Portland LumberJax
Portland LumberJax

Over the past few years, I don't think I've posted anything that wasn't 97% beer related (I did the math). Nor, will I continue to do this--but I've got a soapbox, so I'm gonna use it today. At least it will be Portland related.

One of my other jobs--one that offsets the cost of this blog (beer, hosting, beer, giveaways, beer, etc.)--is sports photography. This is a strange job for me as I am not a big sports person. At the bar, behind my pint, I will nary utter a peep about any of the sports on the television. I'm not an encyclopedia of baseball stats, I don't know football players names (unless they are idiots making the news for dogfighting), and I don't much care to watch multi-millionaires play basketball. What I do watch is a strange mix of college basketball, soccer, and lacrosse. I know, I'm the odd man out.

Growing up on the east coast in the early 80's exposed me to lacrosse at a young age, where I played in middle school. My family used to drive to Philadelphia to see the Wings play professional box lacrosse at the Spectrum. A "few" years later, I find myself photographing National Lacrosse League games at the Rose Garden. I'm excited to see Portland embracing an alternative professional sport such as lacrosse, but the league is still fighting for stability. It can only do that through a larger fan base, so I thought I would help spread the word.

Portland LumberJax
Portland LumberJax
Last season, Portland LumberJax game tickets could be easily found for $5 each. $5! The cheapest individual tickets for the 2009 season are currently listed at $10, but they have cheaper ticket packages available. But if you want to see what it's all about, it's a lot cheaper than most other sports. This first game is this Saturday, January 3rd at 7:30pm. There are only a total of 8 home games played this season at the Rose Garden, so if you want to catch a whole season, get hooked early.

Plus, these guys mean business! You've got to be in phenomenal shape to play lacrosse, you've got to be willing to hit hard (and be hit hard), and do it all for next to nothing. All of the players are either in college or have full time jobs as professional lacrosse players are on the team for the love of the sport not the Ferrari (an NLL player might be able to afford a used VW if he saved every last penny from his salary).

Want to know more about pro lacrosse? Check out the lacrosse overview from NLL.com. For info on our Portland team, check out the LumberJax official website and the fan run Portland LumberJax Blog.

And,
as Jeff noted over at Beervana, you can find Widmer and Pyramid/MacTarnahan's beer at the Rose Garden! See, this post is totally beer related!