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Vandal Shots Week 6: They Love Our Joe Vandal Style

18 - Published November 17, 2009 by in College, MCLA

Editor’s note: Krieg Shaw takes us behind the scenes of University of Idaho men’s lacrosse throughout the 2009-2010 season. The Idaho Vandals are an MCLA D1 team, competing in the Pacific Northwest Conference. Shaw, a senior midfielder, will be contributing photos on a weekly basis. If you missed them, here’s Week 1 , Week 2 , Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5.
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I’m reveling over many things right now. First my schedule for next semester consists of all but one class on Tuesday and Thursday, finishing those days with a nice hour of yoga. What happens on Monday, Wednesday and Friday you ask? Spanish 202 at 9:30 then uh… nothing, zip, zero, zilch, nada. This brings a smile to my face because this leaves around 7-8 hours of daylight for me to get a chance to grab my wind, lace up my cleats, and lax, especially with this year being my final year of eligibility.

MCLA Idaho Week 6-1

So much shooting so I can do more of this come springtime.

The other thing that makes me smile is shooting right before the football team practices. The reason is simple; I’m starting to think each and every person on that team loves our set-up for gear. Every time I transition from the turf to the racquetball courts when they start their practice, 9 out of 10 guys will be checking out our shiny black dome pieces as I walk past them (speaking of gear, our jerseys are going to look dank this year, nothing flashy, just simple and sexy – pictures when they arrive, of course). I bet they wish they had shiny black helmets with Joe Vandal on the side of them.

A little bit of history on this topic, my sophomore year, before I transferred up to UI, our Coach came up with the idea to put the black “I” on the helmets, at this time the football team had Vandals on their helmets, then low and behold, football switches to the “I” (although now they also have Vandals written on it as well). Hmm… interesting?

Vandal Football Pre-Viewing of Vandal Lacrosse

Vandal Football... Pre-Viewing of Vandal Lacrosse

Vandal Lacrosse in spring 2008 (Logo was put on fall of ’07)

Vandal Lacrosse in spring 2008 (Logo was put on fall of ’07)

Vandal Football in fall 2009 (Logo used for BSU game in fall ’08)

Vandal Football in fall 2009 (Logo used for BSU game in fall ’08)

Fast forward to last year, we switch to the Joe Vandal logo to freshen up our look a bit. This year at the Homecoming game, a Joe Vandal appears on their helmet. Coincidence? I think not. Apparently Ole Robb Akey watched us practice a few times from his office in the Dome or while working on plays in his car. I wonder when our football team will go with the black helmets.

Vandal Lacrosse spring 2009 (Ben Lavigne and his great ideas)

Vandal Lacrosse spring 2009 (Ben Lavigne and his great ideas)

Vandal Football fall 2009 (Our Joe Vandals are better, IMHO, theirs’ looks a lil’ grumpy)

Vandal Football fall '09 (Our Joe Vandals are better, theirs looks a lil’ grumpy)

Pretty much, my point in all of this is that it is pretty sweet to know our Varsity Football team loves our gear so much that they use the look as well. Thanks for staying with me through my role playing as I hop in the Mystery Machine and play detective.

Was that whole story just a ploy to put up this picture of Moscow’s own Mystery Machine? Maybe… maybe not.

Was that whole story just a ploy to put up this picture of Moscow’s own Mystery Machine? Maybe… maybe not.

Last week I talked about the SRC and the climbing wall in there. Idaho toots its own horn a bit and calls it the most comprehensive facility of its kind in North America. Solid, here are a couple pics of the wall and a cool little wire-structure of a climber outside that I literally just noticed Monday.

The 55ft wall in all its might.

The 55ft wall in all its might.

Here is a shot from the outside of the Climbing area in the Rec

A shot from the outside of the Climbing area in the Rec

Cool little wire sculpture of a climber on the outside of the Rec.

Cool little wire sculpture of a climber on the outside of the Rec.

Oh yea, Peter Tumbas, this one’s for you. Here is your San Diego Superchargers glove winner in all his glory.

Oh yea, check out the new shooter shirts too.

Oh yea, check out the new shooter shirts too.

P.S. It’s snowing here, legitimately snowing, like several inches on the ground. I’m not even gonna share my misery over it so don’t ask for a picture. Here’s to UI facility members hopefully, possibly, maybe shoveling the Sprinturf.

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