Hey folks, hope all is well with all the Rock fans out there! It’s been a while, but with so much going on we have lots to chat about in this edition of my blog.
First and foremost, how about the State of Michigan right now! Being a Tigers, Wolverine, and Lion fan it is safe to say it has been a good few months! I have been glued to the tube and or the radio watching and listening to my Tigers go on one hell of a run. I have always been a fan of playoff baseball. It may sound strange coming from a lacrosse player, but baseball is America’s pastime for a reason. Every single pitch in a game has huge implications and the Yanks/Tigers series and now the Tigers/Rangers series have exemplified that! I literally cannot leave the t.v. for one pitch. On my way home from the Habs/Leafs opener last Thursday (which was one of the worst sporting events I’ve seen in years by the way) I was about half hour from my house in the country and was losing the radio station that was airing the Yanks/Tigers game five. I had my four year old sleeping in the back as I pulled over to listen to the final two innings. Made me think of a simpler time, when radio would have been all people had to take in a ball game. It truly was an awesome moment. Safe to say, I have been enthralled by playoff baseball yet again. Not only because my Tigers are making a great run, but it offers yet another reason why baseball is the ultimate team game. I can do my best to put it into words, but playoff baseball is about as good as it gets. Go Tigers.
I won’t dwell too much on the Wolverines and the Lions, but c’mon both of them undefeated into late October! What a thrill. The Lions have won some of the best comeback games I have seen in years. Calvin Johnson and Stafford are lights out and they are something exciting to watch. What a turnaround from a team that didn’t even win a game some three years ago. It goes to show you that the NFL has things right. The free agent system and the importance of a good draft can turn a team around very quickly (if done properly…see Millen in years past). I was lucky enough to be at the Lions home opener, when they pounded the Chiefs. I can tell you, the passion is back in Detroit and I am glad to see it.
Lastly, the Wolverines have been both exciting and nerve-racking to watch. That is college sports I guess. The reality is that kids that age still make mistakes. That is why games are never over! See the College basketball tournament for more evidence of that! The incredible comeback against Notre Dame in the first ever night game in Ann Arbor was a game for the ages. Even last week, the Northwestern coach was asked about dropping a four point half time lead. He said something along the lines of “Denard Robinson happened, that is it!” What else can you say? This kid may never make the NFL, but that shouldn’t take away from what he has been doing for the last three years with the Wolverines. He is special and I am enjoying watching him do what he does. Good on ya, Denard keep it up as the schedule tightens up. It would be great to see another big bowl game……..oh yeah, beat Ohio State as well.
Moving on to lacrosse I guess. Aside from this being the best time of year for sports it has also been quite a pre-season for the NLL. Boston has officially folded, the dispersal and the entry drafts are done and teams and fans are starting to see what their teams are shaping up like. In Toronto, it is safe to say we are going to be a much better team, even without Whipper. I suspect Roiker will come in and give us some stability in the net. On top of that, once we get a few big pieces back from injury (Petkoff and Sharp) with the additions on our back end we will be solid there as well. I don’t know much about our draft picks, but as I’ve said before. If Terry drafted them, they will be there to earn a spot on our team. Simple as that. I do know Jesse Gamble, and from what I’ve seen this kid can play. He is undersized, but his athleticism and knack for the ball will make up for it in spades. I am excited to see him play in the NLL. We also just signed Bruce Codd, and as some of you know. You just can’t go wrong with a guy like Codd. He is the type of player that will do what is needed to win Championships! I am looking forward to playing with him.
On the offensive side of the ball, in addition to Carey who we’ve already talked about we added Josh Sanderson to our left side. It may be hard for some people to understand but even though we were great last year offensively, Josh will come in and make each of us better. He is also the ultimate winner who, pardon my assumption might be playing with a huge chip on his shoulder as some people out there are starting to question him. I am REALLY looking forward to having him back!
Like I said before, we are going to be a better team this year. Normally, for a championship team that is usually good news. The problem is, so did every other team in the league. With Boston dropping out and this being one of the best entry drafts in years, each team in the NLL has a legitimate opportunity to win the Champions Cup! If I’m a fan of the NLL, this is the year I go get all my friends and bring them to a game. This year’s product should be the best ever. Let’s make it our goal to sell this game to general public. The talent and emotion that is going to be showcased this year in a 16 game schedule will be unparalleled. I for one can’t wait to get going.
As far as getting going goes, I have been training hard in anticipation for our late-November training camp start. Camp is going to be much smaller this season, as there are really only a few jobs up for grabs, but it will be an intense camp with some surprise outcomes I am sure.
In the meantime, enjoy some baseball or football and keep counting the days until the NLL season gets underway yet again. I know I am really excited to get my 15th(?) season going.
See you all again very soon!