What's good everybody? Just wanted to drop in and write one more time before the weekend. The week has been pretty productive. Me and my boy Brett were up in Portland doing some work for STX and Nike for a few days, and I got back late last night. I couldn't be more excited about this weekend man, been waiting for this for such a long time. It's going to be a great atmosphere in Denver, they always have a great crowd, and the excitement of opening game is going to have both teams fired up. Not making any guarantees one way or the other, but I can promise I'm going to play as hard as I possibly can and do as much as I can for my team to come out of this thing with a W. I was in a meeting earlier this week, and I got asked the question, why do you still do it? Why do you work out with a trainer, why do you take the sport so seriously? What motivates you? In a sport where actually playing isn't the way to earn your income, how do you put so much into it? It was a great question, and I figured I'd share my answer with you all. Well, for starters, I'm no different then any other competitor, just the simple fact that we still get to play the sport we love and compete at a high level is definitely a driving force behind me playing. I absolutely love this sport, and any day I get to wake up and play it, I'm thankful for. Whether that's in a summer league, a fall tournament or in the professional season, I love to play. Secondly, I'm no where near where I want to be as a player. I'm learning everyday. So what motivates me to work out everyday, shoot everyday, watch film and continue to improve? I'm not there yet. In my opinion I'm not even close. I'm working towards it though, and I will continue to do so. Lastly, I play to win. We all want to win a championship, no matter what level we're playing. Whether it's a youth league, middle school, high school, college or at the pro level. I won a National Championship in college, and the last thing to check off is an MLL (Major League Lacrosse) championship ring. So that's what continues to drive me (and most lacrosse players) to pursue a sport where the rewards aren't like some other big time sports. Here's a link to my favorite Youtube video. I watched it every Friday night before playing Saturdays in college. Gets me a bit fired up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0sZ_oPBFr8 Well, time for me to go for a little jog and pack up to head to Denver. I'll catch up with you all early next week. KH Get'um Hop.