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College Crosse Prospectus - December 16, 2016: Lacrosse Emoji Movement Is Growing, R.I.P. Craig Sager.

Albany & Siena news, UConn Lacrosse documentary, and plenty more!!

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 16, 2016.

College Crosse News.

BOSS Nadelen talks about why he loves lacrosse.

Great Baltimore Sun article on Under Armour’s lacrosse emoji submission to Unicode.

To recap: Harambe? Yes! Lacrosse stick? No. This makes people really upset. Only in the year 2016 could we reach a point where people are using all-caps words to describe their disgust at not having a pictogram to use in lieu of words. Bless millenials. (I am one.)

Steps are being taken to rectify this first-world problem. Last week, the executive director of The Tewaaraton Foundation, the president and CEO of US Lacrosse, and an Under Armour official teamed with a graphic designer to submit a "lacrosse stick and ball emoji" to the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit devoted to standardizing emojis across operating systems and hardware.

The 11-page submission letter is notable for its tone, which vacillates from that of a neglected child ("The number of high schools with lacrosse teams and participants across the U.S. also significantly surpasses that of ice hockey") to a deeply serious historian ("Rooted in centuries of Native American tradition, lacrosse is commonly viewed as founded by the Iroquois Nation, or Haudenosaunee, as a 'gift from the Creator' that binds the community together") to a line in a Wikipedia article ("Lacrosse was featured in the longest-running American sitcom, The Simpsons, on 11/6/16 after 600 episodes and 28 seasons").

I love this Inside Lacrosse video with JHU’s Nick Fields.

Lacrosse fever is growing in Illinois as more communities want their school districts to sanction lacrosse as an official IHSA sport.

The Aurora and Naperville lacrosse community wants Indian Prairie School District 204 to sanction lacrosse as an official IHSA sport at the three district high schools, an change that would cost the district nearly $200,000.

The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors announced in April that the Boys Lacrosse State Series and Girls Lacrosse State Series will debut in May 2018. The time frame gives high schools time work out a plan to integrate, budget and build their lacrosse programs and for the IHSA to recruit more officials and determine a state final host site.

BOSS Wilkinson talks Marist Lacrosse.

“Two former Grosse Ile High School lacrosse players who pleaded guilty to animal killing and torture will be sentenced Jan. 11.”

Nice video that looks into the life of a women's lacrosse player after college with UNC women’s lacrosse BALLER, Sydney Holman.

Albany and Siena won’t play each other in 2017 for the first time since 2005.

"We were both willing to play," UAlbany coach Scott Marr said. "We just couldn't find the right date. ... It just didn't work. Hopefully, either (2018) or the following year, we'll pick it back up."

Go All-IN with UConn lacrosse.

“Luis Diaz, a veteran lacrosse official and a Delta Air Lines retiree who was featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Personal Journeys series in January, received a prestigious lifetime achievement award for mechanics from the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday.”

I’m really feeling this McDaniel Men’s Lacrosse Gladiator Series video. #GetYourWeightUp

What’s Up, Philly?

Looks like we’re going to see our first snow-fall of the season this weekend.

Philly cord-cutters now have an option for watching Philly sports on CSN via fuboTV.

Philadelphia-area sports fans who want to drop their cable or satellite TV package and still watch Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers games have a new option that will let them have it both ways.

The paid streaming service fuboTV announced Thursday that it had signed a deal with NBCUniversal to add all the network's national and local channels to its online offering. The deal includes Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and the Comcast Network.

This gives local sports fans an option besides Comcast's, Verizon FiOS', and RCN's cable packages for watching games that CSN and TCN televise. In addition to the Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers, CSN and TCN broadcast Union soccer games and a wide range of local college football and basketball.

World/National News.

Beloved NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager passed away yesterday after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Your GIF for December 16, 2016: This kid’s got a great pooch.

That’s it for today!! I’ll see you out there!! Make sure you follow us on social media!

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