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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/22/2008

Well ladies and gentlemen, its week two and I am still alive.  I must say as much as I love the Giants they are putting a little bit of a cramp in my monday workouts.  Its a good thing I only have to do a couple miles on the treadmill, some lower body and some power movements (but thats all!).

First lets get this off my chest GO BIG BLUE, we are Superbowl Bound BABY!

OK On to the workouts.  I find myself more and more motivated, Just today I saw a post from an old friend and fellow blogger Hunter Lochte his quote was FAAAAAAAAAAT.  Now this is an old running joke we have from our days at Towson.  You see, when I was a senior and having arguably my best season, I was also playing on a recently rebuilt ACL, a broken rib in my right side and a torn Hammy.  needless to say I didnt do much during practice, I think it was like 20 love face-offs a day and then I would hit the training room for some treatment and some stationary bike riding.  It was awfull hard to keep in good enough shape to play ball at that point but I kept my stamina just where I needed it to be to get through a whole game (BUT BARELY)  anyway I put on a few pounds during that time and Mr. Lochte and I would joke that it was a good thing my hands were so fast because the rest of my body was NOT…In short I was FAAAAAAAAAAAAT.

So how does that tie into today’s post?

Simple….I have figured out over the years that my body structure is that of one that can GAIN or LOSE weight rapidly!  In order to keep weight off I absolutely MUST work out at least 5 times a week and I need to eat alot healthier than I did when I was 21.  I am still right around 230 but I can already see the difference in my body…I am starting to see that “Lean Muscle”, that my trainer is always talking about, it just has not yet overcome the FAAAAAAT.

Tonight I am going to be sluggish being that I got after it pretty good watching the G-Men, but as far as food was concerned I was pretty good…mostly ate meat and veggies….not sure the Bud Light was too good for me (although they say there are alot of electrolights in that stuff, OK who am I kidding)…hopefully by my mid week post I will have something more exciting to tell you about, since tomorrow is my dynamics and therabands day (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Until Next Time

THAFASTESTHANDSINTHAGAME

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/30/2008

How is everyone doing today?

The Titans are in the playoffs and it is a great feeling.  The team was picked to finish dead last in the NLL and we have shocked everyone outside of our locker room.  With a huge win over the defending champion Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night, we clinced our first playoff berth in our two year history and knocked Rochester out of the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.  The interesting thing about the playoffs this year is that all four Eastern Conference teams are tied with a 10-6 record and the seedings were based on tiebreakers.  The team will travel to Minnesota to take on the Swarm on Saturday night at 8 eastern, if you arent doing anything, go to B2 Networks and buy the game online for seven bucks, it will be worth it.

Unfortunately, I wasnt at the game on Saturday night and wont be there Saturday in Minnesota either.  Saturday after our 11 am shoot around in the Garden, I had to head out down to Philly so that I could get a physical and attend practice for the Dragons.  We had our first weekend of training camp in Philly which was convenient for me so that I could make some of my Titans responsibilities and be there for the start of Dragons training camp.  Camp started around 8 pm and we were missing a good number of returners from last years team (about half of our guys play indoor and are in the playoffs…..GOOD LUCK boys), but that didnt start the guys that were there giving 100% for the two hours we were out there.  After practice I got a quick bite and a little sleep and we turned it around for a ten am scrimmage with the Barrage.  It was a good scrimmage for both sides, but I think we came up on the short end of the scoreboard.  This weeks training camp will be in San Jose and should be another good one.  Countdown to game one 17 days.

On to the NFL Draft.  How predictable was the first three picks?   For the first time in a while the NFL picked the right six guys to be in attendance at the draft.  No more watching a first round pick sitting in the green room wondering when he was going to get a chance to get up on the stage.  As for my Ravens, I couldnt be happier with the draft.  I cant wait to see how Joe Flacco does and I think Ray Rice is going to be good number two behind Willis..  Gooden is gong to be the next middle linebacker from the U to dominate the NFL, and a fourth round pick for Fabian Washington works for me.  Throw in some great backups and special teamers and we have a draft that is going to turn around the Ravens….

Thoughts?

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/17/2008

How is everyone doing?  I know that it has been a while since I last posted, but I have been busy and also have been trying to figure out what to write about.  I want to start my post with an apology to the Towson lacrosse team and coaching staff if I ruffled any feathers with my comments about this years team and the program.  I was out of line and I am sorry.

Now its time to move on and let you know what has been going on with me.  For starters, the TItans are 7-6 and in fourth place in the NLL Eastern Conference.  We have a big weekend with two games, Friday night against the Chicago Shamrox at the Garden and Saturday night against the Philadelphia Wings in Philly.  If we win these two games, we should pretty much lock up a playoff spot, if we dont it will make next weekends game against the Rochester Knighthawks at the Garden all that more interesting.

Other than indoor, I have been working out feverously for the MLL season to start.  Dragons training camp kicks off next weekend in Philly with our first trainig camp practice Saturday night and a scrimmage against the Barrage on Sunday.  I cant wait to get outdoor going again and to catch up with all of the guys from last years team and to welcome our new teamates.

Next weekend is also a huge weekend for NFL fans with the draft.  I cant wait to see what the Ravens do with the eigth pick.  Do they get QB Matt Ryan, one of the many talented corners or linemen, or do they trade it away to get more picks than they already have (8).  We will just have to wait and see.

Game of the weekend in college should be the Navy vs Hopkins game.  Hop is coming off of a huge win over rival Maryland while Navy lost to rival Army.  Throw in that it is Navy’s homecoming and over 10,000 people….it is going to make for a great game.  Other big ones include a GWLL matchup Denver vs OSU (coming off a huge win over UNC), UPenn vs Maryland (Terps need to score more than 8 goals in two games), Albany vs Cuse (big upstate battle), Princeton vs Cornell (battle for the IVY), Duke (are they beatable) vs Army, and my Tigers in a huge CAA mathcup vs Villanova (this game should decide CAA tourney seedings).

Until next time……..

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/21/2008

Hey everyone, I hope that you had a great weekend, mine had some ups and some down, but all in all, no complaints.   Ill start with the ups….How about the Terps pulling off the huge W versus the Tarheels?  What a game.  I only got to see the first half and got the update of the final score from my roomate Trey (he graduated from UNC last year), but what a game.  I have been a Maryland fan forever and beating Carolina is a huge step for this years team.  The NFL Championhip games were good games to watch, but in the long run rather dissapointing for me.  After watching a hard fought game in New England which saw the Pats come out on top, I watched my Packers take one on the chin from Eli and the Giants.  As for the Super Bowl, lets hope that the Giants put up a showing like they have on the road (10 straight road wins) this year and in week 16 vs the Pats and not Giants that got spanked by the Ravens in Super Bowl 35.

Anyways, on to Buffalo.  Our plane left Baltimore at 540 on Friday.  This was nice because I got to get through a whole day of school and didnt have to take any time off and the flight only took an hour, so by the time we got up in the air, we were on our way back down.  Once in Buffalo, which was cold (not as cold as the Green Bay/Giants game), we headed to the hotel, dropped off our stuff and made our way to practice.  We had a relatively good practice, but it was really tough becuase we were playing on a roller hockey rink with no turf.  The ground was slippery and the lights made it very tough to see the ball too.  After practice, we headed back to the hotel where we got a quick bite to eat and got some sleep.  We had flims at 8 am and than were off to our shootaround at 915.  The HSBC center is a pretty cool arena, but it had a lingering smell of stale beer.  After shoot around, it was back to the hotel for team lunch and nap time.  At 5:00 we were on our way back to the HSBC to get ready for the Bandits.  The game was a disappointing one, but I did get to see history in John Tavares breaking Gary Gait’s all time goals record.  After the game we went back to the hotel and hung out there for a little while before heading out to see what downtown Buffalo had to offer.  Did I mention in was freezing cold.  530 am wake up call and it was off to the airport to head home.  The early flights are tough, but getting home early is nice.

Today starts another week, but a short one for me.  We have no school today because of Martin Luther King’s birthday, so I am going to take some time to relax before going to the gym, cleaning up the house and taking Mason to the park.  We head to Toronto on Friday, so check back next week for updates on how that trip went.

Have a good week everyone and I be back next week.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/14/2008

I hope that everyone had a great weekend and their week is off to a great start.  I figured with the first game of the season in the record books, I would give you a recap of my first weekend in the NLL.

Bryan Barrett, Erik Miller, and myself took off Friday afternoon from BWI on our way to Portland.  We had to stop in Atlanta which still seems odd to me that we had to go south before making the northwest cross country flight.  The flights werent too bad, actually the flight from Atlanta to Portland was pretty neat.  Each seat had its own touch screen TV and it had a variety of movies and a trivia game that the whole plane could play agaisnt each other.  My mini DVD player wouldnt work (I think I forgot to charge it), so I played trivia for a while before switching over to PTI and Sportscenter.  After Sportscenter, I rented “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”  I found it hilarious and Jessica Biel is pretty easy to look at too.

We got into Portland around 730 and had to wait for the rest of the team to get in so that we could catch the bus and go to practice.  We finally got to practice around 9-930 and had a really good one hour practice.  After practice, we ordered some pizzas and hit the hay.  Game day is here and we have flim and scouting report at 9 for the O guys and 930 for the D guys.  After that, we are off to the Rose Garden for a shoot around.  Following the shoot around, we had some time off.  Barrett was my roomate, and we ended up sitting around watching the Packers (GO PACK) beat up on Seahawks before we ate lunch and got ready to head out to the game.

We left the hotel and made our way to the Rose Garden at 5.  Once at the Roses Garden, we had our informal warm-up, followed by our offical warm-up.  Game time is fast approaching and the team is getting ready to play.  I didnt play in this game, but the excitment in the locker room was amazing.  Game time is here and Barrett and Anthony (A-train) Kelly and I head up to a suite to watch the game.  What a game it was, the team played great and we pulled out a victory and shut up a lot of the naysayers that were out there.  Following the game we went back to the hotel to drop of our stuff and headed out to see what Portland had to offer.

Sunday, 415 am the bus departs and we head to the airport to head home, so much for sleeping.  I am guessing that  the flights home were good, all I remember was getting on the plane and waking up as we were landing in Minneapolios and doing the same from Minneapolis to Baltimore.

Once I got home, I had a few hours to watch the Giants vs Cowboys game, cook some dinner, and hang out with Christie and the dog.  Another work week is upon me and its time to get prepared for Buffalo on Saturday.

I hope that everyone has a good week and I will check in again next week to tell you all about our Buffalo trip.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/7/2008

I hope that everyone had a safe and exciting New Years, and their 2008 is off to a great start.  My New Years was fun.  The party that Kyle and I threw at Mad River was a big success and everyone really enjoyed themselves (some a little too much, but who really remembers).

Today is my first day back to school since before Christmas and I was not ready to come back.  I was starting to get used to getting a few hours more of sleep everyday and not having to shave, but I am happy to be back.  I am not the type of person who can have too much time off, I start to go stir crazy and get bored way too easily.

With school being back in session, I figured that I would give you a look as to what a typical day is like for me.  If I am lucky, I wake up to the alarm clock at 6:20.  Typically my dog, Mason, wakes me up a little before that.  I take Mason for a walk, come home grab a quick bite to eat or drink a protein shake, shower, shave, get dressed. and am out the door between 6:55-7:10.  I get in the car and enjoy my 15-20 minutes of Mike and Mike in the Morning before I get to work.  When I get to work, I fill up my water bottle (I dont drink coffee) and I go to my classroom to get everything organized for the day.  My morning classes run from 830-1115 and I teach second, third, and fourth grade math.  After my morning classes, I get to go to lunch (our cafeteria is awesome), and have a few minutes to prepare for my afternoon classes.  I teach two classes of kindergarten science in the afternoons.  I know, your probably wondering, what kind of science do you teach to kindergartners???  Believe it or not, they learn a scaled down version of a lot of different topics from the human body to dinosaurs, space, and plants.  After my afternoon classes, its off to practice (I coach football, basketball, and lacrosse at Calvert).  After practice, I head home, take Mason to the park for about 30 minutes and than it is off to the gym for about an hour and a half.  After the gym, its a shower and dinner time with Christie.  We usually cook a nice meal together or go out to eat.  After that its some TV time and than bed.

This is a big week for me.  Other than coming back to school, we open up with the Portland Lumberjacks this weekend in Portland.  Other than the 10 hours it is going to take to get from Baltimore to Portland (via Atlanta, why…Im still not too sure about) I cant wait.  We had two really tough but good three hour practices this weekend that closed out our six weeks of training camp and the team is really coming together (Watch out Portland).

Any thoughts about the first round of NFL Playoffs?

Whos your pick in the NCAA National Championship?  Mine is LSU.  I like OSU, I went on a recruiting trip there and it was amazing, I got to meet and get a tour from Archie Griffin (only two-time Heisman winner), see the football facitlites, and watch a game in Ohio Stadium.  Throw in the game featured some of the best college football players that year (Arrington, Courtney Brown, Katzenmoyer, Vrabel, Boston, to name a few).

Until next time, have a good one and I will talk to you soon.

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