On Saturday, my friend called me and said he has 2 extra tickets to a Minnesota Swarm Lacrosse Game at the Excel Energy Center in downtown Minneapolis (The city right next to St. Paul, if you don’t know your geography). All I knew about Lacrosse was that you have sticks with nets on the end of them and you throw a ball around. I went to the game, it was absolutely hilarious! The goalie was wearing 5 feet of pads, and looked like the Michelin man (You know, the white-inflatable guy from the Michelin tire commercials?) and the rest of the guys wore pads and helmets, just like the Goalie. (Not as many pads though, they have to run). During the game, the hilarious announcer did a bunch of funny things. First, he put the camera on a million random people. Then, he called some teenager up to the announcer box, and put his camera on him. His shirt said “JG Whore” or something like that. He gave the guy a piece of paper, and told him to cover up the “Whore” part of it. The whole stadium was laughing and the teenager probably felt really embarrassed, but hey, it was funny. Then, they invited everyone to get a free Minnesota Swarm lacrosse ball in the 4th quarter. A Lacrosse ball is like a rubber billiard ball! It’s rock solid! I had always thought they used something like a Tennis Ball.
In hockey, if you charge up to another player and slam him on the head with your stick, you’ll get a penalty. In Lacrosse, that’s what you’re supposed to do to get the ball! Lacrosse makes hockey seem like a bunch of 2nd graders having tea at an imaginary tea party in their backyard. It looked really fun, so I’d like to go to another game and get some lacrosse sticks.
Lacrosse looks really fun and hopefully I’ll get to go to another Lacrosse game soon, and hopefully I’ll get some some Lacrosse sticks for my birthday on February 25th.
The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) website is http://nll.com