Discipline an issue again in Calgary: ‘We just need to show up, shut up and play’

Andrew McBride said the Roughnecks talk about discipline, but don't practice it enough. (Photo: Calgary Roughnecks)
Andrew McBride said the Roughnecks talk about discipline, but don't practice it enough. (Photo: Calgary Roughnecks)

How much longer are the Calgary Roughnecks going to put up with themselves? There’s an old maxim about being your own worst enemy, and while the Riggers aren’t about to claim that title, they’re certainly not helping themselves when it comes to discipline. “It’s the same story every game with us,” captain Andrew McBride told the Calgary Sun after Saturday’s National Lacrosse League overtime loss to Colorado. “We take too many penalties, and we’re sitting here talking about it … Accountability has to start with yourself, and we can’t continue to keep talking about it.” To wit, the Roughnecks have given up 68 goals in their 5 games, second-most in the NLL. Of those 68, 15 are power-play goals, which is tied for most allowed in the league. It’s no surprise, really considering Calgary has faced a league-high 41 penalty kills. “We just need to show up, shut up and play,” said McBride. Calgary has a week off to think about discipline before returning to action Feb. 8 at the Minnesota Swarm.

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 bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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