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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/25/2008

How is everyone doing?  It has been a while since I checked in, I hope that everyone is doing well.  I have been pretty busy over the last two weeks, even though I havent had a lot going on.  To start, the Titans have been on a winning streak lately and are now sitting at 4-4 with a huge matchup against the undefeated Wings this Friday night in the Wachovia Center.  I am excited to see the team, with our schedule, we have had more away games than home games, so I haven’t been able to see a game over the last few weeks.  With the game being on Friday night, we are going to have practice Thursday, which means that I am going to drive up to practice Thursday after school, and than home after practice so that I can go to work on Friday.  Friday after school, I am going to drive back up to Philly in order to be with the team before the game, and than back to Baltimore after the game.  I debated whether or not to stay in Philly Friday night, but its a big weekend in Baltimore this weekend with the Konica Minolta FaceOff Classic.  It is going to be nice to see Cuse vs UVA and Hop vs Princeton on Saturday.

Anyone have any predictions after the first real week of the season?  I dont have any yet, but I should by the end of this weekend.  I went to the Towson game and was hoping to see them beat up on their Charles Street rival Loyola, but at the end of the day was disappointed in the outcome.  I hope that the Tigers can get their game together because they have a tough schedule and it could get ugly if they play the way they did on Saturday.

Other than all of this stuff, I am continuing my workout and staying ready to play.  My school team start practice next Monday and I am looking forward to getting back out on the field to coach again.  It is going to be a tough season for us, in that we may not even have enough kids to have a 6v6 scrimmage, but it will be a good coaching test for myself and the other coaches.
Have a good one and I will catch you next time.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 2/12/08

How is everyone doing?  I am doing well, been busy, but things are good.  Ok, so I said that I would get back after the Titans were back to .500.  Well, we had a tough loss of Friday to Minnesota, but the team battled back and beat a tough Buffalo team in OT on Sunday.  We are now sitting at 2-4 with a big game this weekend at Chicago.

Since I haven’t been playing, I have been able to work out a lot and try to get myself ready if my number gets called and if it doesn’t, than I am going to continue to get after it and get ready for outdoor to start.  Now, my workouts aren’t “Justin Berry” like, but are still pretty tough and I have added Yoga into the workout at least once a week.

Now onto the real reason why I am writing today.  I need opinions on something that happened last week……I am the head coach for the middle school basketball team at my school and we had our final game last week against Boys’ Latin (my aluma mater) and their head coach was my coach in high school.  I would describe myself as a pretty passionate coach, and I make sure that all of my kids play at least 10 minutes every game, winning or losing.  We are playing the game at BL and have referees that I have never seen before but seem to have reefed all of the BL home games.  I will not sit here and say that the refs called the game in favor of BL, but the calls were not going our way at all.  Throughout the game, I asked the refs, what the call was, or what happened, and questioned their decisions on other calls.  You may be saying….lay off the refs, or they are just doing their jobs, or its a middle school game.  My response to that is that this game was not fair to my team and I was getting fed up with it.  My team was playing the hardest they played all year and were coming off their best win and week of practice, I wasn’t about to let a referee ruin the final game of the season for my team.  So, with two minutes to play, there was a call that did not go my way, I questioned the referee and asked him how can you call that,  Than I let him know that he wasn’t refereeing the game fairly, we hadnt got a call all game and it was getting a little ridiculous.  His response was a Technical Foul, I asked him how and why and he gave me a second technical which got me kicked out of the game.  At this point of the game, we were down six and the calls kept getting worse.  I had one player foul out, another with four fouls and another with three fouls….they had one player with three fouls.  How does a kid foul out of a game when he only plays 10 minutes?  We in no way play dirty or tough, we play hard.  I have two kids that are over 5′7″ (at the most) and everyone else is small.

My question to you is…..Did I do the right thing?  We still lost the game, only by seven, but I felt that it was not fair to my kids.  If I am wrong, please tell me.  I have already had to write a letter to BL apologizing and have been disciplined by Calvert, so I have accepted what I did, I just want to know what you all think?

Until next time, have a good one and I will talk to you soon…..

Originally posted on LaxSpot on  02/05/2008

Whats up everyone?  Sorry I havent checked in in a while but I have been super busy for the last two weeks.  I wanted to start by congratulating all of the Giants fans out there.  Eventhough I said the Patriots were going to win, I was cheering for the Giants on Sunday.  The amazing thing about the game is that it is going to go down as the greates Super Bowl ever and the greatest play ever….Manning almost sacked, somehow getting out of it and throwing a 40 yard pass to Tyree (who?) who catches it with one hand and a helmet.  I am an Eli fan, I have actually drafted him the last two years in fantasy, but I didnt feel that he deserved the MVP, granted, he had a great game, but how about the D-line?  Justin Tuck and Osi Umanyoria (sp?) played awesome.

Ok, enough of the Super Bowl and on to everything else.  Last week was a tough one for me…I got moved down to the practice squad with the Titans (hopefully only a two week move), which I am really bummed about and we lost a tough game on Thursday night in our opener in The Garden.  Friday I had court in NYC for a workmens comp issue that I am dealing with from when I hurt my knee last year and after walking through the rain and catching the subway to Brooklyn, my court date gets postponed to April.  Eventually this will all get taken care of and I will be a whole lot happier.

On to the Titans…big week this week for the team.  We are now standing at 1-3 with a double header this weekend.  The team heads out Thursday night to Minnesota to face the Swarm who are sitting at 4-0 on Friday night.  I am not sure if they will fly out late Friday or early Saturday to head back to NY, but I will be there Saturday to meet up with the team.  Saturday will be film and rest in preperation to face off agains the Buffalo Bandits on Sunday.  After losing a tough one to these guys only 3 weeks ago, it will be nice to get a chance at redemption.

I will check in again next week, when the Titans are back to .500 at 3-3 after a great weekend of victories.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/28/08

So I promised that I would give some feedback on my Yoga experience this weekend, so here it is.  I went to Yoga twice this weekend, and I have two completely different opinions of the classes and Yoga itself.  On Saturday morning I went to a 930 class where I was the only male and there were four total people there for the class.  It being my first time, I had no idea what to expect, but everyone (all 4 of them) were very nice in helping me get through the class.  Not knowing what to expect, I left the class with a pretty good feeling and actually thought to myself, “This was pretty easy, I don’t get the big fuss over how tough it is.”  This class was a little over an hour long and I felt pretty good when I left.

I went home to a house of jokes when I walked in the door, but after I told them about it, they were a little interested.  There was another class on Sunday at 1130 that I wanted to try and believe it or not, Christie and my friend Matt were interested in giving it a try.  Sunday morning rolls around and the three of us are off to Yoga.  When we show up there are already about six people there and by the time the class started there were 8 more people.  Going into this class I was expecting an easy hour of stretching and breathing, but after more than an hour and half my opinion of Yoga had completely changed from what it was on Saturday.  The girl who taught this class was amazing, she had me pushing my body to another level as I stretched deeper and longer.  My legs were burning, my arms are burning, Im sweating, but incredibly relaxed.  All three of us left this class feeling great, and like we just had a workout like we have never had before, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to putting it into my workout routine.

As I sit here trying to let you know what Yoga is all about, the only thing I can tell you is to give it a shot and form your own opinion.  I am pretty flexible, so I found that some of the poses and stretches were easy, others take lots of practice, but even if you are not very flexible, the instructor helps you so that you do not hurt yourself.  Give it shot and let me know what you think.

Busy week this week for me.  I have a busy Monday and Tuesday with school, schoool meetings, and basketball.  Wednesday I have school and than will drive up to Rahway, NJ for practice.  We play San Jose on Thursday and I cant wait to see Madison Square Garden.  Friday I have court in New York so that I can get all of the Workmens Compensation stuff settled from last year when I tore up my knee at training camp for the Titans.

Super Bowl weeekend, predictions?

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/25/08

I hope that everyone is doing well.  I know that I usually post on a Monday following a weekend game, but I am not traveling to Toronto this weekend, so I figured I would send a blog out today is preparation for the weekend.  Even though I bummed that I am not traveling to Toronto, I am a little happy because I get to have a weekend in Bmore for the first time in a while.  We have been practicing pretty much every weekend since the first weekend in November.  It is going to be nice to catch up with some friends that I haven’t seen or hung out with in a while.

Even though I am not going to be busy with travel this weekend, I am still going to keep myself busy.  After school today I am going to take the dog to the park, go to the gym, eat some dinner and go out for a little.  Saturday is a big day, I am going to go to my first yoga class at 930 in the morning.  I have heard nothing but good things about it for athletes and I figured with the weekend off, why not torture my body giving it a shot.  After that I will probably relax for a little before heading out to Christie’s little sister Molly’s 16th birthday party.  Let me tell you how much I am looking forward to that…..

Sunday is a big day.  The Terps are going to upset another top team in Duke this weekend (I cant stand Duke basketball).  Its also a big night, the new Wire is on and I cant wait.  I am addicted to the Wire.  I never got into it until Matt Striebel started talking about it a few months back.  He kept going on and on and wouldnt shut up about it, so I decided that I would check it out.  Luckily HBO was playing all of the seasons over OnDemand in preperation for the last season.  I watch four seasons of the Wire over the next 3 months getting ready for this final season.

Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to Justin Berry aka THEFASTESTHANDSINTHEGAME?  I am siked to see that he is getting back into shape and giving the MLL another run.  He was hands down one of the best FOGO’s, and I mean FOGO, that I have ever seen.  Justin, good luck getting back, but for your sake, work on bending over and picking up a ground ball….

I hope everyone has a good weekend….

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/21/2008

Hey everyone, I hope that you had a great weekend, mine had some ups and some down, but all in all, no complaints.   Ill start with the ups….How about the Terps pulling off the huge W versus the Tarheels?  What a game.  I only got to see the first half and got the update of the final score from my roomate Trey (he graduated from UNC last year), but what a game.  I have been a Maryland fan forever and beating Carolina is a huge step for this years team.  The NFL Championhip games were good games to watch, but in the long run rather dissapointing for me.  After watching a hard fought game in New England which saw the Pats come out on top, I watched my Packers take one on the chin from Eli and the Giants.  As for the Super Bowl, lets hope that the Giants put up a showing like they have on the road (10 straight road wins) this year and in week 16 vs the Pats and not Giants that got spanked by the Ravens in Super Bowl 35.

Anyways, on to Buffalo.  Our plane left Baltimore at 540 on Friday.  This was nice because I got to get through a whole day of school and didnt have to take any time off and the flight only took an hour, so by the time we got up in the air, we were on our way back down.  Once in Buffalo, which was cold (not as cold as the Green Bay/Giants game), we headed to the hotel, dropped off our stuff and made our way to practice.  We had a relatively good practice, but it was really tough becuase we were playing on a roller hockey rink with no turf.  The ground was slippery and the lights made it very tough to see the ball too.  After practice, we headed back to the hotel where we got a quick bite to eat and got some sleep.  We had flims at 8 am and than were off to our shootaround at 915.  The HSBC center is a pretty cool arena, but it had a lingering smell of stale beer.  After shoot around, it was back to the hotel for team lunch and nap time.  At 5:00 we were on our way back to the HSBC to get ready for the Bandits.  The game was a disappointing one, but I did get to see history in John Tavares breaking Gary Gait’s all time goals record.  After the game we went back to the hotel and hung out there for a little while before heading out to see what downtown Buffalo had to offer.  Did I mention in was freezing cold.  530 am wake up call and it was off to the airport to head home.  The early flights are tough, but getting home early is nice.

Today starts another week, but a short one for me.  We have no school today because of Martin Luther King’s birthday, so I am going to take some time to relax before going to the gym, cleaning up the house and taking Mason to the park.  We head to Toronto on Friday, so check back next week for updates on how that trip went.

Have a good week everyone and I be back next week.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/14/2008

I hope that everyone had a great weekend and their week is off to a great start.  I figured with the first game of the season in the record books, I would give you a recap of my first weekend in the NLL.

Bryan Barrett, Erik Miller, and myself took off Friday afternoon from BWI on our way to Portland.  We had to stop in Atlanta which still seems odd to me that we had to go south before making the northwest cross country flight.  The flights werent too bad, actually the flight from Atlanta to Portland was pretty neat.  Each seat had its own touch screen TV and it had a variety of movies and a trivia game that the whole plane could play agaisnt each other.  My mini DVD player wouldnt work (I think I forgot to charge it), so I played trivia for a while before switching over to PTI and Sportscenter.  After Sportscenter, I rented “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”  I found it hilarious and Jessica Biel is pretty easy to look at too.

We got into Portland around 730 and had to wait for the rest of the team to get in so that we could catch the bus and go to practice.  We finally got to practice around 9-930 and had a really good one hour practice.  After practice, we ordered some pizzas and hit the hay.  Game day is here and we have flim and scouting report at 9 for the O guys and 930 for the D guys.  After that, we are off to the Rose Garden for a shoot around.  Following the shoot around, we had some time off.  Barrett was my roomate, and we ended up sitting around watching the Packers (GO PACK) beat up on Seahawks before we ate lunch and got ready to head out to the game.

We left the hotel and made our way to the Rose Garden at 5.  Once at the Roses Garden, we had our informal warm-up, followed by our offical warm-up.  Game time is fast approaching and the team is getting ready to play.  I didnt play in this game, but the excitment in the locker room was amazing.  Game time is here and Barrett and Anthony (A-train) Kelly and I head up to a suite to watch the game.  What a game it was, the team played great and we pulled out a victory and shut up a lot of the naysayers that were out there.  Following the game we went back to the hotel to drop of our stuff and headed out to see what Portland had to offer.

Sunday, 415 am the bus departs and we head to the airport to head home, so much for sleeping.  I am guessing that  the flights home were good, all I remember was getting on the plane and waking up as we were landing in Minneapolios and doing the same from Minneapolis to Baltimore.

Once I got home, I had a few hours to watch the Giants vs Cowboys game, cook some dinner, and hang out with Christie and the dog.  Another work week is upon me and its time to get prepared for Buffalo on Saturday.

I hope that everyone has a good week and I will check in again next week to tell you all about our Buffalo trip.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/7/2008

I hope that everyone had a safe and exciting New Years, and their 2008 is off to a great start.  My New Years was fun.  The party that Kyle and I threw at Mad River was a big success and everyone really enjoyed themselves (some a little too much, but who really remembers).

Today is my first day back to school since before Christmas and I was not ready to come back.  I was starting to get used to getting a few hours more of sleep everyday and not having to shave, but I am happy to be back.  I am not the type of person who can have too much time off, I start to go stir crazy and get bored way too easily.

With school being back in session, I figured that I would give you a look as to what a typical day is like for me.  If I am lucky, I wake up to the alarm clock at 6:20.  Typically my dog, Mason, wakes me up a little before that.  I take Mason for a walk, come home grab a quick bite to eat or drink a protein shake, shower, shave, get dressed. and am out the door between 6:55-7:10.  I get in the car and enjoy my 15-20 minutes of Mike and Mike in the Morning before I get to work.  When I get to work, I fill up my water bottle (I dont drink coffee) and I go to my classroom to get everything organized for the day.  My morning classes run from 830-1115 and I teach second, third, and fourth grade math.  After my morning classes, I get to go to lunch (our cafeteria is awesome), and have a few minutes to prepare for my afternoon classes.  I teach two classes of kindergarten science in the afternoons.  I know, your probably wondering, what kind of science do you teach to kindergartners???  Believe it or not, they learn a scaled down version of a lot of different topics from the human body to dinosaurs, space, and plants.  After my afternoon classes, its off to practice (I coach football, basketball, and lacrosse at Calvert).  After practice, I head home, take Mason to the park for about 30 minutes and than it is off to the gym for about an hour and a half.  After the gym, its a shower and dinner time with Christie.  We usually cook a nice meal together or go out to eat.  After that its some TV time and than bed.

This is a big week for me.  Other than coming back to school, we open up with the Portland Lumberjacks this weekend in Portland.  Other than the 10 hours it is going to take to get from Baltimore to Portland (via Atlanta, why…Im still not too sure about) I cant wait.  We had two really tough but good three hour practices this weekend that closed out our six weeks of training camp and the team is really coming together (Watch out Portland).

Any thoughts about the first round of NFL Playoffs?

Whos your pick in the NCAA National Championship?  Mine is LSU.  I like OSU, I went on a recruiting trip there and it was amazing, I got to meet and get a tour from Archie Griffin (only two-time Heisman winner), see the football facitlites, and watch a game in Ohio Stadium.  Throw in the game featured some of the best college football players that year (Arrington, Courtney Brown, Katzenmoyer, Vrabel, Boston, to name a few).

Until next time, have a good one and I will talk to you soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 12/28/2007

I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas.  Mine was good, busy, but it was nice to spend time with family.  Being a teacher, it is nice not having to go back to work until January 7, but even with the days off its still busy.

The last few days have been spent returning gifts, cleaning up the mess that the holiday season has made of my house, working out, and hanging out with my girlfriend (Christie) and dog (Mason).  This is something that I dont get a chance to do a lot.  Working everyday and traveling every weekend can put a real strain on a relationship, so these past few days and next week have and will be nice.

The indoor season starts tomorrow night for Colorado and Edmonton.  With the NLL strike, our first game was supposed to be this weekend, but we now have to wait until January 12 when we travel out to Portland.   I cant wait for the season to begin.  We  have been practicing for what feels like forever and we still have three more weeks to go.  The next three weeks are going to be very important to us, we still have a lot of work to do as a team to get ready for the seson and to show the naysayers that even though we have a lot of Americans, we can compete with the rest of the league.

Anyways, I hope that everyone has a happy new year and I will catch you agin in 08.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 12/21/2007

I hope that everyone is having and had an excellent holuday season.  My break from school just started and I cant tell you how excited I am about it.  I havent had much free time for the past three months, so it is much needed.  Before I can relax, I have to get through the next few days that are jam packed with events.  I head out tomorrow morning to New Jersey for Trilogy’s NJ Club Team tryouts.  Those go on all day and from there Boyle, Alrich, Mitch Belisle, and I are off to Titans practice.  After practice it will be a quick bite to eat and bed.  We practice again at 9 Sunday and have to go back to tryouts after practice.
From tryouts I will drive back to Baltimore, pick up my girlfriend (Christie) and head out to my cousin Skip’s house for the 3rd annuall Lochte Family Christmas Party.  It is pretty much a debachle, but it is good to see the family at the holiday.  After the party, its home to bed.  Monday (Christmas Eve) is Christie and mines Christmas morning.  We will wake up and exchange presents, have breakfast and than she will go back to bed and I will head out to the gym.  We will go to my parents house for dinner than head out to Bel Air to spend the night so we can wake up with her two little sisters (Maggie (11) and Molly (15)) Christmas morning.  From there I will go back to my parents house so my mom can make me breakfast and I can hang out with them for a while.  I will than go back to meet up with Christie and her family for Christmas dinner.  After dinner, its bed (finally) and my break can finally begin.

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