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FYI: For the Toronto Rock we also included the team's single season as the Ontario Raiders andfor the Colorado Mammoth we included earlier stays in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington.
The Roughnecks were one of just four teams this year to average over 10 thousand fans per home date during the almost complete 2011 NLL regular season. Only the Buffalo Bandits (16,868 with one game left), Colorado Mammoth (15,866) and Toronto Rock (10,985) bettered Calgary's 10,384 average attendance this year.
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Although Banister has been out of the spotlight over the past several weeks after his mid season media blitz, telling anyone that would listen that the team was for sale and/or needed a serious cash injection to finish the 2011 campaign, all has been fairly quiet since. Until today.
the percentage of their campaigns that have found them in the post season.
Based on the success rate of the Roughnecks over their nine fully completed seasons and one partial one currently still on going, if they'd started 25 seasons ago like the Wings or Mammoth franchises, Calgary would own about 5.5 Champion's Cups and qualify for the post season a whopping 22 times.
Banister tells the Calgary Herald that ticket sales for the team's playoff opener are not where they need to be, saying, "Right now, I don't really feel that buzz that it should be. Phones aren't ringing off the hooks. We need to sell tickets and that's the bottom line."
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While Calgary Roughnecks coaches and players worked relentlessly this regular season to clinch home floor advantage throughout the playoffs, Nike Vapormax Cs Midnight Fog franchise owner Brad Banister says past their post season opener against the Colorado Mammoth, even with a win, it might not matter.
The Calgary owner also tells the Herald that there has been interest in the purchase of the franchise, deals he has declined, presumably all coming from outside of Alberta. Earlier this year Banister told the Calgary Sun that groups from Pittsburgh, New York, Detroit and Orange Nike Vapormax
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"We really need support, big time," Banister added in the Herald's report. "Or otherwise we might have to give up our second home game to whoever we play. That's a big concern. We're hoping we sell lots of tickets to this first game, so we can pay off everybody we owe . . . I've begged and pleaded and I'm not going to do that anymore . . . hopefully the game next Saturday isn't the last one ever."
In fact, behind only the latest version of the Boston Blazers, who are playing just their third season in the NLL, the Calgary Roughnecks ability to qualify for the playoffs is the highest in the league. Below, check out how many times current NLL franchises have qualified for the playoffs, ranked by Nike Vapormax Bred
Ticket sales areapparently so bad that if the Roughnecks don't make enough coin in their April 30th game against the Mammoth, Banister also tells the Herald they'll need to take their remaining games on the road even though the current standings would dictate the opposite home floor scenarios no matter who the Necks are matched up against.
Massive front page article on the Minnesota Swarm's positive presence in the state appearing in the Pioneer Press over the weekend. "Lacrosse has become very cool. There are 10,000 registered lacrosse players in our district, which includes Minnesota and the Dakotas. There are roughly 65 high school varsity programs in the state. Those numbers were much lower before the Swarm began operations at Xcel Energy Center in 2005. The local entry in the National Lacrosse League has succeeded in growing the sport." the Press' Tom Powers (Pioner Press). With some added shot blocking on Saturday night in Buffalo, Matt Vinc is on the verge of leading the NLL in saves for his third straight season, an individual feat the Rochester Knighthawks say only Steve Dietrich has pulled off over the league's 25 years. Calgary's Mike Poulin currently leads the NLL with 573 saves(and has already completed his regular season), Vinc just behind with 548. "It is definitely an honor to be mentioned in the same category with a few of the leagues all time best." Vinc (Rochester Knighthawks). Rock captain Colin Doyle "tossed" out the opening pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game this week. Even if Brandon Francis gets nailed with a suspension for his by the boards antics against the Boston Blazers last weekend, with 15 games under his belt this NLL season, the Buffalo Bandits main face off and fight option has logged more pro games this year than in any other during his 4 year NLL career. "We all know it's a business. That's the way it is, and we all know our roles." While that may be true with some, not sure there will be any beverage sharing between Francis and Boston's Jack Reid. Check out another angle of their recent dust up below.
Banister hopes that with Saddledome tenants the Calgary Flames and Calgary Hitmen not even qualifying for their respective league's playoffs, hockey fans will use their post season pocket change on the Roughnecks, who Banister reminds the Heraldhave only missed the playoffs once in their ten year existence. That lone post season miss came during their expansion season in 2002, winning the Champion's Cup just Nike Vapormax New Colors
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