LaxPhilly Breaks Down the Jam-Packed NLL Weekend

The Cracked team at LaxPhilly breaks down the jam-packed NLL
Weekend.

The Moment You Have Been Waiting For!!

Jam-packed? After an eight-game week, the quirky schedule only has two games on the slate.

The good news, with the time difference, we can catch each game in its entirety!!!

Last week. most of us took it on the chin. But, Ross “The Boss” McLoughlin continued to boost his record and went 6-2.

Kevin “Don’t Bother Me, I’m Busy” Neibauer fell in at 5-3.

Shawn “The Rush Can’t Win this Week” Slaght, Steve “Psst… the soccer game is on” Holroyd and Gary “The Caroler” Groob all went 4-4.

Susan “My teeth still hurt” Walton suffered through her aching mouth and a 3-5 week.

So, we start this week with Steve “I wonder if David Beckham plays lacrosse” Holroyd (11-9 for the season).

Philadelphia @ New York:  The Wings defense was pretty sharp against a Calgary team playing two games in two nights, but the offense continues to sputter.  The Riptide, on the other hand, looks brutal.  But the NLL cannot afford to have a moribund New York franchise.  As a result, I predict a night of blatantly anti-Philly officiating leading to a number of man-up opportunities and the Riptide getting their first win.  WINNER: New York

Vancouver @ Colorado:  The Warriors are much improved…but not that much.  The Woolies in a cakewalk.  WINNER:  Colorado

We move to Canada and Gary “Is it summer yet” Groob (15-7).

Philadelphia @ New York
Philadelphia wins.

Philadelphia has one of the best faceoff men in the league, good offense, and a decent transition.  New York is still trying to find their identity, and at times plays very well.  The problem is that the Riptide hasn’t been able to put a 60-minute effort together as of yet.

Vancouver @ Colorado
Colorado wins.

While I still think the most improved team in the league are the Warriors, they still have a ways to go to get to teams like Saskatchewan, Toronto, Georgia, Colorado, etc.   

A gritty team that can score will give the Mammoth trouble, but Colorado is too talented a bunch to fall to Vancouver just yet.

Staying in Canada and Shawn “-34 degrees is not cold” Slaght (12-8)

Philadelphia @ New York
Pick – Philadelphia
Will the real Philadelphia Wings please stand up. Are they the team that opened the season or the team the squeezed out a win against Calgary? The Wings are lacking consistency.

New York is consistent in the fact they can’t string together a full game. I think Philly will easily handle them regardless.

Vancouver @ Colorado
Pick – Colorado
Colorado is finding their stride and that’s bad news for the rest of the West division. As long as the offense continues to produce to help Dillon Ward on the other end they’ll be fine.

What hasn’t already been said about the Warriors? They continue to improve but still aren’t ready to compete with the big dogs. Colorado will come away with a “Mammoth” victory.

Back in the states and sunny California with Ross “Mr. SealSplash” McCollough.

Philadelphia Wings vs New York Riptide

Wings riding high from the win in Calgary last week will roll into the Riptide, and leave them more of a slight Undertow. Connor Kelly will try his best, but Ultimately Rambo and Baptiste will over power.  Winner Wings 12-7

Vancouver Warriors vs Colorado Mammoth

Warriors will try to pick up the pieces from the loss last week to San Diego. But will fall short as the Mammoth Defense will Dominate the game. Winner Mammoth 10-6.

Okay, you all had time to get your pen and paper, maybe your laptop.

The moment you have all been waiting for…. you have been waiting right?

Kevin “With my won-loss record, I need a bigger hat” Neibauer (13-7).

Philadelphia @ New York
Philadelphia

A week ago, this looked to be a debacle but, clearly, things have changed.

An emotional, possible franchise changing Wings victory of Calgary or was it that Calgary was not ready to play?

Either way, New York is still building and will hang in this one before Philly gets it done.

Vancouver @ Colorado

Colorado

Vancouver is much improved but Colorado is rolling.

Another back and forth battle that the Mammoth pull out. Jacob Roo-ay (Ruest).. just helping the broadcast team a bit. Will continue his hot streak.

Pickems:

Kevin

The unusual schedule continues with just two games this week.

Philadelphia @ New York
Philadelphia

A week ago, this looked to be a debacle but, clearly, things have changed.

An emotional possible franchise changing Wings victory of Calgary or Calgary was not ready to play?

Either way, New York is still building and will hang in this one before Philly gets it done.

Vancouver @ Colorado

Colorado

Vancouver is much improved but Colorado is rolling.

Another back and forth battle that the Mammoth pull out. Jacob streaRUH-ay (Ruest).. just helping the broadcast team a bit. Will continue his hot streak.

By: Kevin Neibauer

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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