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But They’ve Taken All The Coal From The Ground


Blue collar.

It ranks up there with the top sports cliches like calling someone a “workhorse” or “unselfish” or saying that someone has a “nose for the ball.” Some players are “lunch pail” blue collar types and others are “hard hat” and entire teams like to tout their blue collar attitude. But despite it’s common use in sports, is America slowly getting rid of the idea of that working with your hands can be a “good” real job?

Mike Rowe, often seen waist deep in some sort of foul smelling gunk on his show Dirty Jobs, sure thinks we have a problem and last Labor Day he sent out a video message calling for a new way of thinking.

We’ve declared war on work…we’ve made work the enemy.

Mike Rowe

Obviously I can’t pretend to be out bailing hay everyday since most of my normal 9-5 is spent sitting in a cube or planning to take over the world via advertising in very non-blue collar meetings filled with guys drinking fancy coffee drinks with 8 syllable names but I still recognize the value of getting your hands dirty every now and again.

Even more importantly I agree with Mike that it’s probably time to re-evaluate the idea of a “good” job since it seems like people are just struggling to get any employment in these tough conditions.

So how can we do our part at LaxAllStars? We all don’t need to be mechanics or construction workers to be real men but in the lacrosse world too many guys rely on other people to do the grunt work of stringing up a sweet spoon.

I’m here to call them out.

Time to quit being lazy, lax bros! Grab a spool of sidewall, a lighter, and your mesh/ traditional leathers of choice and get cracking!

Way to many bros claim they have “their guy” who’s works David Copperfield-style magic with a hockey lace. Here’s a tip: instead of handing over your faithful corner-ripping pal to a stranger, why don’t you take a seat, throw on the game tape of ‘Cuse vs. Cornell on mute, and hold a spoon weaving seminar so you can learn to do it on your own.

Teach a man to fish, Lax Nation.  Mike Rowe would approve.

So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron or coke,
Chromium steel.

About the author


Ryan Craven is a Co-Founder of Lax All Stars and has taken his passion for lacrosse from coast to coast and back again. Contact him at [email protected]

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