Sleep’s For Babies, Laxers Play All Night

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii

Editor’s Note: IU senior captain Dan Helfrich posts.


Ohhh here we go. After having written the introductory post and the glove post, yeah the one about our 2 pairs of gloves, you get that? 2 pairs, I still haven’t had a post where I pick the subject. Where to begin? YouTube. I find that to be the answer to a lot of my problems now-a-days. Where can I find sweet lacrosse videos? YouTube. How do I string a stick? YouTube. How to tie a tie? Youtube.  How to get friends? …

Oh, the joys of YouTube. I could reference it all day. While I was perusing the Tube of You, I came across a video I quoted almost every day for quite some time. Please, have a viewing, you will enjoy:

dvd, go online…HALO 2!

Analogy time! Aside from this guy being hilarious for obvious reasons, he represents our team in a strange way. He waits all night outside with his “blanket and some friends, that’s it” just to get the Wii. His dedication is undeniable. He’s been up for five days hopped up on Demerol and Grape Soda, simply because he’s so pumped for the dumb wii. Yeah that’s right, dumb. The avatars are stupid, since when did society decide it wanted to downgrade in graphics? Wii Sports is sometimes fun, sometimes. The lack of graphics, though, still infuriates me. I don’t care about the major titles like Call of Duty because they aren’t fun on Wii either. Long story longer, Wii’s terrible. Back to the stud in the video.

So, this guy is so absolutely ecstatic to get this gaming console (I don’t even want to call it by its name anymore) and will go to extreme measures just to get it. How does this resemble our team? If you’ve been keeping track of the blog, you know our practice schedule. For those who don’t know, I’ll enlighten you:

Monday, Thursday: 11:30pm – 1:00am

Wednesday: 10:00pm – 11:30pm

Those are not normal times to be practicing for a sports team of any kind. It takes absurd dedication to do what we do. Here’s the thing: we love lacrosse. No one ever shows up late, in fact everyone shows up at least a half hour early. If we were allowed time to shoot or throw around before practice, that amount of time would increase drastically. Everyone is always in a good mood, no matter what is going on in life. Once we enter the Coug, we instantly forget about what time it is, and just embrace the time we have together. We truly don’t care what time we practice. We would practice at 2 am every night if they would let us. Is that even that crazy of an exaggeration? We don’t usually leave until 1:15am anyways. Throughout practice, you can look around and you won’t notice one person who seems to not be enjoying themselves. That isn’t to say we don’t work hard. On the contrary. We compete at practice. The reason we do this is because we want to be the best team we can be. We love the sport, and can’t wait to spend that 90 minutes with each other so when we show up in Blacksburg on February 18th, we’ll be ready. Doesn’t matter what time practice is, as long as we get to improve and play lacrosse (I’m not one to use the term “lax” as a verb if I don’t have to. Same reason I don’t like the term “ball” for Basketball, overused). This atmosphere and willingness to work hard that we, as a team, create is what makes it enjoyable and superb to practice whenever it is that we will. Not many teams have that.

What can Brown do for you?

A good friend of mine plays for NCAA DIII St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He sent me this picture of their 2011 Mac Daddys:

St. Lawrence Lacrosse

SHIELD. That was my first thought. Brown? Second thought. The shield is an obvious 2 thumbs up. A striking logo that is. But this brown. What is this brown? Who has seen brown like this before? I certainly haven’t. I couldn’t comprehend whether I liked it or not, the way they have brown as the base color. So, like the remarkable student that I am, I put it down and came back to it later to see what I had retained (study strategies, ladies and gentlemen). Turns out, I am one with the brown. It’s a sort of weird revelation for me. It’s like the colors of brown, red, and white contrast so much that it forms into this production that you can’t help but think is wildly awesome. Part of the reason they are so cool is because no one else will have these. Not even Brown, the school that’s named after the color, has worn anything like this, glove-wise. Oh, but wait, they are this year! Behold:

Brown Lacrosse Gloves

So it comes down to Warrior vs. Maverik in the battle of the brown gloves.

Tom Cruise

No. Not those two!

Still not sold on the Maverik gear. I don’t care how sweet you think Paul Rabil is, Warrior destroys Maverik every time.

When Push Comes To Shove Gif - When Push Comes To Shove

St. Lawrence Glove Ranking: Excellent out of Awesome.

The Best Crossword Puzzle Clue Ever Made

2 Down

Dolph Lundgren, Ivan Drago


My personal favorite cold war villain to this day.

Helfrich’s House

I’ve listened to this song more times than I’ve pushed in my pocket with my glove after I miss a shot. If you’re impatient, skip to 6:45. Just be ready.

It’s almost the weekend.

Have a rad Thursday, you deserve it!!

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For more pics of St. Lawrence’s gloves Lacrosse Playground posted them.