I’m a Beer League Hero. Everybody knows that. I may not have the athletic capabilities of a champion, but I sure as shit have the heart of one. So when “competitive” sports ran it’s course for my career after college, it wasn’t like I was just going to stop playing. It wasn’t like I was just going to give up because there was no more road to follow. Because when all else fails, Beer League is always there for you. So over the last few years, I’ve been mucking it up playing beer league hockey and beer league box lacrosse. While it may not come with the fame or the fortune or the glory as playing professionally, I can guarantee you that I treat every single second as if it does. Unfortunately, however, my beer league career hit a bit of a roadblock on Wednesday night while I was playing some box lacrosse.
If you can’t tell, I’m the guy who ends up rolling around on the floor. Now to some, this may just look like a case of terrible coordination. Which, to be fair, could definitely be the case there. But I planted my left leg going one direction, wanted to come back to shoot the opposite direction, next thing you know I’m on the ground and I know exactly what just happened.
You see, this ain’t my first rodeo. I tore my right ACL back in high school in 2009. They say that when you tear one ACL, you become more susceptible to tearing your other. I always thought that was a bunch of bullshit considering I was going 9 years strong on a couple of baller ACLs once my right one was replaced. But just about 10 years later, I’ve finally evened myself out.
Now I’ll be honest. This fucking sucks. Not because it hurts or anything like that. I’m Hockey Tough so I’ll never admit anything actually hurts. What sucks though is this definitely screws up a few pieces of content I had scheduled for the near future. With the Philadelphia Wings coming back to town, I was going to be at the NLL combine in Philly in early September to see if I could finally work my way on to a professional lacrosse roster. It didn’t work the previous two times I’ve tried out for teams but there’s this saying that goes, “3rd time’s the charm”. But unless they’re willing to give a spot to a guy who is going to be spending the next 8-12 months on the IR, I can’t imagine that’ll work anymore. There were also a few tournaments lined up over the next couple of weeks/months that would have been great on video but considering the whole fact that my knee is no more, that won’t be able to happen either. So this ACL injury doesn’t suck for me. I’ll manage, I’ll be fine. It just sucks for you, the viewers and consumers of content. And for that, I apologize.
HOWEVA…. I’m a Beer League Hero. And I’m not going to let a little torn ACL stop me from doing exactly what I was put on this Earth to do. And that is to tear shit up at the Beer League level. Life is about 2 things, people–playing organized sports against a bunch of other old washed up dudes who couldn’t hack it at the next level, and consuming copious amounts of alcohol prior, during and after those games. That is my calling in life. And I’ll be damned if an Anterior Cruciate Ligament is going to stop that. So the road to the comeback starts right now. The life of a Beer League Hero never quits.
P.S. – If there’s one thing you guys could do to help, it would be purchasing one of these dope ass shirts.