Where there was only one Holiday Lacrosse Drop, there are now two. It’s a Holiday Miracle! I’m keeping it short and sweet and only the best stuff is making its way into this one. We even have some must-read, non-lacrosse stories in this Lacrosse Drop so pull out the kleenex; it’s going to get emotional.
The Little Things Mean The Most
Rudy Favard is an impressive young man in Boston, taking advantage of a blessed life, but he has also found a way to give back and while it may be very simple, the difference it makes in one family’s daily struggle is down right awe inspiring. Knowing that young people like Rudy are doing so much good at such an early age gives me so much hope for the future.
Being Thankful For Our Military
Lax.com has a couple of videos that will also remind you of what is important in this world. The first focuses on a High School lacrosse tournament in CT that benefits wounded soldiers returning from abroad. This year, they picked out one soldier in particular and its great to see these kids rally around our troops and get direct exposure to those who have given the most. The second video features Matt Russell, former Navy Lacrosse goalie, talking about his life, service and his return to the States after a tour in Iraq and another in Afghanistan.
NLL News: Lotsa, Lotsa
Rosters have been set in the NLL. With the dissolution of the Orlando Titans and the dispersal of their players, the NLL rosters are absolutely loaded up with talent. The league boasts 10 teams with about 23 guys per squad but there are probably 3-400 guys that could make a team out there. Its going to be a very competitive and interesting year!
Tom Ryan has been fired by the Boston Blazers. No good reason is supplied. Actually no reason is supplied at all. Weird move considering Boston opens its season in about 13 days. I wonder if Randy Fraser will take over the team? Ryan is still the US Indoor Lacrosse Team (Can they call themselves the US Box Lacrosse Team, please?) Head Coach leading up to the World Box/Indoor Championships, which will be played this May in Prague.
Finally, Cody Jamieson has signed a TEN YEAR contract with the Rochester Knighthawks. I love that Cody is willing to commit to what is basically his hometown pro team and that the Knighthawks have realized just how good he will be. Barring a career ending injury, Jamieson could be one of the best NLL scorers of all-time. He’s pretty much done that at every other level he’s played. I can’t see why this will be any different.
Speaking of Christmas!
Well, Johnny Christmas anyway. Maverik Lacrosse has put out a new profile on the star player and their videos are produced by legendary UVA Middie and Maverik Co-founder, Jay Jalbert. These videos are pretty easy to produce (relatively speaking at least) and although Jay does an exceptional job, I would expect more and more manufacturers to hop on this train. Promote your players so they can promote your gear! Makes sense to me.
Laxmas at Brett Hughes’ House
Brett Hughes is an awesome lax dude (NOT a bro). You can tell because of his involvement with LacrosseTheNations, his willingness to spread the game and his overall attitude. He also has one of the laxiest Christmas Trees out there. Well done, Brett’s MOM!
Trevor Yealy is Jac Coyne’s MCLA PreSeason PotY
I can’t say this is a huge surprise… Yealy is legit and Michigan is the 3-time defending champ. Plus the kid looks great in grey.
These Little LI Lax Groms Can Ball!
Highlights from a recent tourney at Hofstra featuring future middle school stars. Yeah, these kids are probably in 4th or 5th grade and they can already play the game pretty well. Some really solid roll dodges and kids switching hands at 11? Hotbed.
Techno Jam of the Winter
This Swedish House Mafia song, One (Your Name), isn’t that new. It probably isn’t even considered techno by hardcore fans but I could honestly care less about overblow, self-important music terminology. This song just makes me want to dance. And maybe fist pump a little. But just a little. Ok, more than just a little.
Jingle Brawl Video from LacrosseWear
Near the tail end of December, LacrosseWear puts on the 7 v 7 Jingle Brawl for Florida Laxers. Check out some tourney footage and a dancing Santa. It’s all accompanied by some old school surf rock. FLALAX at its finest!
Custom SpongeBob Lacrosse Shorts by ProAthletics
These are pretty ridiculous. I’d love to know who ordered these and how I might be able to purchase a pair. XL or XXL, please. This is just a fantastic effort and truly embraces the laid back summer ball/club ball attitude. Would we ever see these on a college field? No. Would you really want to? They’re fun and if you paired them with a yellow jersey with SpongeBob’s face, it might be the best uniform ever. And Halloween costume. Props!
Lil Wayne on SNL
Sure, this has nothing to do with actual lacrosse but I can say with 71% certainty this song will appear on LOTS of warm up tapes this Spring! 87% chance its on Loyola or Hofstra’s warm up. Make it happen, Dircks!
Old School Lax Photo #1
I love seeing older Virginia and Princeton lax photos. Defensemen using traditional? Truly awesome.
Old School Lax Photo #2
1981 Hopkins v. Navy… awesome!
SBA Lacrosse Alumni Game
The Holidays, whether they be of the Thanksgiving or Christmas varieties, are great opportunities for HS teams to hold Alumni games.
Thanks to Josh Rottman for the picture! Some of his friends decided to do a little lacrosse related Rice Krispie treat snack with a ConBroChill Lax theme. Solid work! AHoy Laxers!