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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MAY 11,2012 m am, LFC TOUR 2012 TII{DNTO I BOSTON I BL'rlMOI Fmrm v LIVERPOOL FC VS. AS ROMA There are some possible remember that those scenes Match Standard Chartered r Epic Match Featuring Two of the World's Most Prominent Clubs at America's Most Beloved Ballpark During Its 100 th Anniversary Season Liverpool FC winners of the 2012 Carling Cup. Tickets for the Liverpool FC vs. AS Roma match are now available. The match fea- turing two of the most well-known and respected clubs in European soccer takes place at Boston's Fenway Park on Wednes- day, July 25. Tickets are available at redsox.com, Ifctour.com or by calling (877) RED-SOX9. Fans with disabilities may also call (877) RED-SOX9 to purchase accessible seating. The Red Sox' TTY number for hearing- impaired fans is (617) 226-6644. The match, part of Fenway Park's 100 th Anniversary Celebration, is the second stop of Liverpool FC's 12-day North American Tour; the Reds will take on Toronto FC at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 21 and Tottenham Hotspur at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on July 28. Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world's most historic and famous football clubs having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields. Commonly referred to as the "Giallorossi," or "Yellow Reds," AS Roma is based in Rome, Italy, competes in the world-renowned AS Roma Italian Serie A League and has won three Serie A titles, nine Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups. To receive up-to-date news regarding the North American tour, visit www.lfctour.com, where fans can also win a once-in-a-life- time, all-inclusive trip to Anfield to watch Liverpool's first home Barclays Premier League game of the season. About Liverpool FC Founded in ]892, Liverpool FC is one of the world's most historic and famous foot- ball clubs haxing won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cup;, eight League Cups, five European Cup, three UEFA Cups, three European Suler Cups and 15 Charity Shields. It is also a global brand, working with leading edge partners around the world to provide unparalleled commercial oppor- tunities. As a socially responsible business, Liverpool FC is proud of its heritage and plays a proact:we role in its communities, managing over.: 20 projects year-round in education, so,cial inclusion, health and sports development. Its contribution was recognized by the award of a Community Mark from Business in the Community. Bay State Bike Week, May 14-20, 2012 Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secre- tary and CEO Richard A. Davey is encouraging residents to bicycle during Bay State Bike Week, May 14 - 20, 2012. Hundreds of events across the commonwealth have been planned and groups and in- dividuals can participate by ing up www.baystatebikeweek.org. "Events will be taking place throughout the Commonwealth during Bay State Bike Week. I value the work each community is putting forth to make this year a success and to encourage bicycling as an enjoyable way to stay active and to support mode shift," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "The work that each community places in hosting events throughou t the Commonwealth works to achieve the GreenDOT mission and the Healthy Trans- portation Compact statewide." Two years ago, the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Transportation {MassDOT) became the first state DOT in the nation to orga- nize and lead a statewide Bike Week celebration. To successfully accomplish this, MassDOT worked in partnership with the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), the statewide bicycle education and advocacy group, as well as MassRIDES, the Commonwealth's statewide travel op- tions program. This year, MassDOT, MassBike and MassRIDES will build on the past two years of success to broaden the scope of Bike Week events. Bay State Bike Week supports GreenDOT, a comprehensive environmental responsi- bility and sustainability initiative of MassDOT. GreenDOT incorporates sustainability metrics into all of its activi- ties, from strategic planning to project de- sign ind construction to system operation. In =ddition to community-wide evenls, the 11 Massachusetts Transportation Management As- sociations (TMAs) are presenting the 18 m annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge; a friendly com- petition among employers, schools and communities to encourage Massachusetts residents to take some of their regular short trips by bicycle during Bay State Bike Week. For more infomation www. masscommutebicyclechallenge, org Participants are also encouraged to track their trips through NuRide, the nation's largest rewards program for taking green trips - walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, public transportation, and even telecommuting. For the month of May, first- time NuRiders can log in with the promo- tional code, GREENMA to receive 1,000 points just for signing up. New and current participants can track their trips online and get rewards at www.nuride.com A strong commitment to bicycle and pe- destrian travel is a key part of MassDOT's transportation vision. Bicycling and walk- ing transportation enable people to diver- sify travel choice to healthy transportation options. Utilizing healthy transportation re- duces traffic congestion, improves Massa- chusetts air quality and promotes healthy lifestyles. To learn more about Bay State Bike Week and for information about cur- rent bicycling projects in your area visit www. mass.gov / massdot/bike. For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/ massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/ transpor- tation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www. twitter.com/ massdot. significant changes being debated on the college hockey front which, if they are put into place, will be noticeable to fans in the coming years. One proposal, which has attracted the most media attention thus far, would be to drop the full enclosure headgear that all players must wear. In its place play- ers would just don a visor that would protect the eyes-- leaving the lower part of the face--most glaringly one's mouth--exposed. It's a topic that has been talked about for a good num- ber of years in the various hallways where college hockey folks gather across this land. The thinking goes that perhaps with the play- ers encased is so much pro- tective gear from head to toe, a sense of invincibility takes over, leading to a rougher game than normal and perhaps even more in- juries with increased bang- ing along the boards or full speed collisions on the open ice. Introduce the possibility of a little pain to an unpro- tected area, the thinking goes and some apprehension might creep in and thus things might get toned down a bit. Maybe. But at the end of the day, under present circum- stances, everyone leaves the ice with their facial features intact, a characteristic very much valued in our culture. When you think about it, one's head is just about the only uncovered area in our society. People who have been in horrific auto acci- dents can cover up injuries to their arms, legs, chests, back and in a pinch even their hands (by wearing gloves). But one's head is there for all to see. Former Bruins star Ray Bourque wore only a visor (sometimes called a half shield) and paid the price one Saturday afternoon at the Garden. In an incident that was purely accidental, Ray was whacked in the mouth by an opponent's stick, causing him to lose several teeth and suffer a good deal of pain as he was escorted from the ice by trainers. We also recall the goalie at our high school from many decades ago who, playing in the era before netminders wore masks, had lost all his upper and lower front teeth by age 17--meaning he wore dentures at that rela- tively young age. One of the differences be- tween that era and our own is the contemporary scene in the locker rooms across America following the games. Some players may still be injured, of course, but to see them and their scar free faces full of smiles is to weren't always what one encountered in decades past. The proposal endorsing the visor has the support of the American Hockey Coaches Association, the group comprised of virtually all college hockey coaches in the U.S. It now goes to the NCAA ice hockey rules com- mittee which will vote on it in June. We are of the opinion that such a change should be ap- proached with caution. There has been a lot of talk about head injuries of late, most notably concussions. And, while injuries to the face are not concussions, they are still head injuries-- and thus often very visible. We feel that there already exist enough rules in college hockey to contain any rough play that might increase the possibility of injuries. All it might take is for the on ice officials to enforce certain rules more strictly, a move that can easily be accom- plished'by giving all coaches and players adequate notice prior to the start of the sea- son of any change in that direction. Let's keep College hockey--a grand form of the game--as free of facial inju- ries as possible. Ways to do that are to have the players keep wearing full facial pro- tection while enforcing more tightly certain rules in such a way that the possibility of injuries will be decreased. When players learn that cer- tain behavior only leads to penalties then that behavior will decrease. The other proposal would eliminate the classic 5-on- 5 overtime in favor of a 4-on- 40T--the same method that is currently used in the NHL. This opens up play on the ice a bit more and per- haps increases the possibil- ity that a team will score the winning goal in the five minute extra session. Call us classical but we still favor the traditional 5- on-5 format. You wouldn't play with eight men on a side in an extra inning base- ball game or use just I0 per team in an overtime NFL contest. All levels of basket- ball still play 5-on-5 in OT. Oh, and did anyone notice how in the Stanley Cup play- offs, the 4-on-4 format is dropped for overtime, with the classic 5-on-5 format used? A variant of this proposa! for college hockey would be to keep 5-on-5 for OT but to extend the extra session to 10 minutes. That's some- thing that sounds much more reasonable and should be examined more thor- oughly. Just a couple of things to ponder as the academic year comes to a close and vaca- tion time approaches. WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM