My kids are nowhere near as sporty as I was growing up, and I don’t blame them. My favourite toy was a tennis ball because I could use it with my baseball glove or my hockey stick. When we bought new tennis balls that I could actually use for tennis… Look out!
My kids, on the other hand live in a Toronto where ball hockey playing is prohibited or frowned upon in the streets and with advent of iPhones and iPads, they can read, play, learn, etc instead of waste time outside…
So hearing my kids talk about sports makes me laugh and makes me wonder if they get teased at school by the sporty kids for their lack of knowledge of terminology.
Saturday night, Toronto’s best sports team, the Toronto Rock lacrosse team, played the 2nd game of a best of 3 semi-final at the Air Canada Centre and me and my boys went to the game! I’ve had season’s tickets since their first season and I cannot explain enough how nice it is to have one Toronto-based team that competes night-in and night-out and that wins having won 6 National Lacrosse League Championships.
The game is fast, exciting, hard-hitting and not for the faint of heart. If I knew about this game growing up, I would have been a great defenseman – being able to whack the daylights out of guys! Oh the fun.
So Toronto won the game over the Rochester Night Hawks 11-8 and as a result, they tied their series and a 10-minute game was to be played right after with the winner going to the Champions Cup Finals against the Edmonton Rush. The outcome was never in question as Toronto scored a goal a minute for the first 7 minutes, hanging on for an 8-2 victory.
Just before the game ended, my son tried to impress the girl in the row in front and wanted to tell her that the game was “sudden death”. I guess he thought if they lost they’re done, which they would have been but sudden death in sporting terms means the next goal scored sends one team on, and the other home.
Instead, he said this;
“Wow, I hope Toronto can win this game in instant death!”
“Umm, me too” was my reply.
The girl in front of us – who turns 18 in 4 months – smiled at my son, and said, “No, I hope it doesn’t get that far because we (Toronto) are destroying them right now.”
She winked at me.
This Saturday, we are heading back down to the ACC to support the Toronto Rock in game 1 of the NLL finals. Hopefully they will exceed their previous crowd of 10,200. I remember the ACC being packed full for many years. I think we owe that to the team and to owner Jamie Darwick for fielding a winning team year-over-year.