Grant's Amazing Goal Gives Sense of Déjà Vu
You might not expect to see any professional lacrosse player score on a one-handed, behind-the-back bounce shot more than once in a lifetime — let alone twice in less than two years by the same player.
As Bleacher Report columnist Brian Mazique wrote after Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. dazzled Pepsi Center fans with the move in March 2012, “It's the equivalent of watching Bo Jackson run up the wall in Kansas City or Jerome Simpson leaping into a somersault in the end zone — or even Julius Erving soaring from one side of the basket to the other, while flipping the ball off the glass and in the basket.”
In lacrosse terms, consider the Air Gait or the Mikey Powell flip, moments to be captured in time and only imitated in backyards (or in the case of the Air Gait, outlawed by the NCAA).
But on Friday, the ageless Grant provided a near-perfect replica in the Mammoth's 14-13 overtime loss at Vancouver.
Check out the goal from 2012, which was No. 2 among the top 10 plays on ESPN’s “SportsCenter."
And here's the goal from Friday, which was No. 3 on "SportsCenter."
Grant, 39, is tied for second in the NLL with 28 points through six games for the 1-5 Mammoth. Teammate Adam Jones leads the league with 29 points, but Colorado has lost four straight games.