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Hey All Laxers, Well the news has finally been made public as we all have been hearing rumors for weeks upon weeks. With the MLL contracting from 10 teams back to the original number of 6, the 6 remaining are not all original teams. Chicago and Denver have survived expansion and now contraction, the remaining four are Boston, Long Island, Washington and newly relocated Rattlers from Rochester to Toronto. Toronto should be a really interesting location for lacrosse since the Rattlers already have so many Canadians on their roster. Hopefully Toronto will prove to have a better fan base then Philly, LA, San Fran, and NJ who all had to fold. It still astonishes me that LI and Baltimore who everyone calls the two meccas of the sport can’t get fans to their games, come on lacrosse fans!

Have you seen the rosters, one word, SICK! Every team is an All Star team. Lacrosse should be amazing this summer. Chemistry will as always be a huge factor. I am looking forward to the upcoming season, it should be a blast.

Coaching

Down here in South Florida, we find ourselves at 2-0 and winning ugly but a win is a win. We have lost some seniors to injury and academics this year. Leadership has been somewhat of an issue but I am hoping that our younger players will assume bigger roles as we move along. Tonight and tomorrow should prove to be a great learning experience for our team. North Broward Prep, a district opponent, comes to our house tonight at 6pm and St. Andrews tomorrow at 11am at their place. Just in case you have been living under a rock St. Andrews has grown to super star status and is currently ranked 12th in the country according to inside lacrosse. Wish us luck!

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/24/2008

WEEEEEELLLLLL HELLOOOOOO,

What’s up ladies and gentlemen?!?!?!?!?  Well Week one is over and some of you already know that we lost our first outing 13-9.  It was a real bummer because we came back in the third to tie the game at 9 going into the fourth.  Then things seemed to unravel.  I am not sure if we just ran out of steam or if we just made some mistakes, but either way we did not answer Boston’s 4 goal run and let this one slip away.

As a whole however I think we showed some real good things.  We played really well for two quarters but really crapped the bed for the other two.  Also should note, the Boston fans are crazy.  They have this guy who sits right behind the opposing team’s bench with a crew and he just rips into whomever he can for the whole 60 mins.  AND YES HE FOUND MR. BERRY!  I have to say it was the first time I actually have been heckled on this level…what made it worse was that the face-off battle was a pretty fierce one.  Jenkins and I went back and forth for four quarters with him finally getting the edge in the fourth…I should also note that this was the first time since day one of training camp that me and my wingmen had a chance to play full field together(also note that Boston had full field scrimmages EVERY WEEK of training camp)…NO EXCUSES THOUGH, Jenkins and his wing men did a great job, as Jenkins always does, he did a great job of tying me up, knowing that I like to get off the X quick….OK back to the heckler, this guy actually had me believing I had barely won any face-offs all night…it was not until much later that I realized that until the fourth quarter I was actually winning the battle . . .and the power of the heckler is pretty interesting!

Anyway I watched Boston vs. Rochester last night and all I can say is WOW, it was like a highlight reel, Rochester and Boston rattled off like 12 diving/trick goals including a one handed underhand behind the back shot by John Grant Jr….seriously check out the highlight, I would not be surprised to see it on ESPN.  Anyway I was interested in the Face-off battle for obvious reasons, mostly because I hold Alex Smith in high regard and I wanted to see how he faired against the man who gave me fits the previous week.

Alex and I have the exact same style, in fact I used to train him in high school, so it only makes sense that we would play like each other….WOW, Jenkins laid the smokes to his A$$.  I believe Smith was 13/31 at the X which was real surprising…it also made me feel better about being just under 50% against Jenkins. . .I cannot wait to play Jenkins again in June…I’m gonna be a whole new man, since I will have several games under my belt by then, and I will be real hungry, for a piece of him.

I will end with this story…In 2001, my senior year of college and without question my best year of college lacrosse we played UVA in the first game of the season.  We lost 11-7 and I was just under 50% in the game against, none other than Dave Jenkins.  This was the only sub 50% day I had all year and we ended up in the final four.  Later that year, in the MLL Combine I had the chance to play Jenkins again, and went 100% (in only like 6 attempts) but still, it was a WAY different story than in earlier in the season.

I do not believe in coincidences, I do believe that history repeats itself, and I expect to have a great season according to the way this one has started!

Keep tuning in, we play Denver next week and we will have some new faces (I am betting that the two most important ones will be Rabil and Peyser, soo sick) who will likely play a big part in the rest of our season.  Wish me luck against Snider! (And as always sorry about the poor spelling!)

JB

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/15/2008

Whats up guys, I thought I should jump online and fill you all in on what is going on with me and the pride.  As I said in the last blog I made the team, what I did not tell you all is that I am in fact starting this weekend against Boston.  Now ordinarily I would be relieved except that I have to have a pretty good showing on Saturday night, I mean all indications are that they are very happy with how I came to camp. . .in shape, with a much improved defensive game and all fired up.  Thing is the draft is the following week and we have 9 picks. . actually  pretty much the whole team is probably a little on edge since we are clearly going to have a big draft.

I did not mention it a before but in week two of training camp I pulled my groin, I did not mention it because I did not want to seem like I had an excuse if I was released.  since I was not and I am starting, I can tell you all that I was able to rehab it every day for the last two weeks and I think I will be close to 100% on Saturday night.  I am a little nervous however about the lack of face-off time I have had since training camp started.  Since they changed the face-off AGAIN, going back to saying “set” before the whistle, I am a bit nervous that my timing will be off, it has been 7 years since I have taken a face-off that was done this way.  I have been practicing at home but as I said I have taken very few live draws in training camp. . . .I did experience some success while doing it so I think I will be fine.

I think this weekend is going to be pretty sweet.  I am hoping to catch up with Jay Horowitz
( a former Towson Teammate) and two of my best friends in the world (Josh Scout and Chuck Fry) are coming to the game and staying the night to hang out in Boston.  I just hope I put on a good show and the team comes out with a win!

I am flying into Boston saturday morning on the same flight as Ben Defelice, a good friend and one of Saturday nights opponents.  When I arrive I have 4 hours to waste until our walk through so i plan on either going to the hotel or simply grabbing a bite in the city.

Wish me luck guys, so far so good but it is a long season and as you may remember it was not just my goal to make the team but to “make it stick”!

Since I like to listen to music before games I was hoping that some of you would give me some ideas for good pump up music. . .What is YOUR favorite song to listen to right before you step on the field???  maybe it will make its way into my ipod for saturday night!

talk to you after this weekends game!

JB

aka  “sirclampsalot”

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