Saturday, January 23, 2010

Edmonton Rush 2010: Whatever it Takes

Awwwwww yeeeaaaaaaaah, it's professional lacrosse season again, and in this, their fifth year of operations, the Edmonton Rush have a dynamite team filled with former champions and led by a championship coach! After the Portland Lumberjax folded operations this year, Edmonton picked up some strong players in the dispersal draft, including a guy I subbed "the Wall," Brodie Merrill, a Canadian player named the NLL Rookie of the Year as well as Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, and Transition Player of the Year in 2009. And that's just for the National Lacrosse League. he also plays in Major League Lacrosse for the Toronto Nationals, where he won MLL Rookie of the Year in 2005 and, get this, Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009! And we've got him!

Finally, the Rush appear to have a real chance at the Champion's Cup. And that opinion is shared by many folks, including our new head coach, Derek Keenan, who has been micro-blogging the team's progress in the pre-season for weekly newsletter subscribers. He's confident in our team, pushed them through training camp and the pre-season, and took them to 1-1 so far in the regular season--a 15-7 loss against the Washington Stealth in the season opener, and holding on to a 14-13 lead against the Colorado Mammoth.

I'm pumped about this season. 2010 has been a source of many good things so far, and the first month isn't even done yet. Let's get a win under our belt to make this a perfect January!

Anyone curious about lacrosse? Want to come to a game and join in the fun, while supporting a great local team and a sport that's not hockey? Let me know, since I have two season tickets so I can expose new people to the game and the team. Hopefully, this will get more people out to games so both the team and the league can continue to exist. GO, RUSH!

(I'm also using a new forum tag for the Rush, so there. Nyah!)

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