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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 10/14/2008

Wow, what a wedding.  After an hour flight, sitting in traffic, a very nice ceremony and a reception to remember, my first wedding in Long Island was definetly one that I will not forget.  It was great to see some former teammates and their parents at the reception where it seemed like we picked up right where we left off in college.  After a long night of celebrating the married couple, it was time to get a couple hours of sleep before driving back to Baltimore.  The drive back was easy and we got in around 1.  The marathon had just finished and the roads were empty, so I jumped on my bike and took a nice long bike ride to get my workout for the day.  After an 8 mile ride and some lunch, it was time to finally watch some football.  How about Texas coming back to beat Oaklahoma, Okalhoma State knocking off Missouri, and Florida dismantling LSU?  It was a great day for some football.

Sunday started early with a walk around Patterson Park with Mason and a 30 minute drive to Genesse Valley.  The scrimmages started at 10, but the teams (minus us) were promplty warming up by 930.  The entire team finally strolled in around 9:40 and it was time to strap it on and play our first game against Ursinus. This game was close in the first half as we got our kinks out and knocked the rust off.  We were all pretty impressed with the intensity that Ursinus played with and they came after us all game long.  I didn’t get a final, but we managed to extend a lead in the second half.  After a 20 minute break, it was time to strap it on again and play a Michigan team that last year went 19-0 and won the club championship.  The coach at Michigan, John Paul, I have known for quite some time because we used to work the Warrior camps together when I was in college has put together an impressive team at Michigan and I wont be surprised if this team goes DI in the near future.  The game was unfortunately not as competitive as the Ursinus game, but these kids did play incredibly hard which I definitely respect.  Best of luck to Ursinus and Michigan both with their upcoming seasons.

That’s the recap of the wedding and the tourney, I was going to talk about my Ravens, but that will have to wait until next week when we come back from Miami with a W.
Have a good week and Ill check back in soon.

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.

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