Toronto’s Best Kept Sporting Secret. Shhh. Don’t Tell Anyone. The Toronto Rock are in the Champions Cup Final!

Do you want to know Toronto’s best kept sporting secret?

Promise me you won’t tell anyone? 

It’s the Toronto Rock lacrosse team.

I cannot for the life of me figure out why the team is not selling out the Air Canada Centre for each and every one of their 8 homes games and so far one playoff game.  Yes, folks, a Toronto team that makes the playoffs!!!

Sure 10,000-15,000 is a great crowd and some nights over the past 10 years, this team has out drawn the Toronto Blue Jays, but for this sport and this team I’m at a loss for words.  If you have never seem lacrosse live, and you like the toughness of hockey and the pace of basketball, well you will love lacrosse.

Lacrosse (or the cross as my son calls it) has a 30 second shot clock which keeps the action fast and furious, but is tough like hockey except lacrosse has a lot of goals, lots of hitting and with music playing throughout the game, it makes this event a must-see for everyone.  It’s great for kids too!

I love watching this team so much that I am a season ticket holder.  I have been since the team started playing at Maple Leaf Gardens.  And sadly, while I am going to miss the Champions Cup re-match tomorrow afternoon at the ACC against the Washington Stealth, I will be PVR’ing the game and watching it “live” with my boys.

We will have out white rally towels and I will be wearing my blue original Toronto Rock jersey.  The boys will have their farewell Jim “Scoop” Veltman t-shirts on.

Go Rock Go!

Bring the Cup back to Toronto.  May 15th, 2pm Air Canada Centre.  Tickets are selling fast.  If you want them, get down to the ACC box office at least 2 hours before the game or you won’t get it!

Toronto Rock win! Defeat Buffalo Bandits 13-11.

Rock Win!  Rock Win!!

Whew!  What a game!!!

I finally made it down to a Toronto Rock lacrosse game this year – it was tonight – and it was the Rock’s first playoff game against the yucky, hated Buffalo Bandits. 

Needless to say, those with season’s seats around my seats were shocked that I made it down after missing all 8 regular season games.  I explained that with a newborn and 2 other kids it would be unfair (read: grounds for divorce) to leave my wife with all three of them while I enjoy the hitting, fighting, loud music and scoring that is a Toronto Rock lacrosse game.

But I made it.  Me and K-Hof.

The game:

Toronto managed to jump (err, crawl) out to a 5-0 deficit by the end of the 1st quarter and by that time there were some eyes looking my way and some mumbling about me being a jinx or something like that.  “If the Rock don’t score by the 4th quarter, I will leave”, I said.

5-1.

6-1.

6-3 by half time.

By half time when I run to get my large double double from Tim Hortons, I had been given a beer, on the house, by the server (I don’t drink beer but I guzzled this one back!) and high-fived the attendant.  K-Hof, in his first lacrosse game was finally getting into it.  The buffalo fans had stopped their chant of we want 7, and the 3 Buffalo fans in the platinum seats in front of my gold seats, with “SOAP” on the back of their jerseys had stopped being asses.  The Rock MUST score.

 7-3.

 Shit!

 But the 3rd quarter usually belongs to the Rock and tonight was no different.  By the end of the 3rd quarter it was 11-9 Buffalo.

Queue the comeback…

Game over.  13-11 Rock.  The place was electric and I literally jumped out of my seat, straight up in the air with my arms raised as the Rock tied the game.  The whole arena stood for the last minute of the game.

Whew!

One for the memory book.

The free popcorn on the way out was a nice touch.

This is why I will continue to keep my season’s seat to the Toronto Rock.  The sport is awesome and the Rock are Toronto’s on playoff team.  And while I know the Rock outdraw the Toronto Blue Jays early in the bluebirds season, the lacrosse crowd is second to none for noise and participation.  Rock games are a spectacle.

Go Rock Go!

www.torontorock.com

Round 2 is coming up!!!