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Old Mon Oct 24, 2005, 10:39pm
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A player told me that he could not wear a mouthpiece because he was Muslim and it was a holiday where he could not put anything into his mouth.

The rulebook makes no such exception.

Was I wrong to not allow the player to participate?
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Old Mon Oct 24, 2005, 11:09pm
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No, you weren't wrong.

If he told you that he couldn't wear a helmet because his religion states that his head can't be covered, would you let him play without one? Of course not. This is no different.

He makes us own choice which is more important to him.
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Old Tue Oct 25, 2005, 08:57am
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Sounds like a "Chariots of Fire" or Sandy Koufax situation to me. If a person wants to make that religious choice then they can and should be proud of themselves for being that committed but that does not mean that the rest of the world stops to accommidate them. The world should accommidate them but should also move on.
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Old Tue Oct 25, 2005, 05:42pm
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If you let him play and he got his teeth knocked out, guess who would be sued?
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Old Tue Oct 25, 2005, 07:13pm
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Oh, I'm sure he'd sue the player who stuck their foot in his mouth.
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Old Tue Oct 25, 2005, 07:33pm
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If you let him play and he got his teeth knocked out, guess who would be sued?

Allah?
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Old Tue Oct 25, 2005, 09:33pm
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Allah?
Only if he was wearing stripes!
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Old Wed Oct 26, 2005, 06:11pm
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Allah?
Only if he was wearing stripes!
And if Allah was wearing stripes, how many fans and coaches would still think he was making bad calls?
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Old Thu Oct 27, 2005, 12:42am
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Let's not forget that one of the main reasons for a mouthpiece is not to protect teeth, but rather to reduce concussions.
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Old Thu Oct 27, 2005, 06:51am
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Let's not forget that one of the main reasons for a mouthpiece is not to protect teeth, but rather to reduce concussions.
I've never heard that before. How does a mouthpiece reduce concussions? Interesting.
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Old Thu Oct 27, 2005, 07:34am
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When your teeth are clinched, if you take a blow to the head, your brain absorbs all of the impact. That little bit of "bounce" that the mouthpiece provides helps absorb all of that impact without transferring the force to the brain.
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