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College Crosse Prospectus: Recover From Your Turkey Dinners

All the lax news and then some for November 25, 2016.

Holiday Shoppers Get An Early Start On Thanksgiving Day
They all look so excited!
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your Black Friday! Don’t get into fights today, keep it clean! Let’s hit the links!

WHAT YOU MISSED (Besides maybe Thanksgiving dinner last night)

Probably the worst team in the history of sports, Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays lacrosse, released their 2017 schedule.

*Eri Note: They’re the greatest team of all time.*

Our Philly homies, Drexel, also unveiled their 2017 schedule!

Marquette’s lacrosse trainer saved a Marquette professor’s life!

LACROSSE THE NATION

Pretty much everyone wished Twitter a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday. You shouldn’t be shocked about that.

Shout out Arkansas!

Also shout out to our homie Fionn!

Could the St. Joe’s hawk be a good turkey?

Our good pal from Inside Lacrosse, Matt Kinnear, is really thankful for the sport of lacrosse.

The coaches of this sport are incredible people, and I’m thankful for them. We’re still in a very collegial, small sport, and they are always open and willing to talk to media members. More importantly they have perspective that it’s still family-first; there are countless times I’ve called coaches who are distracted in interviews playing with their small children. That’s a more important message than any win or loss for a current player. Just this week, Albany coach Scott Marr traveled with Lyle Thompson to host a lacrosse game at Standing Rock. I admire his support for his former player, as well as putting himself out there for a cause he believes in.

This is a sport that gives back. This is hardly an exhaustive list, but the family of Nick Colleluori and the HEADstrong Foundation has been inspiring, and so many organizations like Shootout For Soldiers, Harlem Lacrosse, Charm City Lacrosse, Sticks For Soldiers and countless others do so much. Maryland’s work with the young Fionn Crimmins was one of the great storylines of the season, and all across the country lacrosse teams are “signing” and changing the lives of these young kids. Also, the service academies are such an integral part of our sport — this year all three DI academies were Top 20 at the same time — and we are all blessed those future service men and women allow us to be part of their lives for four years before their service.

Lastly, I’m thankful this sport is as fun as it has been in a long time. Memorial Day Weekend was filled with positivity for the first time in my six years at IL. Brown and coach Lars Tiffany showcased a style of play we all love. North Carolina coach Joe Breschi’s pure joy, and the way the team rallied behind him and fed off his emotion, was what the sport is about.

In March I welcome my son into this sport. I’m thankful for all the people involved who make it such a great community to be a part of.

Congrats, Matt!

Big LaxCon news.

Lacrosse: John O'Sullivan, founder and CEO of the Changing the Game Project, will be the keynote speaker at the US Lacrosse Convention on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at Baltimore Convention Center. O'Sullivan, a former college and pro soccer player and a former coach, established the project in 2012 to help parents, coaches and youth sports organizations put more "play" in playing sports. George Mason women's coach Jessy Morgan (McDonogh) and Brown men's coach Mike Daly will host educational clinics for coaches. LaxCon runs Jan. 20 to Jan. 22. For more information or to register, go to uslacrosse.org/laxcon. … Brown men's coach Mike Daly will host an educational session for coaches at LaxCon.

PHILLY JAWNS

Black Friday has begun.

WORLD NEWS

Sad news that broke overnight: Florence Henderson, aka Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch, has passed away at the age of 82. 2016’s gotta chill.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Here’s a few things Paul Rabil is thankful for.

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