I think it’s worth it to open a thread on Canada’s official national game. No detraction from the CFL or NHL or anything, after all that’s the big news in Canadian sports.
There are two versions of top-flight pro lacrosse in North America.
Major League Lacrosse - MLL - a six-team league in the US, expanding West for the first time next season.
National Lacrosse League - NLL - an eleven-team indoor league that has basically shifted all of it’s franchises to the West Coast.
Neither league has combatted each other (they are different games after all), and player/coach/legend/insanity Gary Gait puts time in both leagues.
The biggest thing I wanted to bring up is the geographical movement of the NLL. Three years ago, Denver was the western-most franchise in the league. At the outset of this year and last year, it is the most centered franchise. This is very odd for an entire league to basically up-and-move it’s fan base from spots throughout the Northeast to having pockets in the Northeast and far West, especially since there is little lacrosse out here on the west coast.
The MLL is (finally) expanding west, something that has been planned since the start of the league (whose border franchises are Baltimore, Boston, and Philadelphia - yet has held All-Star or Championship events in Denver and Columbus), with a guaranteed team in Los Angeles, and focus on Columbus and Denver (Denver is basically a lock, with Gary Gait as the spearhead and - trust me - eventual player-coach). They have said they want 4 expansion teams in the league…where should that last team be (my hometown of San Jose seems a logical choice)?
Okay, Lacrosse thread - engage.