That's a One-Minute, Unreleasable Penalty for an Illegal Blog

Do you know our pal Tim at Great Lax State? You should, especially because Tim writes a website on the Internet and a website on the Internet that isn't read is a sad and lonely website on the Internet. And that's not good for Internet business.

Great Lax State is all about lacrosse in the state of Michigan: High school, club, Detroit-Mercy, University of Michigan . . . if it's in Michigan and it has something to do with lacrosse, Tim has it on lock. The site is thorough, well-written, and generally one of those solid sites that exists independently from a network, is a one-man operation, and -- despite all that -- doesn't rely on press releases to generate content. Basically, lacrosse needs more sites like Great Lax State.

There's just one problem with the site, though:

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That's right, Great Lax State is going to potentially be an illegal website if the Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee gets its way. Clearly, the promotion of a crosse with additional stringing located more than three-and-one-half inches from the top of the stick is a violation that will be enforced with a unreleasable blogging ban. (The publication of snark is a privilege, not a right, son.) How are other sites supposed to compete with a blog that promotes its content with an illegal crosse? "State of Michigan"-stringing is able to hold readers at such a high level that is brings down the ability for other blogs to compete at generating page views. It's really a black mark on lacrosse/blogging. The competitive advantage inherent in a "State of Michigan"-strung head as a logo is an evolution of the game that has outpaced the foundational competitiveness of blogging, and it must be reeled in.

Instead, the NCAA will only allow Great Lax State to promote itself with a crosse that features two strings across the top: one to represent I-94 and one to represent I-96.

The collateral damage of these new proposed rules really knows no bounds.

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