For those that didn’t buy the hype when reading last week’s New York Times, the paper pondering whether Paul Rabil would help bring the sport of lacrosse to positive, big scale, mainstream levels, they may want to give their heads a shake after seeing the Washington Stealth’s multi-dimensional stud showcased in ESPN on two separate occasions in recent weeks.
Rabil appeared in ESPN’s back pages in their NHL Preview issue from earlier this month, one of a handful of athletes responding to the mag’s “Scale of 1 to 10″ segment. This month’s Q? How big of a problem are unwanted advances? Find out Rabil’s answer, when you’ll see him in the mag’s pages again, and today’s links, after the jump.
With Insider Ted Jenner not partaking in post-game fesitivites as much since trading in stick for keyboard, unwanted advances in the sport have taken a fairly stiff nosedive in recent years, and Rabil concurs, telling ESPN, “Three-point-five,” when grading the question on a ten-point scale. “Pro lacrosse isn’t a big groupie sport.”
The other athletes that fielded this past month’s “1 to 10″ in ESPN; Allison Baver (Olympic speed skater), Urijah Faber (former WEC champion), Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR driver), Geoff Blum (Houston Astros), Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (Skateboarder), Holly Holm (Women’s boxing champ), and Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State QB).
Not a big enough appearance for you? OK.
Rabil is also appearing in ESPN’s second annual Body Issue, last year’s issue garnering insanely widespread attention, the Stealth’s two-way worker shedding his threads to land in 2010’s edition.
Check out Rabil being shot for The Body Issue below, and make sure to pick up this year’s edition on newsstands now.
PLUS THE LINKS
Last year Gary Gait grabbed some quick ink in ESPN, talking about a variety of lax related topics, including wearing spandex back in the day. Oddly, he wasn’t a fan. (NLL Insider)… Sponsored players from both Warrior and Brine met for a unique meeting of the minds/lacrosse summit this past weekend, including the Calgary Roughnecks’ Geoff Snider, who sported a snazzy leather, hoodie, jacket all weekend, all while hauling his own pillow. (Inside Lacrosse)… Not a ton of lacrosse to go before the CUFLA post-season gets started. Stay dialed in at www.cufla.ca, current NLLers and Junior A studs like Scott Tinning (Edmonton Rush), Corey Fowler (St. Catharines Athletics) and Glen Bryan(Toronto Rock/Orangeville Northmen) impact players during this year’s Canadian University season. Guelph University (8-0) and Carleton University (8-2) currently lead their respective divisions.The foremost boxla writer, Tutka is a former NLL scout and a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at email@example.com.
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