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The Holiday Season is upon us although I would totally call it the Christmas Season if it weren’t for that pesky thing called New Years.  What can I say?  I’m extremely lazy and I love a catch-all phrase (even though I wrote way more words in my explanation than “Merry Christmas” would ever use).  Whatever.  I also like to read my own writing so there you go.

John Grant Jr does "it" in Hawaii. "It" is being nasty.

The NLL season is really gearing up right now.  Teams have scrimmaged each other, made roster cuts and brought back Veterans to fill holes.  The potential for Rochester to put G. Gait, JG Jr and Danowski on the floor all at the same time reminds me of that 2005 Bayhawks attack featuring Gary Legend, Maracheck and the Polite Rebel himself, Mikey P.  Can’t wait to see what Dino can do in the indoor game.

An interesting note is that M. Seibald isn’t playing for Boston this winter but maybe Mike Stone (local boy from Wellesley, MA and a recent D3 hero) will find a way on to the team.  If they have a spot for Brett Queener (and as a FORWARD to boot!), Stone should make the team.  I want to see Queener do the moonwalk again but this time he has to do it while Geoff Snider punches him in the back of the head repeatedly.  What? Its not that I don’t like Queener, its just that Boxla is a different world and I want him to experience all of it in its finest glory because I’m green with envy.

oh wait. Queener and Snider already had a run-in. And it ended like this.

Now I’m less envious.  Just a little.  On another Blazers tangent, Sean Morris let everyone on facebook know that “the big man”, Paul Dawson, will fight someone from Toronto on January 9th for the Blazers home opener.  Now I’m no lawyer but if you come out and say you’re going to fight someone, couldn’t that be construed as premeditated assault?  Wait… its going to happen during a sporting event? Oh, nevermind.  Thats totally fine.  God, I love the USA.

I’m pumped to start a new “hot-or-not” review feature on LAS.  I’m working on reviews for STX’s X10 and Viper2 heads as well as Maverik’s Juice head and Gait’s Torque 3.  I can only review products I have actually picked up and played with so if you’re a manufacturer and you think you have good product, don’t be scurred… send it my way, and let an unbiased lax lover rate in on the hot-or-not scale.  (10s will be VERY hard to come by, by the way)

What does get a ton big ol’ 10 guaranteed?  Jerseys like these:

I am a lumberjack and I'm ok. The name of the team is actually Timbermen.

Just for funzies, below is a new pair of Nike ACGs and an STX Professor I dyed for a friend.  Enjoy although the dye job isn’t exactly my best work.  It will be better next time, Greg.  Promise.

new Nike ACGs and a dyed up wand

Also posted for increased good times are these UFLorida K18 gloves from STX.  The kind of remind me of the uniforms Florida wore when they lost to Bama but I won’t bring that up anymore because my girlfriend’s sister will literally cry and then kill me.  Erica, I am so sorry.  Everything will be ok.  I promise.

The "new" Florida F is... ok. I liked the gator in a sweater but I'm old school.

The snow in NYC almost caused me to pull my hamstring.  You know you’re old when you think that walking 10 minutes to the subway on snow is comparable to actual exercise.

Dyeing up a head for the Mardi Gras tourney in Feb down in New Orleans.  Should be a RIDICULOUS time down there and I’m excited to hang out with my brother, who lives down there.

Miami Bump & Grind is 1 month away.  I need to start walking on more snow if I want to be ready!

Headed down to Florida and Puerto Rico for a week after the New Year.  Can’t wait to get some sun and I’ll make sure to be on the lookout for any evidence of the burgeoning PR lax scene.  It happened in Bermuda so I bet it can happen in PR!

My shopping is done, my vacation requests are in and there is lots of snow on the ground… this is shaping up to be one Classic Christmas.

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About the Author:
After helping to start the program at Weston HS in Massachusetts, Connor Wilson went on to play at Wesleyan University. Post-graduation, Wilson stayed on and coached at Wesleyan for 2 years. He has also played in Australia and in the A.L.L. Currently, Wilson plays for the Southampton Lacrosse Club in NYC and enjoys dyeing lacrosse sticks, eating breakfast sandwiches, checking out new lax gear and having a really pretentious bio on LAS. Contact him at connor@lacrosseallstars.com

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Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

22 Comments

  • Whats the 411 on the tourney in New Orleans, I live about 4 hours away, but would definately travel to watch some lax there… Mardi Gras + Lax? why didnt someone think of that sooner?!

    • ALL of the info pertaining to the tourney can be found here:
      http://nolacrosse.com/tourney.htm
      Very pumped to be playing down there this year. Been trying to make it down for years now, ever since my brother went to college there (and then stayed after). Feb 5-7th. Lots of beer (in the form of a beer truck AT the fields), lots of lax and good times all around.
      Let me know if you end up going…

        • I guess I'm just really surprised he actually plays for Boston. I saw a couple highlights from last year and have to say I feel like they're using a spot on him for his “personality”. He's not bad actually… I just don't see him being a real player at any point soon. He clearly loves lax though so I'm not going to hate on him too much more. and my earlier hate was pretty soft. I wish him the best. Field goalie, indoor forward? kind of awesome.

          • Field goalie to indoor forward suggests more about the state of the indoor game than Queener's abilities. Look me in the face and tell me you want BQ over Max Siebald.

          • we need to work on your circular reasoning comprehension!
            re: this post… Seibald didn't play therefore Mike Stone might. BQ is on the team so MStone MUST have a shot. Seibald > Stone. Stone = or > Queener. Seibald > Queener. Queener is playing Forward though and I think both Stone and Seibald would be better Transition players… although from their roster Boston has no Transition players. Who knows?
            Queener does have a good stick and that is the most important factor in the indoor game so maybe he can just ball. he looks decent in highlights so it is possible.

          • Circular reasoning…attempts at less than or equal to signs…like I didn't almost apply to a NESCAC school than subsequently almost transfer to a NESCAC school.

            Here is what I'm suggesting:

            A player who has nothing to do with his life but lax is going to get a chance to play in the NLL/MLL if he is willing to play for $15,000 and travel on weekends.

            A player is who has other desires and/or opportunities can hold out and persue other ventures.

            If the NLL/MLL payed better, the best players would play instead of leaving to form terrible musical acts and allowing former goalies to play forward, etc.

          • all true. But I would rather have guys who love what they do and will do it for nothing as the superstars of the game than guys who are in it for the money. I don't really think lacrosse needs any allen iversons or jay cutlers. Sure, they probably love the game but they're clearly in it for other reasons. I'd take Kyle Harrison and Paul Rabil as my non-existent children's idols any day over the previously mentioned “super stars”. I'd like the leagues to pay more but I still wouldn't want guys to play whose hearts aren't in it. If MP wants to pursue a music career, he should. you only get one life so go after what you want. In a league where you can't go after the money (because it doesn't exist) those kind of guys stay away. I actually think its better that way.

  • The university of Florida F looks a hell of a lot like the Cal State Fullerton F, confusing…..check out their K18 gloves…only difference is Fullerton rocks the Navy not the Royal Blue. keep up the good work LaxAllStars!

      • Go watch the weekly bowling league in South Dakota or watch Martha
        Stewart decorate a centerpiece if your own only qualification is
        people doing what they love.

        I don't watch the NLL because I don't have it on one of
        my 700 channels. And if I could I wouldn't because the best players
        aren't involved.

        Minor league sports aren't televised for a reason.

        On Thursday, December 24, 2009, Disqus

      • Go watch the weekly bowling league in South Dakota or watch Martha
        Stewart decorate a centerpiece if your own only qualification is
        people doing what they love.

        I don't watch the NLL because I don't have it on one of
        my 700 channels. And if I could I wouldn't because the best players
        aren't involved.

        Minor league sports aren't televised for a reason.

        On Thursday, December 24, 2009, Disqus

        • well its obviously not my ONLY qualification but when given the choice, I'll take the guys who care over these mystery “best players” who aren't playing.
          The NLL not being on tv is a big problem. If it were, and you watched it, you would know these guys are the best in the world. Steenhuis is a great example where people say he's all gimicks or “just an indoor player” because he plays in the NLL or whatever nonsense some field guys come up with to justify how their version of the sport is “better”. Dude is silky smooth and he's a Transition player, not even a pure forward. check out some of his moves here: http://video.insidelacrosse.com/video/view/7v_W
          sure, no D but still has amazing stick control.

          And I think the best players are the ones playing right now for the most part. The Powells were MIA from the MLL last year (Casey still plays indoor) but other than that MOST of the best guys out there play in one of the two pro leagues. Its not like there are all these dudes out there who could play but just choose not to. A guy like Seibald could play in the NLL but he wouldn't be a star so the league loses nothing if he sits out.

          The MLL and NLL are minor league because enough people don't go to the games, management is ok at best, the TV market is saturated and because they still blast kelly clarkson DURING the games in the arenas but not because the athletes aren't the best the world has to offer. Maybe people just don't like the sport and that is their choice, but the guys playing it are the best players. period.

  • I love the UF gloves, i have always been a gator fan for football, i have been seeing some UF nike shirts and shorts and hats, but i have not heard of them making a men's lax team

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