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Bandits video: The Hidden Ball trick

The play of the year already has been recorded by the Bandits ... even though it hinged on a mistake by the official.

Take a look at the video from Friday night. Luke Wiles quietly hands the ball to John Tavares, and then acts like he still has the ball. Meanwhile, John Tavares comes down the right side without anyone paying attention to him. Tavares even gets a little greedy in moving closer to the goal before scoring. I sure was fooled, just like announcer John Gurtler, and I knew it was coming at some point because I was watching a replay of the whole game on YouTube: 

The NLL says the official should have indicated the position of the ball when play started up. Not the Bandits' fault, though.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.