This has been a tough year for the Florida lacrosse community. Cardinal Mooney Senior Mark Bavaro was already suffering from an ACL injury and had not played for the team this year but all that paled in comparison to the boating accident on March 19th that seriously damaged multiple vertebrae and left him with no feeling below his midsection. The story details are at this link for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: LINK Mike went through two surgeries to stabilize his neck and is now up at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Those who follow the John Michael Knight recovery will remember that was where he started his recovery too. And just like John Michael, Mark has a facebook page dedicated to a similar approach: https://www.facebook.com/mikeybavaropage/ https://w
Note: I will be part of Mike Loveday's live broadcast on his YouTube channel LaxRecords. Click HERE for the channel page at 4:00pm to watch the show. Okay, it's been since 3/17th since we've been posting and a lot of news has piled in since, both good and sad. My significant other came back from Colombia with a cold and laryngitis and I ended up catching it a week later. Both of us are fine, but that can't be said for all the members of the Florida lacrosse community. As many of you know, I am a Financial Adviser by profession, specializing in investment management and any one who has looked at the non-Coronavirus news knows that this has been a very stressful time for investors, and just as much for their advisers. I experienced the Crash of 1987 as a young
Well, just kind of a fancy way of saying "Life is not fair". No, it isn't. From Wiki: Greek tragedy was a popular and influential form of drama performed in theatres across ancient Greece from the late 6th century BC. These were on my curriculum at Hobart in my freshman year but I was a pretty lazy student at the time so I'll liberally use other sources if needed. If it interests the readers, you can find some of these plays in the motion pictures of today, like Troy. Tragic heroes often were brought down by a “tragic flaw” in the character. And Greek Mythology played a role in these plays too. Capricious. Sudden and unaccountable changes. We all hold out at least a glimmer of hope that at some point we might see that miracle that will start play up again. Bu
How it should look . . . I mentioned in the King's-Oxbridge writeup that a confrontation occurred late in the game in the stands and I would write about it separately. Full disclosure up front. I DID NOT WITNESS the confrontation even though I was only about 30 feet away. I did hear some things but the only thing I can say with 100% certainty was the chant of the King's students that started with about 4 minutes to go. I am pretty confident is saying an Oxbridge fan, whether parent or not, confronted the chant in some way. But that's about it for 100% of what I know. I was in the press box but plenty of people were between me and the fracas. Could I ask around and get plenty of input? Sure, but why go with a Rashomon-style likelihood of differing opinions when the actual details a
Thanks once again to Mike Loveday for having me on the LaxRecords.com podcast. It was taped on Sunday, Feb. 16th, the day before the season started. LaxRecords.com is a terrific site to find statistics for the entire high school lacrosse world, and covers milestones for BOTH players and coaches. A real lacrosse fan will bookmark his site and go back to it frequently to keep up to date. Click here for the LINK to the podcast. If you only want to here the FLN section, that starts at the 21:39 mark. The sound is a little off and I blame myself for using an inferior speaker phone. I will learn my lesson in time for the next appearance!
We transition to a new sponsor for the FLN Polls this season! Prospects Lacrosse Inc. is sponsoring a new event for Florida school teams on an invitational basis as a showcase for college coaches to attend. The Florida event is scheduled for May 23rd-24th in Vero Beach. There actually is going to also be an Upstate NY version of the event in July at a college that I am very familiar with . . . which might necessitate TWO trips this year to that town, as it is my FORTIETH college reunion this year . . . Oh Lord. Gentlemen, start your engines!!! https://youtu.be/TLWr8gTAFSU Hmm, a Florida kid managed to make it into this one . . . TWICE. And Joe Seider's goal viewed from behind is the best advertisement for the sport I know of. Wow, what a bunch of...
Many of you have contacted me about the future of FLN since I have not posted since mid-June when the FHSAA went with their huge change to the high school lax world. We are still in business! My absence has been one of personal choice as I seriously needed to take a break. It's been almost 8 years now since I starting writing for FLN and the longest break I took away from this was about a week and, as I mentioned before, have been doing this as a hobby aside from my normal way of making a living, which is also time-consuming. I went full cold turkey, including not opening my emails or looking at either the Twitter or Facebook pages (rest assured, we are adding Instagram this year!). I opened my email today for the first time and there are 738 emails waiting for me. Good and bad n