My thoughts on this NLL all time team
Take a look at this NLL all time 30
I have all the respect in the world for the guys on the NLL top 30 all-time list, I really do. A huge majority of them I competed against for 9 years and we beat the shit out of one another. These guys are skilled, tough as hell, and not one player on the list should not be on the list. As a matter of fact there probably should have been a top 50 list because the difference after the top 15 is negligible…I mean negligible.
Before I continue, Tom Marechek at 15 is just flat out wrong. It’s a miss and it’s a lack of research and responsibility. Talk to the players in the top and they will all tell you his skill, championships, and game changing ability should have him no higher than 5 or 6.
I will say though, other than the Marechek spot…the top 15 are really no brainers and they are pretty dialed. These are truly the guys that have completely set themselves apart from the rest.
The only issue I have is the favoritism towards players with a box lacrosse background, politics, or possibly just a lack of work/caring by the NLL to compile this list. The guys that ARE on here are THE best no question, they have played a long time, been ambassadors, and have all the skill in the world. But based on the numbers below and the championships they have won there are some really solid guys missing. Any time you are going to do one of these media stupid ass fan “polls”, just have integrity ok, take the time to get it right.
Take a look at Jake Bergey and Kevin Finneran’s career stats and factor in their Championships. Kevin might have 3? Bergey at least 2? With their scoring numbers, come on!? Factor in they played their entire career with or against all the top guys on the list including Gait, Gait, Tavares, Williams, Doyle, Grant, Elliuk, Watson, Dietrich, Manning, Kilgour, Kilgour, Prout, Powell, Marechek, Coyle, Veltman etc.. Please also take a look at Ted Dowlings, Chris Gill and Dan Stroup numbers for scope vs. some others. How are these guys not on the list? Amass those numbers and championships vs all the top guys and you aren’t one of the top 30 players all time?
Please, the NLL is generally a joke organization who continues to churn through cities and commissioners like most people change underwear. It’s a great product, guys literally give their ass for that league. It should look back and appreciate and spend a little more than an hour on these all-time great lists. Maybe start worrying about the past players in all aspects (Concussion protocols? Uh, no) and they will care more about being ambassadors to the league.
** if there are guys I missed, sorry I put this together because I love the game and think there is a lack of respect for people and a rush to sell tickets, I am quite sure other guys are worthy of mention in this blog
For purposes of rounding out the top 30, I think we can assume the top 5 look like this
4. P Gait
2. G. Gait