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It's like walking in a beautiful garden
By Robert Daniell
December 28th, 2010

Editor's note: This is a story for the more "culturally elite" - grin. Robert emails:

In June of 2004 our family took a trip to the United Kingdom. We were visiting my older son, who had just finished up at Oxford University. We had secured a country villa in the county of Cornwall on the southwestern corner of the big island. Cornwall is semi-tropical because the Gulf Stream brings warm Caribbean waters to the area.


Gardens full of flowers and shrubbery of all types flourish there, and some grow to surreal sizes, nurtured as they are by the healthful climate. To walk and hobnob in those gardens is special and, in many ways, reminds me of walking onto the field to officiate a youth lacrosse game.

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Handling Aggressive Coaches
"Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle."
By Robert Daniell
December 14th, 2010

The subtitle is one of the most notable quotes from the 1970 movie, Patton. General George has history on his side. America has been a warring nation. We prize our freedom and our inalienable rights to life and liberty, and we are not reserved about letting people know it.

Our society does have its publicized principles and traditionally will not dramatically respond unless attacked first. Why, then, do coaches (even the legends) sometimes explode? What jerks!

On the other hand, could it be that the real jerk is running around in black and white stripes, pretending to maintain the princely elegance of a zebra when all along he has been looking more like a jackass?

Democratic or Republican Stick Checker?
Inspecting a lacrosse stick
By Robert Daniell
October 20th, 2010

The folks around my town say that if you are politically "Independent," then you have one leg in the Republican Party (fiscally conservative) and one leg in the Democratic Party (socially liberal).

Sports officials are not independent, per se; we are, however, objective, and we are interested in checks and balances to support our game management. At the end of the first and third quarters of a lacrosse game, the referee and umpire each get to play supreme court justices.

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Rudolph Nureyev or Albert Einstein
You make the call!
By Robert Daniell
October 6th, 2010

It was back in 1998 when the Princeton Tigers and the Maryland Terrapins met for the NCAA Division I lacrosse championship at Rutgers Stadium in central New Jersey. My boys, Jordan and Matt, were sitting beside me, and the place was electric and packed. Princeton: The home of Al "E=MC2" Einstein and John (A Beautiful Mind) Nash.  It was Princeton's opportunity to make history by achieving a 3-peat, winning the National Championship three times in a row.  Now, there is higher math!

As hometown fans, we eagerly waited seeing our dynamic trio of Princeton's super attack line: Jesse "The Shot" Hubbard, Chris "Mr. Long Island" Massey, and John "The Man" Hess. The place was rocking, and my mind was marinating in the juices of so many wonderful lacrosse memories.

I rubbed my eyes. I couldn't believe it. Was I hallucinating? Out came Hubbard, Massey, and Hess in orange tutus and black leotard tights. They were prancing like gazelles ....

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2010 Lacrosse Rule Changes
By National Federation
August 23rd, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 19, 2010) - The definition of an illegal body check in high school boys lacrosse widens next season to include initiating contact directly to an opponent's head or initiating contact to an opponent's body that then follows through to the head.

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