By Avry Lewis-McDougall
Almost every pro sports league shows classic game footage from the NHL to the NBA to the MLB to the NFL. The NLL? Not so much. The NLL for some reason rarely shows classic games except for the little bit of footage used on the NLL Hall of Fame site. To me, the NLL has done a poor job in its 25th season of bringing back classic memories, I havent even heard much about the league doing for example say a 25th anniversary team of the league's greatest players or even honoring dynasty's like the Toronto Rock of the late 90s-early 2000s. From what I've seen on TSN 2 and on Versus the league has also done a poor job of even doing say flashback segments looking back on players like the Gait brothers, Jimmy Veltman, Dan Stroup, John Tavares (his early years) and the Buffalo Bandits of 1993 led by the late Les Bartley, the only team in MILL/NLL history to go undefeated in a season (8-0).
To me, the NLL has really dropped the ball in celebrating its 25th season. Maybe the league doesn't want to bring up certain teams that we absolute jokes, like the Charlotte Cobras, the Ottawa Rebel or the Pittsburgh Crossefire (a team that was so lacking in money and short staffed Gary Gait was the captain and GM of the club) but even the Canadian Football League talks about when they expanded into the US in the mid 90s.
I hope for the 30th anniversary that the NLL wakes up and remembers it's past before it's doomed to repeat the same mistakes in 5 years.