Yes, the pun is at hand at the very beginning of this post.
I was at a men’s lacrosse game today (only my second men’s lacrosse game, as compared to the fact that I have seen about 50 Northwestern women’s lacrosse games). The differences between it and women’s lacrosse got me thinking about some other comparisons, and these might end up taking a little bit of a humorous and ironic turn. Here goes nothing!
Football (American): Quarters.
Football (Association): Halves.
Lacrosse (NCAA Men’s): Quarters.
Lacrosse (NCAA Women’s): Halves.
Basketball (NCAA Men’s): Halves.
Basketball (NCAA Women’s): Quarters.
Hockey (Ice): Periods (three).
Wrestling: Periods (three).
Hockey (Field): Halves.
Gymnastics (Women’s): Rotations (four).
Gymnastics (Men’s): Rotations (six).
My primary and secondary years: Quarters.
My undergraduate years: Semesters.
My graduate years: Quarters.
My academic-staff/faculty years: Semesters with J-terms.
Starting the game: Sports
Football (Association): Kickoff to own team.
Hockey (Field): Putt-off to own team.
Football (American or Rugby): Kickoff to other team (usually).
Basketball: Official tips off the ball.
Women’s lacrosse: Players tip off the ball.
Hockey (Ice): Official starts the scrum.
Men’s lacrosse: Players start the scrum.
Fencing: Salute and test-touch.
Football (American): Touchdown and conversion, field goal, safety.
Football (Rugby): Try and conversion, drop goal.
Basketball: Field goal, free throw.
Cricket: Run and wicket (I don’t know!).
Football (Association): Goal.
Water polo: Goal.
Football (American): Penalty flag.
Lacrosse (Men’s): Penalty flag.
Hockey (Ice): Hand motions.
Basketball: Hand motions.
Volleyball: Yellow and red cards.
Lacrosse (Women’s): Yellow and red cards.
Football (Association): Yellow and red cards.
Fencing: Yellow, red, and black cards.
Hockey (Field): Green, yellow, and red cards.
Length of disqualification (excluding ejections):
Basketball: Remainder of game; not shorthanded
Hockey: 2 to 5 minutes; shorthanded
Men’s lacrosse: 30 to 60 seconds; shorthanded
Women’s lacrosse: 2 minutes; shorthanded
Rugby: 10 minutes; shorthanded
I could go with more comparisons and “surprising” parallels, but I also have to start using some green ink tonight to continue on the G-word!
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