Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In a higher-scoring game than you might have expected, the Bandits got by the Mammoth by a single goal in game one of the NLL Championship Finals in Buffalo. In game two, the Bandits took a lead in the first half, but the hometown Mammoth came back and won by a few goals. Buffalo took far more penalties than Colorado in that game. Game three will be in Banditland to decide it all.
So, am I talking about the 2022 or 2023 Finals? Yup.
I spent most of the last 3 weeks on vacation in Italy, and it was fabulous. Of course, you’re not here for details on my trip so let’s get into what I missed: a couple of rounds of playoff action, as well as the announcement of the annual NLL awards nominees. The winners of those awards have been announced this week as well, so I’ll touch on those and how I screwed up my vote on one of them.
I’ve seen none of the playoff games so far, since they all took place starting at 1am Central European Time at the earliest. So other than a few video highlights here and there, all of my comments below are based solely on the game summaries and various comments on the games that I read on twitter. I’m going full boxscore cowboy this week.
So the curtains are closed on the 2023 regular season. The Warriors, Desert Dogs, Rush, Wings, FireWolves, Swarm, and Riptide are all done for the year. The playoff curtains open next weekend for the rest, and we’re in for some pretty exciting games. Well, you are in for some exciting games. Details on that below.