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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/08/2008

What’s up ladies and gentlemen?!  Well it has been a while since I have posted so I have a lot to tell you about.  The last time I wrote I believe I was coming off my first game back and I had a subpar afternoon at the X.  I also told you that I expected to rebound pretty strong.  We had a bye week and then headed out to Denver to take on the high powered Outlaws, and high powered they were.  Jeff Snider (their face off man, and the most recent MVP of the world games) definitely makes the short list of face off men who I truly respect, I rank him in the top three or four, I have ever played against.  To tell you the truth I went into halftime 4 and 8 (NOT GOOD) but I went in at half time and refocused.  We went back and forth a few times and then I finally found what I had been looking for since the first game…RYTHYM.  I was able to rattle off 13 wins in a row, it felt great.  Unfortunately it made no difference in the game, we lost 19 to 11 and even though I came out on top of the face off battle, my first half performance inevitably led to my being sat down for this past weekend’s game against Boston.

As many of you may know New Jersey Drafted this kid Brennan from Syracuse, and I am sure you were all thinking, I must be Pi$$ed.  Weeellllll  I was, and this past weekend they played him to “see how he did against a common opponent”…here is the kicker, Jenkins who is the starting X man for Boston and the “common opponent” would not be playing in our second game.  Instead good friend of mine, Ben Defelice would be taking the draws.  Even though I know that Ben is a fantastic face off man, I also know that he does not regularly take face offs.  In short I was real nervous, but I should have had more faith in my friend, because he dominated at the X, It was unreal.

Although I was pleased to see that my spot should be secure, it is bitter sweet.  What is disappointing is that I know I could have helped us with that game since face offs played a major part in our loss this past weekend.  Our offense was forced to push the issue, so to speak because we almost never had the ball in the second half, so when we got it on offense we were really forcing stuff.  I also have to say that although it seems like my spot is secure I actually feel bad for this Brennan kid, to be honest he is a real nice dude, and I think he could be pretty good in this league, he just needs to be eased into the game.  I think face offs in this league are one of the hardest transitions to make.  EVERY face off man in this league is great, not good, GREAT, and realizing that is the first step in becoming one of them.  Since it is likely that I will hang up the cleats if I get through this season in one piece, I think this kid could really learn from my experience.  One of the things that I do really well is teach facing off, and it would be really smart if this kid would open his eyes and ears and let me pass along my knowledge of the game.  Don’t get me wrong I have not decided if I will play next year or not but I am seriously considering hanging them up.  My goal was to get back on a team and have a successful year, and if I succeed in doing so I would be fine with handing over the reins to this youngster.

Anyway I expect to be back in the lineup this week, and it should be a real good match up too.  We play Rochester and some of you already know this but I actually coached Alex Smith in high school.  His father found me and contracted me out to work with Alex.  Alex is a carbon copy of me and my style, only he has a few more tricks up his sleeve and youth on his side.  This will be like Mr. Miagi and the Karate Kid squaring off for the first time…I like to believe my wisdom will overcome his youth!  As always I will let you all know how it goes…wish me luck!

Wax on Wax off!

JB

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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