestone
4.  Le Monyne
5.  Dowling
6. Mercyhurst
7. Adelphi
8. Merrimack
9. Molloy
10. Wingate
      The Division 3 List
1.  Salisbury
2.  Gettysburg
3.  Middlebury
4.  Stevenson
5.  Cortland
6.  Ithaca
7.  Roanoke
8.  Washington
9.  Cabrini
10. Wesleyan

 

And Punk doesn’t want to leave out the ladies as you know that he is a big fan, so here are the D1 Women’s picks for 2009.  Northwestern may be favored to repeat but not on my list…

The Division 1 List
1. Syracuse
2. Northwestern
3. Virginia
4. UPenn
5. Duke

 

See ya at the fields and hope to see ya at the shows!!

Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 12/20/08

Punk’s buddy (who isn’t as hardcore as Punk) wanted to post a blog but he was worried about what the ladies would think.  I thought it was worthy of posting, a funny play on us laxers and it is geared for the holidays.  Thanks Alex…I mean ‘bro’!

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It’s that wonderful time of year where we all reflect on how dubious we’ve been this past year and try to figure out ways to fix ourselves. Some of us are perfect as we are, but in the lacrosse players mind, we always have something to fix.

10. Find a team with the most ridiculous team shorts and join the team just to get a pair. Also make sure the team has an awesome name like “The Butt Probes” or “Just the Tip”.

9. Make sure my tan line is rockin by may so I can make sure all the ladies know I am on a lax team and maybe they will give me the time of day.

8. See number 9 and make sure the ladies get a ticket to the gun show. With this kind of tan, my guns look bigger than ever!

7. Make sure i get some floral print summer gear. chick’s dig it.

6. Make sure I say bro more than 10 times per day.  They might revoke my lax card if I don’t keep up with this one.

5. Buy some pro gear and then wear it on the field so dudes think I’m the man. (and then let them realize I suck when I play).

4. Get my plaid bermuda shorts to relax in. People will know I’m a laxer then.

3. See number 4 and add some brown flip flops that have frayed edges so it looks like I’ve been wearing them for 3 years already. I started this flip flop fad!.
2. Get some elephant sized sun glasses that hide my entire face. The ladies won’t know i’m ass ugly if they can’t see my face.

1. Start growing out the do in january so the locks o’ lovin’ are flowing out the back of the helmet. add a curling iron to the back so it looks sexay! (if you aren’t into the locks, then make sure that hair gel is in full stock so you can spike it to the ceiling bro!)

With these new resolutions, the ladies will be flowing your way and all your goals will be pinging corners.  Here’s to a better laxer in you for 2009.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 10/23/08

Wassup Laxers!  Punk’s too old to worry about Fall ball, so there’s no lax really going on until the NLL season gets started.  Can’t wait to see Gary give it another go up in Rochester.

Punks heading to the NOFX show on Friday.  It should be filled with Fat Mike’s lame political lectures, but most importantly some some rockin tunes.  Punk hopes to hear “Linoleum”, “Moron Bros” and who couldn’t go without hearing “Bob”.

Friday night we’ll be drinkin’ Manishevitz, goin’ out to terrorize goyim.
Stompin’ shegetz, screwin’ shiksas, as long as we’re home by Saturday mornin!
Cuz Hey!
We’re the Brews!!

See ya at the show!!

Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 10/13/08

Punk knew what time of year it was when he couldn’t watch his fun-filled Fox lineup on Sunday night due to the MLB playoffs. Don’t get me wrong, I like the playoffs and championships for just about every sport but baseball is so ridiculous.

The average MLB game takes somewhere in the range of 2.5-3hrs. But why is it that the average MLB playoff game takes 4-5hrs. It’s sooooooooooo boring.

Who wants to watch that on the boob tube? I’ll be happy to watch the highlights on sportscenter.

That’s my rant.

Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 8/20/08

Punk made it down to the Ocean City Lax Classic this weekend and started thinking wow, this game is growing.  There were 40 men’s teams in the tournament and about 80 in all  It’s always a great weekend, but the tournament overall was questionable.

Here are Punk’s thoughts:

1.  40 teams is a lot even if there is an A & B division - somehow, separate the good from the bad.
2.  Winning teams should not play in the morning.  Save that for losers.  Punk couldn’t tell you the amount of guys that were on winning teams and were telling me that they had 8,9,10am games.
3.  Sunday games are a no-no unless you are playing for the gold.
4.  Take into account that the atmosphere is why folks go to your tournament.  Set up tournament parties and have local watering holes and eateries involved in some deals to draw players.  Bikini and or wet t-shirt contests are always welcome. :)
5.  Find an arena that can handle the amount of teams.  If not available have concessions and stuff available at all locations.
6.  If the tournament rules are set in advance, have all refs and tournament officials stick to them.  Some games had 4 poles, some 5, some 6.
7.  Re-seeding the teams on Friday night at 10:30pm is bad.  There were some rain delays so it had to happen, but seeding should take place at the beginning not half way through and you don’t know when your team is going to play.  Use this years finish to seed for next.  New teams get the lower seeds by default.

Punk still loves the OC tournament and will be back for years to come to hang out and party and really likes the fact that the game is growing so much to handle 40 teams in the elite division of a tournament.  But don’t be so greedy in the future.

Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 7/21/08

The MLL has done some strange things in their day, but overall Punk feels that the MLL does a good job with what they have right now.  But Punk is wondering if he should register his discontent on the MLL-All Star Game or give the MLL praise?

Punk understands that it’s critical to get the kids to follow the game, so all the college stars that haven’t even played a half of a season, make the all-star game.  Good work guys!

31-15…that’s the kind of scoring that the league wants, so was that a good thing?

2-Point Accuracy Shot?  Benson Erwin was basically rolling the ball into the net.  Pretty cheesy.  Punk could’ve gave these pros a run for their $$ in that event.

Berger’s flying acrobat shot was actually more funny that anything.  I guess its tough to think of a new and exciting lax shot.

What are your thoughts on the game?  Good, bad…ugly?

Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 7/10/08

Punk thinks that this has actually been an exciting season in the MLL thus far.  With Philly on the road all year and losing its first 3 games, they have really turned things around but have Long Island to deal with to take the East title.  Go figure that Denver is the top team in the West and probably the entire league.  They had 20,000+ at a game last week.  That’s awesome!  Denver is handsdown the best sports city in the US.   They’ll put fans in the seats for just about anything.

Two teams have been a disappointment so far.  Both Rochester and LA have winning records, but they should be doing a lot better.  Jr. and Casey on attack…are you kidding me!?

And finally, who knows what’s going on in San Fran and Chicago.  Punk expected good things from both and has been let down.  Perhaps more draft picks next year?  Something has got to be done.

Check out the names on this years all-star team.   This league is pretty darn good.

Eastern Conference All-Stars
Attack
Spencer Ford (Long Island Lizards)
John Grant Jr. (Rochester Rattlers)
Mikey Powell (Boston Cannons)
Merrick Thomson (New Jersey Pride)Midfield
Stephen Berger (Long Island Lizards)
Kyle Dixon (Washington Bayhawks)
Chris Fiore (Long Island Lizards)
Shawn Nadelen (Washington Bayhawks)
Matt Poskay (Boston Cannons)
Paul Rabil (Boston Cannons)
Matt Striebel (Philadelphia Barrage)
Joe Walters (Rochester Rattlers)Face-Off
Peter Vlahakis (Long Island Lizards)Defense
Brodie Merrill (Rochester Rattlers)
Chris Passavia (Boston Cannons)
Nick Polanco (Long Island Lizards)
Kyle Sweeney (Philadelphia Barrage)Goal
Chris Garrity (Washington Bayhawks)
Rob Scherr (New Jersey Pride)Coaches
Bill Daye (Boston Cannons)
Tony Resch (Philadelphia Barrage)
Western Conference All-Stars
Attack
Jake Byrne (San Francisco Dragons)
Kevin Leveille (Chicago Machine)
Brendan Mundorf (Denver Outlaws)
Ryan Powell (Denver Outlaws)Midfield
Steven Brooks (Chicago Machine)
Greg Downing (Los Angeles Riptide)
Benson Erwin (Denver Outlaws)
Matt Hanna (Denver Outlaws)
Kyle Harrison (Los Angeles Riptide)
Brian Langtry (Denver Outlaws)
Jeff Sonke (Denver Outlaws)
Chazz Woodson (Los Angeles Riptide)Face-Off
Anthony Kelly (Los Angeles Riptide)Defense
D.J. Driscoll (Los Angeles Riptide)
Brett Hughes (Los Angeles Riptide)
Eric Martin (San Francisco Dragons)
Lee Zink (Denver Outlaws)Goalkeeper
Mike Gabel (Chicago Machine)
Jesse Schwartzman (Denver Outlaws)Coaches
Brian Reese (Denver Outlaws)
Denver Outlaws Coaching Staff

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Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 6/5/08

Punk has been one busy dude lately.  But since I didn’t get a chance to address my peoples, I figured I’d give it all to you know including the 1st Annual Punk Awards - 2008. This award is about just being nasty on the field and having everyone want to be you off the field.  So basically its just a player of the year or something.  Punk doesn’t want to think too hard, so here they are.

1st Annual Punk Awards - Sponsored by LaxSpot.com (Powered by the Lacrosse Community!)

D1 - Paul Rabil - JHU -  Nasty, nasty, nasty!  And proved it in the National Championship Game.  He drew the LSM all season.  Without the supporting cast that some other studs had, he put it all on his shoulders.  50 points (36,14)

D2 - Greg Cerar - CW Post - He put up some great numbers as a junior and he can feed the rock as well as he scores.  67 points (43,24)

D3 - Kylor Berkman - Salisbury - A 2nd championship for Kylor as he led the Gulls at the midfield all season.  81 points (33,48) for a midfielder ain’t too shabby!

Thanks to all for reading this season.  I know that you’re smarter and more awesome (awesomer) for doing so.   Punk will keep on posting as I hit the summer tournaments, the beach and tryin to juggle all of these lovely ladies.

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Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 5/14/08

Punk did pretty good in his picks last weekend.  Well at least in the men’s side of things!  Here’s how good I was.  Punk had UVA in the D1 women’s championship…so luckily my winner is TBD! 

Men’s
D1: 7-1 (Lost UNC game)
D2: No games
D3: 6-2

Women’s
D1: 4-4 (Lost Vandy, Towson, Gtown, UVA)
D2: No games
D3: 4-4 on Sat plus 4-0 on Sunday

So much for getting the picks for today’s games.  Cortland is losing 9-7 in the 4th.  That could throw off Punk’s D3 championship picks.  We’ll stick with my original picks and see how things go the rest of the way.

Originally published on LaxSpot.com on 5/9/08

Punk loves the playoffs!  Time to separate the punks from the nerds.  Predicting the outcomes for the ‘08 playoffs will be harder than ever this season with all the ‘parity’ out there this year.  Punk even has the scoop on who’s going to take the women’s championships too. 
D1 Mens:  - I guess my prior picks were wrong seeing that Georgetown didn’t even get into the tourney.  How’d I not see that coming?

First Round
:  
Duke over Loyola
Ohio State over Cornell
Johns Hopkins over Hofstra
North Carolina over Navy
Syracuse over Canisius
Notre Dame over Colgate
Maryland over Denver
Virginia over UMBC

Quarterfinals:
Duke over Ohio State
Johns Hopkins over North Carolina
Syracuse over Notre Dame
Virginia over Maryland

Semis:
Duke over Johns Hopkins
Syracuse over Virginia

Finals:
Duke vs Syracuse - Winner TBA!

Cuse has had a great season, but so has Duke.  This game will be high scoring.

D2 Mens:
First Round (May 17th)
Lemoyne over Bryant
Limestone over NYIT

Finals:
Lemoyne vs Limestone - Winner TBA!

D3 Mens:
First Round:  It already happend on Wednesday but Punk would’ve picked all the winners.  OWU, Bowdoin, Springfield, WNEC

Second Round:  
Cortland over Springfield
Middlebury over Bowdoin
Ithaca over Williams
Saint Lawrence over WNEC
Salisbury over OWU
Haverford over Cabrini
Washington over Lynchburg
Gettysburg over Denison

Quarterfinals:
Cortland over Middlebury
Ithaca over Saint Lawrence
Salisbury over Haverford
Gettysburg over Washington

Semis:
Cortland over Ithaca
Salisbury over Gettysburg <–Punk flipped this from his 4/30 picks

Finals:
Cortland vs Salisbury - Winner TBA!

Yes for the third straight year these two powerhouse state universities will face off in the D3 finals.  Punk expects to see lots of tight shirts and gold chains on one side and shaggy hair and madaras shorts on the other.  A standard NY vs MD battle.

Now time for the ladies.  Gotta love the ladies!  I think their sticks are better than guys after watching some top teams play this season.

D1 Womens:
First Round:  
Northwestern over Notre Dame
Vanderbilt over Princeton
Towson over Syracuse
Virginia over North Carolina
Maryland over Temple
Georgetown over Duke
Boston U over New Hampshire
Penn over Colgate

Quarterfinals:
Northwestern over Vanderbilt
Virginia over Towson
Maryland over Georgetown
Penn over Boston U

Semis:
Virginia over Northwestern
Maryland over Penn

Finals:
Virginia vs Maryland - Winner TBA!

Upsets, upsets, upsets.  You heard it here first!

D2 Womens:
First Round:  
Adelphi over CW Post
West Chester over Limestone

Finals:
Adelphi vs West Chester - Winner TBA!

D3 Womens:
Second Round:  
Salisbury over St. Mary’s
Rowan over Catholic
Gettysburg over Middlebury
Hamilton over Colby

 

F&M over Babson

W&L over Amherst

Cortland over Union

TCNJ over Claremont
Third Round:
Salisbury over Rowan
Hamilton over Gettysburg
F&M over W&L
TCNJ over Cortland

Semis:
Salisbury over Hamilton
TCNJ over Cortland

Finals:

 

Salisbury vs TCNJ - Winner TBA!
I didn’t want to pick all the winners now.  You wouldn’t have to even pay attention to the games as my pick’s are right on target!

 

 

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