Hope this reaches everyone well. Things have been crazy as usual on my end, but what is making things tougher is our recent 0-5 slide. It has been almost two months since our last win, and we are all beginning to forget the feeling we had to start the season.....Job #1 is to get that feeling back. What one win would do for our team!! Oh well, we don't have to wait long to get our shot as we host Calgary this Friday, then travel to play Philly on Saturday. I can guarantee you all one thing. Neither game will be easy as both teams are as desperate or more desperate than us. Should make for some great lacrosse!!!
On the weekend, I really did feel like we deserved better. You won't hear me say that too often, but they are a good team and we went blow for blow with them. We just couldn't bury our chances, and they did....simple as that! They got another outstanding game from their goalie Matt Vinc, and some key goals at key times. They are the class of the East for now without question. We are all chasing them now with that win. We need to take the good from that game and roll with it this weekend. Calgary are still the defending champs, and Philly is always tough in their own barn. I expect two great lacrosse games without question.
Outside of the game, it sure was nice getting a chance to go down to Florida at this time of year, I just wish we had another week there! The weather was beautiful and it just had that summertime feel, that all of us "Ontarians" are wishing for. I hear the nice weather is on it's way here by the end of the week. Here is to hoping!
Next up is the launch of the Toronto Rock Lacrosse camps across Ontario, Canada for the summer of 2010. I will be teaming up as the director of the summer lacrosse circuit which will be open for all kids aged 6-14. We will be travelling to my hometown of Kitchener - Waterloo, Whitby, Orangeville and Oakville. The first three taking place in July and the later in late August. I can't wait to get moving on these as it offers a great chance for me to get to know as many "little laxers" as possible over the summer, while spreading the great word of lacrosse and of the Rock. I am looking forward to seeing many of you this summer at some point or another. Stay tuned to www.torontorock.com for all the details.
Stepping away from lacrosse for a minute, I thought I'd compile another list and get some feedback from you guys on it as well. Last week, I was asked to name my favorite sports movie of all time. I stumbled for a bit (it was live t.v.) then came up with Hoosiers. Now, Hoosiers is on my list without question, but if I had more time would I have picked something else? Either way, here is my top five list of BEST SPORTS MOVIES OF ALL TIME (or atleast of my era)!
1. Slapshot: I am Canadian, this affirms it! Great movie to watch on bus rides, that is likely why I am so attached to it. I love it each time I see it.
2. Hoosiers: I was relatively young when I first saw this and my father got it for us to watch. There are some very valuable lessons in that movie for a young impressionable athlete. I still try and watch it once a year to this day. Gene Hackman's best work.
3. Remember the Titans: I loved this movie. Without living through that ear, I really felt that this movie portrayed the difficulties of the times very well. Denzel was outstanding as a leader of young men, and his portrayal of the power of leadership still sticks with me today. Great movie!!
4. Field of Dreams and For the Love of the Game: I think I may be soft for Costner. Almost every sports fan will agree with Field, but For the Love of the Game? Yes, I loved this movie. I liked how it told the story of a baseball pitcher in a very unique manner. Very touching and interesting all the same. I guess I like Costner in the baseball world. "Field" speaks for itself......
5. Caddyshack: This was a toss up between this and Kingpin, but in the end the "classic" wins out. A timeless classic. One of those movies everyone has seen and can relate to in one way or another. What a cast!!
As it turns out, my list (which is in no particular order) could have been 40 long easy. Some of the tough omits were; Rocky, Jerry Maguire, Kingpin, Gladiator, White men can't jump, Any Given Sunday, and Best in Show (if you can call this a sports movie) If it is, I may have to reconsider my list, I love Best in Show!
I will still need to see Raging Bull and Bull Durham, they are my next two on my list. If you have seen them, let me know they are worth the time. I have heard nothing but good things about both!
Well, there you have it. Feel free to respond with your thoughts, if nothing else you will give me something to rent on my next day off!
T'ill next time,