In 1987, there were 4 teams playing a 6-game schedule. Today, 10 teams are preparing for a 16-game schedule and of those 4 original teams, only 1 remains. The Philadelphia Wings, who lost that 1987 championship game to the Baltimore Thunder, will join 9 other teams in today’s National Lacrosse League for the 2011 season which will be the league’s 25th. To acknowledge such longevity, the league commissioned a special logo and that was unveiled by the NLL today. (For you thick ones, that’s the logo displayed with this story.) It’s slick and cool and NLL boss George Daniel said the league is excited to get the historic season started.
For you sticklers on NLL history, yes, we are aware that technically, we could argue that Philly isn’t the lone remaining team from that 1987 season. The Baltimore Thunder morphed into the Pittsburgh Crossefire, which morphed into the Washington Power, which morphed into today’s Colorado Mammoth.
But the other 2 teams from 1987, the New Jersey Saints and Washington Wave, are definitely kaput even after the Saints moved to New York before eventually folding.
So there ya have it. The NLL’s 25th anniversary season logo. Stare at it for a bit or save it to your desktop if you’re the type to collect logos. But even if ya don’t save it, you’ll see it again down the road on this site as we work on a few projects that we’ll run later as we celebrate the 25 seasons along with the NLL.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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