Dear Lacrosse, Please Don’t Ever Become Football

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Sunday, Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday.

All of this football hoopla has got me all sorts of amped up over sports.  Let me set the scene: it is Super Bowl Sunday as I am writing this, and yet somehow, I just realized this morning that it has been TWO weeks since any truly quality football has been available for viewing.  Now, let me preface this entire post by saying that I know little to nothing about football.  But mesh is a different story.

What do I know?  Come fall and winter, I know that I watch football and eat appetizers every Sunday as a professional fan, and on Saturdays as well, if Boise State is playing.  Other than that, I pretty much got nothing.  Nonetheless, another thing I do know is that I never want lacrosse to turn into football.

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Many fellow west coast laxers can commiserate with the frustrations that come along with playing a sport where you have to describe it to people who have no clue as to what the sport with the old “stick and a basket” routine.   We all want our sport to grow.   However, with this growth, I hope that lacrosse never abandons Memorial Day Weekend.

College football postseason comes and what happens?  People freak out over BCS bowls, who got screwed (Boise State), and then we wait for nearly a month until the national championship is actually played.

NFL postseason comes and what happens?  (This case is better…) They get you all psyched over a few weeks of amazing postseason play and then make you wait 2 weeks until the Super Bowl is played!

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Now, College Football and the NFL are popular enough where they can afford to make people wait for the games and most people will still end up watching.  Lacrosse is not that popular universally, yet.  Nonetheless, my plea to lacrosse is that Memorial Day Weekend never changes.  And if lax should ever be as popular as football, I truly hope at least one thing remains constant: lacrosse does not take 2 weeks off.

Lacrosse plays a D1 semifinal on Saturday, D2 and D3 Championships on Sunday, and a D1 Championship on Monday.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch, and it guarantees that games are won on the field, and not by the playbook.  One day off to rest and prep, not 2 weeks.  Memorial Day Weekend is something so incredible that we must make sure that this tradition does not go away.  One sport of long breaks, and long hype, is enough.


Now go enjoy the Super Bowl, and dream of another beautiful Memorial Day Weekend, where lacrosse is King for the best 3 days of the year.

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  1. While I agree that Memorial Day Weekend is an awesome 3 days of lacrosse, especially having been to it. I don’t totally agree with keeping the D1 semi-finals and finals so close together. I think at least a few days in between would make for a better championship game. It is always so hot at these games, especially last year, the boys in the games have to be drained after they play their semi-final games. Now they only have one day to recover and game plan for a new team and go out the next day in just as hot weather and play another game. The play will not be up to par with what you see in the semi-final game. Look at last years game. It was obvious that both teams we physically beat down and tired by the end of that game. Compare that to the semi-final games where everyone was flying around and it was way more exciting and faced pace.

    •  I would also be open to championship weekend moving later, into June, more like the College World Series.  Lacrosse season starts in early February now.  The first few weeks of games are plagued by winter weather and even cancellations.  Lacrosse is not nearly at the point where fans will brave bad weather to come out to games (as they do for football).  Attracting large crowds is a very important part of the growth process.  Moving the start of the season back two or three weeks could help make that happen more consistently.

  2. I totally agree with this article, and I’d like to tack on an additional thought – Lacrosse needs a day. Maybe its Friday nights. Maybe its Saturday. Maybe its Sunday. Lacrosse is a growing sport and needs a simple concept to help make sense of it for new fans. One day, once a week when the vast majority of games are played. No more of this random Tuesday when we aren’t paying attention. One day. On a trip? Do it around those days, but make the big game ON that day. Boom.