Archive for April, 2019

Friday May 3 Colorado at Saskatchewan 9:30 PM ET

Saturday May 4 New England at Buffalo  7:30 PM ET

Monday May 6 Toronto at Georgia 7:30 PM ET

Monday May 6 Calgary at San Diego 10:30 PM ET

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Bums in the Seats

Posted: April 28, 2019 in NLL
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Some good and some bad when diving into the numbers. Some franchises trending in the wrong direction. ( Buffalo, Colorado, and Saskatchewan)  Some seeing small gaines and others looking suspect ( Georgia and San Diego and Vancouver).

Team 2018 2019 Change

+/-

Buffalo  14,181 13,046 -1135
Calgary  11,847 12,593 +746
Colorado  14,077 12,815 -1262
Georgia  4,437 6,698 +2261
New England  5,557 5,526 -31
 Philadelphia  N/A 10,905 N/A
 Rochester  6,760 6,440 -320
 San Diego  N/A 7,769 N/A
 Saskatchewan  14,639 13,459 -1180
 Toronto  9,700 9,476 -224
Vancouver  3,507 6,833 +3326

Box Score

Attendance 8,357

Chase Fraser led the Bandits with three goals and three assists. Matt Vinc made 29 saves and Zach Higgins made 25 saves in relief. We are calling hogwash on the 8,375 attendance number. Unless many fans came dressed as empty seats.

Up Next

Buffalo – Playoffs

San Diego – Playoffs

Box Score

Attendance 13,860

Rush went on an eight goal run to start the game and that’s all she wrote.  The Rush held Colorado to just four goals over the first three quarters.  Matthew Dinsdale led the Rush with four goals and two assists. Evan Kirk made 46 saves for the Rush.

Saskatchewan finishes 11-7 and Colorado finishes 6-12

Up Next

Colorado – Playoffs

Saskatchewan – Playoffs

Box Score

Attendance 6,158

Hawks fell behind early and the late comeback attempt comes up short. New England opened the game on a six goal run. Chris Boushy found rope 2:28 into second quarter to stop the bleeding for Hawks. However, it was already too late.  Callum Crawford led the Black Hawks with seven goals and two assists.

 

6,158 ( Looked like less in the stands) came out to witness the final game in Rochester Knighthawks 1.0 history before the Hawks 1.0 relocate to Halifax in time for next season. We suspect Hawks 2.0 will suffer a similar fate to Hawks 1.0

New England finishes up at 9-9 and Rochester finishes 6-12

 

Up Next 

New England – Playoffs

Rochester – Offseason – Relocation to Halifax

Another “Big” crowd in San Diego for the Bandits vs Seals.

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Box Score

Attendance 6,685

Toronto finishes the season 12 and Vancouver finishes the season 5-13. Tom Schreiber led the Rock with two goals and seven assists. Nick Rose got the win in between the pipes for the Rock and made 39 saves.

The Warriors were led by Keegan Bal with four goals.

Toronto gets ready to face the Georgia Swarm in the East Division  semi finals on Monday May 6. Face off is set for 7:30 PM ET.

Vancouver heads into the offseason and Dan Richardson has his work cut out for him.

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Monday May 6 Toronto at Georgia 7:30 PM ET

Vancouver – Offseason

Press Release

So you all ready for some Monday night lacrosse? Which we reported on earlier. Did we ever tell you that NLL season SHOULD NOT be ending June 3 EVER?

Less is more when is comes to the NLL. However, the head office never got the memo.

The league needs to start the season earlier to avoid finishing in freaking June. Unless the NLL reduces the number of regular season games. We know reducing the number of regular season game’s ain’t happening. Its just wishful thinking on our part.

Interesting to note that the dates listed for the East and West Division Final and the NLL Finals include Monday.

 

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NLL Release and USBOXLA Release

“The groundbreaking deal strengthens all of USBOXLA’s four pillars, which are referee, coach, player and game development,” said USBOXLA President Shaydon Santos. “It demonstrates our organizations’ commitment to providing a continuous avenue of development for not only players but coaches and referees as well.”

“This grassroots partnership is very exciting for a variety of reasons,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “First, it brings together two leaders in the sport of lacrosse to execute initiatives aimed at player and referee development for future collegiate and NLL opportunities.  Second, this enables us to combine the commercial assets from each of our organizations, fostering growth in the reach of our collective commercial businesses and leading to wider investment opportunities designed to grow and expand the sport.”

 

We will take a wait and see approach on this partnership. 

The NLL gets a lot of shit because of crappy streaming and a television deal that has not yet materialized. However, things could be so much worse.

For example having your television partner NBC Sports Network broadcast your  inaugural college draft at 1 AM ET / 10 PM PT. ( Yes we know the draft is pre-recorded. No stop looking at us for spoilers.)

We ain’t shitting you ( Better hope Game 7 between the Knights and Sharks does not go into overtime. ) For the one or two fans who might be interested in the fledgling Professional Lacrosse League.

So better put a full pot of coffee on. ( We recommend Death Wish Coffee ) If you plan to stay up for the first ever and (maybe the last ? ) PLL college draft.

Lacrosse will never gain mainstream acceptance. If television networks view lacrosse as nothing more than filler programming.