Archive for September, 2007

The world’s best

John Grant Jr., Rochester Knighthawks
John Grant Jr., Rochester Knighthawks
Photo: Norm Hall

There can be no debate. I can’t even think of another player. John Grant is the best lacrosse player on the planet. You can argue about the best players of all time, but if we’re talking about the best player in the world today it’s an easy one. Last year Inside Lacrosse labeled Brodie Merrill as the best in the world. I have no problem with that after the way Brodie broke into the NLL, the MLL and played for Canada in the World Field Lacrosse Championship, but you could have made a good argument for Grant as well. However, I challenge anyone to make a realistic argument for anyone but Grant today.

In 2003, Grant won his first championship playing for Team Canada in the inaugural World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. I was doing the television analysis for Sportsnet and prior to the tournament the Canadian coaches reminded me that Grant had never won a team championship. In fact, I got the impression from some that the “Grant Curse” was as good an excuse as any for Canada’s embarrassing 21-16 Heritage Cup loss to the USA the previous year in a one-game international indoor showdown.