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NLL Playoffs: 2 Hours to Game Time

Time to get fired up for the rematch between the Minnesota Swarm and the Colorado Mammoth, this time in the first round of the NLL playoffs. No better way to get ready for the game than to listen to some Santiago x The Natural. This video is from last weekend’s game at the X.

The Swarm are coming off a four-game winning streak (including last weekend’s home victory over the Mammoth). We’ll be at Cork’s Irish Pub tonight watching with the folks from The Hive. Go, Swarm!

Watch Jesse Play Box Lacrosse

Jesse and I had the opportunity to play in the Minnesota Swarm media game last weekend. Jesse played well and held her own, just like the athlete that she is. I, on the other hand, merely tried to survive without having a stroke or heart attack. The clip below, which aired on the local TV news, shows Jesse guarding one of the local sports anchors as he gets a breakaway and scores a goal.

The Swarm coaching staff and its star players gave us a 90-minute clinic in face-offs, loose ball scooping and shooting. Jesse and I had a blast. Later that evening, we got to come back to the arena and watch the Swarm clinch a playoff spot, led by star forward and Redbird Media client Callum Crawford.

Mo money, mo money, mo money

Nearing the end of Day 4 in my Movember drive as part of Team Minnesota Swarm to raise funds for men’s health research and support.

I’m more than halfway to my goal of $500, and just $5 shy of $300 at this writing. If you’ve given already, thank you so much. If you haven’t, won’t you consider a donation of just $5 to push me past the $30 mark? Together, we can change the face of men’s health.

Online donations may be made here.

For your Friday enjoyment, I give you this humorous look at moustaches through the ages (should I feel bad that Frida Kahlo’s ‘stache was better than any I’ll ever grow?) Thanks to the folks at, who have their own Movember team.


At the Timberwolves game this evening

Our view from Section 213

Our view from Section 213, aka The Eagle's Nest

Allie and Jesse

Swarm fans represent!

Laurie, Jesse, Allie and I went to the Minnesota Timberwolves game Sunday evening to watch the locals play the Golden State (no longer Indian) Warriors. The Wolves eked out a victory in what can only be described as a defensive showdown (heh.)

The girls and I caught the first half of the National Lacrosse League AllStar Game with Minnesota Swarm players, cheerleaders and front office staff at Cork’s Irish Pub in St. Paul, then had to dash to Bloomington to meet Laurie and the rest of our group (@sank, brother Masons and families) and catch the train into Minneapolis. We had a blast, but missed the end of a hellaciously high-scoring NLL AllStar Game. Oh well.


Go, Swarm

Watching the Swarm play a very physical lacrosse game against the Boston Blazers. Tied 3-3 at the end of one.

On the eve of the Minnesota Swarm’s second home game of the season (vs. the Edmonton Rush at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Xcel Center), my tribal paper’s weekly email newsletter included the following cultural tidbit:

Traditional Religious Beliefs of the Cherokee

A-ne-jo-di, or Stickball, is a very rough game played by not only the Cherokee, but many other Southeastern Woodland tribes including the Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, and others.

The game resembles the modern European game of LaCrosse, using ball sticks which are handmade from hickory. A small ball, made of deer hair and hide, is tossed into the air by the medicine man. The male players use a pair of the sticks, and female players use the bare hands. In earlier times, only the men with the greatest athletic ability played the game. The game was oftentimes played to settle disputes, and the conjurer for each team often became as important to the team as the players themselves.

Seven points are scored when the ball strikes a wooden fish on the top of a pole approximately 25 feet in height, and two points are awarded when the ball strikes the pole.

In earlier days, there would be a dance before the ballgame. The ballplayers were the participants of the dance, along with seven women dancers. Each woman represented one of the clans. Throughout the dance, the women would step on black beads which represented the players of the opposing team. The conjurer had placed these black beads on a large flat rock. Today, stickball is an important part of the days activities at ceremonial Stomp Grounds, being necessary to play before the Stomp Dance can ever begin. It is also a recreational sport at other times between community teams. There are also intertribal teams made up of players from Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Yuchi, Natchez, and other area communities.

It’s always good to know your history and the origins of the pastimes you enjoy. Look for us at the Swarm game — we’ll be in our usual seats on the glass next to the home penalty box. Click here for tickets. Tell ’em Art sent you.

The video above was shot during my trip with Jesse to the Cherokee National Holiday last fall. I told Jesse I would play in the men’s game this year. We’ll see. Now that I’m an elder, I might have an excuse…

The Creator’s Game

Here is video from the traditional lacrosse exhibition game from the Minnesota Swarm home opener, which was also American Indian Heritage Night. The Oneida Warriors from Green Bay, led by Killebrew VanDyke, traveled to St. Paul for the second consecutive year to show the home crowd how the traditional game is played. The TV announcer struggles with his pronunciation of several words (pidamaye and Menominee were especially butchered) and with his historical facts about the game, but I salute the Swarm for recognizing and honoring the origins of anetsodi and for their continued efforts to make real connections with the Minnesota American Indian community.

The Swarm Season Begins

Here are the girls last night, outside the Xcel Arena in St. Paul. Unfortunately, the Swarm lost to Rochester in OT. We were impressed with the play of several of the new players — Giles, Suitor and Smith — and were happy to have Travis Hill back on defense. Can’t wait for Jan. 22!

Anetsodi, y’all

Jesse and I spent Sunday night and all day Monday at the Fond du Lac reservation near Duluth for a lacrosse camp put on by the Minnesota Swarm, the Native American Law Enforcement Summit and the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe. I was there to write about the camp and to take some pictures for The Circle newspaper and several other native publications on behalf of the Swarm. Jesse was there to hang out with the other native youth and her favorite all time lax player, the great Travis Hill. We had to rush back to The Cities late Monday afternoon, me for a school board meeting and Jesse for lacrosse playoffs (Eastview B beat Burnsville 6-4 to start the tourney — go, Lightning!)

Below are some pix from the camp. I’ll post links to the story when it’s done.

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Bowling with the Minnesota Swarm

We had a great time on Sunday bowling with the Minnesota Swarm lacrosse team at Brunswick Bowl in Lakeville. Thanks to the Arlotta family for putting together such a great family event for season ticket holders and to the players and staff for making the day so much fun. We had free pizza and soda, played a bunch of games and got a chance to hang out with several players, especially No. 5, Josh Funk, who really went out of his way to make the girls’ day. He remembered them from the first two home games, at which the girls dressed up in Swarm gear and painted their faces. Our seats right next to the home penalty box give the girls plenty of time during the game to visit with Josh (grin). During a lull in the action, Josh came up to Jesse and Allie and asked them if they wanted to bowl with him, and big sister Katie joined in the fun. Jesse said that Josh is her new favorite player, at least while Travis Hill is injured. Katie won Josh’s game jersey in the silent auction and got him to autograph it. Jesse won a Travis Hill game jersey. I think all three girls had a good time with the Swarm. Thanks again, John and Andy, for putting together such a classy organization. And thanks to all of the players who really made the fans feel special today.