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LaxAllStars.com Photo Of The Week: Thumbspiracy Is Back!

LSU Lacrosse Thumbing thumbspiracy
The Thumbspiracy is BACK!

Each week we’re looking for a superb lacrosse photo from one of our readers. If your photo is selected as Photo Of The Week, you win something awesome from LAS!  This week, we’re featuring a photo by Barry Spears that shows off a little men’s lacrosse action involving Ole Miss and LSU.  For more from Barry, check out our post on MCLAFan featuring Ole Miss, LSU, Texas and ASU, as well as some Louisiana HS action!

What makes the photo remarkable, other than the fact that it’s just a great photo, is the Thumbspiracy action going down.  Back in the day, players actually used to keep the ball in their sticks with their thumbs or fingers, so touching the plastic portion of your head with your hand became illegal.  The rule is still on the books, and rarely called.  Max Quinzani used to be the biggest offender, but he graduated, and a void entered the Thumbspiracy world.  Has this LSU player stepped up to fill that gap?

LSU Lacrosse Thumbing thumbspiracy

The Thumbspiracy is BACK!

I still don’t think it offers any real advantage, but it’s illegal and nitpicky, and can really only be captured in a great photo, so I like to make a big deal out of it.  All for fun and fun for all.

(Editor’s note: Barry – you just won yourself a pair of GTG LacesEmail us your mailing address!)

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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.

7 Comments

  • The advantage isn’t in the placement of the thumb, but the control and leverage you gain by having your hand so high on the stick.

  • That’s not true. Thumbing literally refers to using your thumb to pin the ball in the stick. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this, and all of them involve putting your hand/fingers on the plastic.

  • Yes.  You don’t say.  And what I’m saying is that this person’s thumb is nowhere near the ball, and yet an advantage exists.

  • I do think that is WHY guys do this… but you’re both right.  the rule is because of actually pinching the ball in with your thumb.  But this may be helpful. Either way, its illegal.  BUT FUN!!!!!

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