As a Marylander, I played, as birthright, lacrosse starting at about age 5 and effectively ending at Cornell almost two decades later. (FYI, goalie.) I guess the crowds watching me (& my team) maxed out at a thousand or so for a Princeton game at Princeton. Moreover, the reach of the sport at the time was little more than the mid-Atlantic states, and New England.
Not only has the playing of the sport grown like Topsy (my 20-year-old informs me there's a club team in Durango CO), but so have the interested parties. I must admit I was almost driven to tears when I read yesterday that this weekend's NCAA final, in which Virginia beat Massachusetts 15-7, was witnessed by the largest LAX crowd ever—47,062. (In Philadelphia.)
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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