Katie and Jesse load up on food before the game in the Fishing Lodge at Xcel Center

Katie and Jesse load up on food before the game in the Fishing Lodge at Xcel Center

Player of the game, goalie Kevin Croswell, came in early in the first with a 5-0 deficit and played solid defense the rest of the game

Player of the game, goalie Kevin Croswell, came in early in the first with a 5-0 deficit and played solid defense the rest of the game

The Performance Team ... Oh, yeah. What more can I say?

The Bud Light Swarm Performance Team ... Oh, yeah. What more can I say?

Swarm it up!

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Jesse sporting Swarm face paint and Travis Hill's number 47

The girls and I made our way to St. Paul Saturday night for the second home game of the 2009 season. Have I mentioned already that I love our seats this year (on the glass, next to the home penalty box)?

The Swarm got off to a rough start against the defending champion Buffalo Bandits, spotting the visitors a 5-0 lead before a first-quarter goalie change. I knew we were in trouble when team owner John Arlotta pointed out to me Friday that Buffalo has nine American Indian players to our two (we have more than that on the roster, but only suited up two American Indians against Buffalo, not including Coach Duane Jacobs, a hall of fame player from Six Nations). I haven’t made a scientific study of this, but it seems to me that the team that fielded the most Indians in any National Lacrosse League game I’ve attended has prevailed. I attribute this to the fact that we invented the game and many of our young men have been playing anetsodi since they could walk and hold a stick. Maybe I can persuade those guys at Freakonomics to do a study of this phenomenon.

I was meeting with John and some of his front office staff earlier in the week to discuss ways for the Swarm to get more involved in the local American Indian community. The Swarm offered free tickets to anyone in the American Indian community who wanted to attend Saturday’s game and I helped get the word out. The team also plans an American Indian night later in the season and wants to offer clinics and culturally-specific lessons for students in local Indian Education Programs. I appreciate what the team is trying to do in our community.

On the way into the game, the girls and I stopped by the line outside the Wilkins Auditorium to say hi to @LazyLightning and his better half, waiting to get in to the Minnesota Rollergirls roller derby match. There was quite a line to get in and @LazyLightning was at the front. Let someone try to cut in front of him!

Then the girls and I hit the Fishing Lodge for some free beverages and some tasty snacks before the game. Once we made our way to our seats, the fellows from the NLL who sit in the booth near us gave both girls game balls to have autographed later.

The Swarm fought back from their 5-0 deficit and tied the game up near the end, but ultimately lost by a goal, 10-9. Not bad, considering the Bandits had crushed the Rochester Knighthawks 23-6 the week before.

We’re looking forward to the Feb. 7 game against the Colorado Mammoth, when Jesse will probably be down on the field during player introductions. She is very excited!