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Jan. 27, 2015 — The beauty of field hockey and lacrosse

I’ve always been asked why this site is so heavily skewed towards the sports of field hockey and women’s lacrosse.

Well, both of these sports have interesting and intertwined histories, even though one is an Olympic sport and one is not.

We know, for example, the stories of the introduction of the games from the very beginning: by Constance Applebee at Harvard in 1901 for hockey, and Rosabelle Sinclair at Baltimore Bryn Mawr (Md.) in 1926 for women’s lacrosse.

Some athletes, like Anne B. Townsend of Rosemont Agnes Irwin (Pa.) and the University of Pennsylvania, were capped in both sports.

But I realized another interesting commonality when I composed a response for comment on the controversy surrounding the footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game a week ago.

In pro and college football, both teams are allowed to create a pool of footballs that their own offenses would use during their offensive plays — in essence, affording the quarterbacks, the highest-paid players on most teams’ rosters, an added degree of comfort.

In baseball, umpires are required to rub down somewhere between 72 and 144 new baseballs with a mud dredged from the Delaware River to take the shine off the leather.

In hockey, off-ice officials freeze the rubber pucks before the game and keep them in ice water at the penalty bench to keep the rubber pucks from bouncing excessively.

But in field hockey and lacrosse? The ball is ready to play right out of the box.

I like that.

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