NLL Crossecheck

What if I told you that, analytically speaking (when one takes into account the level of competition in that year), the greatest pro box teams of all time were:

1.  Long Island Tomahawks (1975)
2.  Toronto Rock (2013)
3.  Detroit Olympics (1968)
4.  Detroit Turbos (1992)
5.  Georgia Swarm (2017)

Somehow, though, only Georgia won the playoffs in their year of dominance (and only Detroit (68) got to the finals)

(Honorable mention: Brantford Warriors (1972) would come in at fifth ahead of Georgia if we included the marginally professional NLL of 1972–and they won the league playoff (lost the “professional final” to New Westminster))

Or how, using a “devastation scale” metric (basically, your ability to overwhelm your opponents by scoring more goals), the top five is:

1.  Coquitlam Adanacs (1969)
2.  Toronto Maple Leafs (1931)
3.  Philadelphia Wings (1994)
4.  Peterborough Lakers (1969)
5.  Edmonton Rush (2014)

And of that group–only Philadelphia and Peterborough won titles in those years

Makes you wonder about playoffs, eh?

How about the fact that the 1975 NLL season was, by far, the single most competitive season in the history of professional box lacrosse? 

Want to learn more about the “fancy stats” behind this?
Look for a CrosseCheck article soon…

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.