The Lacrosse Blog ….. A Day Later

June 07, 2008 |

It’s been nearly 24 hours since I posted my blog regarding lacrosse. Hey, if nothing else ….. it avails a topic to be discussed by myself and Jason Jubb, as we fill-in for Mark Suchy, from 1-4pm, today.

However, in the meantime, I would like to assert some clarifications to this debate. If you’re a lacrosse player and feel I’ve disparaged you, then you have misinterpreted the message. Although, I made reference to “cerebral pause” ….. it was not a dig at anyone’s intelligence level.

I simply feel that lacrosse moves so quickly that strategizing and gamesmanship are not as important as they are in other sports, like football and baseball. In some ways, baseball takes an unfair rap as being “too slow.” Yet, in football, they huddle and strategize after every play. It’s an important part of the game …..

The spirit of the previous blog stands, and I’m not relenting. I harbor no doubts that if lacrosse became a major professional sport, and the prospect of earning millions while playing it at the highest level was possible, different athletes would be dominating it in college.

These athletes would be more talented than the ones that are playing it now. If you think the “cream of the crop” athletes in Division I athletic programs are playing their respective sport, simply out of love or a desire to do so, you’re naïve. They aspire to become pro athletes and live THE LIFE.

Many of these athletes were great lacrosse players in high school. But, if they’re truly talented, they make a distinguishing decision when they reach college. If they’re great at football and lacrosse (which I’m sure many are), they’re going to choose football and pursue it. If they’re great at basketball and lacrosse, they’re going to choose basketball.

These same kids are watching “MTV Cribs”, “Pimp My Ride” and other programs featuring the indulgent lifestyles of pro athletes. Guess what ….. they’re not devoting any of these episodes to the enriched lives of great pro lacrosse players.

Lastly, any references to NASCAR were simply made to show it is a lucrative sports entity. You don’t think it’s a sport? Fine ….. but ESPN, NBC and FOX dare to disagree. Unlike pro lacrosse players, most NASCAR drivers don’t have second jobs or other means of employment. In fact, a select few NASCAR drivers make more money than most “stick and ball” athletes.

NASCAR is a legitimate major sport. What defines this? Money ….. plain and simple. This entire argument is tied to money. It’s the reason football rules the “American Sports Universe.” It’s the reason they built Camden Yards. And, it’s the reason the best lacrosse players around are playing pro football or basketball.

It’s simply the difference between amateur and professional sports.