March madness continues in the U.S. and lacrosse madness is happening in Saskatchewan! Over 14 thousand fans crammed into SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon to watch the Rush take on the Rochester Knighthawks Saturday evening, including several 620 CKRM listeners. Yes, the inaugural 620 CKRM bus to the rush was a huge success thanks to our listeners and sponsors, Valley Side Sales in Chamberlain, the brothers and sisters of IBEW 20-67, and Engelheim Tours.
What a party Saskatoon throws! Not only are there lots of pre-gamers, but there’s awesome music as well. I’ll be honest, I had NO IDEA how the sport work and I certainly had no idea how penalties were called. If you’re looking for an explanation of the sport, I’d suggest Wikipedia or the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association websites because that’s where I’m headed to next. Many of us on the bus were all going for the same reason; for that Rush experience and to see what competitive lacrosse is all about.
The first thing I noticed was the size of the nets. They have large protective equipment clad goalies in front of rather small nets and it looks like it would be impossible to score a goal, but the players seem to find it. In fact, it’s a high scoring game with Rochester winning 13-10 over Saskatchewan Saturday night.
So, three things I’d recommend if you’ve never gone to a Rush game. First, read up on the sport and rules and you won’t be lost like me. Second, get ready to be part of a party that just happens to have a lacrosse game break out. Third, make sure you go to the bathroom before leaving because leaving SaskTel Centre with thousands of others can be a real experience.
The next Saskatchewan Rush game is April 7th in Toon town at 7:30 against Colorado Mammoth. Wear loads of green!