UPDATED: When Worlds Collide – A Recap Of The Iroquois Lacrosse Media Coverage


It’s a lacrosse story that’s recieved worldwide media coverage for all the wrong reasons.  Here is a rundown of all news updates on the Iroquois national lacrosse team’s passport brouhaha.

UPDATED: Now with videos!

Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse exhibition game at Center Island Beach in Long Island on Thursday

Also highlights from the game they SHOULD have played in: Germany (Iroquois spot) v. England (the “evil empire”)

England Downs Germany in FIL Opener

Host England made a statement in the opening game of the 2010 FIL World Championship, storming to a 12-3 victory over Germany. The English win boosted them to the top of the Blue Division with a 1-0 start, while Germany, which was recently promoted to the Blue Division in place of the embattled Iroquois team, falls to 0-1.

Canada routs Japan, US plays Australia in Friday action

Defending champions Team Canada routed Japan 17-4. Team USA faces Australia to conclude the opening day’s games.

Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team Hangs In Limbo (Podcast)
NPR’s Michel Martin gets an update on where the team’s travel plans stand with Tonya Gonnella Frichner, a lawyer for the team.

Members of the Iriquois Nationals Lacrosse Team in Times Square while waiting for a decision on whether they will be able to fly to England to compete there. (Schwartz for News)

NYTimes: After False Hope, Iroquois Team Remains in U.S.

The Guardian (UK): Iroquois lacrosse team cleared to travel by America – then blocked by Britain

AFP: US allows Iroquois lacrosse team to travel

The Hill: Lacrosse controversy pits N.Y. lawmakers against State Dept.

NPR (blog): Iroquois LAX Team’s Tribal Passports Get U.S. OK

New York Observer: Electeds Rally on Behalf of Iroquois Lacrosse Team

Politics Daily: Indian Lacrosse Team OK to Travel for Tournament as Passport Issue Resolved

Overlawyered.com (blog): Iroquois “passports”

JammieWearingFool (blog): Give Me More of That Yummy Smart Diplomacy

Federale (blog): Who Else Is A Viper At Our Breast?

Is there a lesson buried in this mess? Can the FIL recover from this very public black eye to the sport?

What is it really
That’s going on here?

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