I'll just start off by saying that I may be alone on this one, but I truly believe that lacrosse and action sports have quite a bit in common. Now before you get your grundle in a bunch, hear me out.
1. Off the chart growth
Just think about the grand pup pup of action sports, skateboarding, and how it became so popular. There's definitely similar trends in that story as there are in the growing years of lacrosse. (For argument sake, I am referring to lacrosse in the 20th/21st centuries, not the Native American origins of the sport.) Skateboarding was essentially invented in the 50's and started to take off in popularity 10 years later. Now look where it is today... a billion dollar industry. More athletes, more events, more sponsors, more everything. The fact alone that companies like Red Bull and Nike are balls deep in skateboarding, speaks for itself. No global enterprise is going to be affiliated with a sport like skateboarding if they didn't believe that it was worth it. Same goes with lacrosse. Over the past 10 years, lacrosse has grown exponentially. It's currently, and has been for a few years now, the fastest growing sport in the country. FACT. And just like action sports, large corporations are noticing the growth of the sport and want a piece of the pie. Companies like, you got it... Red Bull and Nike. Give lacrosse another decade or so, and it'll be a dominant presence in today's sporting world.
2. Fun to watch progression
I don't need to explain how action sports has progressed over the last 30-40 years. I mean, just look at motocross. Remember back in 2000 when the thought of attempting a backflip was just straight madness? A backflip?? On a dirtbike?? And now you have to pull some crazy ass Triple McHangdang 720 Do-Dabber just to be considered for a bronze medal. Not only are motocross athletes down right insane, but they are extremely creative and inventive. Constantly asking themselves, 'How can I go bigger and crazier?' Now, yeah, lacrosse players don't huck themselves 40 feet in the air and pray that they will live to tell about it, but they are very inventive with their game. Today's lacrosse athletes are always thinking of new creative checks, ways to attack the cage, and inventive ways to score. If you at all watched the Thompson trio this year, you know exactly what I'm talking about. What these guys can do with their sticks is at times beyond comprehendable. It's baffling how good and creative they are with the game. It's a bold statement, but I think it's fair to say that they have definitely changed how players approach the game today... as did other icons such as Rabil and Gait. #legends
3. Just a bunch of goofs
If you have ever hung out with either lacrosse and/or action sports athletes, you know that they are just straight up goofs... and definitely in a good way. Yeah, there's always the straight laced guy here and there that apparently hates to smile and thinks the world around him is morbid. Or the big ol' douchebag that's more concerned with being annoying than just enjoying the sport and the people around it. But most athletes in both lacrosse and action sports are fun people. Don't get me wrong, we know when it's time to concentrate and compete at your highest level. But when it's all said and done, we shake hands, share beers and celebrate life. Not to sound like a stoner, but it's the truth. We're passionate about the sport, and even more passionate about sharing it with friends. Go to the Major League All Star Game or to the X Games and watch the athletes interact. They are there to win. They are there because they are the best of the best. But if they lose, oh well, they know there's an after party somewhere!