I appreciate your kind comments about our presentation to Scott Stapleford, unfortunately I got a little carried away with the concept of "losing" a family member, I guess some people thought someone was dead. I guess I was a little upset with the news earlier that day that our Strength and Conditioning Coach went into the hospital earlier that day with a potentially fatal situation. My concern for him probably came out in my comments. John Ireland is fine and resting comfortably at home. But I digress.
Shaking hands is not a rule in the National Lacrosse League. It has always been an "understanding" or "unwritten rule" in our league, and in fact, in the entire game of lacrosse at all levels. You battle hard and then put it behind you with a handshake. There are times when the heat of the battle affects you as a coach or a player and shaking hands just doesn't feel right and may even escalate an explosive situation. I would like to think that the Mammoth will always shake hands and show the proper respect to our opponents and to the game. I don't think its an excuse to leave the floor just because you are upset, but I can't make other people do the right thing.
You make a valid point that we should just play clean and let the other team take penalties, however, its never that easy. Sometimes you do dumb things when the adrenaline is pumping and things are moving as fast as they do. It just happens. Our coaching staff preaches discipline all the time but sometimes the very traits that make the players such great competitors also creates penalties, ie. tenacity, aggressiveness, passion, risk taking, etc.
Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad and hope that it works out in the end for us. Oh and having a better powerplay than the other team is also a good remedy. Goals always hurt more than cheap shots.
I am probably the last person that should comment about discipline. I wasn't the most reserved player in my career. But I can honestly say that I shook hands after every game.