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Greatest Lacrosse Shot. Evah.

Check out buzzer beater, full-court shot by team captain @suits20 in last night’s Swarm home-opener. Suck it, Bandits. Cheap shots and sucker punches don’t make you guys winners.

Don’t Mess with the Minnesota Swarm

Minnesota Swarm 2012

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Minnesota Swarm 2012, a set on Flickr.

Katie, Jesse and I made our way to the Xcel Center tonight to watch the Minnesota Swarm take on the Buffalo Bandits. And to rep the Cherokee Nation for Native American Heritage Night with the Swarm.

This had to be one of the best lax games I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of lacrosse games over the years. Highlights of the night were captain Andrew Suitor’s full-court shot at the buzzer to score a goal in an empty Buffalo net, as well as the phenomenal play of rookie goalie Tyler Carlson.

Final score was 19-11 Minnesota, for the first home victory over the Bandits in franchise history.

Movember Update

Day 11, Baby

Day 11 of my fund-raising campaign for Movember as part of Team: Minnesota Swarm. The moustache is filling in, although several of the follicles are not yet filled up with pigment.

Thanks to everyone who has given so far. Through your generosity, I have raised $345 $365 for men’s health research and support. Read more about Movember and the organizations it supports here.

If you haven’t yet donated, won’t you consider a small donation to help me reach my goal of $500? You may give online here.

The Minnesota Swarm pro lacrosse team will host its second-annual American Indian Heritage Night, presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and the Prairie Island Indian Community, at the team’s home opener at the Xcel Center in St. Paul on Jan. 8. Once again, Heritage Night will feature a halftime exhibition game of traditional lacrosse, featuring teams from the Oneida and Menominee nations. There will also be exhibits by native organizations and businesses, as well as a drum group performing before the game. Heritage Night will also pay tribute to local Native American youth lacrosse players and recognize children from Prairie Island, as well as other reservations, who participated in the in the “Lax-4-Life” lacrosse camp. This past summer, the Minnesota Swarm hosted a weeklong camp at Prairie Island to introduce the boys and girls on the reservation to the sport of lacrosse, the heritage of the game, health tips and life skills. In an effort to develop a team to compete in youth lacrosse, the Swarm initiated after school practices two days a week at Prairie Island starting in October. Swarm Assistant Coach Aime Caines and Native American Lacrosse Program Coordinator Brian Kimmell serve as the coaches at the practices.

Check it out. There will be special ticket prices, with a portion of each ticket sale benefitting the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. To order tickets or for additional questions, contact Brett Miller at (651) 726-1794 or shoot him an email.

Final 2009 Swarm Game Tonight

travisTonight is American Indian Night at the Swarm, when Minnesota’s professional lacrosse team celebrates the game’s roots in American Indian culture before European contact. After the game, Coach Duane Jacobs, a hall-of-fame player and Six Nations native, will join popular player Travis Hill (shown in action above) for a Q&A session with members of the local native community. The Swarm’s owners and management have been stepping up their efforts to reach out to the American Indian community in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota. If you get a chance to pick up the latest issue of The Circle newspaper in Minneapolis, check out the front-page story I wrote about the team’s outreach efforts. Unfortunately, the story has not yet been posted to The Circle’s spiffy new web site (full disclosure: I was recently elected to The Circle’s board).
Unfortunately, The Swarm saw their playoff dreams dashed last night when Colorado beat Edmonton to wrap up the final playoff spot in the Western Division. Tonight’s game will be played for pride. I imagine with the inconsistent play we’ve seen this year, we might be saying goodbye tonight to some guys who are playing their last game in the blue and gold. I have faith in the new owners to make the changes necessary to make the Swarm successful in the long term. Swarm it up!
Finally, a special thanks to the Terzichs, our friends and neighbors, who will be providing transportation to the game since I am still unable to drive after my accident. I plan to chew up a few pain pills, throw on my Swarm jersey, grab my crutches and go, Swarm, go!