Jousting, lacrosse face off

March 05, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Jousters in period costume and lacrosse players wearing pigtails debated the state's official sport yesterday in Annapolis.

During an afternoon hearing on a bill introduced by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., fans of jousting argued that theirs should remain the only "state sport" - a designation jousting has held for 42 years. Miller has proposed making lacrosse the state's new "team sport."

Ken Enfield, president the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association, wondered what would be next: "If we start differentiating between team sports and state sports, are we going to have a Southern Maryland flower instead of the black-eyed Susan?"

A woman dressed in a pink cape and conical hat nodded approvingly. Outside the Education Health and Environmental Affairs hearing, Gordon Boone, a founding member of the Baltimore Bayhawks professional men's lacrosse team, said his sport has wider appeal and ought to be honored as well.

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