With the National Lacrosse League (NLL) board of governors approving an eighteen game season plus playoffs, fans and players alike can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel to this pandemic.
The past twelve months had been challenging for the league, with different scenarios on how to get a season in were debated but never coming to fruition. Fans were starting to wonder if things would ever come back to normal. With the announcement of a season, hope and anticipation were now restored for everyone involved.
Having your favourite stars play on your favourite teams, as well as seeing the greatest players in the game today on the other teams, give one’s mind a chance to rest, and concentrate on other issues than just the pandemic. The excitement of the game, the physicality and finesse, mixed with joining people with a common interest, is a breath of fresh air, allowing the mind an escape.
The true lacrosse experience is far more than just attending a game. The community is small and tight-knit, with fans often traveling from city to city with their teams, mingling with other cities fans, as well as sight seeing, and helping eachothers economies. Although for sixty minutes they are enemies, the friendships and commraderie outside of the game are lifelong, which had been sadly missed during this pandemic.
Businesses near the venues could also find reasons to get excited, knowing that with a gate driven league like the NLL, fans would be returning to watch games, and in turn patronize their businesses once again.
The biggest thing to help the human psyche and heal the feelings of lonliness has always been anticipation of events, ie. vacations, events, sports, etc. With the league going forward starting in December, fans can now start to breathe a sigh of relief, knowing things will eventually go back to normal sooner than later.
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.