The latest news in the lacrosse world… at least here in Michigan:
News: Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Reaction: A day to remember the struggles of African-Americans and to think about the future, the hope that MLK had. He said in his famous speech on August 28, 1963 in Washington DC - "I have a dream - that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!" We all need to be working toward that. Lacrosse can reveal character and here in Michigan we need to work to bring lacrosse to the city of Detroit and other communities; to African-Americans and everyone in the state that don’t know about this great game.
On this day, I would like to recognize just a few famous African American laxers – locally and nationally:
Jim Brown (Syracuse) Perhaps the greatest of all time.
Jovan Miller (Syracuse)
John Christmas (Virginia)
Sam Bradman (Salisbury)
Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins)
Jamal Robertson (Cranbrook) He’s doing some great work with his 8 Mile Lacrosse project.
Kirk Lewis (Detroit Country Day and Michigan State)
Taylor Thornton (Northwestern)
Roger Bunton (L’Anse Creuse) Member of the MHSLCA and US Lacrosse / Michigan Halls of Fame
Yes, there are many, many more who have played or coached this great game but we are just scratching the surface. Just think about the great athletes who are NOT playing lacrosse. Imagine if they had picked up the game when they were younger. We need to let the future generations know about the beauty and challenge of lacrosse and encourage them to play.
News: MHSAA moves 2013 State Finals to East Grand Rapids
Reaction: Yes, the west side of the state is a bit of a hotbed, but compared to the Metro Detroit area, it’s not even close. The communities of Birmingham, Ann Arbor, Grosse Pointe, Bloomfield Hills and St. Clair Shores started the game here. Tradition goes a long way – especially in lacrosse and moving the Finals out of Southeastern Michigan is a mistake. I don’t think the NCAA is planning on moving the D I finals to Denver or Dallas anytime soon. Advice to the Detroit / Ann Arbor area lax fans – you better start booking hotel rooms or prepare for a long day on June 8th.
News: Brother Rice and Country Day are the Pre-Season #1 Seeds for the State Tourney
Reaction: Rice the number one seed? Of course they deserve to be the top seed. But not Country Day. They lost in the finals last year, they don’t have a head coach yet and there is speculation that some of their players will not return to play this season. How could Forest Hills Central not be seeded number one? Expect the Rangers to use that as motivation.
One other surprise – Troy Athens is not one of the top eight seeds in D I. Amazing!