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Two MUFLL Players Selected to play in JIMI DLOUHY Cup

Two MUFLL Players Selected to play in JIMI DLOUHY Cup

The Dublin Riggers run by former St. Francis Xavier Xcelsiors player Sean Gibson has selected Nick Theabeau (STFX) and Jared Esson (ACA) to travel with the team to Prague this weekend. The opportunity arose a few months back to present these players with an opportunity to travel overseas and join the club. “Nick and Jared were key players this year for their respective teams in the inaugural season of the MUFLL, and working with Smitty to find the right guys should pay dividends. I expect them both to contribute well and be a big part of our effort in Radotin”, Coach Gibson said.

The Riggers also in there first year will be looking at improving on their third place finish in October in Rotterdam where they met Radotin two times and will be grouped with again in the preliminary round. The team had good success in Rotterdam, bringing home the third place trophy and having six players selected including the ‘green’ team captain Sean Gibson and All Star MVP Joe Caulfield.

“Nick and Jared were key players this year for their respective teams in the inaugural season of the MUFLL, and working with Smitty to find the right guys should pay dividends. I expect them both to contribute well and be a big part of our effort in Radotin”, Coach Gibson said.

“The tournament format combined with travel and who is in our group will make things very difficult but, I expect most of the guys from Ireland are used to these kind of tournaments and I think the addition of the guys from the US and Canada will greatly increase our chances of coming out of our group in the first two spots. However, to really get used to the pitch here they need to have cleats that fit the lacrosse fields.”, adds Gibson.

To qualify from there group the Riggers will need to win one of the two games from there and depending on their results could end up playing last years runners up Jizni Mesto who annually competes for top spot with rivals Radotin in the Czech NBLL.

“This is a good showcase for us Irish boys, we don’t get to play much box here in Europe as it hasn’t developed to the extend of the field game yet but, with tournaments like this every year it would be hard to imagine it staying on the back burner for very long. Hopefully as the sport of lacrosse in general grows throughout Europe more and more of these tournaments will begin to pop up and give us more opportunity to bring players from Ireland, Canada, and the US over to play. I was hoping for more of an Irish contingent this year but, with the World Games coming up in July most will be saving for that event. But, I am very excited for this team and could see us doing very well.”, Gibson said.

The Riggers will open the Jimi Dlouhy Cup playing little known Sparta Praha Friday at 1230 (CET). Then following the opening ceremonies will be playing the tournament favourites Radotin at 2030 to determine the rankings for the second round of the tournament. You can get more details about the tournament from the Radotin website at

Once the tournament is completed Nick and Jared will be joining the Dublin Lacrosse Club for a couple of field training sessions before heading back to Canada. For more information about Lacrosse in Ireland or Dublin check out the Dublin Lacrosse website at If you are interested in coming over to Ireland as a player or an individual you can find all the information regarding contacts at

Mufll Expands Into New Brunswick

Mufll Expands Into New Brunswick

The Maritime University Field Lacrosse League announced it has awarded a franchise to the universities of Mount Allison (MTA) and University of New Brunswick (UNB) for the 2006 season. The MTA and UNB team’s becomes the league’s fifth and sixth teams, and will play there home games in Sackville, NB and Fredericton, NB.

“After a successful first season the MUFLL is excited to add to new teams for the 2006 season. Expansion into New Brunswick is even better and continues to help us achieve our goals of promoting and expanding the game of lacrosse in the Maritimes,” said Commissioner Brendon Smithson.

The MTA team has been under the head of 1st year student Matt Kinney. Matt’s lacrosse career began with the Moncton Roadrunners as a goalie. He is a master in using the lacrosse goalie sticks. This will be first venture into the field game, but is hoping that he will have some great results. Matt has spent ours working with the MTA athletic department to but this team together and also hired a head coach Nick Bradley.

Nick has made his mark on the MUFLL starting the Acadia Laxmen team in 2004. Nick played field lacrosse in high school for Hebron Lumberjacks. This will be Nick’s first venture into the coaching ranks and hopes to bring a winner reputation to MTA. With Nick on the side lines for MTA, there is sure to be a rivalry when Acadia travels to Sackville in there only match up of the season.

UNB is being run by Wayne Mallet the director of field lacrosse in New Brunswick. Wayne has been a big part to the success of Fredericton lacrosse and will be continuing to coach many of the Fredericton players in University as well. Wayne and the UNB varsity Reds will be waiting for the battle of New Brunswick between MTA. These two will meet twice during the season, once in Sackville and once in Fredericton.

”Lacrosse New Brunswick is very excited with the possibility of two of its members (UNB & MTA) participating in the MUFLL,” said Bruce Logan, President of Lacrosse New Brunswick. “This brings a new dynamic to growing our game in many different areas. From a minor box perspective, it gives tremendous added value to the kids aspiring to bigger and better things and is a natural extension to graduating Intermediate and Junior players looking to continue in the game while furthering their educational experience.”

Bruce continued on to say “Our member’s participation in the MUFLL will enhance the game of lacrosse, provide tremendous opportunities to our members and will act as a catalyst to the recruitment and retention to top athletes. Congratulations to the organizers and leadership of the MUFLL for bringing Men’s Field to the Maritimes.”

With the added team the MUFLL will form into two divisions. For the 2006 season the pool will be as follows North Division: MTA, StFX and UNB South Division: Aca, Dal and SMU. The regular season schedule consists of 21 games, to be played over seven weekends. Each of the league’s six teams will play seven regular season games, 4 divisional game and 3 non-divisional games. The regular season begins on September 8th and concludes on October 29th, with the Scotia bank Cup Weekend to follow.

Is Becoming a Professional Baseball Player Easy

Is Becoming a Professional Baseball Player Easy

You really can play like a professional baseball player if you work hard on the basics. No coaching manual or coach can make you baseball star in one day. They can just guide you but the dream of becoming a great hitter or professional baseball player depends on your dedication and hard work.

Just try to remember your star player; did he reach this goal in one day? I mean to say that only hard work is not sufficient, but you need to work in right direction with proper technique.

First of all make a proper strategy to your daily routine. As a young player make the habit of learning new things, strategies, and try to understand the real art of the game.

You can consult your coach or senior baseball players and learn from their experiences. Try to understand your plus points and weaknesses as this may help you a lot in future. Once you know your weak point you can really concentrate on that part harder than other. Even you can make the habit of writing all your weakness so that you can discuss with your coach later on.

You must understand the fact that becoming a hero in baseball is not that easy. You need to be consistent and just dreaming will not help you at all.

Proper technique combined with hard work will help you in achieving the end goal you desire. It’s better to start at the young age as youngsters are really keen on learning new things in a proper way.

They are really excited about the game plan such as fielding, catching fly balls, diving in the infield or outfield, and most importantly about hitting. He dreams of becoming a great hitter and does all the hard work that is required to reach success.

Another key is to pick the position on field as this will help him to develop the skills related to that field position. My advice to you is to become an all rounder, because you can be useful for your team in any situation. And in the end your dream must be of becoming a professional player, not a regular one.

Anyway, just remember all these basic points and start developing special baseball skills in you. To add on just remember to appoint a private coach and try to join a league at the very young age.

You can even choose college or high school with a good baseball reputation. It’s better for you that your skills develop fast as this is what matters most in becoming a professional baseball player.

Hail Mary For the Win!

Hail Mary For the Win!

If Bret Bielma and his Wisconsin Vadgers team stubs anymore toes, they’re not going to have any left.

It was a miraculous win over Mark Dantonio’s Spartan team against their first Top 10 ranked opponent. I would have to say that this is the second best game that I have watched after the “Little Giants” fake field goal play against Notre Dame in 2010. Just due to the fact that the fake field goal was more of a surprise and gutsy call.

Keith Nichol for the win

The opening possession by the Badgers had me thinking that perhaps the Badgers are a lot better than we gave them credit for. Especially by how much they ran up scores against powder puff teams. Then came our first possession and the Badgers D was able to force a fumble. A sinking feeling my gut soon occurred when Wisconsin was able to capitalize on our turnovers.

But all was not lost. In the second quarter, our Spartans seemed to have settle down. Our defense was able to force a safety, a blocked field goal, and a blocked punt shifted the momentum over to our favor when heading into half time. The start of the second half, it seemed no one could really accomplish anything. It kind of felt like the first quarter all over. Each team feeling each other to see what adjustments the opposing team made.

The fourth quarter started slow but gradually became of heart pounding excitement. With Michigan State up by 14 points at one time, Wisconsin was able to storm back and score 14 straight to tie up the game. With some questionable play clock management by bumbling Bret Bielma, we had enough time to attempt to toss up a prayer. With a miraculous bounce and catch by Nichol, it was originally ruled not a touchdown. Obviously the ruling had to be reviewed.

Keith Nichol crosses the plan for the winning TD

In the end, the replay booth reviewed the call and called it a touchdown. For the majority, a lot of the Badgers fan agreed with the overruled call. With a few minority, saying that the call should have stayed since the video and freeze frames were “not conclusive”. Some even clamoring that the “ball” is actually the defenders hand.

There are some minority Wisconsin fans who believe that the original non-TD call was correct just because the camera angle isn’t a perfect perpendicular line as shown above or how the referee standing at the goal line was in perfect position to make the correct call. With live action events that are extremely quick, it’s hard for the human eye to keep up. In the end, I think I believe the right call was made. Majority of the Wisconsin fans believe it as well. And amazingly enough, quite a few Michigan fans too.

So what exactly did we learn this weekend against the Badgers?

1. Our patchwork has steadily improved since the Ohio State game. The bye week before the Michigan Wolverines certainly helped.

2. Due to our steady progress of our patchwork offensive line, we are now able to establish a little better run game which was lacking against better teams. This is preventing Kirk Cousins getting pressured into throwing off his back foot and allowing him to make for the most part sound decisions.

3. Narduzzi is slowly but surely, finally getting the players he needs to play his style of defense. You can see the steady improvements throughout this season. I think as a Michigan State fans, majority of us were calling for his head the first few seasons he was here.

4. Wisconsin believes that they were still the better but choked the game away and gave no credit to our defense who forced those errors on their offense. But that’s usually the case with any fan base. Be it Michigan State or any other schools.

5. I think it’s pretty safe to say that we are no longer the “Same ole Spartans” underneath Dantonio. He has instilled a mentality of never giving up and to fight to the last minute. The players have bought into this mentality and it shows with us winning three out of the four games in one toughest stretch in Big 10 football that I have seen. We now need to beat Nebraska at Lincoln and win out the games we are suppose to win.

6. As much as I badmouth Nichol, he was a hero for this game and is a great team player and Spartan.

7. The last is penalties by Michigan State against the Badgers for this game. We are called a “dirty” defense team but with 0/0 penalties against Wisconsin? Dirty program? More like Michigan couldn’t match our intensity last week and had to cry to mommy about how rough we were playing.

Here’s hoping for a win in Lincoln next week and continue our improving play!

Hitting stance in Baseball

Hitting stance in Baseball

To get a base means you have to hit a round baseball coming at you at a rapid pace. Hitting a baseball is considered to be the toughest job in baseball. A youngster has to really work hard to become a hitter and needs a good coach to assist him.

Baseball hitting is really hard but to become a professional baseball hitter a proper approach towards the game is really necessary. First of all, ensure that you feel comfortable in facing the stance towards the plate, because comfort is important for an excellent hit. But the real question is does a particular stance really helps, lets find out.

The most common stance used by many professionals is the open stance. In this stance your two feet’s are roughly the similar space amidst the plate and the front of your body that is almost exposed to the pitcher. A hitter can really swing his bat quickly as he is almost in a swing position.

The next is the closed stance in which the front foot signs to be closer along with the plate, rather when compared to the rear. With this phenomenon, the body is exposed at a smaller angle to the pitcher.

The most benefit of this stance is that a hitter can produce more power because he has the chance of swinging the bat. Also in this position the hitter is able to wait until the last moment after the release of ball.

You can select any of the stances that suit you, but there are few factors that you must take into consideration. The first is the confidence level when you step into the box for action.

The next is the comfort and balance that depends on your stance position. You’ll not feel comfortable if a particular stance doesn’t work for you, hence when working on your stance attempt a position that you feel comfortable to hit.

The next important thing that every player wants is a good plate exposure. Hence special attention has to be paid while practicing your stance. You can simply create your own method to solve this problem.

And the last that if the hitting start from the newest bbcor bats and usa bats that so great. The year 2020 is not far away and finding 2021 USA bats has never been this easy because there are so many new reviews and new bats for 2021 that have appeared on the market right now.

Many of them just tap the plate when they get in the box and if the bat hit the same part of the plate then the distance might be correct. It’s just a trial and error process. Anyway there are many stances in the book of baseball and it is you who have to decide what works best for you.

Why I’m a Spartan

Why I’m a Spartan

I was born to be a Spartan. At my high school graduation party my mom proudly displayed a picture of me, barely able to walk, in a MSU t-shirt. Four months later, I was spending my first of what would be seven years in East Lansing.

I received my B.A. in Economics from the Eli Broad College of Business, and was one of the first classes to graduate under the newly renamed “Michigan State University College of Law”. I look back at that photo, and realize even at that age I knew where I’d end up.

My mom used to take me to games, and would sit me on her lap as she’d scream and yell so loud that I’m sure George Perles really did hear her. You see, I’m afraid that if I had chosen to go to any other school I’d probably be orphaned.

My mother was, and still is to this day, the biggest MSU fan I have ever met. She knew not only the players stats, but their majors and how they acted off the field. She took great pride in the fact she graduated from MSU, more so than any other fan I’ve ever met.

For me, I feel truly lucky to be a Spartan. I think back to my freshman year at Bailey Hall, eating at peanut barrel, or the time I spent at “Ricks” american cafe (do they still have VIP cards?).

I remember the aud, gumby’s, the idiots who dived into the red cedar when the temperature dropped below 0, and hoping they would cancel classes every time we’d get a snowstorm. I remember the riots, the burning couches, the banning of drinking games at tailgating. I remember Johnny Spartan. I even remember when shaw hall wasn’t a “spa”.

Even here in Arizona I will still see the occassional green and white shirt. When I do, I always yell “Go green”. Sometimes, I’ll get a confused look from the person, which makes me think wearing our school colors is now passe. However, for those who bleed green like I do I will hear that beautiful music to my ears…..”Go White”.

Different Softball Drills

Different Softball Drills

softball is really an interesting game and a very less ability player can become a good player. On the other hand he has to pay special attention on softball drills which is vital in softball training. Though various skills are required to become a better player a perfect exercise plan can do the trick for you.

Shortly, including good softball drills in your regular softball practice can help things go well. To become an all-round performer or to build a top baseball team a good coach plays a major role that can freely pinch the best drills for his team.

The first important is the hitting drill as you have to become a good hitter of the softball ball. A good coach will always teach you to try different ways of hitting and find out what works for you. He also help you in finding the bats fit with you. He will has newest softball bats reviews and you can follow these great guideline.

Obviously if you want to be a great hitter hard work is important along with practicing different hitting drills that works for you the best.

Hence the best thing here is to know your limits and just opt for stance that you’re comfortable with as hitting a softball is the most difficult skill and nothing but only practice will make you perfect hitter.

The next in the list is bunting drills as this is a skill of watching the ball all the way to the bat. Bunting is important in softball drills as you can help your team in serious situation by placing down a winning bunt. So if you want to become a perfect hitter you need to give special attention in becoming a good bunter.

Now, throwing and catching can be called as self-protective in softball drills. To become a best performer you need to work on different throwing and catching skills.

Many coaches teach this skill as good defense always depends on team’s ability to throw and catch accurately. The best softball player is the one who works hard on throwing and catching skills as it will make a difference between losing and winning side.

Fielding drill is also important as it helps your team in do or dies situation. Whether you are an outfielder or an infielder every attempt to make the catch has to be made. You need to be little athletic here and must be able to give your best without hurting yourself.

To add on softball drills are not only important but crucial for improving player’s performance on field when it matters the most. It can be developed by spending more time on field and remember as a player you must be ready to do anything that can help your team win.

Sparty vs. Bucky: For All the Big Ten Glory

Sparty vs. Bucky: For All the Big Ten Glory

The holiday season must be here. People will be wearing green and red. The food will be in abundance. Bands will be playing. People will be singing. A good time will be had by some.

Sounds like a typical office holiday party, right? Sure… but not if the people wearing green or red are at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday for the Big Ten Championship Football Game.

Unlike last year, the Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers won’t be sharing the Big Ten Title. This year, there will be a clear winner and a definite loser. No more of this wolverine crap (not bull crap) of having “co-champions.”

With the Spartans coming off an easy win on the road against Northwestern and the Badgers giving the Joe Pa-less Penn State team a proverbial beat-down, both teams make their way to Indianapolis with tremendous momentum.

Naturally, the Badgers have a score to settle with Michigan State because of the wild finish to their previous matchup at Spartan Stadium back on October 22nd. Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis thought he’d be able to swat Kirk Cousins’ pass away from Sparty’s own BJ Cunningham, but Keith Nichol grabs the ricochet and powers the ball across the goal line for the win!!!!! Sparty On! Sparty On!

That was then. Saturday is a whole new ball game.

Here are a few things the Spartans need to do to keep the score in their favor:

Break Down Wisconsin’s O-Line: Over the years, Wisconsin has had a solid offensive line. They’re the reason why RB Montee Ball and QB Russell Wilson have been able to put up the numbers they have. Ball averages 6.5 yards per rush and has 29 rushing TD’s this season. Wilson has been known to engineer comebacks (the October 22nd game at Spartan Stadium is evidence).

Keep Pressing on Offense: There’s no reason why Kirk Cousins and BJ Cunningham can’t hook up often. Wisconsin’s d-backs have given up big plays at what seem to be “inopportune times” for them. If Cousins can spread the love around to all his receivers, good. They need to keep the Badgers guessing.

Special Teams: I’m talking about kick coverage. Get to Abbrederis and put him on the turf before he can get his wheels going.

Enough of my blather…. I’m sure you have your opinion on what the Spartans need to do to be the undisputed Big Ten Champion. I’d better log off before my wife catches me writing this….

…..she’s a Badger fan. The couch isn’t a comfortable place to sleep. So, shhhhhh! Go Green!

As far as she’s concerned……I hope it’s a great holiday party in Indy with the splashes of green and red adorning the stands.

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