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College Crosse Prospectus - December 6, 2017: NLL & CBS Sports Digital Partner Up; Lacrosse Stick Makes Unicode’s 2018 Draft Emoji Candidates List.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 6, 2017.

College Crosse News.

Another big move the NLL.

The NLL and CBS Sports Digital will partner up to stream live and on-demand regular season and playoff games on CBS Sports’ Over-The-Top service SportsLive. NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz’s statement outlined the agreement:

“We are thrilled to continue to build upon our historic broadcasting partnerships with the addition of CBS Sports Digital. The future of sports is an ever-changing digital viewing experience, and bringing in a world class organization and platform like CBS Sports Digital is truly exciting for our fans. Last season we witnessed the additions of some major broadcasting partners and as a result more viewers are tuning in to NLL TV than ever before.”

Additionally, the press release stated that CBS Sports Digital will also promote NLL games across its digital platforms, which should expose a large audience to the League.

This is certainly a noteworthy further commitment by CBS into the lacrosse market. CBS already has a long-running deal with the Patriot League to show its games, so an expansion into professional lacrosse is certainly a good sign for the #GrowTheGame crowd.

We’re one step closer to a lacrosse emoji.

The new 2017 emojis may have just arrived on iPhones, but it's already time to start thinking about next year's emoji candidates. Unicode, the consortium responsible for choosing the new emoji across all platforms, announced the beta version of the 2018 emojis on Monday. The new list includes redheads, a bagel, a lacrosse stick, and more ... Unicode won't approve the final list of new emojis until January 2018. Before then, new emojis could be added, removed, or changed.

Chris did a great preview of Denver’s 2018 schedule.

The Denver Pioneers are the 22nd team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the third team from the Big East. The Pioneers made it all the way to another Championship Weekend appearance, where they lost to Maryland by a goal. Connor Donahue’s goal was denied after he dove towards the crease, and reignited the debate about the crease dive. Only one switch in the schedule, as Furman replaces Canisius. And for the first time in over a decade, there is no Face-Off Classic at Peter Barton Stadium.

Wonderful mini-documentary by US Lacrosse.


Nice hype video by Lynchburg men’s lacrosse.

St. Joe’s putting in that work!

The road to a championship is uphill. #THWND

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Another great show by Fred Opie

Funny video here by Penn.

Providence doing their part to defeat breast cancer.

Blessed: Testudo, Johns Hopkins' Jay bobbleheads unveiled by National Bobblehead Hall of Fame

Two of Maryland’s top mascots are bouncing their way to fame. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum this week unveiled two bobbleheads commemorating collegiate sports champions in Maryland — the Terps’ men’s basketball team and Johns Hopkins’ men’s lacrosse. The bobblehead featuring Testudo — the Maryland mascot — recognizes the school’s 2002 NCAA men’s basketball championship.

The Terps mascot stands with arms in the air and the trophy at its feet, with the school logo as a backdrop. The bobblehead featuring Jay — the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays bird — includes a lacrosse-stick-wielding mascot surrounded by nine NCAA championship trophies. The Blue Jays most recently won in 2007 and trail only Syracuse’s 10 NCAA Division I championships in the sport. But Hopkins has won a total of 44 national championships in the sport, dating to 1891, making the Baltimore school the most storied program in the sport.

Nice NLL post by friend of the blog Jack Goods of the The Buffalo News: With expansion underway, Nick Sakiewicz's NLL plan is becoming reality.

When NLL teams hit the floor Friday, it will feel quite familiar. The same nine teams the league has fielded the last three years will return to action, rock songs of old will blare through the speakers and the hard hits and electrifying goals fans have come to expect will be on full display. Despite the customary actions, the diehards know changes are coming. After a year of alluding to advances, commissioner Nick Sakiewicz's plan is finally in motion. Two expansion teams are joining the league in 2018-19 — the Philadelphia Wings and the San Diego Seals. Expansion isn't unfamiliar territory for the NLL despite the lack of added teams since 2007. The league has seen teams pop up in Boston, Chicago, New York, Portland, Edmonton, Minnesota, Vancouver, Columbus, New Jersey and Calgary since 2000. Besides Calgary, all the other franchises have either moved or folded.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

There’s a decent shot the east coast gets some snow this weekend.

Today, it’s hard to believe it’s December. The air is balmy; the high is 62. But don’t get too comfortable – forecasters are predicting snow in Philly’s (near) future. Overall, we’re in for colder temps. Highs will drop to the 40s this week, starting on Wednesday. With the cold, the city could see a wintry mix (a.k.a. rain and snow and/or slush) on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The organization is foreseeing a high of 39 degrees on Friday, with a 30 percent chance of precipitation after 4 p.m. After 7 p.m., when the temperature starts to dip, we’re even more likely to see flurries.

World/National News.

Oh boy: Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics by the I.O.C.

Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound.

Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals.

That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways. The International Olympic Committee, after completing its own prolonged investigations that reiterated what had been known for more than a year, handed Russia penalties for doping so severe they were without precedent in Olympics history.

The ruling was the final confirmation that the nation was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program. The scheme was rivaled perhaps only by the notorious program conducted by East Germany throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

Your GIF/Video for December 6, 2017.

This new “invisible box challenge” trend all started from this cheerleader’s video that went viral.

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