FIL Vote Paves Way for Iroquois to Rejoin Blue Division

In a matter I’m sure you all care so deeply about, the last few months – or years – have seen tempers run hot in the lacrosse community.  At the last world games, the Iroquois Nation was denied entry into England due to their native visas (they are issued US visas as well, but do not use them).  That meant one of the top 3 national teams and the creators of the sport were denied a chance to play in the pinnacle of the sport.  This was a black eye on lacrosse and the United Kingdom (in my opinion).

There was a bylaw that existed which stated that seeding and groupings were determined by the finish in the previous world games.  That meant the Iroquois team would be in last place and re-grouped to a different division.  This isn’t like the world cup, where group winners advance.  Lacrosse is broken down into groups because, to be quite honest, most of the teams aren’t very good.  The US and Canada have dominated the sport since the inception – with the Iroquois team being the only other team capable of running with (and beating) either team.  In fact, the last team they fielded was extremely deep – and this team will be even deeper.

The FIL was standing by their bylaw – until a full-on assault came from the lacrosse community to overturn this decision and put them back where they belong. Because this was not about seeding and trophies.  This is much deeper than that.  This is about honoring the roots of the game. For those of us who play, lacrosse is more than a game. It sounds trite, but it becomes your life.  A culture unto itself.

So… that said, FIL held a postal vote and responses were tallied and I’m happy (relieved) to say that they have voted almost unanimously (1 lone jackass held out) to get rid of the bylaw.

I love this game and everything it has given me.  I’m proud to say I’ve played.  Even more so now…



Where I’ve Been

On the fourth day of June of 1763, the garrison at Fort Michilimackinac, unconscious of their impending fate, thoughtlessly lolled at the foot of the palisade and whiled away the day in watching the swaying fortunes of a game of ball which was being played by some Indians in front of the stockade. Alexander Henry, who was on the spot at the time, says that the game played by these Indians was “Baggatiway, called by the Canadians le jeu de la Crosse.”

The favorite game of ball of the North American Indians, known today, as it was deemed in 1636, by the name of “lacrosse,” was potent among them as a remedial exercise or superstitious rite to cure diseases and avert disaster; that it formed part of stately ceremonials which were intended to entertain and amuse distinguished guests; and that it was made use of as a stratagem of war, by means of which to lull the suspicions of the enemy and to gain access to their forts.

 And that’s where I was for the last few months.  Medicating myself with the game of lacrosse.  Lulling my enemies to sleep with the game I love.  Averting disaster.