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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
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.
The Swarm just are not living up to expectations. Rochester are overachieving at least for now. So lets ride the wave for this one.
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
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
GA @ ROC
Rochester. The Knighthawks are fresh after an extended break, while the Swarm struggle to regroup after a tough loss in Week 7.
ROC @ PHI
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.
NY @ PHI
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
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
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
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?
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.