Baker: Lacrosse Is a Sport Divided

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April 8, 2015

Many of my friends ask me how I can compare the brief history of the MLL to other more established sports leagues.  Perhaps it is my love of lacrosse and their lack of familiarity with the sport that has us at such divergent views.  The “traditional” sports fan friends tell me that football, basketball, and baseball are American institutions while lacrosse is a sport reserved for boarding school cream puffs…


Remaking the Mold: MLL Players Giving Back to the Sport

Ohio midfielder Eric O'Brien (10) takes a face-off against New York midfielder Greg Gurenlian (32) during the first quarter of the Major League Lacrosse match between the Ohio Machine and the New York Lizards at Selby Stadium on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Columbus Dispatch/Sam Greene
March 31, 2015

Working in the restaurant business has ups and downs, much like any other job.  This past week had more of the latter with one of the other managers covering a shift at another location, last minute schedule changes, cold weather and rain shutting down the deck, and the realization that all of this cut into my usual writing time.  After a certain amount of self pity and I hate my…


Baker: In MLL Pick Your Spot…Carefully

March 24, 2015

In my last column I discussed how the foundation of Major League Lacrosse provided field players with the opportunity to play professionally after graduation.  The league is entering its fourteenth season despite naysayers predicting the dissolution every year.  Fourteen years may appear to be the miniscule compared to the history of the NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB.  The MLL proves that it is the league that just will not fold….


Baker: Journey Towards MLL

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March 17, 2015

This is my first column about the MLL and since every journey starts with a single step it seems fitting to start at the beginning of the league. The league was founded by Jake Steinfeld, Dave Morrow, and Tim Robertson seemingly out of thin air and will power.  These gentlemen pulled together and even though it took three years before the first official season they never gave up and the…


Hoffman Blog: Black Wolves Camp Opens with Intensity

November 19, 2014

Friday: It was Friday after lunch and I was ready to get out of work for the weekend.  Big plus, I get to play some lacrosse as the New England Black Wolves open training camp.  I made it down to Philly airport for an evening flight.  This time, it wasn’t quite the same. Instead of the normal 8-10 person Philly group, there were three of us. We chatted casually and…