The Denver Outlaws are the MLL champions for the second time in three years, making a most unlikely and impressive run capped by a19-18 thrilling, last second victory over the Ohio Machine. When August began, the Outlaw chances of making the playoffs at all seemed slim or none at all. The ‘Laws won six straight after a 2-6 start to finish with 8 wins and 6 losses, but even with that it all went down to the final weekend and what other teams might do. Somehow the Outlaws got in, and boy did they take advantage, winning two more to “capture the flag”, and that MLL Seinfeld trophy. CONGRATULATIONS BOYS!
There was plenty of irony in the whole turn-around, and at the very least the fact that Outlaw star, no superstar John Grant Jr. had been traded to the Machine earlier this season, and was a major part of what the Outlaws had to overcome in that final game. I think that game was a fantastic showcase for Major League Lacrosse.
OUTLAWS, PA’DNER (by Flip, 02/25/16)
Rock-it Pocket is happily and proudly beginning our second decade as part of the Outlaw Family. Has it really been ten years? YES! The Denver Outlaws of the MLL (Major League Lacrosse) are a big part of the lacrosse landscape and recent growth of the sport and the all time high interest and popularity of it here in Colorado.
HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG WITH PAT BOWLEN AS THE OWNER?
Rock-it Pocket is excited about being a part of the 2016 Outlaw Nation as ‘The Stick Guys’ up in the Fort embark on a new era and a few new RP winkles. Social media, vending at home Outlaw games, and the Outlaw Lacrosse Academy, which will begin operations this summer has these guys at Rock-it Pocket ready. Have a great 2016 season and GO YOU OUTLAWS! If there is luck in there may yours all be good luck.
TAKING IT OUTSIDE
At Rock-it Pocket we love the openness and the beauty inherent to the outdoor game, and the MLL with its two-point line and a shot clock, have elements built in to the game that are potential ‘game changers’, instant or otherwise. The pro MLL games can be high scoring but sometimes there are games when ‘the back of the net’ doesn’t get as much action. Whatever that case might be, the MLL game always has plenty of end to end action and many, many skilful players are always on the field. Versatility is an asset and even a hallmark for MLL players.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME
We appreciate the quality of the MLL product and want to support this OUTLAW team and the players that play for the Outlaws. They play for the love of the game and as fans we are lucky to get to see a lot of lacrosse greatness while we know these players are not paid anywhere near the scale that many other pro athletes are.
JUMP STREET AT MILE HIGH
The first gang of Outlaws rode into D-Town in ott6 (2006) as one of the league’s Westward expansion franchise teams, and the franchise quickly created an outdoor Pro Lacrosse-sized commotion at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The team had early success, and Brian Reese was recognized as ‘Coach of the Year’ in the MLL in 2007 and he was starting a tradition that is punctuated in recent times by the stat that the Outlaws have the best record in all of Major League Lacrosse from 2006 (Outlaw year #1) to 2015 at 60-26, a winning percentage just a tic under 70%.
FIREBALLS AND FIREWORKS
Since that first year in the MLL, the Denver Outlaws have hosted the single most attended (20,000ish) game every year, with the only exception being 2012. They also lead the league annually for the seven home game single season attendance total. They have hosted the league All-star game and the crowd was huge. We hope to see the Championships in Denver one day soon.
WE’LL HAVE SOME MORE OF THESE, PLEASE
The Outlaws came so close to breaking through established ‘Law’ many times before they wrestled the MLL Championship trophy from the grip of the Eastern based teams and brought it home to savor the significance of that Rocky Mountain lacrosse moment and the deed done. It happened in August 2014, when the Outlaws defeated the Rochester Rattlers 12-11 for the MLL Championship.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
The Outlaw organization has indeed shown how the West (lacrosse success) can be won, because the other two Western expansion team additions of 2006, The L.A. Riptide and the San Francisco Dragons offered early hope for the Westward growth of the league, but the California teams both quickly disappeared, becoming a league historical footnote after just two seasons following the 2008 season. The Outlaws have also always individually and as a team shared with the community as a whole, and maybe not just the lacrosse part.
We are proud to be able to say once again that we have been riding in the Outlaw wagon as a partner of the Outlaw Family (er, gang) since the beginning.
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