Don Barrie has devoted much of his life to the game of lacrosse. He’s a Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Famer and he served as convenor of the last pair of Mann Cups held in Peterborough (2010, 2012). He’s also a man with strong opinions who isn’t afraid to share them, and he has a pulpit from which to do so as a columnist with the Peterborough Examiner. So it’s no surprise that he has waded–actually dived is more like it–into the debate about the merits of the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s new rules regarding penalties for fighting. Saying that many of the CLA executive “have come no closer to lacrosse than pulling the sweater over a young lacrosse player’s pads then standing behind the glass of an arena, sipping their latte and wondering if the game will be over soon enough to get to the mall,” Barrie doesn’t like the new rules and doesn’t think the national association should be making decisions about how the game is played. For more of his take on the latest rules as well as the bungling of the drug testing at the Mann Cup this summer, check out his latest column.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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