Blogs | 4/13/2010 9:22:13 AM | John Gurtler
Persistence is the key ingredient to success. And the Bandits 13-10 victory Saturday night over Toronto is a perfect example of being persistent.
That is the way you play Bandit Ball. And it takes and committed team and 60 minutes.
As Calvin Coolidge said, and I will paraphrase, “Nothing in the world takes the place of persistence.” Talent will not; nothing is more common that unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
“Don’t let go Jack,” she said (Kate Winslet) when floating on a wooden door in frozen waters, a few meters away from a sunken Titanic. Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) was hanging onto the famed mahogany, treading the chop to the best of his ability.
Yes, only a movie scene (‘Titanic’) but had Jack been a little more persistent, he could of pushed her aside and shared a bit of the board in hopes of being rescued. But no, he froze-up and faded to the darkness of water.
“Cut! That’s a take.” You get the idea.
This is not a take. The Bandits are 7-7. They have not let go and from the looks of playmaking Saturday night, they can match talent and play with any team in the National Lacrosse League. And they must do that every game. Trust each other, play the system and keep the hustle is all a part of the persistence to achieve success.
That success comes in the form of winning the two remaining regular season games in Orlando this Friday night and back home April 24 against Boston. Then let the playoff chips fall where they may.
If the playoffs happen for the Bandits, they happen.
So it’s the continuation Bandit Ball we saw Saturday night that will get the Bandits to the playoffs. Reread what Calvin said.
But First things first: Friday night in Orlando.
Facing the Titans ain’t gonna be no picnic. They were handed a pretty nasty defeat back in Buffalo in early March. The loss hurt them and, like the Bandits, the Titan’s are made up of good, hard working players. They have plenty of talent and that goes for their superstars, Casey Powell and Matt Vinc. But they were crushed by the Stealth last week 17-7, so that alone will make them more than edgy. But the Bandits took them to task at night on the turf in HSBC, there is no reason they can’t do the same in the Amway Arena.
Not a chance for the Bandits looking ahead to Boston – that was thrown out the window a couple of weeks ago when the Bandits let Colorado control the game.
I know the late Vince Lombardi said statistics are for losers, but they don’t lie. Fifteen Bandits had points Saturday night. Six players had multiple points, including Mike Thompson with two assists. Plus the net-minder had 48 saves and he was directing many of them with confidence.
While there were some heart-stopping giveaways in the beginning, the Bandits defense played well, witness the stat sheet where rookie sensation Stephan Leblanc was held to one goal. He scored 17 points the weekend before.
Hey, we’re all in this together. Let’s be better at persistence.