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Bandits notebook: The first look

Here are a few items about the Bandits that have come up in the past couple of days:

* Your first look at the team will come on Sunday, Dec. 5. The Bandits will stage an open practice at HSBC Arena. The team will work out from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an autograph session from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The Bandits are selling season tickets in the 300 level this year. The cost is $17 per game, which is $7 less than the bow office price. In addition, the team will unveil its new 20th anniversary retro jersey.

* U.S. Indoor Lacrosse has announced its team for next May's world championships. It will be held in Prague. Joe Smith is the only Bandit to make the reserve list. The American team will have five more players move from the reserve list to the roster in February, so the defender has a chance to make the team.

* There's considerable talk that Ken Montour still hasn't recovered from concussion issues, and he may be forced to miss the entire 2011 season. That covers a lot of time, of course, but it doesn't look good at this point. Mike Thompson, coming off a great summer season in Peterborough, moves up to the starting job while Angus Goodleaf would back him up. It might not be a stunner to see the Bandits pick up a little more experienced depth at the position.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.