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posted 11.08.2011 at 12.15 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Rabil Makes Appearance on Tony Kornheiser Show

Mr. Tony is fast becoming a fan of lacrosse.

Long Island native Tony Kornheiser, more popularly known as a co-host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption," had Paul Rabil on a guest on his local Washington, D.C., radio show Tuesday morning.

The two chatted for about two minutes and 30 seconds with the topics including pro lacrosse, Rabil's fastest shot, and Max Seibald, who went to Hewlett High School on Long Island, the same school where Kornheiser graduated.

Kornheiser said he was having Rabil on as a "public service announcement," because Rabil is among five being honored Wednesday night at The Lab School of Washington's Annual Gala honoring outstanding achievers with learning disabilities. 

Rabil, Major League Lacrosse's biggest star, grew up with dyslexia.

"You should be earning about $2 million by now with that resume," Kornheiser started off the interview saying, talking about Rabil's past successes that lacrosse fans are well aware of.

Kornheiser, a former columnist for The Washington Post, and New York Times and Newsday reporter, could be considered representative of the traditional American sports fan. He asked Rabil what exactly pro lacrosse was, and if Rabil and his peers were considered pioneers.

"I feel like you should know a little bit more, being from Lynbrook," Rabil said, obviously having done his research on the host, before saying, "The MLL was introduced when I was 13 or 14. I was part of the younger generation there and it was really new. Now, kids that are 12 and 13 know nothing other than pro lacrosse. So they're growing up with it. That has a very different type of impact on them."

Rabil explained he plays nine months of pro lacrosse, indoor with the Washington Stealth in the NLL and outdoors with the MLL's Boston Cannons. "That's always a mouthful to explain to people when you talk about pro sports, because it's just the NFL in football, the NBA in basketball and MLB in baseball," Rabil said.

Earlier this year on his radio show, Kornheiser mentioned fellow Hewlett alum Seibald, the Tewaaraton Award winner from Cornell now with the MLL's Denver Outlaws. He and Seibald were inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, so they're familiar with each other.

"I hear you're his biggest fan," Rabil said. "I came on the show to try to convince you differently."

"I'll be your biggest fan from now on," Kornheiser said, "but I gotta go with my homey to some degree."

Rabil joins some hefty company being honored by The Lab School: Dr. Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., Erin Brockovich, Gavin Newsom, the Lt. Governor of California, and Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and educator.

"Each has mastered their learning disabilities in order to achieve success in their chosen career," according to the event invitation.

Past honorees include Cher, Charles Schwab, Magic Johnson, Danny Glover, Tom Cruise, Billy Bob Thornton, Richard Avedon, and James Carville.

I will post a link to the full audio if or when it becomes available.