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It’s the first day of March and its snowing down here in MD. Where is the warm weather?

I’m sitting in bed right now writing up a bunch of clinics for the upcoming ’09 year for Performance Lacrosse and also because I can’t move my legs right now. I worked out with my trainer Collin from E.A.T.S yesterday at 10am and he is a mad man. I lift legs with him once a week and once a week upper body. I am sore for the next three days after each workout. I got my roommate, Kip Turner, to go to my Wednesday for an upper body session with me and he is still sore and aching. I tried to get him to come with me yesterday, Saturday morning, but he refused to move from his bed due to his soreness and running in boxers on Friday (Bad Move).

As for this past week… I had a blast boarding up in Vermont with my brother and sister, but did not have so much fun driving from Vermont to NJ (to drop them off) then back down to MD. I definitely need more vacation days from work. Did the usual this week… worked, worked out at lunch time, coached some clinics after work, played some lax in the night league a few of us are entered in.

I went boarding last night up in North West MD at Ski Liberty. It was really icy but at least they had something. I am always amazed at the kids in the terrain park. They are just nasty. I saw one kid do a misty flip practically off this small little jump. I could barely pull a 360 on it and he was landing misty flips.. ridiculous!! The best part of the trip was on the ride home when we stopped at the Waffle House and stuffed our faces around 11:30pm. I went for it all; waffles, omelet, biscuit gravy, bacon, hash browns, and of course toast. That meal was awesome, but I can’t go run it off today because my legs are too sore to walk.

wafflehouse

Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll get some of our workouts on video and ill post them with my blogs so you can see the crazy stuff he puts Kip (when he comes) and I through.

Lastly… Go TERPS!! Good win yesterday over the Blue Devils!!

bio-photoTo start off this first blog I would like to tell you a little bit about myself.  I played defense for the University of Maryland from ’03 to ’07 and my major was mechanical engineering.  Yes… mechanical engineering… some people thought I was crazy for picking that as my major, but it was well worth it. My thoughts were if you are going to get a scholarship for school, or have the opportunity to make it to college, you might as well get the most out of the education. Although I had to put a little more time into my schoolwork than others, I really learned how to balance lacrosse, social life, and academics. It may seem like a tough task balancing all three, but it’s really not that bad and the experience is well worth it.

Ok, Ok enough with the boring stuff.  Lets see…currently I am on my way up to Vermont to go snowboarding with my bro, sis, and mom. I left work around 1 today (which was a good thing because Maryland traffic is awful) and drove home to NJ to pick them up.

O yea forgot to mention I have a full time job for a mechanical contracting company in Rockville, MD and I have my own little lacrosse company called Performance Lacrosse Training. In addition, I play in the MLL for the Boston Cannons. I guess you can literally say I’m always running around. Some people tell me I’m a workaholic but I truly enjoy what I do and every hour of work that I put in.

Hey All laxers!  I hope all of you are enjoying a safe winter.  The NCAA Lax season is in swing with practices and scrimmages currently happening.  It is always interesting to see who just might develop as the years Cinderella team.  As I am biased, Hofstra is my hopefull team.  I am also extremely interested to see what Coach Pressler is going to be able to pull off at Bryant this year with its first Division 1 schedule in school history.  I wish him luck.

On a personal note we have been practicing down here in South Florida for 3 weeks now and the process has been some what slow.  The stick skills to which I am used to are far off across the board.  However there are a few gems to which I can polish throughout the year.  The one thing Florida has to offer is alot of athletes; hopefully soon to be called lacrosse players.  But time will tell.  We have our first game in little over a week, so it will be interesting to see our development during that time.

A further look into the future,  we have huge games against St. Thomas and St. Andrew’s; who I believe is ranked in the top 10 in the country this year.  We have alot of work to do before that comes to pass. 

Wish us luck!

Shanny

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 11/04/2008

I hope that everyone has recovered fully from Halloween….It took me an extra day to get back to normal after a long Friday night.  For Halloween I dressed up as Paul Bleeker from Juno (picture to follow).  I didnt do anything special, just bounced around Federal Hill.

A lot has happened since my last post and I wanted to catch everyone up to speed.  For starters, I have signed to play indoor this year with the Philadelphia Wings and training camp starts this weekend.  Needless to say, I am not excited for training camp, but I am excited to get back out on the floor.  On top of indoor starting, I have signed a contract to coach the JV lacrosse team at the Gilman School this spring season.  I am excited about this opportunity to coach at the high school level and to have total control of the offense.

Other than that, everything is pretty normal.  I will repost next week to let everyone know how training camp was.  Unitl next time, have a good one….

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/27/2008

Whats happening ladies and gentleman?  Last time I wrote you I was telling you abouthow I did against alex smith and that I was gearing up for San Fran.  As most of you know we won that game and I probably played the best I have yet.  I must say howeer that Guerenlian from San Fran also gave me a few free ones, since he was almost incapable of NOT getting called for some sort of proceedure…either way I will take it!

now on to Long Island…just like every week  I have been getting butchered in the media…lax United says that vlahakis will destroy me, major league lacrosse (website) says the same and I am actually getting used to it…even when I play well they seem to find something to talk about, but hey, i guess not everyone is always going to like you!  Its cool though, its humbling, and I am feeding off of it.  My goal is to win games, not have the best face-off percentage, and right now we are winning games…and if I might say so myself I am right there in the hunt with the rest of the face-off men, I have only had ONE bad game statistically and my coach was actually pretty happy with my performance even though the numbers were bad.  If you look at the rest of the league I am far from the worste in the league (but for some reason I am the only one who seems to get called out every week) and there are really only two guys who’s numbers stand out…SMITH and, well, VLAHAKIS.

I have watched more film on this kid that I did for most of my opponents in college, and I must say his wing play is realy good, but I actually think it is his wing play that comes through for him every week, it is really not him winning a tone of draws clean to himself.  If we can contain Cocchi(my old college wing man) and this Orsen Character I think we can win alot of face-offs.  Over the last couple of games I have noticed our team starting to “gell” , they are starting to understand how I play and what my tendencies are…it is a real shame that we  had to play half a season to get used to eachother, but I guess you just cant hlep some things.

Anyway I feel good about this weekends game, I am not sure why or what exactly I feel good about (whether it be winning the game or the face-off battle) but I feel good.  I will be taking SOFletes musical suggestions into consideration tonight when i make my playlist for pre game, although I already have some of those songs on my IPOD.  Wish me luck this weekend, Im looking to shock the lacrosse world…and show them the ol’guy still has some fire in him!

JB

aka “olderbutwiser”

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/08/2008

What’s up ladies and gentleman?

I know it has been a while since I have written so I figured you were all getting worried about the ol’ dog…well good news, I am NOT cut!  In fact I cannot see how this could be going any better.  It is truly amazing what being in great shape has done for my game, and not just facing off.  Doing the power hour class and the training regiment that SOFletes sent me, I have actually turned into quite a decent defensive middie. . .I know, I know, you are all thinking I have taken some peodi (spelling???) or something, but it is true.  Since am in better shape, and my footwork is highly improved, I am actually playing good defense, which inevitably will be the part of my game that gets me on the field.  As I see it no matter how great at face-offs you are, in this league you will lose face-offs. . .it is a fact of life, every face-off man is good. . .the best ones however can win 50-55% of the draws and play defense for just long enough to keep the other team from scoring when they are on the field.  Therefore I knew that I had to get my butt into good shape and learn how to play defense!  And I did.

OK let’s talk about the team, and training camp.  I truly like the guys on the team, many of them I played with or against at some point in my lacrosse career, so the transition has been easy.  We are trying to change the way we play as a team this year, by getting up and down the field more and pushing transition.  Although many of you have probably heard that Hughes, Harrison and Hubbard all went to L.A. and Doneger Mollet and Haugen all retired, we are still optimistic.  we have a solid core and a ridiculous draft coming our way. . .5 of the first 12 picks and 9 overall, in a very deep draft (including the number 2 and 3 draft picks, I am hoping for Rabil and Peyser. . .note, Peyser is the best two way middie in the nation, and should be on the tawaaraton finalist list)…anyway defensively we have a real solid core in McClay, Peyser, Davis and Glatzel, our attack will likely be Urick, Unterstein, and Ford and Middie is wide open, but as I see it Rewkowski, Bolin, Yevoli, and  Peyser will be holding down the middie front, with guys like Chemotte filling in the gaps.

The team has taken on a new train of thought and winning mentality.  I cannot wait for our first game in Boston, I will be squaring off against an old rival in Dave Jenkins and an old teammate and friend in Ben DeFelice. . .should be fun.

Anyway, I’m keeping this one short (mostly because I am at work!), this is the last week of training camp and then we head to Boston. . .wish me luck!

JB

aka “DONTSLEEPONMYDEFENSE”

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/18/2008

Just taking a moment to thank Mr. “Hard”.  I am not sure I have ever worked as hard as I did last evening and this morning.  I just kept hearing the same quote over and over. “You’ll get cut”.  Now regardless of who you are, I am certain of this; you are either a complete moron, or a brilliant strategist.  either way I win, because of “Hard”, and other babling idiots (mostly friends) I am more focused than I have been throughout this whole process.  And the best part of it all is that no matter what happens I can honestly say I gave it my best.  If this does not work out at least I will have gotten back into shape, and lost over 20lbs.  Im pushin 30 so taking off weight, and training is not as easy as it used to be (especially since I have not trained seriously since college, not even when I played for L.A.).

Now for the last couple of months I have not paid any attention to weight increases(on max outs), in fact I have been so busy trying to make my weight training another form of aerobic workout I have completely forgotten to test those things.  A couple of days ago I was able to jump on the bench and the squat and test those two movements, and boy was I suprised.  When I started I could only get 275lbs up once if I was really feeling good.  On this day I was able to get 315lbs up four times, and it was after a power hour session (who knows how many times I can actually get that up if I am not so drained!)…squats were also much improved, from 350lbs 6 times to 450lbs 6 times, and I feel pretty good about both of these increases (since they came in a 2 and 1/2 month period).

In the meantime I will continue to work my ass off and I will be thinking of you Mr. “Hard”, in fact I will be putting the face of every person I want to beat down in my head as I hear the words “You’ll get cut”!  Make sure to introduce yourself someday, I cant wait to meet you.

I am probably not going to post a blog for the next week, so I can clear my thoughts and focus on lacrosse.  But I want to thank everyone who contributed to my blog and to this website.  The men who started it have a great idea here and I hope it continues to grow.  I will return with more posts as training camp continues. Wish me luck, unless of course you are “hard”, in his case just keep running your mouth, it is the only thing you do well (yeah,  I know who you are, and you should be focusing on your job right now, not this website).

Thanks again

JB

TRAMPLE THE WEAK
and

HURDLE THE DEAD

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/13/2008

Whats up folks?

Two more weeks and Im getting a bit nervous…after all of this training and talking about training I want it more than ever. Im finally down to about 220 and intend on continuing to lose weight through the first couple of weeks of training camp.  I saw steve berger of the long island lizards last evening and he is already talking trash about picking up all of my GB’s. . .I asked him to wait until I made the team to bring the garbage.  Either way I have some serious butterflies growing here, which is a good thing.  Over the years I can remember that in the games I was most nervous I played the best, in those I was relaxed I usually had a sub par day.  I suppose the nerves keep me grounded.

I am still doing power hour and I have been running in the evenings on those days….Then on Tuesday and Thursdays I am doing interval training on the treadmill, urg and bike, followed by a weight circuit with mike (my trainer) essentially we do the workout that SOFletes sent me only with some variations from week to week.  I usually follow that workout up with some live draws and face off drills with the WAC “clampers”.  It is good because by the time I get out there I can generally NOT feel my upper or lower body from the circuit and intervals.  In fact it is humbling because the average weight and height of the WAC face off men is like 150 and 5′7, and when I am in this condition even they can muscle me if I dont get off the X quick.  It has really kept me on my toes.

I have been trying to keep myself busy with some fun activities on the weekends to keep my mind off of all this.  this last weekend I went to Towson, and spoke at a alumni dinner, then went to the TU/Drexel game.  I have to say, Drexel is BIG.  They had some real horses on that squad, and they have come so far since I graduated.  Unfortunately the tigers lost but it was a real nail biter, it came down to the last 20 seconds, but the “gers” could not punch one in to tie it up.  Either way it was a great weekend, and watching them play got me even more fired up to suit up for another season.

I am still interested in hearing what you all might have to say about gearing up for a season of battle on the field.  what gets you fired up?

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 03/24/2008

well ladies and gentlemen, we are about four weeks away from training camp, and it is crunch time.  i have increased my cardio, continued to push myself in “power hour” and to be honest i continue to crush the weights.

i recently realized that this was all working when i decided to throw on a shirt that i have actually have never fit into. another gift from sofletes from a few years ago.  he got me a large, and said it was because i was a meathead and figured i would want something tight…i think he got the large with the intention of letting me know that he thought i was fat.  either way i am officially willing to wear this shirt in public(well at least in the gym), it reads:

the first rule of “ioc” is:
you dont talk about “ioc”
the second rule of “ioc”:
you dont talk about “ioc”
and if this is your first day in “ioc”:
you have to fight
(SEE PHOTO)

Just a little spin off of a great movie (fight club).  by the way “ioc” is a recon marine unit (at least i think) and yes i do know that it was made for meat heads to wear but hey i think i am a meathead at heart.  dare i say “metro meathead”…i am defintely a “metro redneck”.  anyway i love that i can wear a large and at worst i look like one of those jerks inthe weight room in a wife beater, who is doing curls in the mirror, grunting, and taking frequent water breaks at the water fountain near the yoga studio, i love red bull.  ok i think you get the idea.

lets get down to business.  today i got an e-mal from trey reader of the new jersey pride, wanted to know what size jersey i wanted, uhhhhh hello xxl.  and for cryin out loud how many options do we really need for elbow pads…some of these things freakin things cover your whole dang arm..what ever happened to taking it like a man?  i have requested the absolute smallest elbow pads that are available, and the smallest shoulder pads that warrior makes, even though i have no plans on wearing shoulder pads.  what about the shafts?  ummmmm, dont they just sell titanium anymore?  oh, you mean there are 400 different variations of titanium and several hundred “alloy mixes” out there…i chose two shafts that i never plan on using…red diamond thingy-ma-jiggers, that will be traveling to southern md to my wifes cousins, that is of course if they dont already have one.

now to the heads…i mean i dont have a freakin clue about the heads…i use an edge that i baked in 2001 and a blade that paul cantebene gave me since they are hard to come by anymore(the original blade mind you) soooo what is a “clutch” and a “truth”?  nevermind i’ll just take one of each, by the way in the case you were wondering i would like my ferrari in black, thats right baby dont forget the navi in that joint.

huh, you arent buying us cars. . .what about an apartment for the season? no d***ok well i at least get a signing bonus dont i?  huh?  well i know i get a new helment and some new gear, that and the oportunity to smash heads with some dudes that i quite honestly believe are over rated (no names, sorry).

the count down has begun, in the next couple of weeks i will be pushing myself to the limit.  i would love to hear any of your comments, on how you like to get ready for the begining of your season.  how do you relax, get pumped up, and how do you get your mind in the right place to compete for a whole season of pounding it out on the field?

hopefully some of you can give me some suggestions for how to get geared up that i dont already use…thanks in advance!

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 03/05/2008

Whats up Folks?

Im in a pretty good mood today, as it is my birthday SWEEEEEET.  I started the day off with “Power Hour” and then hit the road for some client meetings, and got back just in time for a office lunch honoring yours truly.  Although it was a pretty awesome gesture, they surprised me with one of my favorite meals from BEFORE I started training…It was a sandwich called the Mayflower…16 inches of sub with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, BRUTAL.  of course I ate as much as I could as not to be rude, but man do I feel like crap!  The Ladies in the office dont seem to get the training thing, but none the less they are very thoughtful.

OK Back to Lacrosse.  I am starting to get the itch real bad, the other night at WAC practice it started to feel like everything was falling into place.  Im hitting the whistle well, reading my wing play, and getting the ball to the right people after winning the face-offs.  not to mention my intensity seems to have grown immensely, I actually think some of the younger guys on the WAC team are scared of me.  And why not? Im completely mysterious to them. All they know is that I used to coach at WAC, I used to play in the MLL and I am about twice their size, oh and my idea of mental training for the Washington college “x”men it to tell them exactly how much they suck (of course in a constructive yet blunt manor).  Either way it feels good to be more like I was in college, INTENSE.

A few weeks back Trey Reeder from the New Jersey organization sent me a few questions about who I am on and off the field, and today they were posted on the “Pride Website”.  This is when it really hit me…IM BACK.  New Jersey always treated me well, even when I was just out of college, because of this I promised Pete Jacobs (the head coach) that I would get into the right kind of shape to help his team to compete(face offs are an area of concern, as they should be).

I think today will end up going in the category of “set back” once my evening is over, since I am going to dinner with the family tonight and lunch was clearly not the kind of meal I would have normally eaten. However, as a whole I am on course, and cannot see any reason why I will not be ready for this season.

In the meantime HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE!

Berry

aka “twentynineandmyhandsarestillfasterthanyours”

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