Pick Ems

Kevin.M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- Part of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

Very little upward movement from our soothsayers in last weeks five games.

The San Diego Swami, Ross McLoughlin changed the fluid in his Magic Screw, err, 8 Ball and stayed consistent with a 4-1 week.

The Saskatoon Monarch, Shawn Slaght was a game behind at 3-2.

The heir apparent to Head Street Cleaner, Kevin Neibauer (that’s what he is calling himself this week), Mr. Everywhere, Gary Groob and recently elected as best musician in New, well old England,the man known as “Muffler” Mike Kostiuk each posted a 2-3 less than average week.

So, Ross continues to lead with his 22-7 marking with Shawn nipping at his sandy heels,19-10.

Somehow our Philly “expert”, Kevin, comes in with a 14-15 stat with Gary and Mike right behind at 13-16.

Let’s Get to It

We start with Mr. Third Place Kevin

Light weekend with three games.



The Swarm break out of their funk with a big Win.

Rochester will keep it close but, Shayne Jackson and Lyle Thompson are impossible to contain.



The Wings are stinging after their lackluster performance against Albany.

Rochester will have tired legs after a game and the commute.

Four goal Wings win.

New York- Philadelphia

New York

Philadelphia will be the tired team and either Nolan Clayton or Eric Penney gets the starting nod.

Jeff Teat lights it up with a 12-10 New York win.

I know a lot of dinners are getting cold as you wait with baited breath as we drag Ross off the beach and wash the sun block off his 8 Ball.


Winner Rochester

The Swarm just are not living up to expectations. Rochester are overachieving at least for now. So lets ride the wave for this one.


Winner Philly

Rochester riding high…running into Philly who are looking for revenge. I dont see this one going Rochester’s way.

New York- Philadelphia

Winner New York

Are Riptide going to get that first win? I think so.

We stay out West with the usually lucid Shawn Slaght.

Georgia vs Rochester
Pick- Georgia

I’m not quite sure what to make of this Rochester team. They seem to be playing above their weight class. Georgia is just too good to be kept down this long. Swarm with a close one to two goal victory.

Philadelphia vs Rochester
Pick – Philadelphia

The Knighthawks will be ripe for the picking after playing a hard-fought battle the night before. Wings win this one in a landslide.

Philadelphia vs New York
Pick – Philadelphia

Normally, I’d say this is a Wings’ victory hands down. But, again, two games in two nights is a tall task. That being said New York has Jeff Teat and…. Jeff Teat. Unfortunately, one player doesn’t make a team. Philly will win, but it’ll be close.

Continuing our globe trotting we come East where we were able to get Mike to put his head phones down.

Muffler’s Week 8 Pickems

Rochester. The Knighthawks are fresh after an extended break, while the Swarm struggle to regroup after a tough loss in Week 7.

Philadelphia. The Knighthawks will be up to the challenge, but it’s difficult not to envision them gassing out in the second half of their second game in 24 hours.

Philadelphia. The argument used for Rochester’s back end of the doubleheader doesn’t apply here, mainly because 1.) Philly is at home; and 2.) New York can’t get out of their own way right now.

That trend won’t continue forever.

We wind things down with Mr. January thru May on the Manly Men of LaxPhilly calendar (have any of you actually seen us?) Gary Groob.

GA vs. Rochester

Rochester wins

A much improved Rochester offense will give the Georgia defense all they can handle. Although they won’t be able to stifle Lyle Thompson, they will be abke to bottle most of the Swarm offense. Rylan Hartley will shine in the Knighthawks net.

Rochester @ Philadelphia

Wings win

The Wings are a tough team to play on any night, but on the back leg of a 2 game weekend, and watch the Knighthawks run out of gas early in the fourth quarter. The Wings only vice is they give up a lot of shots.

NY @ Philadelphia

NY wins

If NY has any chance, it is against a tired Philadelphia team. Jeff Teat, Callum Crawford et all, will have success on the Wings defense. If the Riptide can get solid goaltending, this might be one they can steal.

Another Week of Pick Ems

Can we knock Ross back a game?

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.