As the summer pushes into yet another heatwave and things inevitably slow down, I find myself thinking about cooler, simpler times. Times when deadlines and pitchbooks were foreign concepts, when happy hours and networking were meaningless to me; high school times, college times…good times. Mixing one part whimsy, one part varsity pride and three parts “flow,” my mind starts to race. Without further ado, I bring you the top ten reasons to be a lacrosse player:

10. Wearing Boat Shoes to and from practice.

9. Our tailgates have crabcakes.

8. Sites like Lacrosse Playground.

7. The coolest uniforms in any sport.

6. I know where my high school lax jacket is, no idea where my diploma is…

5. America’s first sport — who doesn’t love Amurika?

4. Whether it’s Ocean City, the Hamptons, Nantucket or Turks and Caicos, we’re “regulars.”

3. Natural Light may be substituted for water at any time.

2. Beautiful, big, gas guzzling lax wagons–Tahoes, Yukons and Suburbans.

1. The network–you can’t make a career out of lacrosse, so former lacrosse players are deeply rooted in all sorts of industries, from finance to movie production.