Gear Review: Hammer U Head by STX Lacrosse
Company: STX Lacrosse / Product: Hammer U Head / Price: $99
STX has been on a mission this season, releasing some of the sport’s most impressive heads to date. While you would expect them to design heads fit for offensive power houses like Kyle Harrison and Sam Bradman, STX threw down with their newest defensive head. The Hammer U head is a monster. If you are a big bad defenseman looking to do some work this year, this head is ready to make you a one man wrecking crew. Check out STX’s product video and then read on to find out what makes this head so special.
STX pulled out all of the stops when designing the Hammer U head and they definitely didn’t slack off in the looks department. The Hammer U head looks mean. The 3 sidewall braces look like gills of a shark or some other kind of creature that you never want to cross. The forward cant near the middle of the head creates an aggressive look and with 9 factory color options ranging from lime green to carolina blue it’s hard to find something you don’t like about the way this thing looks.
The only thing holding this thing back from a perfect score in the beauty pageant is it’s width. While I may be biased as a middie, a head this wide looks a little minor league to me dragging the heads score down slightly.
Fits a whole fist in the throat… This thing is wide.
A stick can never have too many holes on the sidewall. With 13 sidewall holes on the Hammer U head, STX shows yet again that they understand a player’s desire to have some flexibility when twisting up their pocket. In addition to the numerous sidewall options, the Hammer U head features 3 oversized top string holes near the top of the stick. I love this feature on heads, especially when stringing traditional pockets, as it gives you the ability to put multiple pieces of crosslace/shooters through the holes without having to take up additional sidewall holes.
Oversized sidewall holes up top.The Hammer U makes it easy to fit multiple pieces of crosslace in the top holes.
I love to string heads. The Hammer U is a stringers dream, so feeling a little inspired I tried out a new pocket and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Heat pocket fit perfectly.
If you can break this head I bet STX would give you your money back. This thing is about as stiff as it gets. The head is thick and the 3 sidewall braces provide extra support for ground balls and stick checks. STX’s design team put this thing through a series of tests geared specifically for the types of blows and bends a defenders head will go through and what they came up with was one of the industries strongest heads. Unfortunately, with the increased strength comes an increase in weight, and while STX tried their best to reduce weight by hollowing out the sidewall braces and areas around the throat, this thing feels like a sledgehammer. If weight were a category in this review this head would score in the negatives.
Gills looking mean.
The Hammer U features STX’s C-Channel design which gives the head added flexibility for ground balls and checks while keeping the head stiff and rigid when you are laying the lumber. The utter thickness of this head means that it is reinforced to the max. If you are not concerned about weight and want a head that is ready to both lay and take a beating, this head will be yours to rock for many seasons to come.
The Hammer U features STX’s C Channel for extra strength.
The value category is always the hardest for me to grade. With lacrosse equipment technology reaching all time highs I totally understand that prices are going to start hiking upwards too. That said, for $99 this head is pretty expensive, STX’s second most expensive head in fact, especially for something that weighs as much as it does.
I think that STX has created a fantastic defensive head. Maybe even the best in lacrosse right now. I doubt this thing will break, and the checks you can lay with the Hammer U will have offensive players hesitating to move within a sticks length of their defenders but again, I have a hard time giving gear high marks in the value category when their price tag turns me away from even checking them out.
Ready to lay the Hammer.
Overall the Hammer U is battle ready and would be worth the investment if you are interested in a defensive head that is going to last you a number of seasons. With multiple factory color options and a wide variety in stringing possibilities, this head can be customized to your exact liking. Unique features like two screw holes, enlarged top string sidewall holes, and STX’s C-Channel design make this thing a stick worth a second look and while the price tag is a little high I think the pros outweigh the price for serious defensemen.
STX Taps New Line’s Sam Brown as Production Chief
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Veteran New Line executive Sam Brown has joined STX Entertainment as head of production for its motion picture group, replacing Cathy Schulman.
Brown worked on “Central Intelligence,” “San Andreas,” “Horrible Bosses,” the “Harold & Kumar” series and the upcoming “Fist Fight” with Ice Cube; “Going in Style,” starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin; and “The House” starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.
STX’s top releases have been “The Gift” and “The Boy.” Its dramas “The Free State of Jones” and “The Secret in Their Eyes” have underperformed.
Schulman will be moving into a new corporate role within STX Entertainment, overseeing the launch of a significant new initiative with pending details forthcoming.
Adam Fogelson, chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group, made the announcement. Brown will oversee production and development activities on STX’s upcoming slate of films.
He was most recently a senior VP of production for New Line and will report to Fogelson and Oren Aviv, president and chief content officer for the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“Sam has a long and exceptional track record identifying and managing the diverse kinds of hit, talent-driven films that are the core of the STX model,” said Fogelson and Aviv. “He is one of the best and brightest in our business who is hugely admired and respected by the creative community.”
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“Hell Week”: Sam Bankman-Freed’s Memoirs of a Caribbean Prison
The former head of FTX was not pleased with tiny towels and stale bread during his imprisonment, but the most unbearable torture was the lack of the Internet. Forbes USA spent the day with the accused former billionaire now under house arrest in California. He can be seen again online arguing his case on the Substack platform or playing his favorite video game
For 31 days beginning Nov. 11, Sam Bankman-Fried, the former billionaire, disgraced CEO and founder of FTX, until recently the world’s second largest crypto exchange, lived alone in his golden cage, a 12,000-square-foot penthouse feet with six bedrooms and ocean views in Albany, an exclusive resort in the Bahamas. Since the paparazzi and reporters have set up a whole camp outside, Bankman-Fried hardly left the house and spent most of his time on the Internet. He chatted with journalists and lawyers on Twitter while playing Storybook Brawl, a fantasy card game. Bankman-Freed said the online game, which FTX acquired last March, helped him keep his sanity while doing other important tasks.
However, everything changed on Monday 12 December.
Just hours after Bankman-Fried gave his last official interview to Forbes, Bankman-Fried received an urgent phone call while he was finalizing his scheduled video statement to the US House Financial Services Committee. It was a call from his lawyer in New York, who relayed a message to the FBI that the Bahamas police were about to make an arrest of the former “rock star” of the crypto industry.
According to a source familiar with the day’s events, the FBI was given a choice: Bankman-Fried could wait for arrest or agree to be extradited to the US on “some sort of bail conditions.” If he chose the latter, the FBI promised to pick him up before the Bahamian police and put him aboard a private jet heading north that night.
A million thoughts went through Bankman-Freed’s mind, but first he needed to find out if this urgent warning was true. He and his parents, Stanford law professors Joseph Bankman and Barbara Freed, who were in the room with him at the time, made frantic calls to anyone in the Bahamas who could help or provide any information. They contacted Christina Rolli, executive director of the Bahamas Securities Commission, Wayne Munro, secretary of homeland security, and Jomo Campbell, minister of state for legal affairs and number two in the attorney general’s office.
According to a source who spoke to Bankman-Freed, everyone said they didn’t know anything. Bahamian officials said “they don’t know a damn thing about it. They think the whole story is dubious… and that they don’t think the US understands that they have no power here… If we were going to arrest you, we would have done it a month ago.”
However, the police soon knocked on Bankman-Freed’s door. The arresting officers were friendly but uncompromising, and Bankman-Fried was given five minutes to collect medicine and other items before being escorted to the police station in handcuffs. Most of his belongings, including the ubiquitous FTX T-shirts, stayed at home. Only later did he learn about the degree of secrecy of the plan for his arrest. The only two people in the country other than the arresting officers who knew about the plan were Attorney General Leon Pinder and Magistrates Court Judge Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt.
According to Bankman-Fried, this was all part of an orchestrated pressure campaign by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) against the Attorney General of the Bahamas to eventually bring him back to the US. A diplomatic note sent to Pinder on December 10 formally requesting Bankman-Freed’s extradition highlighted the risk the Justice Department sees if Bankman-Freed is allowed to remain at large.
One of the paragraphs of the note read: “Legally obtained written evidence and various interviews of witnesses show that Bankman-Fried personally amassed billions of dollars through his involvement in a criminal conspiracy: thus he has the means and may soon have a motive for flight from the Bahamas. The note also expressed concerns that Bankman-Freed would attempt to destroy the evidence.
On December 13, Bankman-Freed formally applied for his release on bail, but it was denied within three minutes. After that, he was taken into custody and sent to the infamous Fox Hill prison in the Bahamas to await an extradition hearing on February 10th. On the same day, U.S. Attorney’s Office filed eight criminal charges against him, mostly for fraud related to the activities of his once-great cryptocurrency empire, FTX.
Bahamas Department of Corrections at Fox Hill Jail. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell AP TASS)
Ohio Representative Warren Davidson, who is on the House Financial Services Committee, suggested that Bankman-Freed’s arrest was planned to disrupt his speech before the House of Representatives the following morning. The testimony prepared by him was published by Forbes after his arrest. In them, Bankman-Fried questioned the intentions of current FTX CEO John Ray and also blamed Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao and several other people, including Sullivan & Cromwell’s FTX lawyers, for his predicament.
Bankman-Freed didn’t know what to expect at Fox Hill. “I thought it was going to be like The Shawshank Redemption,” admitted the former billionaire who grew up in Palo Alto, California, a city where the median home price is $3.4 million. 20 square feet with green and yellow walls, which he shared with five other inmates in the prison infirmary. Acting Bahamas Commissioner of Corrections Doane Clear said the decision to place Bankman-Freed in the infirmary allowed him to be separated from the general population of the prison, which the US State Department describes as “harsh due to overcrowding, poor nutrition, inadequate sanitation, ventilation and medical services”. Soon, most of the former billionaire’s attention shifted to finding vegan food: peanut butter, stale bread, and fresh fruit.
The infirmary had a private bathroom with a door, but the only way to flush the toilet was to pour a bucket of water into it. The musty, telephone booth-sized shower had no hot water, and Bankman-Freed had to use a garden hose instead of a shower head. The towel given out at the prison was 3 inches by 5 inches (1 inch is a little over 2 cm).
Bankman-Fried describes his bed as “the worst bed imaginable, made of cardboard and a piece of semi-soft plastic on stilts.” There were no pillows, instead he used his dark blue jacket, which he wore to court hearings.
Bankman-Freed became friends with the other prisoners and never once felt threatened. Some asked him for money. He interacted with other prisoners, many of whom were held on drug-related charges. He wanted to know how they calculated the risk and reward of choosing such a dangerous lifestyle. They told him they could make three times as much selling drugs as they did working at McDonald’s. Therefore, the financial security of their families was worth spending a third of their lives in prison.
The worst ordeal of Bankman-Freed’s nine-day detention was the lack of internet. “I didn’t realize how much internet access was more important to me than anything else. But as it turned out, the Internet accounted for about 80% of the hardships that I experienced while in prison, ”admitted Bankman-Fried. However, he said that sometimes he still managed to get access to the newspaper. The former billionaire also claims he was limited to one 30-minute phone call during his entire time in prison, but was allowed to meet with his Bahamian lawyers daily.
Accustomed to having the answers to all his questions on the internet, Bankman-Fried used his daily visitors as couriers, loading them with papers with questions about his case, the FTX bail and bankruptcy, and detailed instructions on exactly how to find these answers. He expected the answers to be delivered during the next day’s visit. “I tried to pretend that I had an internet connection with a delay of one day,” admitted Bankman-Fried.
Bankman-Fried shared that by the end of his first week in prison without access to his Twitter account, his iPhone, and his Storybook Brawl game, he began to go crazy. In fact, he does not deny that being able to access the Internet again was the driving force behind his extradition and bail deal. One of his biggest fears was the possibility of extradition without a bail agreement and involuntary transfer to an institution such as the infamous New York Metropolitan Correctional Center, the location where Bernard Madoff (was sentenced to 150 years for creating the largest financial pyramids in modern history), El Chapo (Joaquin Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo (Spanish: El Chapo – shorty) – Mexican drug lord, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel) and Jeffrey Epstein (businessman accused of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation , according to the official version, committed suicide in prison). Internet access in this prison is strictly limited.
On December 19, Bankman-Fried waived his right to fight extradition and agreed to return to the US to face charges. Two days later, a private FBI jet flew the former FTX CEO, escorted by four FBI agents, to White Plains, New York. The agents placed Bankman-Freed at the local police station, where he spent the night. Bankman-Freed recalls how a kind stranger handed him a vegetarian pad thai. The following morning, appearing before a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in midtown Manhattan, Bankman-Fried’s attorneys agreed to a $250 million bail partially secured by his parents’ $4 million home, where he is currently held in electronic custody. ankle bracelet. The passport of the former FTX CEO has been confiscated. Bankman-Fried is now prohibited from opening new businesses or credit accounts, or engaging in financial transactions worth more than $1,000 without court permission.
Bankman-Fried now spends most of his time in the office of his 3,000-square-foot Spanish-style family home on the edge of Stanford’s bucolic campus. There he sits staring at his dual-monitor gaming laptop. Even during a three-hour Forbes interview, he didn’t look up from his game. Throughout the office are ceiling-height bookcases holding the greatest works of literature and history, as well as the latest bestsellers, books on economics, and a host of scientific journals. Family photos of Sam as a child (before the head of hair) can be seen everywhere with his parents and younger brother Gabe, and in the next room there is a piano.
Sam Bankman-Fried has internet access again. He spends his time playing Storybook Brawl and tinkering with his new free SBF blog, which you can subscribe to via Substack. In the first two posts, he gives his version of the history of FTX, Alameda and their collapse.