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uniformOnce again my home state of Illinois is in the spot light for something shady.  This time it doesn't have to do with an elected official, but it still sucks.  The Illinois High School Boys State Championships were this past weekend and one team totally got screwed! You won't believe this story.  North Lawndale College Prep played all their games this season in the same uniforms.  There's one pictured on the left. According to the rules, the stripe under the arm is too wide.  No one ever pointed it out during the entire season...until the championship game when the Illinois High School Association basketball director Kurt Gibson directed the referees to assess a technical foul against the team for a uniform violation. The penalty was that the coach of North Lawndale could not get up from his seat during the game.  Some coaches do sit on the bench for most of the game, but to not be able to get up and instruction your players must have the coach crazy.   The coach even offered to have his team change into their other uniforms, but Gibson said those were too colorful. North Lawndale ended up losing the game by one point. I'm not sure what this teaches the kids on either team.  All I know is that it's sure not a positive lesson.

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