As the season is winding down, I’m sure many of you are getting to the end of your pocket’s life. Can you remember that perfect pocket you had? Great hold, shot hard, passed accurately, etc. etc. Fast forward to now. Are you starting to drop the ball more? Are your passes sailing depending on the ball you’re using? Has your shot speed declined? These are all tell-tale signs of your pocket being TOO OLD.
Professor of History at Marist, Dr. Frederick Douglass Opie, is a scholar and educator. Many of his students probably wouldn’t know he was a big time player in his day at Syracuse or that he is a published author of a history book about food with some recipes. Dr. Opie recently launched a blog for just that; to share what he is passionate about. In his latest post Dr. Opie reminisces about how he and his teammates would dye heads over wings at the local restaurant, Acropolis. His memory is uncanny and the topics could not be more relevant in this given day.
“Organized white lacrosse head dying sessions, using Rit fabric dye, and downing dozens of hot Buffalo style chicken wings in the process represented an important part of SU lacrosse culture in the 1980s. There was definitely an unspoken competition over both who could eat the most wings and who could come up with the most aesthetic multi-colored design with your name, number, and Syracuse somehow all fit on a small surface.”
Will traditional stringing cease to exist permanently? The New England Lax Journal delves deep into prose. Lax Journal’s Kyle Devitte poses a widely speculated notion that many have considered for quite some time; that mesh has taken the place of traditional. It is not the subject that captivates you, the reader and lacrosse player, but really the metaphorical style that which he writes about the traditional pocket past and present.
“The King was greatly loved by all his peoples – in his time. He was respected as a visionary far beyond the many teams over which he reigned. Yet, as of late, we thought of him as a novelty. We thought of him when we wanted attention, or appreciation from our peers. We used him selfishly to our own ends. We would like to think we held him in an esteem without ambition, or want of self-confidence, as he assumed the heavy burden of the Jester and was succeeded by his sister whom he loved and to whom he had rendered perfect loyalty, despite her largely synthetic defection.”