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“Coach is consistently curious and he modeled that for me right away.”Paul Rabil and Bill Belichick attend their Championship Chat. Paul Rabil
When two-time MLL MVP Paul Rabil was a senior midfielder at Johns Hopkins, he had a request for Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala.
“As a captain of the team, I asked coach Pietramala if [New England Patriots] coach [Bill] Belichick would have some time for me to sit down with him and pick his brain,” Rabil told Boston.com.
Belichick — a longtime friend of Pietramala — had just finished addressing the team during a practice, but Rabil was interested in continuing the discussion.
“From my perspective, there’s very few, if anyone, who has navigated the professional athletics market better than coach Belichick,” Rabil said. “He’s inspirational, he’s motivational, and he’s got a track record that’s unmatched.
Rabil said he and Belichick spent about 45 minutes chatting about predictable topics, like Belichick’s experience as a head coach, quarterback Tom Brady’s leadership skills, and retired linebacker Tedy Bruschi’s impact as a captain. But Rabil said he also tried to ask some more generally applicable questions, like, “What do great athletes do differently than average athletes?” and “How do you impart a pre-existing, established culture onto incoming players?”
From their conversation, Rabil said he had two major takeaways:
1. “For the most part, what we imagine holds true.”
In one sense, Belichick lived up to prototype Rabil had pre-constructed in his head: “He’s the ultimate competitor and he has a work ethic that continually improves his regimen and efficiency.”
2. “It wasn’t just a one-way meeting.”
Their interactions, however, were not simply limited to Rabil peppering Belichick with questions. Belichick started probing Rabil about things like how he thinks about games, how he prepares, how he handles loss, and how he thinks about practice.
“To watch him turn that meeting around into a two-way conversation showed that this guy has no ego — even for someone who’s at the top,” Rabil said. “Coach [Belichick] is consistently curious and he modeled that for me right away.”
Their initial conversation in 2008 would serve as a springboard for a friendship. Rabil and Belichick have continued to keep in touch via text messages and email and visit each other at least once or twice a year.
Some memories from the past decade:
1. Belichick didn’t hold back when addressing the Hopkins lacrosse team.
“He didn’t give like pep talk or anything,” Rabil said. “He was just like, ‘You guys looked pretty s***** in this area of practice.
2. Rabil grew up in the D.C. area as a Washington Redskins fan. When he graduated from Hopkins, however, Belichick gifted him a box of Patriots gear.
“I converted,” Rabil said.
3. When Belichick invited Rabil to a home game against the Indianapolis Colts, Rabil assumed the coach would be hunkered down and unavailable for most of the day. But that wasn’t the case.
Rabil said the pair did a quick workout — Belichick hopped on the treadmill, while he used the weight room — before heading down to the field.
“He gave me a Patriots sideline pass, so I was not only able to watch the game, but I was also able to be in the locker room when he did his pregame, halftime, and postgame talks,” Rabil said. “I saw the strategy behind it, which was really helpful for me, as I’m constantly looking at what other great teams do to try and incorporate it into what we do on our side of the ball.”
During halftime, Rabil noticed Belichick keeps things rather even-keeled.
“I think what you see on the television is a stoic Bill Belichick, and he’s like that in the locker room as well, which I think is really critical because in sports,” Rabil said. “I think they were up by some 17 or 21 points at halftime, and there was no impassioned speech like, ‘Hey, they’re going to come back. We got to be ready for it.’ But it also wasn’t like, ‘Hey, we’re doing everything great. Let’s keep on going.’”
“The conversation he was having with the defense, offense, and special teams — because they were all separated — was as if they were tied or behind,” he continued. “There was this notion of ‘OK, let’s try to treat this game and these moments as objectively as possible. Let’s not think about the score when addressing where we can improve.’ It was just a sign of such supreme emotional intelligence.”
The Patriots ended up winning by a large margin. After the game, Rabil and Belichick hit the field with their lacrosse sticks.
4. Belichick likes to say Rabil would have made a good safety in the NFL.
“I thought I was going to be a good receiver,” Rabil said. “We started talking a little bit more about it, lightheartedly, and then eventually, he kind of looked to me and said, ‘Hey man, you’re playing for Team USA right now. If you ever wanted to try out, I’d invite you to the team, but I think you’re in a good position in lacrosse.’ That’s kind of how that idea ended.”
Despite the obvious crossover between football and lacrosse — contact, skill positions, hand-eye coordination, etc. — Rabil said he thinks their relationship is in a much better place as individuals involved with two separate leagues.
5. Rabil said he genuinely can’t tell if Belichick is right-handed or left-handed when playing lacrosse. Belichick once said one of the greatest compliments he’s received in life was when the Hopkins goalie couldn’t tell if he was a righty or a lefty.
“I’ll be honest,” Rabil said. “I don’t know either. He’s pretty stone cold when you ask him, so I’ve prodded a little bit and said like, ‘You’re a righty’ and tried to see if I can get a reaction out of him, but it doesn’t work. He’s committed to his skill set being ambidextrous, so I’m buying it.”
6. When Belichick and Rabil both attended the NCAA men’s lacrosse semifinal game between Hopkins and Maryland in 2015, Belichick didn’t skip a beat.
“He knows pretty much as much about lacrosse as I do, but that’s why he’s such a great coach,” Rabil said. “He can figure stuff out pretty quickly, so he knows all the terminology — much different than when I try to talk shop about football. It’s very lopsided. But that’s what you would expect. I’d imagine you know Brad Stevens would say the same thing with Bill coming to a Celtics game.”
7. In 2017, they launched their annual “Championship Chat,” which features an open discussion about strategy, physical performance, and mental work. The event is dedicated to raising money for their two respective foundations.
During the 2018 “Championship Chat,” Belichick revealed the two “non-negotiables” of successful teams are “great work ethic” and “mental and physical toughness.” He also touched on the importance of forging meaningful bonds.
“The strength of the team is built through interpersonal relationships, through face-to-face conversations, through interactions — not SnapFace, your face, my face, InstantFace, or any other face,” Belichick told the crowd. “That chemistry is built through interactions and the ups and downs and suffering defeats and having victories and learning from those and communicating with each other.
Longtime men’s lacrosse player Paul Rabil retires at 35, will still lead Premier Lacrosse League
WASHINGTON — Longtime men’s lacrosse player Paul Rabil, 35, is retiring from playing the sport he helped usher into its modern form.
Alongside his brother, Mike, Rabil cofounded the Premier Lacrosse League, which merged with Major League Lacrosse to become the top professional men’s league in the sport.
“Today, it comes with unending gratitude and the heaviest of hearts that I’ll be retiring from professional lacrosse,” Rabil said at Audi Field on Tuesday.
Rabil most recently played for the Cannons Lacrosse Club in the PLL and played for the New York Lizards and the Boston Cannons in the MLL.
Rabil established himself as a high school phenom at DeMatha Catholic (Maryland) and played collegiately at Johns Hopkins University. There, Rabil won two national championships (2005, 2007).
The Cannons selected him first overall in the 2008 MLL draft, and he was named the 2009 league MVP, an award he won again two years later. Rabil made 10 straight All-Star games (2008-17) and was on two MLL championship teams. He played with a chip on his shoulder, motivated by avoiding the pain of losing.
“They would feel like a dagger to my body,” Rabil said in his speech before friends and family. “The wins felt less rewarding.
“It took me a long time to realize this. It was never about the outcome. It was about the game. The game is meant to be played. Not won.”
Paul Rabil of the Boston Cannons takes a shot before scoring in the first half against the Charlotte Hounds during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 35-year-old earned a full-time living by playing professionally (through many endorsements) and started the PLL with that goal for all players, giving them equity in the league.
Rabil compared drew a parallel between the PLL’s current standing and NFL players in the 1950s.
“I think we’re in the same place. And our players have ownership,” he said.
Debuting in 2019, the PLL merged with the MLL in December 2020 and is completing its first season this weekend. Investors include Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai and The Chernin Group. Rabil is satisfied with progress and anticipates a continued rise in popularity among sports fans, using social media and other engagement methods, such as brand partnerships (Barstool Sports, for example).
In his retirement speech, Rabil referenced the younger generation of stars to whom he is prepared to cede the spotlight.
“I’ve never played against this much talent on the field in my life,” Rabil said. “The game’s stars are the best the game’s ever had.”
Rabil announced his first post-play initiative, Goals for Greatness, which will start next year and secures lacrosse goals for those who want to play in all 50 states.
“As a player, it’s hard to get access to goals, which is a huge part of the learning experience and the experience of having fun,” Rabil told USA TODAY Sports. “Two, the visual continuity, imagine if he would get lacrosse goals at every park and rec field like you see hoops, tennis courts and baseball diamonds.”
He hopes that lacrosse will be make the Olympic at Los Angeles 2028 and plans to grow the Goals for Greatness program internationally in 2023 with the help of the International Olympic Committee, which granted full recognition of the sport’s international governing body (Federation of International Lacrosse).
“It’s been my greatest honor to play the Native American game,” Rabil said in his speech. “The game has been my teacher.”
No longer wearing cleats, he will continue on as lacrosse’s leader.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Paul Rabil retires: Trailblazing lacrosse player ends playing career
The Top 5 Best Lacrosse Dodges for Midfielders – LaxWeekly
You’re a midfielder and you are asking yourself, what do I need to do to become unstoppable?
Well today I’m going to tell you 5 incredible midfield dodges that you can implement in your game right now.
Whether you have been playing lacrosse for 1 year or 10, these are 5 moves that every midfielders should use right now. If you’d prefer to see a video version of this article, check out this video on my YouTube channel:
In this article, I’ll go over each midfield dodge, why I think it’s effective, when you should use it, and what types of lacrosse players would find it the most useful.
If you’re new to the sport, I’d highly recommend taking some notes, and if you’re more advanced, I’d encourage you to read this article in full as I guarantee there’s something you can still learn.
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#1: Split Dodge, Roll Back
The number one most unstoppable midfield dodge is the split dodge to roll back. If you’re a righty, this is where you split dodge down to your left and then roll back to your right and shoot. This move is extremely popular and it’s because of how effective it really is.
Many times defenders are good enough to stop you on your first split dodge, but it’s really difficult to stop two dodges in a row. When you roll back, the defender is completely caught by surprise. And another great thing about the dodge is that when you shoot, your defender is blocking you from the view of the goalie, so that means the goalie has no clue where the ball is when it comes out of your stick. This means that as long as you place the ball on goal, you can almost guarantee yourself a goal, and that’s pretty cool.
Every type of midfielder can use this move, whether you’re more of a big and physical dodger or a small and quick dodger. In order to make this move work, you need to have an effective split dodge to get the defender to commit. I talk about this in my other top 5 dodges article.
Another huge perk of this dodge is that you can set up your dominant hand with your non dominant hand. Let me explain. So let’s you really like shooting with your right hand. Well eventually your defender is going to force you to your left hand since they know you’re good with your right. Well then you can go left and then roll back right, which means you still get to shoot with your right hand.
If you’re looking for an immediate boost in your lacrosse game, learn this dodge. Go out and practice 100 shots right after you finish watching this whole video. Then do it tomorrow. Then do it for a month and you’ll be a ninja.
#2: Wing Dodge
The next move that every midfielder should learn is the wing dodge. This is where you bring your man to the side of the goal, also known as the wing, instead of dodging from up top. When you dodge from the wing, it confuses the defense and makes it easier for you to score, and that’s flat out awesome.
When you wing dodge, there’s a variety of different moves you can do, but my favorite one is the face dodge. This is when you bring the stick across your face and go underneath your defender. You’ll see a ton of Canadians do this because they can keep it in their dominant hand the entire time. The face dodge is really really hard for defenders to stop and I think you could score a lot of goals with it.
Midfielders who might be smaller and quicker could really benefit from the wing dodge. The wing gives you plenty of space to work with which means you might be able to get by defenders easier than if you were up top.
Next time you’re in practice, take your defender down to the wing and see what happens. Who knows? It might be your next secret dodging spot.
#3: The “Answer” Move
The next unstoppable midfield dodge is the answer move. This is where you dodge down the alley and instead of switching the stick to your outside hand, you keep it in your inside hand and shoot. If you can pull this off, it’s practically impossible for defenders to stop because they have no idea that it’s coming.
I will say, this move is very advanced. There’s only a handful of midfielders who can really do this move well. But that should fire you up, because that means that you could learn something that almost no one else knows how to do. This will give you a massive leg up on your opponents and you’ll stand out to coaches and recruiters.
You’re trying to get your defender to try to poke you in one direction and then swim over him in the opposite direction. If you have a defender who is really aggressive on you and trying to get to your hands, the swim move could be the perfect dodge. But let me say, the swim move is a high risk high reward kind of dodge. You’re bringing the stick directly in front of your face, and that means the stick is vulnerable to getting checked more than other dodges. That’s why you have to use it only in the right situation.
This should not be a dodge that you’re using more than 2 or 3 times a game. I like to think of my lacrosse game as a toolbox, where I have different dodges and skills to use in different situations, just like you have different tools to use for different things. So the swim move is just one more thing to add to your toolbox. Try it out in your next practice and see how it works.
#5: The Bull Dodge
And finally for the last unstoppable midfield dodge, the bull dodge. The name says it all, in this dodge, you bull your way into your defender, stop, and shoot. If you’re a big, strong midfielder, this is a way of using your strength to your advantage. When you pull off a proper bull dodge, you’ll leave the defense and everyone else watching in shock. It’s definitely one of the coolest dodges.
There’s no better midfielder that exemplifies the bull dodge more than Sergio Perkovic. The former Notre Dame superstar turned pro lacrosse player has done the bull dodge countless times and it has lead to some crazy looking goals. What I love about this dodge is that it’s so simple. There’s not much going on, you’re just bullying your defender, taking a big power cradle and letting it rip.
If you need motivation to go lift weights, the bull dodge is your perfect motivation. So there you go – those are 5 great dodges for all midfielders!
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Hopkins’ Run Ends in Title Game with 13-10 Loss to Syracuse
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FOXBOROUGH, MA – Third-seeded Syracuse used a 4-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to extend a 9-8 lead to 13-8 and held off a late-game rally by fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins as the Orange knocked off the Blue Jays, 13-10, in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship game at Gillette Stadium Monday afternoon. Syracuse ends the season with a 16-2 record, while the Blue Jays had their eight-game winning streak snapped and finish 11-6. A pro-Syracuse record crowd of 48,970 attended the game.
Hopkins trailed just 9-8 after Paul Rabil’s fourth goal of the game with 4:17 remaining in the third quarter, but Syracuse scored the next four to push out to a five-goal lead. Dan Hardy opened the run as he swept in from the side and lifted a left-handed shot into the top right corner of the goal just 28 seconds after Rabil’s tally. Neither team scored over the next six minutes, but the Orange struck for three straight in a span of just over four minutes in the fourth quarter to take control.
Kenny Nims broke the ice after the six-minute scoreless stretch as he took a pass from behind the goal from Mike Leveille and had time to lock-and-load before ripping home his second goal of the game. Back-to-back goals in a span of just 10 seconds midway through the period effectively put the game away for the Orange. Brendan Loftus ended an extended Syracuse possession as he picked the near post on an ally dodge with 8:25 remaining. The Blue Jays won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over and Leveille easily beat Gvozden from in front after taking a pass from behind the goal.
The Blue Jays sliced the five-goal deficit to 13-10 with a pair of goals by Rabil in the final seven minutes – he ended the game with a career-high six goals and tied his career-best with seven points – but Syracuse eventually took possession with just under a minute remaining and ran out the clock to secure its first national championship since 2004.
A fast-paced first half saw the Blue Jays build a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, only to have Syracuse fight back to take a 6-5 lead at intermission. The deficit may been larger if not for the play of Gvozden, who posted 14 of his career-high 20 saves in the first half.
Rabil opened the scoring with an unassisted goal on ally dodge as he blew a left-handed laser past John Galloway to polish off a long possession for the Blue Jays. That lead held for just over three minutes before the Orange got going with an extra man goal by freshman Stephen Keogh. Keogh scooped up a loose ball after an original shot had been deflected and went behind-the-back to put SU on the board.
Rabil gave the Blue Jays a one-goal lead with 5:13 remaining as he took advantage of miscommunication in the Syracuse defense and beat Galloway from 10 yards out. The three goals scored in the first 14 minutes of the first half were then matched in a 25-second span late in the period as Hopkins sandwiched a pair of goals around an SU tally in the final 35 seconds.
Senior Kevin Huntley tied JHU’s career NCAA goal-scoring mark (a mark that Rabil would eventually surpass with his six-goal effort) when he scored from the doorstep in transition after Gvozden stuffed Leveille from in tight at the other end. Syracuse faceoff specialist Danny Brennan scored the first goal of his career 6.1 seconds later as he won the faceoff after Huntley’s goal cleanly and beat Gvozden from seven yards out. A faceoff win by the Blue Jays followed Brennan’s goal and Stephen Boyle dodged from behind the goal and beat Galloway and a late slide from in close.
Syracuse took advantage of miscommunication on the Blue Jay defensive zone to slice the deficit to 4-3 as Joel White found Keogh alone in front while the Blue Jays were checking up and he fired one home from five yards out with 9:01 on the first half clock.
A five-star save from Gvozden with 8:10 remaining jump-started a transition opportunity for the Blue Jays that freshman Kyle Wharton cashed in on with 7:59 remaining. Gvozden stuffed Keogh from two yards away after a Blue Jay turnover and quickly worked the ball up field and sophomore Michael Kimmel found Wharton to give Hopkins a 5-3 lead.
The Orange closed the first half with a 3-0 run to build the 6-5 lead at the half. Kenny Nims made the Blue Jays pay for a turnover while playing with the extra man as Leveille came up with a loose ball behind the JHU goal and fed Nims out in front, where he had time and room to shot before finding the back of the net. A pair of goals in the final four minutes gave SU the halftime lead as Pat Perritt dodged from the top and got inside his defender before scoring from in tight with 3:46 remaining and Hardy scored from 10 yards out with 1:34 left after Steven Brooks drove the ally and dumped it back to him.
The Orange came out of the halftime break running as Hardy came in nearly unmarked from the top of the box after Syracuse won the opening faceoff of the third quarter and pushed the lead to 7-5, while Brooks scored 58 seconds later when he worked to his left from 10 yards away and picked the far post to make it 8-5.
Rabil and Huntley scored back-to-back goals in a span of just over two minutes a short time later to make it 8-7 and the Blue Jays were still within 9-8 after Loftus and Rabil traded goals later in the period, but Hardy jump-started the deciding run a short time later to end Hopkins’ hopes of claiming its second straight national championship.
Hopkins Lacrosse Drops No.7 Maryland – Johns Hopkins University
<p>No. 7 Maryland Falls at No. 15 Johns Hopkins</p>
<p>BALTIMORE, Md. (April 12, 2008) — The University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team dropped a 10-4 decision at No. 15 Johns Hopkins in front of 8,626 fans at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon.</p>
<p>The first quarter was, as expected, a hard-hitting, physical start to the game. Hopkins jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a running left-hander down the left alley by Paul Rabil. The Blue Jays upped their lead to 2-0 at the 2:47 mark when Steven Boyle dumped a pass to Michael Doneger in front of the crease, where he one-timed a shot past Maryland goalie Jason Carter.</p>
<p>After another Doneger goal grew the lead to 3-0, the Terps finally got on the board with 7:15 left in the second quarter. Senior All-American Joe Cinosky stabbed a Hopkins’ pass out of the air and hit a running Brian Farrell in stride to start the fast break. Farrell fought a Blue Jay defender the whole way down the field and was able to get off a one-handed bounce shot from the right alley that beat Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden.</p>
<p>The Terps continued to try to claw back into the game and got a lucky bounce that led to their next score. Gvozden stopped a Tony Mendes shot, but was unable to control the ball. Senior Max Ritz picked up the groundball and laced a quck pass to Drew Evans on the left side of the crease, where Evans ripped a quick shot to the short side to trim the lead to 3-2.</p>
<p>After Hopkins went on a 5-0 run to start the third quarter to open up an 8-2 advantage, Maryland finally got back on the scoreboard thanks to a pair of Blue Jay penalties. The Terps used every second of the extra-man opportunity, but finally Dan Groot found Grant Catalino 12-yards out at the top of the goal, where the Webster, N.Y., native ripped a low shot for the Terrapins third goal of the game.</p>
<p>The third quarter was closed out with another Blue Jay goal to send the game into the fourth quarter with a 9-3 Hopkins lead. </p>
<p>With today’s 10-4 loss, Maryland is now 37-57-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins.</p>
<p>With a goal and an assist, Grant Catalino now has eight multi-point games in his career.</p>
Johns Hopkins and Star Avenge Loss to Hofstra
BALTIMORE Once Johns Hopkins midfielder Paul Rabil saw a piece of fruit soaring toward his head, he knew it had been a successful afternoon.
It is a Johns Hopkins tradition for fans to throw bananas to players after games. Rabil said he had only been on the receiving end when he played well.
On Sunday, Rabil scored four goals as fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins defeated unseeded Hofstra, 10-4, in an N.C.A.A. tournament first-round game at Homewood Field, earning him a postgame snack in a light rain.
“I had to get one of them,” Rabil, a senior, said.
It would have been understandable if the bananas had been replaced by tomatoes when these teams last met, an 8-7 overtime victory by Hofstra on March 8 in which Rabil was held scoreless.
That was the first of five consecutive losses for Johns Hopkins, the defending national champion. Its streak of 36 consecutive N.C.A.A. tournament appearances seemed in jeopardy.
But after a 17-6 loss to Duke on April 5, the Blue Jays won their final five regular-season games.
“It’s really tough to erase five losses in a row,” Rabil said. “The biggest obstacle was just believing that we could do it.”
John Hopkins (9-5) will face Navy in a quarterfinal Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The unseeded Midshipmen beat No. 4 North Carolina, 8-7, in a first-round game Saturday. In other games Sunday, Notre Dame edged Colgate, 8-7, in overtime; Virginia beat Maryland-Baltimore County, 10-9; and Syracuse trounced Canisius, 20-3.
In the Blue Jays’ regular-season loss to Hofstra, Rabil said he was thrown off by going against a short-stick defender instead of a long-stick one. He said he adjusted to a short-stick defender Sunday by making one quick move rather than by trying to complete a series of them. The strategy paid quick dividends for Rabil, who scored three of the Blue Jays’ first four goals.
“It’s very rare he has an off day,” said Hofstra goalkeeper Danny Orlando, who had 14 saves. “I knew it was coming. I knew he was going to get his shots, and they were going to be Paul Rabil-esque.”
Hofstra (10-6) was unable to solve Rabil or the Hopkins defense. The Blue Jays have allowed only 4.5 goals a game during their six-game winning streak.
On Sunday, Johns Hopkins held Hofstra’s two leading scorers, Anthony Muscarella and Jay Card, without a point. They had six goals when the teams met in March.
“Today wasn’t our day, and it’s hard for a coach to say that,” said Hofstra’s second-year coach, Seth Tierney, who played for Johns Hopkins from 1988 to 1991.
The Pride was trying to reach the N.C.A.A. tournament quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons. Hofstra has only three senior starters, and eight of its nine top reserves are underclassmen, so its next opportunity to advance in the postseason could come soon. “Next year starts when the bus goes into park when we get back to campus,” Tierney said.
The score was tied, 2-2, early in the second quarter. But with 7 minutes 53 seconds left before halftime, Rabil jogged from left to right and whipped a right-handed shot to the top right corner of the net. Six minutes later, he bounced a low left-handed shot past Orlando for a 4-2 lead.
“I was trying to change my shots up a little bit,” Rabil said. “You have to do that against Danny.”
Hofstra was held scoreless for nearly 26 minutes, and Johns Hopkins took an 8-2 lead. The senior midfielder Michael Unterstein ended the scoring drought by bouncing in a 15-yard shot with 13:12 left in the game, but the Pride could not rally for much more.
“I saw a good solid offense,” Johns Hopkins Coach Dave Pietramala said. “And I think that’s your best defense.”
Mids Entertain Johns Hopkins in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals on Saturday
May 14, 2008
â€¢ Navy-Johns Hopkins NCAA Tournament Game Notes
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Game 16: Navy vs. Johns Hopkins
NCAA Tournament; Quarterfinals
Saturday, May 17 â€¢ 3:00 pm â€¢ Annapolis, Md.
Television: ESPNU – Dave Ryan (play by play), Quint Kessenich (analyst)
Listen: 1430 WNAV, 1050 WFED (Pete Medhurst)
Listen: Navy All-Access on www.NavySports.com (free)
Live Stats: Gametracker on www.NavySports.com
â€¢ Making its third quarterfinal appearance in the last five years, unseeded Navy (10-5) will battle defending National Champion Johns Hopkins (9-5) on Saturday in the second of two quarterfinal contests held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis … game time is set for approximately 3:00 pm or 45 minutes after the completion of the 12:00 pm contest featuring second-seeded Virginia against Maryland.
â€¢ Saturday’s NCAA Tournament contest will be televised live on ESPNU with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Quint Kessenich (analyst) calling the action. â€¢ The Voice of Navy Lacrosse Pete Medhurst will make the call live on 1430 WNAV and 1050 WFED, as well as Navy All-Access (free) located on www.NavySports.com(.)
â€¢ Additionally, fans can log onto www.NavySports.com where they can follow the game for free via Gametracker.
â€¢ The Mids began their quest for the program’s first NCAA Championship by upsetting fourth-seeded North Carolina last Saturday in Chapel Hill … attack Tim Paul scored a career-high four goals, while senior Nick Mirabito produced his first game-winner since his sophomore year … Tommy Phelan was stellar in goal, making 12 saves.
â€¢ Johns Hopkins avenged its overtime loss to Hofstra early in the season by knocking off The Pride, 10-4, behind a four-goal performance by Tewaaraton Award finalist Paul Rabil.
Taking the Field in …
10 â€¢ For the fifth-consecutive year Navy has reached the 10-win plateau, marking the first time in program history the Mids have achieved the feat.
9 â€¢ Nine Navy lacrosse players earned All-Patriot League recognition, including Jordan DiNola who was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
8 â€¢ The Mids have scored eight or more goals in 10 of their 15 games and own an 8-2 record.
7 â€¢ Senior Nick Mirabito has been involved in 7 of the Mids’ 14 extra-man opportunities, scoring two goals and adding five assists.
6 â€¢ Six of Navy’s 15 games have been decided by one goal with the Mids owning a 4-2 record in those contests.
5 â€¢ Navy’ 8-7 win over North Carolina last Saturday was head coach Richie Meade’s fifth NCAA Tournament victory, evening his tournament record at 5-5.
4 â€¢ Navy is one of just four programs nationally who has won 700-plus games (728), joining Johns Hopkins (879), Syracuse (774) and Hobart (713).
3 â€¢ Saturday’s game marks the third quarterfinal appearance by the Mids in the last five years (2004-05-08).
2 â€¢ Sophomore Tim Paul has punched in 2 or more goals in 10 games this spring, including a career-high four at North Carolina last Saturday.
1 â€¢ Navy’s defense has been ranked No. 1 in the country in seven of the last eight weeks … No. 2 this week.
Navy vs. Johns Hopkins – The Series
â€¢ Saturday’s contest marks the 82nd meeting between Navy and Johns Hopkins … it’s the 59th-consecutive year the two programs have battled and it is the third-longest continuous series between Navy and another team on the lax field.
â€¢ The Blue Jays own a commanding 55-25-1 advantage in the series, including an amazing 34-game winning streak that dates back to May 10, 1975, when Hopkins defeated Navy, 16-11, in Baltimore.
â€¢ The last time Navy walked away the victor was May 4, 1974, by way of a 13-12 decision in Annapolis … Navy All-American Ray Finnegan, who has served as the Mids’ keeper coach for 18 seasons, was in goal that afternoon.
â€¢ Johns Hopkins owns a 30-17-1 record in games played in Annapolis, which includes a 12-5 thumping the Blue Jays handed the Mids at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 19 of this year … the last time the Mids beat Hopkins in Annapolis was May 4, 1974, 13-12.
â€¢ Six of the last nine games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal, including four of the last five … three of the six one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
The Last Time … April 19, 2008
â€¢ Senior attack Kevin Huntley pitched a first quarter hat trick, while fellow attackman Michael Donegar added a pair of goals to lead No. 7 Johns Hopkins to a 12-5 victory over No. 10 Navy in front of 16,042 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 19.
â€¢ The win not only pushed the Blue Jays’ record to .500 this year, it also marked the 34th consecutive victory over the Midshipmen.
â€¢ Hopkins jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the 4:48 mark which featured back-to-back goals by Huntley in the opening minutes . .. he put the Blue Jays on the scoreboard less than two minutes into the game when Paul Rabil’s shot was saved by Navy keeper Tommy Phelan and bounced out in front of the crease … Huntley outmuscled the rest of the players and sent a wicked shot over his left shoulder and into the net.
â€¢ Hopkins was afforded two extra-man opportunities that resulted in the final two goals of the 4-0 run, including a goal by Steven Boyle who converted off a pass from from none other than Huntley after a delay of game call against the Mids with 4:48 remaining in the opening quarter.
â€¢ Among the four-goal flurry, Hopkins took seven shots, four resulted in goals, two were saved and the seventh hit the post.
â€¢ Navy mounted a small run of its own as sophomore attack Tim Paul punched in back-to-back goals 49 seconds apart, including a nicely placed shot in which he misdirected his defender and shot past Hopkins keeper Michael Gvozden with 2:23 to go.
â€¢ Johns Hopkins, though, won the ensuing faceoff and with just seven seconds having elapsed, Huntley fired in his third goal of the first quarter to give the Blue Jays a 5-2 advantage at the end of the first period.
â€¢ All-American Paul Rabil got by Navy long pole Zack Schroeder early in the second quarter, putting his left-handed shot over the shoulder of Phelan to push Hopkins’ lead to four.
â€¢ Navy closed the gap to three when middie Patrick Moran found Nick Mirabito behind the cage and Mirabito bent around the right side to stick in his 20th goal of the year … while the goal clipped the lead to 6-3 at the half, little did Meade know it would be his team’s last goal until under four minutes to play in the game.
â€¢ Johns Hopkins scored the first five goals of the second half, including a goal just seven seconds into the third period, to open up an 11-3 lead and put the game out of reach for the Mids.
â€¢ It wasn’t until Gregory Clement’s goal off a saved Sean Standen shot that Navy was able to snap Hopkins’ goal scoring streak with 3:14 to play.
â€¢ The Mids and Blue Jays traded goals in the final two minutes and was capped off by a Standen goal with 1:03 remaining.
Navy vs. Johns Hopkins – Number Crunching
â€¢ Navy has won the battle at the infamous “x” just once in the last 14 games … in 1998, the Mids won 17 of the 29 draws, but dropped a 15-14 decision at home to the Blue Jays.
â€¢ During the Richie Meade era (1995-present), Navy’s averages are higher in games played at home vs. at Hopkins’ Homewood Field … the exception would be saves per game where the Mids are putting up two more in games played in Baltimore … to see a breakdown of statistics, turn to page 6 in the notes package.
â€¢ Each of the last four Navy-Hopkins games played in Annapolis have attracted better than 13,000 fans, including the 2004 game in which 18,694 watched the two teams battle into overtime and set a stadium attendance record.
â€¢ As of late, Hopkins has been slow to start against Navy as the Mids have led or the game has been tied after the first quarter in four of the last five games (this year the Blue Jays jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter) … Navy has held the halftime lead in two of the last three meetings and in 2006, the Blue Jays were forced to scored four goals in the fourth to earn a come-from-behind 9-8 win.
â€¢ Navy is making its fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 25th overall.
â€¢ The last time Navy qualified for five-consecutive NCAA Tournaments was a quarter of a century ago … the Mids earned a berth in the NCAA’s first tournament in 1971 and earned 11 subsequent bids (1971-82).
â€¢ The four teams in the Navy bracket have combined for 124 (of a possible 148) NCAA Tournament appearances … Johns Hopkins leads the field with 37, followed by Virginia (31), Maryland (31), Syracuse (28-in the Cornell bracket) and Navy is fifth with 25 appearances.
â€¢ The four teams in the Navy bracket have accounted for 15 NCAA titles, including a nation’s best nine by Johns Hopkins … Navy is the only team in the Navy bracket who has not won an NCAA title despite have 17 National Championship trophies under its belt (pre-NCAA regulated).
â€¢ Navy is 5-5 in tournament action under head coach Richie Meade.
â€¢ Navy snapped a two-game losing streak in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating North Carolina, 8-7, last Saturday … going into the game, the Mids had lost three straight overall NCAA Tourney games.
â€¢ Facing the Tar Heels in the opening round for the second year in a row, it’s the first time since the tournament was expanded to at least 10 teams (1986) that the Mids have faced first round opponents in back-to-back years (8-team tournament from 1971-82 with quarters, semis, championship).
â€¢ Navy has been unseeded in each of the last three years and is 2-5 as an unseeded team.
â€¢ The Mids are 3-1 against teams seeded fifth, however the last time they met a fifth-seeded team was in 1980 when Navy dropped an 18-11 decision to North Carolina.
â€¢ Despite having met in 81 previous games, Saturday’s contest marks the first time Navy and Hopkins have met in the NCAA Tournament.
Upon Further Review
â€¢ The following are a few highlights from last Saturday’s First-Round NCAA Tournament win over fourth-seeded North Carolina.
â€¢ The win snapped a three-game losing streak by the Mids this season, as well as a three-game NCAA Tournament skid … it was Navy’s first NCAA Tournament win since its 2005 first-round victory over Delaware.
â€¢ Seeded fourth, North Carolina is the highest seeded team Navy has beaten since 1981 … the Mids, seeded sixth, upset third-seeded Army at West Point, 16-10.
â€¢ It was only the second time Navy has won an NCAA Tournament as an unseeded team … the other win was a 10-9 victory over eighth-seeded Harvard in 1988.
â€¢ The win pushed Navy’s record to 10-5 on the year and for a program-record fifth consecutive season, the Mids reached double digit wins.
â€¢ Navy led all but 4:21 in the contest and never trailed.
â€¢ Senior Nick Mirabito’s goal with 5:14 remaining in the game was his first game-winning goal since his sophomore year … he is the seventh different player with a game-winner in ’08.
â€¢ Going into last weekend’s contest, nobody on the Navy roster had scored a game-winner in an NCAA Tournament game.
â€¢ Senior Terence Higgins scored in transition for the Mids at 6:39 in the third … it was his first goal since last year’s NCAA Tournament game against the Tar Heels.
â€¢ Second-year standout Tim Paul scored a career-high four goals in the win … it’s the most goals scored by a Navy player in an NCAA Tournament game since Joe Bossi punched in four against Penn in 2004.
â€¢ It was Paul’s 10th multi-goal game of the year and second hat trick of ’08.
â€¢ Senior Gregory Clement made his first NCAA Tournament appearance and scored his first postseason goal … additionally, sophomores Patrick Moran and Joe Lennon played in their first NCAA Tournament affairs and each pitched in an assist.
â€¢ Making his first NCAA Tournament appearance, junior keeper Tommy Phelan made 12 stops in goal … he has pitched double-digit saves in four of the six games he has started.
â€¢ Junior close defenseman Andy Tormey picked up a career-high tying six grounders … he is ranked No. 35 in the country with his 4.14 ground balls per game.
Fan Support Second to None
â€¢ The Mids have led the country in regular-season home attendance in four of the last five years … in 2005, Navy averaged 5,332 fans per game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and in 2006, the Mids drew 4,321 per contest … last spring more than 33,000 fans came out to watch Navy’s six regular-season home games (5587.3) … this year, Navy drew 4,722 per game.
â€¢ On April 19 of this year, 16,042 fans rocked Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the Navy-Johns Hopkins games … it was the largest attended single game in Div. I lacrosse this season and the second-largest crown in stadium history.
â€¢ In March of 2007, 14,625 fans crowded into Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to watch one of the most hotly-contested battles in Div-I, as Maryland took the Mids to double OT … it was the fourth-largest documented crowd to watch a Navy lax game at the stadium.
â€¢ In April 2005, 14,124 fans witnessed the Mids’ 9-8 victory over Maryland … it was the largest crowd to watch a regular-season Div-I lacrosse game in ’05.
â€¢ In the following home game, a crowd of 12,117 watched Navy beat archrival Army, 12-9, in the Star Game … it was the seventh largest in school history and it marked the first time in program history that Navy drew over 10,000 fans in back-to-back games … it is the largest documented crowd to see an Army-Navy lacrosse game.
â€¢ On April 24, 2004, Navy put together a doubleheader showcasing its football and lacrosse teams … a stadium-record 18.694 fans were in attendance to cheer on Navy against Hopkins, followed by the annual spring football game … it is the third-largest single-game attended event in Div. I lacrosse history and the fifth largest non-NCAA Championship weekend mark.
â€¢ Senior attack Nick Mirabito is one of 12 players in the country with at least 22 goals and 22 assists … Mirabito has produced 22 goals and 23 assists this spring … it’s the second straight year he has eclipsed the 20-20 plateau, putting up 23 goals and 21 assists a year ago.
â€¢ Sophomore attack Tim Paul has turned in multi-goal games 10 times this season.
â€¢ Seven Navy players have produced hat tricks during their careers, including five this season – Nick Mirabito, Tim Paul, Sean Standen, Patrick Moran and Shane Durkin.
â€¢ Navy has held the lead at halftime in 11 of the 15 games this season … the Mids have lost 16 in a row when losing at the half and 61 straight when trailing after three quarters of play.
â€¢ The Mids have held seven of their last 12 opponents to five or fewer goals, including No. 3 Maryland who scored just four goals after entering the game averaging more than 12 per game.
â€¢ Seven different players have accounted for Navy’s 10 game-winners this season … all upperclassmen, only two (Nick Mirabito and Tim Paul) of the seven had previously posted a game-winner during his career.
â€¢ Six of the Mids’ 15 games have been one-goal decisions with Navy winning four of the six … Navy has played a program-record four OT games this season and owns a 2-2 record in those contests.
“EE4 kanjo” – Photo Album – Civic Shuttle Club
Hello everyone. My topic, asking for help, smoothly goes into the logbook)
And so let’s start. Everything is in order. I’m busy with the car, I haven’t abandoned it, that’s already good.
I ran into a problem, I was driving about 140-160 km / h and suddenly there was cotton from the pipe and my plane went to the bottom (to the side of the road)
in short, did not want to start anymore, I watched the timing and danced with a tambourine and poked the distributor, but nifiga…
I’m already in tow and going through all the options … In short, it was in the coil, namely in the distributor cap, the graphite contact touched the coil contact poorly, cleaned it up … food again 140-160.
The next day, in the morning, again 25, and twisted and twisted and cleaned the contact of the distributor’s cap and so on, nifiga! Honda categorically refused to start the engine (
Having smashed the piggy bank, which I had been collecting from the 1st grade, and collected it for three whole years, I went into existential order to order candles / wires / distributor cap / slider and other crap, which, in my opinion, could interfere with the start and normal operation of the motor.
After waiting for the spare part, I rushed to put it all in the evening in the rain, and ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, shit shorter and not a miracle, Honda refused me again … and after twisting a little bit with the Akum, I went to sleep …
In the morning / afternoon, I continued to think and talk about what else the problem might be, and thoughts about “mine relays” and “burned out brains” and “low oil level” and “dead ignition coil” rushed through my head, but all these thoughts were driven away by a rather strong spark…
In short … There was a low oil level and therefore the motorcycle said “chew” and did not start.
– Bosch wires
– cover / slider Honda
– candles NZhK
For the (front) suspension I order polyurethane bushings \ bushings \ etc., new ball and new 282 Bosch brake discs and new high-temperature Nissin pads.
I was looking for 15th wheels for a long time, I wanted something fetish and old, the choice fell on Mugen M2 wheels in the parameters r15 4×100 et38 6j
Immediately bought Yokohama Advan tires 048 195 \ 50
Actually in small steps I go to the goal.
Having bought 282 brake machines in Moscow and realizing that the piston had jammed, otrebuild the calipers and sold them, I immediately ordered a pair from Japan, so to speak, “contract” from Honda Integra Tyrpyr spec98. According to the words sold, the run of the pieces of iron is about 17 thousand.
Actually a decent condition, I am satisfied.
Now there are 282 brake discs and brake pads awaiting.
I also ordered tie rods and tips “555”
Well, a small photo of the padded right edge)
By the way, help me get the front right clearance and wheel arch liner, I don’t consider the collective farm, can anyone own the info who has this good? Thank you all)
ps, how to rename a theme?)90,000 Beatles Chronolog, Written in The Beatles History
November 8, 1964
Liverpool November 1964 .
Barry Miles (author of The Beatles Calendar): “Performing at the Empire Theater, Liverpool.”
beatlesbible.com: “This was the first visit to their hometown since December 22, 1963. The group had two performances that evening, at 17:40 and 20:00. The host of the concert is Bob Bane. ”
From Alpha Bicknel’s diary: “Sunday. What a welcome the guys received in their home town of Liverpool. It was like the return of heroes from the war. It felt like a family reunion. “
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania! The Real Story of the Beatles’ UK Tour 1963-1965: “In Liverpool, 40,000 fans tried to buy tickets for two concerts. The Empire Theater had 2,300 seats and only 4,600 were able to see the Beatles.
As with the arrival of the Beatles in July for the premiere of A Hard Day’s Night, mounted police were on duty to control the crowds in the streets. The Beatles, ran out into the streets.Sneaking through a side entrance, the Beatles stepped out onto the balcony and greeted over a thousand fans in the street below. ”
When the Beatles came out onto the balcony to greet the crowd, about a thousand people gathered on Lime Street, stopping traffic outside the Empire Theater.
Martin Creesey explained to the Beatles that fans outside were in danger of being hit by a car and went inside. “
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania!
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania! The Real History of the Beatles’ UK Tour 1963-1965: “A press conference was held before the concerts.”
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania! The Real History of the Beatles’ UK Tour 1963-1965 ”
Great Britain : “The winner was chosen for one of the competitions.For this, lots were drawn from the policeman’s helmet. ”
Paul communicates with Joseph Wright Tisdale Smith, Chief Constable of Liverpool. During the 1919 police strike, Smith served as a constable with the Liverpool police and was one of many officers who went on strike, including George Harrison’s maternal grandfather, John French.
John Lennon and Senior Police Superintendent Harold Wally talk during a reception at the Empire Theater last night.“I was wrong when I gave you that advice,” the chief of police tells Paul and John. Then he told them to give up their idea of being in show business. The Beatles at Empire.
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania! The Real Story of the Beatles’ Tour in Great Britain 1963-1965: “Harold Wally met John and Paul back in 1957 during skiffle music, when his son Nigel played in a band with them. ”
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania!One such friend was Bill Harry of the Mercy Beat newspaper. He came with his wife Virginia. ”
Bill Harry: “Virginia and I went to the Empire and met the Beatles in their dressing room.”
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania! The Real Story of the Beatles’ UK Tour 1963-1965: “Backstage he talked to his buddies about the current music scene in Liverpool and they laughed as they remembered the good old days.”
Bill and Virginia Harry.
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania! The Real Story of the Beatles’ Tour in Great Britain 1963-1965: “Bob Wooler and Ray Mackfall from the Cave Club also came to visit.
Cave Club Owner Ray Mackfall
Martin Creasy (author of Beatlemania!Paul’s dad, Jim, was there with one of John Lennon’s cousins. ”
Mike Gerrard: “I was at this concert. I had a seat on the ground. It was a good concert, especially Mary Wells performance. It was great to see the American singer perform. But when it was announced: “The Beatles”, the dance began in the hall. The overwhelming majority of viewers were teenage girls and boys. There were not so many boys like me in the hall, as well as adults.The noise was deafening. The screams did not stop all the time, but when the Beatles started shaking their heads, they became quite deafening. The sound of their instruments could hardly be heard, and the voices were completely drowned in the noise. ”
Martin Creasy (author of The Beatlemania! The Real Story of the Beatles’ Tour in Great Britain 1963-1965 “:” During the concerts, 65 doctors were on duty. During the first performance of the Beatles, their help was almost not needed, since only two girls lost consciousness.However, during the second concert, they got a job, as during the performance of the Beatles, already 22 fans fell unconscious. ”
Barry Miles (author of The Beatles Calendar): “After the concerts, John Lennon, accompanied by the editor of the Mercy Beat newspaper, Bill Harry, visited the family of Stuart Sutcliffe, where, in memory of his late friend, he chose an abstract painting, painted in blue tones “.
Pauline Sutcliffe (Stu Sutcliffe’s sister): The Beatles arrived in Liverpool on November 8, 1964 and were greeted as national heroes.While in Liverpool, John visited my mother. Bill Harry suggested that John visit the Sutcliffe family that evening. John immediately agreed that it was a good idea. ”
Bill Harry: “I told John that he hadn’t seen Millie Sutcliffe since Stewart died. After the show, Virginia and I, along with Pete Shotton, dragged him to Millie’s house. ”
Pauline Sutcliffe (Stu Sutcliffe’s sister): “Bill, John and Pete Shotton drove onto Eigbart Drive. The mother was very happy about their visit. “
Bill Harry: “She was thrilled.”
Pauline Sutcliffe (Stu Sutcliffe’s sister): “John was very empathetic and considerate with all of us. It was the other side of John. We talked a lot about Stuart, reminisced about school days, and all this reminded the time when Stu was with us.
Then she invited John and Bill to choose something from Stuart’s works as a souvenir. ”
Bill Harry: “She invited John and me to choose any of Stewart’s works that we wish.”
Pauline Sutcliffe (Stu Sutcliffe’s sister): “A lot of Stuart’s work was hung on the walls in the apartment.”
Bill Harry: “She led us through the hallways and bedrooms of the apartment, showing us the works. John chose a blue abstract oil painting, and I chose a collage. ”
Pauline Sutcliffe (Stu Sutcliffe’s sister): “John took an abstract painting. “It will hang in the most honorable place,” he said. Bill chose a large collage. ”
Bill Harry: “Stuart made this collage in Hamburg – and it always hung in my room at home, reminding me of my lost friend Stu.”
Pauline Sutcliffe (Stu Sutcliffe’s sister): “Mother remembered that John had once given Stuart his book on horses and decided to find it and return it to John.”
Bill Harry: “Millie gave John back the How to Draw Horses book that he gave Stu and the Birkenhead newspaper clipping when the Beatles first appeared in an advertisement.”
Pauline Sutcliffe (Stu Sutcliffe’s sister): “Mother found a newspaper clipping when the Beatles name was first mentioned in the press in June 1960.She also suggested that John take something from his personal belongings, and he chose a long black scarf, knitted in due time by Astrid.
This was our last meeting with John. We never saw him again. The fate of the abstract picture that John took as a souvenir is also incomprehensible. Cynthia told me that she had never seen this painting in their home. She was quite surprised: “If John had brought home a picture of Stuart, I would not have missed it.” It is possible that this painting is still kept somewhere else in the apartment of John’s widow Yoko Ono.True, in 2001, the organizers of the Museum-Exhibition “Hall of Rock and Roll” asked Yoko about this picture, but she replied that she knew nothing about it. ”
approx .- about visiting Stu’s mother’s apartment, Pete Shotton indicated a different date in his book: June 1962. Cynthia also talks about June 1962.
Pete Shotton (childhood friend of John Lennon): “If I had any doubts about the desire of the vast majority of all fans to sleep with the Beatles, they were quickly forgotten when I began to read fan letters addressed to John.Usually every day he received at least one large bag of letters from all over the world. It would take a whole staff of staff to read them all, let alone answer them, but our favorite pastime on visiting his home was to do “fun dives” into John’s daily mailbag. The overwhelming majority of letters we retrieved at random contained unambiguous suggestions from young female fans. In addition to their phone numbers, many of them included pretty nude pictures.And some of them, in our mutual opinion, looked very appetizing.
– So why the hell are you sitting here, – I was surprised, – when all these birds are waiting, not waiting to spread their legs for you at any moment? How can you sit comfortably at home and sip tea?
“Oh, there’s always a lot of them,” he objected. – They are always, everywhere and everywhere, where I just want to do it. I just hope my cock can handle it all!
“Okay, listen, John,” I said.- if you don’t need THESE, maybe I could drive up to them and say: “Sorry, honey, John could not come, but maybe I’ll go for what?”
– Fuck you, – he laughed, – I won’t let you into my clearing!
John never really responded to such letters, no matter how tempting the offer was. Under the pressure of Beatlemania, he quickly hid under a kind of protective shell: he did not show any initiative with strangers – so much so that he did not even want to pick up the phone.In those days, everything went to him, otherwise he didn’t care. In addition, he seems to have left a tribute to his youthful hobbies for the tour and more or less entered the role of family man during the respite between them. But this does not mean that the opportunity to see the family was presented to him often, for the Beatles were on the road almost continuously.
Be that as it may, at that stage of his career, John looked at the fans just as a crowd of screaming idiots and not at all those with whom he would like to spend the day, of course, unless they, the girls, threw themselves into their arms …
The impression was that John perceived his phenomenal success as something natural, as if everything that happened to him had already been planned for a long time. Anyway, he told me that: “All this money and fame doesn’t change anything if every morning I still have to get myself out of bed, wash, shave, put on my fucking suit and do shit like everyone else. No matter how much money you have, you can’t get rid of it. ”