The Outlaws and the Rattlers will face each other in the final competition of the season to see who will take home the Steinfeld Trophy at the 2014 MLL Championship.
Last Time Out:
In a back and forth game, the Outlaws managed to edge the New York Lizards out of the playoffs with a 14-13 win in the semifinals in Denver last weekend. The Ohio Machine was also ousted as the Rattlers made an incredible comeback to defeat the Machine 15-11 in Rochester.
Flash Back: Since both the Outlaws and the Rattlers have been around, the teams have met a total of ten times between the regular season and playoffs. If you’re looking to their competitive history for a peak into the future, their record will only add to the anticipation. The teams are 5-5 in all competitions when it comes to victories playing each other. While the teams have an even overall record, fans who remember the championship game of 2008 know that Denver has some redeeming to do. The last time the two teams saw each other in the final battle of the season, the Rattlers defeated Denver in a 16-6 blowout. Will Denver fail again, or will the tables turn on Rochester?
Break The Curse: It is no surprise that the Outlaws have found themselves in the playoffs this year. They have made it to the post season each of the nine years the team has been in the league. Despite four semi-final and four final game appearances, the Outlaws have never won a championship. Maybe this will be their year.
The Magic Touch: Denver’s coach B.J. O’Hara has a chance to become the only MLL head coach to win championships with two separate teams. O’Hara won his first season title coaching the Rattlers when they defeated the Outlaws in 2008. If Denver can capture the Steinfeld Trophy this weekend, perhaps it is O’Hara who has the magic touch.