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Lacrosse Is Back!

After this past weekend, it can truthfully said that college lacrosse is back in full swing.

Thank goodness.

Below is going to be one of the year’s best goals and it only happened a few days ago. On Feb 8, Johns Hopkins was playing the Naval Academy when Hopkins pulled off “the ol’ hidden ball trick.”

It’s a thing of beauty.

Johns Hopkins midfielder Joel Tinney fakes a flip to teammate John Crawley for a hidden ball trick that fools enough of the Navy defense to leave the goalie totally unaware and enables Tinney to bomb it into the net from a step outside the box.

For those who think that this was the goalie’s fault, it’s not. The goalie cannot really see if the exchange between the two Hopkins players took place. (The ball is white and in white crosses with white webbing.) It’s up to the defender to call out where the ball is. He didn’t and the resultant 40 yard laser beam goal was the result.

All we can say is “thank goodness lacrosse is back!”

Ref Hit By Kick…… And It’s Good!

We haven’t seen this before.

Have you ever seen something like this? Midland Lee kicker Luis Aranda lined up for an extra point in the second quarter on Friday. His kick nailed a referee in the head before finding its way through the uprights! Talk about special teams player of the week!

Some people have said that this is similar to the incident in Texas several weeks ago where a referee was targeted by two players for a blindside hit.

High School Referee Gets Run Over By Players.

Anyone who has ever refereed a football game will tell you that the most dangerous position is that of the umpire – the guy who stands in the defensive backfield 5 – 10 yards from the line of scrimmage. It is a rough place to be with players flying by you.

The position of an umpire is not – and no position taken by a sports official – one that deserves to be “targeted” by players.

The video below shows just such a targeting. With less than a minute left in a Texas high school football game between John Jay High School and Marble Falls High School, two safeties from John Jay appear to deliberately crash into the umpire.

At the snap of the ball the first Jay player, Victor Rojas, runs into the back of referee Robert Watts as he watched the play unfold. A second player, Michael Moreno, appeared to target the official while he was on the ground.

Prior to the play in question, two John Jay players were ejected in separate plays:

Don’t Blame The Kids. Put The Blame On Where It Belongs – The Adults.


I trust in God
I love my country
And will respect its laws
I will play fair
And strive to win
But win or lose
I will always do my best
– Little League Pledge

Controversy broke out at the Little League Softball World Series on Monday.

Having qualified for the semi-finals, the team from South Snohomish, Washington played Rowan, North Carolina, another team that had qualified for the semi-finals. With nothing at stake for them, Snohomish sat most of their starters and decided to bunt most of the game. With Snohomish resting players and not playing competitively, North Carolina won the game.

That outcome irritated the team from Central Iowa.

Central Iowa, which finished 3-1 in pool play, could have advanced Monday to the semifinals if South Snohomish either scored three runs vs. the U.S. Southeast representative from North Carolina or won the game to finish 4-0 in pool play.

Goodbye Central Iowa. Thanks for playing. You’re out of the tournament.

Central Iowa protested the Snohomish / Rowan game and the tournament officials rightfully declined their protest as 1) they were not part of the game and 2) Snohomish had not broken any written rules.

Iowa then contacted Little League International who decided that Snohomish had not broken the letter of the law, but had not followed the “spirit” of the Little League pledge to “play fair and try to win.”

Little League International decided to have a one game playoff between Contral Iowa and Snohomish to see who would advance to the semi finals. The two teams played on Tuesday with Central Iowa winning 3-2, sending Snohomish home.

Satellite Beach And Young Coders.

The City of satellite Beach, having determined that nature will bow to their will when it comes to trees, will hold a CRA meeting tonight at 6:00 PM followed by a meeting of the City Council at 7:00. The agenda for the meeting can be found here and the support packet can be found here.

The Council has had a habit of blocking out what is important to the people of Satellite Beach and taking the approach of “we need to tax and spend so let’s find more ways to do that.”

We were reminded of that when we saw this cartoon which pushing aside what really matters:

A Very Common Coder’s Youthful Mistake


(cartoon courtesy of Commit Strip.)

Hope to see you at the meeting(s).

American Pharoah vs. Secretariat: Who Would Win?

In case you missed it, American Pharoah won the Triple Crown this past week after winning the Belmont Stakes. He is the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

As with any great accomplishment, comparisons begin to be made between players, teams and in this case horses. The Wall Street Journal put together a side by side video of American Pharoah’s run as compared to Secretariat’s win at the Belmont in 1973.

There are a lot of variables in a comparison like this. Weather and track conditions all play a part in the running of the races. Not only that, but the competition has an impact on the race as well. American Pharoah was able to run his pace as there was no “rabbit” setting a faster pace. In 1973, the race was between Secretariat and another very good horse named Sham and the two set a blistering pace from breaking out of the gate.

The Wall Street Journal opines:

Maryland vs. Denver.

championship_lacrosse-m_di-LogoWell, here we go.

On Saturday, Maryland defeated in-state and hated rival Johns Hopkins 12 – 11 to advance to the Division I Lacrosse Championship game on Monday. There, the Terps will meet Denver who needed overtime (also known as ‘free lacrosse’) to send number one ranked Notre Dame home to South Bend.

In the Maryland game…

Hopkins didn’t go away quietly, ripping off five-straight goals — powered mostly by sophomore middie John Crawley’s four second half goals. Through the run, freshman face-off specialist Hunter Moreland was excellent, winning three-straight draws at one point, finishing 11-23 on the day. The Blue Jays also got a nice performance from goalie Eric Schneider, who finished with 13 saves.

Like the first semifinal, the nightcap also featured a dramatic finish — after Shack Stanwicks first goal of the game cut Maryland’s lead to one with 1:13 remaining, he had another shot with about :45 remaining that hit the back of the net. Maryland failed to clear, however, giving Hopkins one more look. Freshman middie Joel Tinney got a clean shot that Bernlohr saved with the butt-end of his stick and after a delay to tend to Wells Stanwick’s injury (he was hit trying to track down the rebound), Maryland ran out the final two seconds.

Yeah, the final Maryland save was made off the butt end of Maryland’s goalie’s stick. We can’t remember ever seeing that before but it was great to watch.

As for the Denver win….


championship_lacrosse-m_di-LogoThe Terps 14 -7 route of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins defeat of Syracuse sets up today’s semi-final matchup of what many consider the “blue bloods” of the sport.

Make no mistake about it, Maryland and Hopkins don’t like each other on the lacrosse field. Maryland seems to have always played the role of little sister to the Blue Jays and over the past few years, that has changed to where Maryland and Hopkins are equals and heated rivals.

On the other side of the bracket, the midwest and west step up to the faceoff circle with Notre Dame taking on Denver. Notre Dame is ranked number 1 in the country and Denver would like nothing better than to knock out the last remaining ACC team out of the tournament.

As stake in both games is a spot in the National Championship Game on Monday.

The Maryland – Hopkins game is scheduled to start at 3:30 EDT preceded by Denver – Notre Dame at 1:00 PM. Both games can be seen on ESPN.

On Friday, the Maryland woman earned a spot in Sunday’s National Championship game by beating Syracuse 10-8. If the Maryland men win tomorrow, both the men and the women will be playing for the title this weekend.

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