Why I Don’t Find Professional Lacrosse Very Interesting

This post was written by Coach Tom on July 26, 2015
Posted Under: Kids Lacrosse

The MLL, Major League Lacrosse, is professional lacrosse in the U.S. It’s the height of achievement for many lacrosse players. Each year some of the best college players graduate to the MLL. MLL games give lacrosse fans a chance to watch their favorite college stars play for many more years.

Yet I find MLL games uninteresting. For me the lacrosse is too perfect: the passes are unequaled; the dodges flawless; and the shooting exemplary. The defenses struggle to decelerate the offenses. It’s like men’s professional tennis. The games are decided by who fails to make an excellent serve or misfires the occasional return. Women’s professional players volley most of the time. Sometimes those volleys go on long enough for spectators see several shots, forehands and backhands, and to marvel at players’ athletic moves. But in men’s professional tennis, it’s the serve and usually the point is over.

When I watch high school or college lacrosse games I want to see the teams struggle. I like to see match-ups where neither player dominates. I like to watch ground ball work and legitimate body checks. If I’m rooting for a particular team, I want them to win after struggling. Otherwise where’s the excitement?

Some readers will undoubtedly think that I must never have watched an MLL game. It’s not true, although I’ve never watched a game in person. Perhaps if I could show up in the stands it would be more interesting for me. Unfortunately, I’m several hundred miles from the nearest MLL team.

The MLL is at least the third attempt to establish a professional lacrosse league. It appears to be the most successful so far, although I’ve never looked at its books. I wish it well.

If the league expands and my city gets a team, I’ll definitely check it out. Until then I’ll enjoy the local, high-school teams and the teams in the kids’ lacrosse league where I coach.

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