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Money Ballers: Dickson makes big push to gain ground on Grant and Dobbie

John Grant Jr. maintains his lead in the Money Baller standings with 1 week left in the season. (Photo: Colorado Mammoth)
John Grant Jr. maintains his lead in the Money Baller standings with 1 week left in the season. (Photo: Colorado Mammoth)

This past weekend was the second-last of the regular season and fittingly, we saw the second-lowest scoring game in National Lacrosse League history, Curtis Dickson’s second sock-trick of the year, and Edmonton’s second loss of the season. In addition, the second-to-last playoff decision was made, as the Mammoth clinched the final playoff spot. The only remaining decision is where the Rock/Bandits first-round game will be played. Let’s take a second or two and look over this week’s games and their implications to the Money Ballers race. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Mammoth’s John Grant Jr. finds himself in a familiar spot at top

John Grant Jr., right, is returns to the No. 1 Money Ballers spot with 2 weeks left in the regular season. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
John Grant Jr., right, is returns to the No. 1 Money Ballers spot with 2 weeks left in the regular season. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

The streak is over. By now you’ve heard that the Edmonton Rush’s perfect season is not to be, but the team that was able to do it may not have been who you expected. The playoff picture in the East became a little more solidified this weekend, and the first-place East team tried to play spoiler for a team in the West. For the second time this season, the Swarm and Bandits pulled off a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in the National Lacrosse League in twenty-four years, and we kind of have a new leader on the Money Ballers leader board. All that and more on this week’s edition of the Money Ballers. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Dane Dobbie’s big weekend pushes John Grant out of No. 1 spot

Dane Dobbie carded 11 points in 2 games this weekend to move into the top spot. (Photo: Derek Stevens)
Dane Dobbie carded 11 points in 2 games this weekend to move into the top spot. (Photo: Derek Stevens)

It was a good news/bad news weekend in the National Lacrosse League. The good news: John Tavares reached yet another milestone in his amazing career, hitting the 800 goal mark. This is an amazing achievement when you consider that only one other player, Gary Gait, even has 600 goals, and less than ten players have ever reached 400. The bad news is something that nobody wants to hear, whether you’re a fan of the Toronto Rock or not. Rock forward Garrett Billings tore his ACL in the second quarter of Saturday night’s Rock-Stealth game and will miss the rest of the 2014 season. We didn’t have a changing of the guard in the NLL scoring race, which Billings currently leads, but we soon will. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Colorado’s Grant builds on lead in overall standings as Dobbie pursues

Colorado's John Grant Jr. (24) had 7.5 Money Baller points on Saturday to extend his overall lead. (Photo: Bartley Young)
Colorado's John Grant Jr. (24) had 7.5 Money Baller points on Saturday to extend his overall lead. (Photo: Bartley Young)

In the Money Ballers world, points don’t always add up to wins. It’s possible to pick up a lot of MB points and still lose. But one thing that MB points can reliably predict is how close a game is. Lots of MB points means a close game, though the reverse is not true. There were three games this past weekend that were decided by four goals, but one of them was noticeably closer than the other two. Calgary’s win over Minnesota featured 16 Money Baller goals, while the games in Vancouver and Rochester combined featured only 10. If you’re looking for a game to keep you on the edge of your seat, look for one with plenty of MB points, and three of the five games this past weekend featured lots of those. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Career game sends Philadelphia’s Crowley to top of weekly list

Philadelphia's Kevin Crowley scored 6 goals against Toronto to win the weekly Money Baller title. (Photo: Todd Bauders)
Philadelphia's Kevin Crowley scored 6 goals against Toronto to win the weekly Money Baller title. (Photo: Todd Bauders)

We had a bit of a trend in the National Lacrosse League this past weekend: as the weekend went on, the games got closer. We started with a one-sided blowout, then a game that looked like it might be a blowout but wasn’t, then a fairly close one-goal game, and finally a game that was about as close as you can get and still have a winner. If a fifth game had started right after Minnesota’s win over Buffalo, it might not end until Wednesday. The Edmonton Rush’s undefeated streak faced one of its biggest challenges on Friday as the Rush faced the Buffalo Bandits, tied for first in the East. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Mammoth’s Grant maintains his spot at the top but the gap is closing

John Grant Jr. kept his spot at the top of the Money Ballers chart for the 8th straight week. (Photo: Jen Fuller)
John Grant Jr. kept his spot at the top of the Money Ballers chart for the 8th straight week. (Photo: Jen Fuller)

Week 12 of the National Lacrosse League season featured a record-setting streak extended, a playoff spot clinched, an 8-goal victory and an OT game, a game with only 17 goals and another with 29, and a milestone achievement by a future Hall of Famer. Just another typical week in the world of the NLL. It seems a little early to be talking about clinching playoff spots already, seeing as Edmonton has only played ten games — its season is barely half over. But the Rush have done just that, clinching the first spot in the 2014 playoffs. The Rush also continued to increase their record for wins to start a season by winning their tenth straight as they beat the Calgary Roughnecks 15-7 on Friday night. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Grant’s help in the clutch for Mammoth keeps him at top of MB chart

John Grant Jr. had 3 key helpers in Colorado's much-needed overtime win over Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: NLL)
John Grant Jr. had 3 key helpers in Colorado's much-needed overtime win over Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: NLL)

Many National Lacrosse League fans don’t need reminders of why we love this game but for those who do, it’s nice to have the occasional weekend like this past one. No blowouts, no game-winning goals in the 2nd quarter, no 8-goal leads. In fact in the four games combined, there were two 5-goal leads lasting a total of less than three minutes. All four games were tied at the half, three of the four were tied in the 4th quarter, and all four losing teams held leads at some point during the game. It’s hard to imagine a weekend that better demonstrates the level of parity in the league. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Up and down weekend gives us four-way tie at top, Grant remains leader

Rochester's Mike Accursi is one of 4 NLL players this weekend atop the Money Ballers chart. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Rochester's Mike Accursi is one of 4 NLL players this weekend atop the Money Ballers chart. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The past few weekends in the National Lacrosse League seem to have been "theme" weekends. We had Blowout Weekend in Week 8, while last week was Comeback Weekend. We even had "All home teams win Weekend" back in Week 6 and "All one-goal games Weekend" in Week 5. This past weekend, on the other hand, didn’t have a theme. We had a one-goal game that was close all night, a game that looked like it might turn into a blowout but ended close, and a blowout that had bits of a comeback in it. But despite this range, we had a surprisingly even week in the Money Ballers world, with a four-way tie for the weekly lead. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Calgary’s Dobbie gets his 2nd weekly win to gain ground on Grant

Dane Dobbie's big game against Rochester pulled him closer to the Money Ballers' top spot. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Dane Dobbie's big game against Rochester pulled him closer to the Money Ballers' top spot. (Photo: Brad Watson)

If there’s one thing we learned from this past weekend’s National Lacrosse League games, it’s that the game ain’t over until it’s over. There were only three games this past weekend, but two of them featured big comebacks while the other one almost did. If last week wasn’t a big Money Baller weekend because of all the blowouts, this week certainly was. Toronto scored an important home win against the Minnesota Swarm, but if this had been a 65-minute game, things might have turned out very differently. Nick Rose and the Toronto D held the Swarm to 4 goals over the first three quarters while the Rock had an 8-goal run, resulting in a 9-goal lead to start the 4th quarter. The Swarm scored a couple in the first half of the fourth, but it wasn’t until there was less than 3½ minutes left in regulation that things really got interesting. READ MORE »


Money Ballers: Riley the Rookie takes top spot for week, but Jr. maintains overall lead

Edmonton's Riley Loewen, right, scored 2 goals, and some Money Baller points, in Saturday's win. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Edmonton's Riley Loewen, right, scored 2 goals, and some Money Baller points, in Saturday's win. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

I’m starting to sound like a broken record saying this (and dating myself using the phrase "broken record"), but it was another crazy weekend in the National Lacrosse League. The closest game was decided by 5 goals (and wasn’t really that close a game), every game featured at least 20 goals, every game featured an eight-goal lead, two games were decided by 10 or more, and perhaps most unusual, Vancouver was involved in both of the biggest blowouts. With the wide goal differentials, we didn’t see much in the way of really clutch scoring, and so in terms of the Money Ballers, it was kind of a lousy weekend. Three teams picked up no MB points at all and 3.5 points led the week. READ MORE »