A year ago, a buddy and I caught the Griz' final home game against Simon Fraser University. It was a homecoming of sorts, since my buddy and I had played against each other in high school, thousands of miles away and years before we ever met. We talked that evening about how we'd both been teenagers who didn't really fit in with typical team/field sports, but how lacrosse served as a great channel for kids like us to learn teamwork, camaraderie and feel like credible athletes in those awkward years. Not only was whacking the tar out of one another allowed, it was the sporting thing to do.
The game took place at Washington Griz stadium, and we agreed it was great to see the sport gaining a toehold in the west. What we saw was nothing short of an embarrassment, not in that SFU won easily, -rotating its entire bench to give its less talented members playtime.
No, the embarrassment didn't come from the field, but instead from the stands. The Griz cheering section was nothing shy of atrocious. I still cringe when I think about kind of impression Missoula left on the dozen or so SFU fans present: The man in his late 40's or so, apparently a Griz player's father (or so it seemed), clean cut and wearing designer jeans with bedazzled back pockets. Targeting a SFU player by number, the man shouted insults about the player's small size (never mind that the little fella was whooping his son's team) with the occasional gems "You SUCK!" and "Go back to Canada!" leveled at the SFU team and the refs. Other Griz fans in the crowd joined in, and Griz Nation became Griz lynch mob.
Now, don't get me wrong: I like to have some drinks and say inappropriate things for shock value as much as the next guy. I enjoy making jokes at Canada's expense, because that kind of stereotype-driven humor isn't loaded with the baggage that usually accompanies, and well, Canada probably has plenty to say about us in the USA.
Maybe this was an isolated incident, and maybe one person's behavior misrepresented the majority. But considering the PR that UM athletics is caught up in, for lacrosse to establish itself, everybody involved might want to hold themselves to some standards of conduct.
SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 28th:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org for Friday, April 19th for the north central Bitterroots. 0-3 inches new snow.
"Remote trigger large wind slab on east/southeast-facing slope in Bass Creek drainage. New snow poorly bonded to old sun/wind crust layers. Long varied crown of slide along beak in slope, width approx. 1500′. Slide traveled downhill about 600′ Glade and trees skiing was good above 7000′ with varied spring snow conditions ranging from zipper crusts to crud."
Ya Gotta go Figure ! Most of the votes for or against anything are slanted towards the populations of big citties and States with more people, right ? So most heavily populated areas who have high crime and gun deaths are for any thing that controls guns. So it's supported by non-gun owners in big cities. IE: City of Chicago killed 500 plus in 2012. ! Thats 1.5 people killed a day !! Additionally, if people would research (and I ask you to) ,you will find we passed The 1968 Gun Control Act In Jim Brady times.Its a case of everything we do to laws, make'em and don't enforce them!!!!! That Act specifically spells out no guns to criminals and mentally impaired people !!
I recently had 2 laptops and a desktop repaired with Western Montana Computer Repair, LLC - They were awesome...even had a free pickup and delivery service.
Nonsense, Paul. And a "one-armed drone"? Nice try, but it's stupid. I applaud Sen. Baucus for standing up for the Second Amendment right to own and carry firearms.
The 1994 Semi-Auto ban was successful in achieving its sponsors' real goals: scoring a political win for gun ban activists, and interfering with the right to keep and bear arms. But it was a failure in protecting public safety.
The Department of Justice sponsored multiple studies to measure the ban's impact on crime. In 1997, researchers concluded there was no evidence that the ban had any meaningful effect. A follow-up in 2004 concluded that the ban produced "no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence."
Rifles of any type are used in only 2.5% of murders; murders are twice as likely to be committed by bare hands.
Even though the Second Amendment may no longer protect us from government tyranny, it protects us from home invaders and various other thugs, crooks, and criminals. The amount of violence in the USA could be considerably reduced by keeping serial felons locked up, since a large amount of crime is committed by convicted felons out on parole or probation.
If you haven't seen Snider live, he is definitely worthy. He's a truth-speakin' man and there aren't that many of them left. Saw him here in Phoenix and would again there in MT, but won't be over 'till June. Have a great time. I know you will!
What a great article about MT LAX. As a parent of one of the Big Sky's "tough 12" LAX kids(only 12 kids on team and it takes 10 to play a game) I have so much respect for the kids and coaches who fight to grow this tremendous sport.You wanna see true sportsmanship? Go see a game on tensticks field. Ive never seen anything like it. Before the game begins-Big Sky and Tensticks players on one knee, co-mingled, arms wrapped shoulder upon shoulder in a united brotherhood circle giving thanks and showing respect for one another to play a game they love.
As a longtime reader of The Independent who also remembers the Borrowed Times era, I really enjoyed this stroll through Indy history. The story was worthy of that history.
Believe it or Montanans, but most people live in city now and could give a shit about owning a firearm in the 21st Century. Even when just speculating, to think more than 10% of citizens (which if accounting for every person is ~30,000,000 people) are against a basic background checks -- not rounding up guns as if they were jews and undesirables under Nazi occupation -- is pushing the realm of reason.
To even invoke the Bill of Rights for such a proposal is on the order of saying we shouldn't require a license to operate an private automobile or aircraft. And before anyone starts thinking that is completely different or whatever, stop and spend more than three seconds thinking about it. Those two things didn't even exist for an entire century after the 2nd Amendment was conceived, besides the fact is was decades more before any significant amount of people would even owned them. Being a citizen of a nation requires some sacrifices for the benefits that come being a country in the developed world. If you consider checking to make sure a person isn't a criminal or a mentally unstable person is over the line of gun ownership and not worth the hassle for the societal benefits that come with it, then you really should consider moving to a non-developed country.
Gotta love democracy, if 90% of people decide that it is okay then we do it. What about if 90% of people decided to stick queers into concentration camps, would you go along with that too???
Yeah......to hell with the second amendment.........
LMAO, Hey you leftists who lost your jobs to India.....remember, we are all " one world" and we are all the same, so really whether they pay you to do a job or some guy named Singh, it really doesn't matter, we all bleed red, one race the human race and all that stuff........
I would like to thank all involved! The time and effort spent by the volunteers are paying off HUGE in the enthusiasm and excitement I see in the players. They live for the sport. They are active, engaged in a wholesome direction and building bonds with others they may not have ever come in contact with. I see the dream of the kingpins that are working so hard to grow this sport effecting the players as well as the parents lucky enough to be involved. Lacrosse opens the door for a lot of athletes that don't fit into the molds of the other sports. The future looks very bright.
Thanks so much for all the efforts of Kevin and the rest to bring this wonderful sport to Missoula. It is such a wonderful oportunity for kids who are not able, for whatever reasons, play typical high school sports. Too small, not the right last name, what have you. Lacross is the perfect fit for so many athletes! Hats off to you guys!
I hope this band finds a bigger audience and large financial reward.
Thank God Max has decided to come home! You had a great run Max, but you have
compromised so much over the years I am not even sure you know what you believe
anymore. Come home and enjoy the beauty of our state, you can leave Washington
politics behind! Thanks for your service.....
I hear what you're saying, Glen, but I personally believe the 90(ish) percent claim. All four of the polls mentioned in the article found support for background checks between 83% and 90%, and there's little reason to believe they made it all up. Some things reported in the media aren't true, but I think we should be careful about deciding that nothing is true.
Many people believe that animals exist for the sole purpose to feed, clothe, and entertain us. Those like Mr. Hartman lack the ability to empathize with the animal kingdom.
Here in Blanding Utah the snowpack in the Abajo Mountains was minimal at best and is almost all melted already. Uncontrolled off-roading also destroys the cryptobiotic crust that is prevalent in the desert. This crust holds the soil together and helps prevent wind erosion. Attempts to explain to the off-roaders the need to stay on trails has for the most part been ignored.
Not far in the future the ONLY place we will ever see wild animals again is at the movies!
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