Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Lacrosse Issues

My cousin Brandon is a goalie for the San Jose Stealth of the National Lacrosse League. During the off-season, the Stealth and Toronto Rock completed a trade that brought Anthony Cosmo - Toronto's backup goalie - to San Jose. The only problem: San Jose already had two goalies, my cousin and Rob Blasdell, and Cosmo is one of the top goalies in the league. What do you do with three goalies?

Well, apparently, the answer is, play Cosmo and sit the other two. Blasdell has played all of 42 minutes in five games, and Brandon has sat. Neither he nor Blazer are happy. Brandon has requested a trade a few times - ideally to Toronto - but has been told that he won't be traded unless the team can get another goalie in return (despite the fact that they don't know what to do with three as it is).

He and Blasdell have both threatened to holdout, but there is always the chance that the team could call their bluff and just let them sit there.

So, basically, they're both being flown out to San Jose to sit in the stands and watch. If that doesn't sound like too terrible of a punishment, just remember that all of these guys have second jobs because lacrosse pays peanuts (as in $250 if you don't dress), so they have to take time off from their jobs and be away from their families.

Oh, on one final note, I don't think anything bad about Cosmo. He's a crazy goalie and deserves to be a starter; but so do Blazer and Brandon.

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