Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lacrosse for Sprint Center?

Ok, I'm like you and hate Hearne Christopher, Jr. Have you ever seen this dude in person? He is the kid in your kindergarten class who sat in the corner and ate paste all grown up.

However, in today's column he actually addressed a topic some KC-area sports fans have wondered about.

Can we get a National Lacrosse League team to play at Sprint Center?

KC dudes have their lacrosse to bear

Lacrosse is a very fast growing sport. I know from first hand experience that it is growing quickly in KC. We currently have eight area high school teams.

There is one error, of course, in Hearne's column (the guy does three stories a week and uses the same five sources over and over again...he can't do a little Internet research?) Rockhurst HIGH SCHOOL has a terrific Lacrosse team, current Missouri State Champions, however Rockhurst University does not (at least not in the USLIA-sanctioned Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference).

With a little research, Hearne could have discovered that KU, KSU, Mizzou and Missouri State all have teams and actively recruit high school players.

The National Lacrosse League is an indoor version of the fast-paced outdoor game. Personally, I prefer outdoor, but see the appeal of indoor. The NLL will have 13 teams next season in markets throughout the country -- not just the Northeast where the sport is extremely popular. Phoenix, Portland, Denver, San Jose and Minneapolis have teams.

There is a nationwide, 10-team outdoor Lacrosse league, too. Major League Lacrosse was founded by this guy.


I'd love to see the NLL at Sprint Center.


At 9:43 AM, Blogger ezstreet said...

If we can't get an NHL. I'd take an NLL team. It's pretty good entertainment.

At 11:30 AM, Anonymous UpperDeckJoe said...

I have watched indoor lacross on television when I'm back east. With all the stick work (slashing, cross-checking, spearing) and the body checking, it's a lot like slow hockey on green ice, with more scoring. The teams change on the fly, and in many ways looks like hockey. As I understand the history of hockey, it developed out of lacross. And, lacross is the national sport of Canada (as I once remember hearing somewhere). I would go to an indoor lacross game. Don't know if I enjoy it enough to buy season tickets, but I would really rather have hockey -- the AHL will do just fine, thank you.

At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why not have NLL and AHL? The boards would already be there for hockey and the turf would be there from the Brigade. It only makes sense. Besides, it would help grow the sport in KC outside of the spoiled Johnson County schools and private schools and get it out to Independence, NKC, Lee's Summit, and Blue Springs. With the ability to play lacrosse in many more places than hockey, i could see this sport taking off rather quickly in KC if there was a professional team for parents to take their kids to see.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger KCHockeyBuzz said...

It has nothing to do with "spoiled JoCo or private school" kids.

KC-area youth lacrosse coaches have tried to expand the sport to the Blue Springs and Lee's Summit school districts.

However, the athletic directors at those schools will not allow lacrosse to be played on their district's existing fields and will not allow youth coaches to "recruit" players within district schools. They would rather have their district's unused soccer fields sit idle than have kids try lacrosse.

The atheltic directors in Blue Springs, Lee's Summit and other schools, like Bishop Miege, do not want a club sport to take potential participants away from baseball and track.


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