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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 09/16/2008

Well, I am now three weeks into being back at school and is has been nice to get back into a routine.  Dont get me wrong, the summer was amazing and I love the travel, but at times, it is nice to settle back into normal life.  Being back and settled in allows me to get back to the gym which has been very nice, travel can take a toll on working out.  I will say though, it is tough to go from not working out in about a month to jumping back into it at full speed.

With school bein back in session, that means it is only time for my second favorite time of the year (after lacrosse season), football season.  What an opening to the season it has been in both college and pro.  USC look absolutly unstoppable, but will the get complacent and have a mind lapse against a lesser opponent…Will Oklahoma make it through their difficult schedule of the Big XII to take on the Trojans in the National Championship?  Those two teams are my favorites at this point, but it is early.

The NFL is also off to a good start with teams that were supposed to be good, being terrible, and teams that were supposed to underperform, winning.  The Ravens looked better than expected in week one and I think that the whole city is “Wacco for Flacco.”  The big question for them will be if they can bounce back from the Hurrican Ike ordeal to make a run that includes no bye weeks and 5 straight road games in 35 days.  If they can get through it, watch out AFC, the Ravens will be back and be a force to be reckoned with.

On top of football, its time to get back out and play lacrosse again.  The BILL (Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League) started last week and despite having a young team, DeWalt should be able to challenge the top teams in the league.  This past Saturday, the alums of Towson, Maryland, and UMBC made their way out to Genesse Valley for the second annual alumni lacrosse tournament that goes to benefit former Maryland coach Dick Edell.  It was a great event again this year and it was great to see all of the guys and participate in an event that goes to such a great coach and person.

Thats all for now, talk to you again soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 08/25/2008

I know that it has been a while and I hope that everyone is doing well.  I just got back from a two week vacation in Hawaii that ended my hectic summer and now it is time to go back to work.  This summer has been a busy, but well worth it.  For the last three months, I have been on the road with maybe a week at home in Baltimore.  My travels have taken me from Baltimore to New York, New Jersey, California, Denver, Texas, Illonois, North Carolina, and Hawaii but I wouldnt have it any other way.  Lacrosse was tough this summer for me, not playing for the Dragons for some odd reason and than being traded half way through the season and playing pretty poorly for the Bayhawks.  Oh well, life goes on and now it is time to gear up and get ready for indoor.  I am not sure what is going on yet with indoor, but things should play themselves out over the next month or two.  Trilogy had an awesome summer.  While most camp companies were down, we were up.  We have built a very good following that keeps getting bigger the longer we are in the game and we are only going to grow from here.

With the summer coming to an end, it is time for me to go back my full time job, teaching.  We have our first set of meetings tomorrow morning with school starting the day after Labor Day.  I am looking forward to going back because I will finally be able to get back into my normal daily routine.  Getting back into a routine allows me to start a new workout that is hopefully going to get me back into shape in the next four weeks.  It is two lifts per day, three days a week.  After the four weeks, I will go back to a once a day, four days a week workout.  Being home also allows me to spend some time with my dog Mason.  I havent seen him in the last four weeks and only saw him a little this summer, needless to say, he is happy that I am home.
How does everyone feel about the Olympics?  The US were pretty consistent with their medals, I believe it was 36 gold, 38 silver, and 36 bronze (or something along those lines).  It was great to see Baltimore’s own Michael Phelps absolutely dominate the swimming pool, Usain Bolt from Jamaican tear up the track in the 100 and 200, and Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor  own the sand for a second straight Olympics (there uniform arent bad either).  The women’s gymnastics team had a really strong showing, Lisa Leslie won her 4th gold medal with the women’s basketball team, and the men’s basketball team (easily the best 12 person basketball team in the world) finally got back to where it should be by bringing home the gold in a tough game versus Spain.  There were a ton of other sports that I watched throughout the Olympics that were amazing to see, handball and badmitten are two that I would love to play.
With all that being said, who is ready for football to start.  I have watched a few preseason games, but havent been able to really get into it yet.  I had my fantasy football draft yesterday and now I cant wait for the season to start.  I love nothing more than waking up on a Sunday morning, getting my Ravens gear on and walking over to the stadium.  Game days in Federal Hill are amazing, the whole are goes purple and black.
Well, I hope that everyone has a good week and I will check back soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 07/30/2008

Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing……I am in Kill Devil Hills, NC sitting on a deck looking out at the ocean and things are good, other than not playing in the game for the Bayhawks tomorrow night versus the Pride.. I have had a great week so far, sat on the beach all day Sunday, Tuesday, and today, played golf on Monday and we are playing again tomorrow, followed by another day on the beach Friday and Saturday before driving back to Baltimore.

Sunday I will head up to New Jersey for our last camp of the summer in Bay Head.  This is where our very first camp is and it is always a great time.  THe weather is ususally pretty hot, but we are at the beach and it is great to be able to jump in the ocean between sessions.  After a week of camp, I will drive back to Baltimore and then fly to Hawaii for 2 weeks.   The only downside of going to Hawaii is that I am missing the Ocean City Tournament.  This is a tournament that I have played in every year but one over the last 10 years (2006 MLL Championship Weekend with the Outlaws) and the first one I am missing going to.  I think I will be able to get over it relaxing on the beach in Hawaii though.

It has been a long summer with a lot going on, but I wouldnt have it any other way.  I hope that everyone is doing well.  I will check in soon……………..

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 07/18/2008

How is everyone doing?  I am finally back in Bmore after a two and a half week work trip to New Jersey with a game in Rochester in between.  The Rochester game was brutal, but that is all I am going to say about that.  Tomorrow we play Boston in Naval Marine Corps Stadium which should be pretty sweet.   The stadium is really nice and I have never played there before, so I am looking forward to it.  Boston is a tough team and we will have to play well as a team to pull out the W.
THe summer has been a busy one and I have been all over the country playing lacrosse and running camps.  This sport has grown so much, it is amazing to see the talent of players in other parts of country and how much it has grown over the past few years.

With the summer more than half way over, I finally have two weeks off to relax and enjoy the things I have yet to do this summer.  Next week I am planning on playing golf twice in preparation for my big game in the Outer Banks with my girlfried Christie’s dad and all of his friends.  They are pretty good and I am not.  I am also going to go tubbing down the Gunpowder River.  It seems childish, but is a lot of fun and relaxing.

I hope everyone has a good week and I will check in soon….

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 07/10/2008

How is everyone doing?  I am checking in from the Ramada hotel in beautiful Wayne, NJ.  I am up here this week for our (Trilogy Lacrosse) ”training camp” for our club teams before they head up to Mass for a tournament this weekend.  Well, its game week and it is a big one.  Saturday the Bayhawks head up to Rochester to face one of the toughest teams in the league.  The Rattlers are pretty interesting to watch becuase they play box outside.  The team is full of dominant indoor guys who like team Canada at the World Championships two summers ago dominated by playing that style.  They are a tough team with a lot of fire power, but if we stick to the game plan and play the way we are capable of playing, we should be fine.
I will try to check in next week again from same hotel as I will be here for our day camp next week.
Until next time……

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/27/2008

So after a week on barely no cell phone service, internet, and no TV, I am checking in as a member of the Washington Bayhawks.  Early this week, I got a call from Dragons GM Doug Locker informing me that I was traded to the Bayhawks to play under Jarred Testa who I played for in Denver in 2006.  I must say, it is always tough getting traded, but I am excited about the new oportunity in Washington.   At this point in the season, I would much rather drive 45 minutes and have a chance to play than fly six and a half hours across the country to not get a chance to play.

This week has been a good one.  We had our second overnight camp of the summer at Oldfields school outside of Baltimore and as I said above, the cell service was terrible, we had no access to the internet and no TV.  Believe it or not, it was kind of nice to take a step away from society and the kids that came to camp were really cool and wanted to learn.

Onto the weekend, the Bayhawks face off against the Barrage and I am excited for the first game with my new team.  Right after the game I will have to drive back to Baltimore because we have another camp in Baltimore this week that starts on Sunday.   The camp runs until Wednesday and the Bayhawks have a bye next week,  so that means I will be able to have a few days in Baltimore, something I havent had since May, before I head to the Jersey Shore on July 6th for another camp.

I hope everyone has a good one and I will try to check in next week.  If I dont, have a Happy 4th of July.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/20/2008

Whats up everyone.  I know that it has been a while, but I have been sans computer for the last three weeks.  Once school was over, I started my Trilogy camp circut and have spent the last two weeks in Austin and Houston, Texas with weekend stops in San Jose and Denver.  I am finally home, even if it is only for a few hours.  I got time to throw a load of laundry in spend some QT with Christie and Mason before I head up to NJ for the Dragons/Pride game tomorrow night.

So, the last few weeks of camp have opened my eyes even more to the growth of lacrosse in the non-traditional areas of the country.  I have been going to Texas for the last three summer to coach kids at camp and this year I was blown away.  The kids in Austin and Houston have really been working to be better players and in two years, I feel that a lot of these kids will be finding their way to DI rosters.

As for the Dragons, we are sitting at 1 and 3 and unfortuently I have not been playing.  I wish I could give a reason why, or even knew why, but I am really not sure.  I have been traveling and practicing with the team, and have done whatever I can to help the coaches and the younger guys, but it has been tough not getting on that field.  Hopefully that will all end soon.  Sadly, it wont be this weekend, but hopefully it will be soon…
Sunday starts another stretch of travel with four straight weeks of camp, I will try to check in.  Have a good one and enjoy the summer.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/03/2008

Its been a couple weeks since my last post, so I am going to blast you with this one since it may be a while until I can post again.  I want to start by congratulating Cuse on winning the championship and Mike Levielle winning the Tewarton.

The Dragons faced off with the LA Riptide on Saturday in our home opener at San Jose State Universtiy and unfortunately lost.  It was a hard fought game on both sides but we came up a little short.  I did not play because I am nursing a bruised quad that happened in the fourth quarter of the Chicago game two weeks ago, but I should be out there this week when we face off against Chicago again, this time at home.

My summer starts on Friday, and I cant wait.  The weather has been getting hotter and it has been feeling more and more like summer everyday.  On Friday, I start my 16 day lacrosse tour, by heading to San Fran to play Chicago on Sunday.  After Sunday, I will be in Austin, TX for our Trilogy Camp until Friday when I fly to Denver to play the Outlaws on Saturday.  Sunday, it is back to Texas, only this time to Houston for another Trilogy Camp until Friday when I fly back to Baltimore and drive rite to New Jersey to play the Pride on Saturday.

Seems like a lot doesnt it?  Believe it or not, that is only the beginning.  I will try to check in and let everyone know how the travel is going.  Wish the Dragons luck, we need to get off this two game losing streak.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/20/2008

Well, week one of the season is now behind us and the Dragons start off 0-1 after a tough one goal loss (10-9) to the Chicago Machine.  It was a hard fought battle on the field, with both teams going back and forth the entire game.  Chicago opened the game with two straight goals before we answered back to tie it at two.  From there, we exchanged goals until halftime when Chicago took a two goal lead into the break.  We came out on fire going on a four goal run but cooled off and allowed Chicago to go on a four goal run of their own.  We were able to get the last goal of the game, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as we came up one goal short.  My hat goes of to the Chicago team, they played hard and came out on top.  As for the Dragons, we have a bye week this week and open up at home next weekend against the Los Angles Riptide.

There is nothing worse than having a bye week after the first game of the season (and a loss) because that is all you have to think about for the next week.  When you can come back and play the next week, there are so many other things to concentrate on(scouting reports, game flim, etc) that it is easy to forget about the loss.  Fortunately for me, I bruised my quad in the fourth quarter when I got sandwiched between three Machine defenders and I can use this week to get that better so that I can be ready to go next week against the Riptide.

Predictions for this weekend?

I am hoping that Hop can knock of the Blue Devils, but I dont think this will happen.  As for the Cuse/ UVa game, I would like to see Cuse take down the Wahoos, but either way, I just want to see a good game.  I am going to pick Cuse to play Duke with Duke winning it all.
In the DIII game, I am going to go with the Seagulls.  If they can overcome getting their starting and backup goalie kicked off the team and win it, I will be impressed.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/14/200

How is everyone doing?  It has been a couple weeks since I have checked in, so I wanted to catch up and let you know whats been going on the last few weeks.  The Titans defied all odds that were placed upon them to make it to the Eastern Conference Championship against the Buffalo Bandits.  Unfortuently, they came up short and ended the season Saturday night in Buffalo.  It was a great season for the team, and I met and learned a lot from some great players and better people.
Outdoor is in full swing, with training camp now behind us and our first game against Chicago this Sunday.  The last two weekends, I have left Baltimore on Friday afternoon and flown atleast seven hours to the other side of the country for training camp.  We had two practices Saturday and one again on Sunday before getting on a plane and flying another 6 hours home.  I must say, I like flying and dont mind being on airplanes, but it gets hard when you get home at two in the morning and have to get up at six to start the work week off.  Training camp went well, we had a alot of guys that played incredibly hard to get a spot on the team and I would not have wanted to be the coaches trying to pick the team.  After three weeks, I feel that the coaches did a great job picking the team and getting us prepared for the season to begin.
With the season less that a week away, I checked out what the experts are saying about the upcoming season and am amazed that they have picked us to finish last.  Now, I guess I can understand since we traded away Ryan Powell and Chris Rotelli retired, but at the same time the best teams arent always the most talented.  We may not be the most talented, but over the last few weeks we have come together and I will take a team over a group of individuals any day.  There is only one ball in play at a time and when you have a team, they will share it, when you have a group of individuals, they all want it.
I will leave you with this, look out for the Dragons during the 2008 season, we just may surprise a few people.

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