The fists flew, and the accusations weren’t far behind. Washington’s win over Philadelphia was punctuated by a couple of bouts of dubious origins, claim the Wings. But we’re not here to take sides. We’re here to watch the fights again, featuring Philly’s Joel White and Washington’s Matt Beers, then Philly’s Mike Manley against Jeff Moleski.
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Andrew Suitor and Geoff Snider have danced before, so it came as no surprise when they threw down again Saturday night when the Roughnecks were in Minnesota. If you don’t like fighting, don’t click on this video. But if you enjoy a good tilt, then fill your boots, cause this is a good old-fashioned tussle with slobberknockers aplenty in both directions. Clear decision, if not a TKO, for Suitor in this rematch.
IL Indoor Roundtable: New rules still looking good; a satisfactory start with YouTube; is fighting dead?
The National Lacrosse League tweaked some rules regarding contact to the head this year, but there was nothing like the slew of changes implemented for 2012. Reviews were generally, almost universally, positive at the time but are they still working? One big change that did occur this year is the switch of the NLL’s webcasts from Livestream to YouTube. IL Indoor’s Roundtable group this week of Bob Chavez, Marty O’Neill, Ty Pilson and Stephen Stamp have had time after five weeks that we’re ready to weigh in on how things are looking on that front. Also, how many fights have you seen in games this year? Unless–or even if–you’re watching a lot of games the answer is not many. What’s up with that? See our take on these topics after the jump. READ MORE »
There isn’t much question that fighting is on its way out of the game of lacrosse. Certainly that’s true in Canada, where the CLA has passed new rules for 2013 that impose harsher penalties on combatants (particularly instigators or aggressors). The National Lacrosse League doesn’t see a ton of fights these days, but when one does crop up there are still plenty of folks who enjoy a little boxing thrown in with their lax. Today, you get to pick who is the best of the bunch when the mitts come flying off. IL Indoor’s Fan Poll asks who is the best fighter in the NLL. READ MORE »
Normally we’d provide a poll to let you pick who won a National Lacrosse League fight, but this tussle between Minnesota’s Nik Bilic and Colorado’s Dan Coates is pretty one-sided. Check it out, from Saturday’s game in Minnesota.
It’s not often, OK, pretty much never, that we see veteran forward Aaron Wilson throwing down. But that’s what we saw Saturday night in Toronto as the Rush forward went toe-to-toe with Toronto rookie Jesse Gamble. We checked the stats as best we could, but couldn’t determine for sure if this was Wilson’s first NLL fight. As it is, Wilson hasn’t had more than 8 PIMs in a single season since he was with Toronto back in the 2006 (15) and 2007 (17) seasons. Still, the old dog had some fight in him as he landed a few on Gamble, and took a few, before the event wrapped up.
Fights happen in the NLL. Rules are in place to prevent line brawls but they do occur from time to time as we saw last weekend in Philly. Opinions vary on whether they are good or bad for the game. Most people familiar with box say it is part of the game’s history and necessary, ironically, to keep the game safe by keeping players honest. There are different rationales for why fighting is allowed in most box lacrosse leagues. But the reality is that in many instances fights take place for entertainment value rather than as a response to a particular event. In an informal 2010 poll done on fights by the NLL Competition Committee, it was found that 45% of the fights were “staged” as opposed to reactionary. READ MORE »
The North American Lacrosse League has indicated that fighting — one of the most talked-about aspects of the National Lacrosse League — will result in much harsher penalties than it garners in the larger established league.
That’s bound to stir up conversation on both sides of the border, with Canadian fans possibly appalled at the thought of removing a trait from boxla that has long helped identify it as one of the grittiest sports on the planet. READ MORE »