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Democratic or Republican Stick Checker?
Inspecting a lacrosse stick

Sometimes that activity at the first and third periods can affect the life of a team for the rest of the season. Most stripers will apply an escalation strategy to their penalty calling, so you don't want to be on the receiving end of the penalty when a lacrosse stick has been altered in such a way that it cannot be corrected during the game.

In those instances there are no appeals, mitigating circumstances, trial by jury, or plea bargains. The perp is instantaneously found guilty of all charges, he goes directly to jail, and there are no provisions for posting a bond. Even if the "criminal" is a first-time offender, he automatically receives the maximum sentence under the law.

It's almost un-American

Several years ago I was attending a championship game between two powerhouse high schools. Both had solid programs with long-time, winning traditions, and each had coaches you could leave your kids with for the weekend.

The game was close. At the end of the third quarter, it was 12-11 in favor of the home team, whom I'll call the Chiefs. In an instant, clouds quickly moved in, the temperature dropped ten degrees, and it appeared as if some un-holy mist was embracing everyone on the Chiefs' side of the field, which just happened to be where I was sitting. Unbelievably, the visiting team's stands were awash in golden sunshine.

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