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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 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 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?

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