Oh Kenny Mayne, you kill me. I like the new ESPN.com and I kind of dig what ESPN is doing with online video these days. Some people say it’s too much, but the truth about video is it will keep visitors on the site longer and get them more engaged. This is why ESPN is so (overly) obsessed with it. That, and they love the Sopranos. Check out this Kenny Mayne short and let me know if you think it’s…
Author Archive | Jeff Brunelle
“Casey Powell should not be able to make it through a meal at a restaurant without someone coming to his table and asking for an autograph.”
Last Friday, Michael J. Fensom of the New Jersey Star-Ledger published a descriptive article on Casey Powell – The Man, The Myth, The Legend. In it, Fensom talks about the false facade of being a pro lacrosse player, exposing the fact that only a few pros make lacrosse their fulltime jobs.
Casey Powell is one of the lucky ones. He supplements his small pro-level income with endorsements and his own lacrosse company, which gives him the opportunity to really make lacrosse his life. Yet, Powell still walks the streets of New York and into Madison Square Garden to suit up for the Titans without being noticed. He’s got LeBron James status in the lacrosse community, but outside it no one recognizes him. This is the reality of the sport – it has not yet reached it’s pinnacle.
Fensom goes on to talk about youth participation numbers and how they’ve grown 500% since 1999. He writes tells of US Lacorsse’s survey that found lacrosse to be the fastest growing sport on the high school and collegiate levels. And then he shows why lacrosse IS on the rise: Community members are going above and beyond their call of duty to help grow the game.
The Lonely Island is back at it again with their newest video, “We Like Sportz”. Well known for their SNL digital shorts, The Lonely Island is made up of comedians Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Hate to admit it, but I first heard about these guys when they released “Jizz In My Pants“, which was widely shared across the internet (unfortunately) and has accumulated 16-million views to date. “We Like Sportz” is their sequel to another hilarious video…
The University of Washington Huskies have named Stew Kerns their new head coach for the 2009 season. Washington (7-6 in 2008) is an MCLA Division 1 team and a member of the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League. Kerns will be replacing former head coach Fred Wilmot, who stepped down last summer after helping rebuild the program and leading the Huskies to their most successful season in 4 years. The Huskies made it to the PNCLL Semi-Finals last season, falling to…
HAPPY NEW YEAR Fellow Laxers! In celebration of ‘08, here’s a GREAT new music video courtesy of Mr. Blue Sky:
Hopefully you feel the same way about 2008 as we do. It was a fun, productive and memorable year. Nothing proves this more than the Presidential Election – What an event! For LacrosseAllStars.com, we feel like we accomplished a lot this year. In just 6 months we’ve upped traffic to the site tenfold, settling in at about 5,000 unique vistors to date – a monumental accomplishment for us.
“Arguably the most prolific lacrosse player to come from the West Coast”, former Notre Dame football and lacrosse player Will Yeatman will enroll at Maryland this January. His release from the Fighting Irish was recently granted, allowing him to play lacrosse for the Maryland Terps this spring. However, he’ll have to sit out a year for football.
Yeatman, a product of Rancho Bernardo High in San Diego, CA, originally chose Notre Dame because lacrosse was his top priority. Choosing football would have landed him at Maryland. So, this might have been a long time coming.
LacrosseRecruits.com, a premier recruiting site for high school athletes and college coaches, recently posted a valuable camp guide on their blog. The guide highlights many well-known camps on the East Coast.
The format of each camp review is three-fold: a quick official summary, a testomonial or two, and LacrosseRecruits.com’s overall opinion. Click here for the full article.
Blue Chip 225 (Bryant College, RI)
Elite 180 Lacrosse Camp (Keene State, NH)
Jake Reed’s Blue Chip (UMBC, MD)
Clark Goldband gave them to her: Blooper by Clark? Yep. But in retrospect, maybe it all happened for a reason. The focus should’ve been on the team’s stats all along, not the bogus scandal that ruined players’ lives. Oh Nancy… [via dfw on Twitter]
Last week, we polled YOU via Twitter to find out what lacrosse gear was on your Christmas list. Here’s a breakdown of the top 5, based on total number of submissions.
Special thanks goes out to Thomas K., Mike D. & Kevin C. for their great contributions to the list! Merry Christmas guys!
Without further ado, we share with you…
THE TOP 5 LaXmas GIFTS OF 2008!
1) STX K18 Arm Pads
This video looks interesting. Seems like there could be a good story behind it. I just wish I knew what they were saying… Anyone care to help us out here? For the record, there’s some cool footage here. I love the camera angle on the faceoff, and the school they’re playing at looks incredible. Cool mouthguards.
Chris Berman OR Baby Mangino? C’mon, that’s a no-brainer – Look at this kid!
The SHOTY (Sports Human Of The Year) Elite Eight is going down this week at Deadspin, and this is the first matchup. #3 Chris Berman vs. #11 Baby Mangino.
Mikey Powell Trailer from Patrick Kendall on Vimeo. Trailer for “Mikey Powell: A Lacrosse Rockumentary” directed by Patrick Kendall. [via YumYum Lax]
Today, West Side Lacrosse released their new ELITE 25 Boys Individual Power Rankings. In a nutshell, this is a list of the best boys high school players from the Western US. According to WSL, “The Elite 25 has been selected by an independent committee of respected lacrosse figures throughout the community” that included Kevin Corrigan, Head Coach of University of Notre Dame, and Dave Campbell, Head Coach of Middlebury College. Check out the full news release here.
aka “Kindergarten Cop’s Got Nothing On Me”
After the warm up we’d like to do exercises designed to promote power. We’d like to do them early in the workout so the nervous system is fresh and responsive. Short reps with multiple sets are the goal. These exercises can be a box jump (see video below), dumbbell snatch, squat jump, or any other quick, power producing exercise.
The NEW CollegeLAX Store is now up and running for the holiday season. Check out the info below and head to the store to get your gear.
DVD’s of the 2007 & 2008 MCLA National Championships are also available. If you need some great lacrosse to watch over winter break, these would be great. $14 a piece and well worth it
Introducing the LBJ “After Six” Commercial
LeBron’s new shoes have been announced and that’s just plain awesome. We all love the LeBron’s. But that’s not the point! Nike can’t sell shoes for their soles. Nike sells shoes for the image they project – They reach out to your soul… Well, look no further – the new Lebrons exude the persona I WANT. Anything I gotta do to get Nicole into me, I’ll happily do – Even if it means hookin her up with a pair of LBJ’s.
Video after the jump…
Tonight, I saw a segment on ESPN’s E:60 that left me baffled. Viagra might actually be a performance enhancer for athletes. Sure, I had heard the Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens rumors, but I guess it never really set in. Viagra was just one of the many performance enhancing drugs thrown around in their cases.
Watching E:60, it hit me – All I really needed in order to play well in last summer’s Lake Tahoe Tournament was a couple erectile-dysfunction pills!
Actually, that’s not what I thought at all… Could you imagine how uncomfortable that could’ve been?
(Side note: Not to mention those blue pills look like Aleve pills… Talk about a dirty prank!)
Seriously though, joking aside, it did hit me. I suddenly realized that many lacrosse players could and probably are taking Viagra before workouts, or worse, before games.
While it seems bizarre to us, we all have THAT GUY on our team who would do anything or take anything to excel. Considering lack of awareness among coaches and current substance abuse rules in college and high school lacrosse, the drug may be more rampantly used than we think.
300+ College Lacrosse Players Head to Vegas for the Weekend
Key match-ups highlighted below…
Friday Oct 31st
4 PM – Oregon vs Westminster
5:30 PM – BYU vs Oregon
7 PM – Arizona State vs Utah
Saturday Nov. 1st
10 AM – Cal Poly vs BYU
10 AM – Colorado State vs Arizona State
11 AM – Arizona vs. Oregon
11 AM – Utah vs. Utah State
12 PM – Westminster vs Arizona State
1 PM – Cal Poly vs Utah
3 PM – BYU vs. Colorado State
3 PM – Cal Poly vs Westminster
3 PM – Oregon vs Arizona State
In 1997 Coach Jason Lamb of Brigham Young University and Coach Mickey Miles Felton of the University of Arizona began “The Best of the West” tournament with the vision of having the top eight teams west of the Mississippi be invited to play in a tournament that would help elevate the level of play not only for their respective teams, but the Western United States region as a whole.