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2013 in Review

01/08/2014, 1:45pm CST
By Brent Hollerud

The Swarm reveal their picks for the best of the year that was

As the calendar year comes to a close it is habit to take a look back at all of the major people, events, fads and happenings (for better or for worse) that defined the previous 365 days.  With their first off week of the season conveniently falling over the New Years holiday a few members of the Swarm took the time to reflect on what they remember most from 2013 and offered what they looked forward to in 2014. 

Participating in the survey is assistant captain (and existential thinker) F Callum Crawford, F Josh Gillam, newly acquired D Mike Hobbins, rookie D Jordan Houtby, and assistant coach Aime Caines. Topics covered spanned pop culture, the Super Bowl and perhaps the most perplexing question asked by people around the world which sparked an internet frenzy: what does the fox say?  It turns out professional lacrosse players don’t quite have the answer.

Now without further adieu, here is MNSwarm.com’s 2013 in Review!


Question: What was the best movie of 2013?

Crawford: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire- Because it’s amazing, hello...

Gillam: Despicable Me 2 - I absolutely love watching animation movies. I think I even enjoy the humor and characters more now than when I was a child. This was also one of few animated films that I believe was better than its original.

Hobbins: World War Z- I’m going through a zombie phase.

Houtby: Now You See Me – This movie had some great illusions with a twist at the end that I didn’t expect.

Caines: We’re the Millers- Reminds me of my family!!


Question: Which dance are you best at: Gangnam Style, the Harlem Shake, or Twerking?

Crawford: Twerking

Gillam: Harlem Shake, I guess...

Hobbins: Gangnam Style

Houtby: Harlem Shake

Caines: I don’t know any of them! Is this some social media app?


Question: What was the best song of 2013?

Gillam: Tsunami- DVBBS & Borgeous

Hobbins: Roar- Katy Perry

Houtby: Wagon Wheel- Darius Rucker

Caines: Cruise- Florida Georgia Line


Question: What was the best present you received this Christmas?

Crawford: iPhone 5c

Gillam: Replacement necklace piece, which I lost about a year ago. The original was given to me when I was 10 years old at a very important time in my life.

Hobbins: Keurig coffee maker

Houtby: A new watch

Caines: Body wash


Question: What does the fox say?

Crawford: Minimalism seems closest to the sophisticated storytelling of movies.  Movies have really educated contemporary audiences to be the most intelligent, sophisticated audiences in history. We don't any longer need to have the relationship between one scene and the next explained. We will figure it out ourselves.

Gillam: I have no idea what this question is...

Hobbins: Jacha chacha chacha chow

Houtby: I’m pretty sure they kind of bark?

Caines: Is this a children’s book? I am not sure...


Question: What is your Super Bowl XLVIII prediction?

Crawford: New England over San Franscisco.

Gillam: Super Bowl, you mean Stanley Cup prediction right?  Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hobbins: Seattle Seahawks

Houtby: New England Patriots

Caines: Seattle Seahawks


Question: What was your best memory of 2013?

Crawford: Beating Toronto in the playoffs last season.

Gillam: Without question spending the week at my cottage with no cell phone service, WiFi or television.

Hobbins: Getting married to my wife Nicole

Houtby: The birth of my niece Avery.

Caines: My second son Declán Alexander Caines was born June 4th 2013.


Question: What is your New Years Resolution for 2014?

Crawford: Win the Champion’s Cup.

Gillam: To do everything in my power to bring a Champion’s Cup to Minnesota.

Hobbins: Complete all my house renovations.

Houtby: Not to crack my knuckles.

Caines: Get back in the gym!

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