Playing For Pride

Posted on March 11, 2011 by


Most kids grow up wanting to become professional athletes and throw the game-winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. However, after high school (if not sooner), that dream is crushed like a Barry Zito 83 mph fastball right over the middle of the plate. They either learn that practice, off-season workouts and drug tests severely interrupt their party schedules, or that no matter how hard they train, freak shows like Jacoby Ford will make them look like Rich Eisens.

However, the love of the sport itself is never lost and that is why intramurals exist. It combines every thing we like about sports and leaves out everything we hate. There is no practice, six a.m. lifts or film studying, just your boys against some other dudes to see who can play the best hungover/stoned. Last night, my squad pulled out our second intramural basketball title in our four year career. Now, for some reason ESPN missed the telecast, but the video below gives you an idea of what the game/celebration was like.

Wofford is going to get blown out in its first NCAA Tourney Game, but like your intramural squad, it is not how good you actually are, it is how good you are relative to the other second-rate athletes that you play against. Therefore, celebrate those little victories harder than Pac Man Jones at a strip club because if Lebron James can annoint himself King James without ever winning anything, you can at least call yourself a fresh prince for winning that intramural title.

In the actual world of sports, two of Bay Area’s finest attackmen Alex “BTB” Capretta and Will “Cheese” Fredericks take on Tobacco Road. Cprett looks to get his roll on and snipe a few corners in Princeton’s battle vs. UNC. Princeton lost 12-11 last year to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill and desperately wants to avenge that defeat. Star Princeton Goalie, Tyler Fiorito, had his worst performance of the season last year making only four saves compared to allowing twelve goals. Look for him and all-American defenseman Chad Wiedmaier to lead a much stronger defensive effort and hold UNC under double digits.  On the other side of the road, sophomore Will Fredericks and Loyola hope to stay undefeated as it takes on a Duke team that is riding the momentum of a big 9-8 victory over Maryland. For Loyola to beat Duke they have to receive huge games out of top goal scorers Mike Sawyer and Matt Langan. These two have lead a solid Loyola attack all year and will face their biggest challenge of the year against Duke’s sophomore goaltender, Dan Wigrizer, who holds a .609 save percentage. The x-factor in the game will be West Sunset’s very own, Scott Ratliff. This Georgia native will need to get crunk on ground balls and dominate the face-off circle against Duke’s CJ Costabile. Lacrosse coaches always preach the importance of gb’s and it will be up to Ratliff to ensure that Loyola wins that battle and consequently the game.

So, everyone be sure to catch all the exciting lacrosse action this weekend ( and if you are worried about your game this weekend, 756sports has your back. Just dance like this dude and throw in the Bernie and you are guaranteed to tear the club up.