Hot Pot

Hot Pot
Wake up on Wednesdays to the Hot Pot of Lax. An interesting take on a current lacrosse topic coupled with news and links to top stories and the lax video of the week.
Success in life is all about finding an opportunity, and then pushing that chance to the limit with honest dedication and passion. Shortcuts and divergent paths are always present, and staying on the straight and narrow is a constant battle in our society. Keeping your sights set on the bigger picture is easier said than done, but it's still the best way that I know to make good on your lot in life.
I have truly enjoyed reading every word of Gordon Corsetti's three part series on The Original Game. Each post has been a learning experience, and I've been surprised at just how much the original game has helped shape (and still shapes!) the modern version of field lacrosse. While there are a number of great old rules, one overarching concept I'd love to see brought back to field lacrosse is the Best-of-Five Series being required to win a championship.
Someone recently posed this question to me: Are there national lacrosse brands? This question was asked in reference to club programs, specifically high school club teams, rather than to "brands" in the sense of gear manufacturers. So, are there "national lacrosse brands," and if so, are they better than local club teams?
When it comes to legitimate Team USA training team selection gripes... I actually don't have any. Sure, a couple of my personal favorites got cut, and while Kevin Rowen wasn't perfect with his predictions, he sure was close! At the end of the day, it's hard to really complain about the guys who are moving on to the second round. They might not be YOUR best 52, and they might not be mine, but we're also not coaching the team...
One man can accomplish a good deal on his own. With hard work and dedication, almost anything is possible, but it rarely comes easy. A team, or large group can accomplish much more, but that's not always an option... Sometimes it's just you and a friend. Let's talk about The Power Of Two!
Decades ago, Open Tryouts for college lacrosse teams were much more common than they are now. A coach might have known that he was getting a couple of star players each year, but pulling athletes from the general student body was a time honored tradition, and one that yielded some excellent players and, eventually, some excellent coaches. In some cases, it was also required just to round out the roster. The Open Tryout needs to make a comeback!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Fighting alone isn't the biggest problem in box lacrosse. In my opinion, fighting is much more a symptom of a rough, and often under-referreed game, where players can take unseen liberties, and possibly inflict serious bodily harm through the pace of play. As it stands now, with small referee crews and, at times, loosely interpreted rules, it allows the players to sort things out themselves, and maintain some sense of order and safety.
Tucker Durkin's high school highlight tape quickly became a thing of legend (at least in my mind) because of the sheer ferocity on display. Durkin thinks man first, and makes the opposition pay time and time again. If you haven't seen it, it's truly worth a watch or ten. He just knocks over everybody out there.

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