- 05/29/15 - The Arlottas Have Officially Left Minnesota To Take Their Incompetent Act to Georgia
John and Andy Arlotta announced today that their team will now be known as the Georgia Swarm and will play in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta beginning for the 2016 season. The National Lacrose League has approved the move. They will play at the Arena at the Gwinnett Center which seats approxiamately 11,500. The owners seem to be extremely happy to have left Minnesota for their new home. They will have the same nickname, colors and logo with basically replacing Minnesota with Georgia. As usual they went the cheap route and think the Swarm brand can be slapped casually on any city in North America. I hope that the former Minnesota Swarm players do well there but with the father and son act still in charge, it will be pretty much impossible to root for the Georgia team overall. With those two still in charge, I just tell Georgia fans to be extremely wary of what these two will do in regards to that team and enjoy them while it lasts, which may not be for the long run.
It just sad to realize that I feel the reason the Arlottas took the team away from Minnesota is that they didn't like to be criticized by fans, ostracized by the potential sponsors and ignored by the media. Of course, they will say those fans, sponsors and media were the reason that the Swarm did not survive in Minnesota not because of anything they themselves did. They live in denial and denial resides in Georgia now.
- 05/28/15 - Atlanta Business Chronicle - Is Georgia going to be the Minnesota Swarm’s next home?
Atlanta is getting steam as being the next location of the team that used to be known as the Minnesota Swarm. Dubious team co-owner Andy Arlotta has reportedly moved to Atlanta during the season.
- 05/25/15 - David Earl injured playing for Florida Launch
David Earl is playing for the Florida Launch this summer in the MLL. On Sunday, his team was playing the Ohio Machine and Earl left the game in the late
first quarter with what appears to be a lower right leg injury. His status for next week's game is unknown at this time but it would not be surprising to see him miss a game or two at least after viewing the injury.
Earl tweets the following:
Much appreciated. Tough night but this means a lot my man. Thank you.
- 05/24/15 - Charley Watters on Twitter
Nashville and Las Vegas considered potential sites for departing Minnesota Swarm of National Lacrosse League.
- 05/22/15 - Star Tribune - Swarm lacrosse will leave Twin Cities market
Arlotta, who along with his son Andy will continue to own and run the franchise, declined to discuss potential landing spots for the Swarm, saying “A number of places look promising, but it’s not done yet.” But it won’t be another Twin Cities arena, he said.
- 05/22/15 - The Good Times Are Over
The Minnesota Swarm have applied to the National Lacrosse League to move to a new market for the 2016 season. This is the end of Minnesota Swarm lacrosse
that began on August 10, 2004. Owner and General Manager John Arlotta announced that the lease with Xcel Energy Center ended after the 2015 season and the options for next year would be more Sunday games and longer breaks between home games. Arlotta didn't want the fans to suffer through going to The Hive on Sundays so to make them feel better, he has decided to move the team.
The following qoute from John Arlotta shows that only him, his son and Alec Schmike think this exciting time in Swarm lacrosse:
We’re excited about the future of our franchise and we’re dedicated to continuing the Swarm and growing the sport and the NLL.
If team has to move, I would rather they just change the nickname and colors. Swarm lacrosse belongs in Minnesota not in Nashville, Atlanta, Milwaukee or wherever the team is moved to. John and Andy Arlotta have killed the Swarm and only memories remain.
More to come about the sad end of my favorite team.
- 05/17/15 - CBS Minnesota - As Rumors Swirl, Owner Quiet On Swarm’s Future
Questions now arise where and if the Minnesota Swarm will play in 2016. It could be Minnesota, Milwaukee, Florida or who knows where but Swarm ownership
is keeping it to themselves for now. With four first round picks in the 2015 NLL Entry Draft including the first overall pick, the Swarm could and should pick young superstar Lyle Thompson and he would be an instant fan favorite in town. A young team that won two more than the previous season and had an average of more than 1,000 fans per game in their first year of a three year sponsorship with Ho-Chunk Nation, there is some good to build on to go into 2016 but will the Arlottas give Minnesota a chance to see that happen here. There is no doubt that the future of Minnesota Swarm lacrosse is hanging by a thread right now.
- 05/07/15 - Inside Lacrosse - Where are Swarm and Black Wolves likely to turn in search for new head coaches?
IL's Stephen Stamp takes a early look at who the Swarm may choose as their next head coach. The Swarm will have to compete with the New England Black Wolves for the top head coaching talent this offseason.
- 05/04/15 - Monday Morning Massacre
Swarm fans don't get much time to luxuriate in reliving the memory of Jason Noble's spectacular
overtime game winner last Saturday at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive to finish the 2015 season.
John Arlotta, Minnesota Swarm Owner & General Manager, announced this morning
that the entire Swarm coaching staff will not be returning for the 2016 season which includes Head Coach and
Assistant General Manager Joe Sullivan and his assistants Aime Caines
and Rory McDade. Snap, Crackle and Pop goes more people taking the blame
for the stewardship of the Good Swarm Ship Arlotta the last couple of seasons.
- 05/03/15 - A Noble Performance for MacDonald
The Minnesota Swarm finished their 11th season and hopefully not their last in the NLL with a game to remember in front of 9,086 at Ho-Chunk Nation Field at The Hive. Down 6-3 in the early second quarter, the Swarm brought in Brodie MacDonald to replace Zach Higgins and MacDonald steadied the ship in his best performance of the year with 35 saves on 41 shots. That was enough to get the Swarm back in the game and finish regulation tied at 12. MacDonald continued his great game with 12 more saves in overtime and did not need a 13th OT save when Jason Noble had his most memorable goal in his NLL and Swarm career not only for it being his first goal but also being the overtime game-winner with 4:41 left in overtime, giving the Swarm the 13-12 victory. The victory ends the Swarm's four game losing streak and they finish the season fourth in the East Division with a 6-12 and a second straight year out of the playoffs. They did get five more goals, two more wins and moved up from 5th to 4th in the division this year and win like this could give the team a bit of boost to for better happenings in 2016.
|May 2, 2015
(6-12 H 3-6 A 3-6)
(12-6 H 7-2 A 5-4)
- 05/02/15 - Preview - Swarm vs Knighthawks
The Minnesota Swarm wrap up their 11th season of NLL play on Saturday night at Ho-Chunk Nation Field as they host the Rochester Knighthawks on Fan
Appreciation Night. The Swarm have lost four straight going into the game and are looking to pick off the Knighthawks before that team starts their
playoff run next weekend.
Prediction: Minnesota Swarm 10 Rochester Knighthawks 8
(5-12 H 2-6 A 3-6)
(12-5 H 7-2 A 5-3)
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:00 pm CST
Ho-Chunk Nation at The Hive
St. Paul, Minnesota