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BULLETIN: Feb. 15, 2018 — The FIL World Cup is coming to Maryland (again)

This morning, the International Lacrosse Federation (FIL) announced that the 2021 Women’s World Cup would be contested at Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University.

It is the sixth major FIL championship to be awarded to the United States since 1998, and the fifth to be awarded to the state of Maryland.

The first of these occurred in 1998 at Homewood Field in Baltimore, which hosted the eighth men’s world championship. The second and third were the 2003 U-19 Men’s and Women’s World Cups, which were held simultaneously at Unitas Stadium.

Two years later, the Women’s World Cup was held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. And like every senior women’s World Cup final, the host nation lost the gold-medal match.

With a bevy of talent available to the U.S. coaching staff for the 2021 title game, including a number of players honed by play in the two American professional leagues, the Americans should be a prohibitive favorite.

But a Canadian side led by Selena Lasota, Danita Stroup, and young talent like Aurora Cordingley may spring the same kind of surprise that they did when they were U-19s, winning the World Cup a couple of years ago.

Stay tuned and get your reservations ready for the summer of 2021.


Feb. 15, 2018 — Two out of three ain’t bad. Or is it?

This morning, I hit the TV button on the remote control, pointing it at the leftmost of the three monitors I keep attached to various devices in order to get my news and information.

There was no click in response, but there was one from the middlemost monitor, which sometimes activates when I aim the remote incorrectly.

“Uh-oh,” I thought. “Bad logic board.”

Since buying the monitor back about three years ago, I have changed boards once every 18 months or so. This will be the third change. Repair of digital TVs is remarkably simple; I did my brother’s TV a few years ago, and I have kept mine in working order with just a careful inventory of screws, a flick of my fingers on the connecting ribbon, and about 45 minutes of my time.

But until I get a new board (or actually take some time to figure out exactly what component keeps failing so that I might get something less faulty), I have to rely on my other monitors.

My rightmost monitor, which I attach to my laptop, can get many more video streams than it used to because news sources have figured out that getting their product out into the mainstream is better than hiding it behind a subscription wall.

The middle monitor has a Roku attached to it, which is an electronic device slightly larger than a deck of cards. It streams hundreds of video sources, everything from sports to horror movies. The Roku is where I will watch the majority of my field hockey and lacrosse during the NCAA season, so I’m not terribly worried about losing the left monitor for a few days.

So, why do I have three monitors? The same reason Lyndon Johnson had the same setup in his Oval Office: to see what was going on in the world.

Plus, these small flat-screen TVs are incredibly cheap compared to the luxury models that some people are getting for their houses. Some of them are pretty nice, but I don’t need that much screen size. I can only focus on a finite area at any one time, and I’d rather have a smaller screen so I can see everything.

Which makes it fun whenever there is an event like an Olympics, a World Cup, or your average weekend in NCAA lacrosse or field hockey. Having three games on simultaneously — in the same sport — is an experience not to be believed.