It’s Called Lacrosse, And I’ve Gotta Tell Ya, It’s Wild!


Question: When will lacrosse stop being new?  I can’t count the number of times I’ve run in to “Check out the new thing all the kids are doing” style article about the oldest sport in the country. 

For your consideration:

2003 – My hometown newspaper writes an article on the “hot new sport” in Idaho.  This, despite the fact that the game had been played in the State for the better part of a decade.

2005 – Sports Illustrated dedicates three pages to a feature on the fastest growing game in the country.

2009The Wall Street Journal produces an article that makes me think I accidently picked up a copy of a four year old edition of Sports Illustrated.

I’m all about the game getting attention, but when will the tone of these articles stop being “look at how cute it is!”  For instance, a quote from the WSJ article:

The men’s game has 10 players who wear helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads and gloves. There’s body contact and stick checking, with the most effective shooters able to weave and dodge around defensemen.

Really? This is still necessary?  Am I the only one frustrated by this?

I would rather watch a couple of German guys try playing the game for the first time than read another one of these articles.  Wait…yes!

(Note: It’s been a while since my last post. Trying to contribute to LAS while coaching finally caught up to me, and I needed to focus all of my attention on my team. Perhaps a self-serving article on the things I learned this season in the near future. Regardless, it’s great to be back and I’m looking forward to an awesome summer of lacrosse dialogue.)