TORONTO. - Being an interviewer on Spanglish Sports World and ZingoTV, it has afforded me a special opportunity that not many can say they have had. While many people talk to lacrosse players at games, post parties, or at team functions, not many get to delve into the psyche of a player and their lives.
TORONTO. - As training camps are coming to an end, and the pre-season has but one week left in it, teams are looking more and more ready for the new NLL season. As witnessed this past weekend in a couple of games I was able to attend, the passing was much crisper, the defenses a little stingier, and the offenses much more creative with their plays, scoring with precision. There was also more use of transition plays, keeping their opponents defenses guessing most of the game.
TORONTO. - For lacrosse fans, hearing there was going to be a season in 2021-2022 was music to their ears. Seeing players tweet, text, and actually arrive at training camp was a sight for their sore eyes. But to actually attend an NLL game (albeit pre-season) had fans in absolute euphoria this past weekend.
TORONTO. - Lacrosse is a traditional indigenous people’s game and was first encountered by Europeans when French Jesuit missionaries in the St. Lawrence Valley witnessed the game in the 1630's. Lacrosse for centuries was seen as a key element of cultural identity and spiritual healing to Native Americans, known as the "Creator's Game" and the "Medicine Game".
TORONTO. - Last week the National Lacrosse League (NLL) made news with a historic multi-year signing with ESPN for broadcasting rights to all of it's games. In a press release the NLL stated that every game of every year of the agreement will be on one of ESPN's broadcast or streaming platforms.
TORONTO. - One of the most revered sports/school programs in Canada has been at a school just north of Toronto called The Hill Academy. Founded by the Merrill family in 2006 the Academy was designed with the young athlete in mind. While the academics were top notch, the programs were designed for the up-and-coming Hockey, and Lacrosse players from grades 5 to 12.
TORONTO. - Looking at the history and tradition of the game, I thought this week we would look at the process of making the wooden lacrosse stick. All the love, effort, and craftsmanship that makes a quality stick. In the modern game, we have gotten used to everyone using plastic sticks, manufactured by machine, but still strung by hand, but that wasn't the lineage that the game came from. From the beginning of the Creator's game, it was always wooden sticks used, created by talented men such as Alfie Jacques.
TORONTO. - I have talked extensively over the last number of weeks about men's lacrosse. Discussing everything from Junior to Senior, Amateur to Professional. A topic I haven't spent time on is the women's game, and while the object is the same, the game itself is quite different.