"Some gates bend, and some just lay down in fear."
To refresh your memory, transitive verbs take objects, intransitive verbs don't. "Lay" is a transitive verb and there is not a direct object following "lay" in this sentence.
In other words, the framework of this sentence, minus the second verb, requires an intransitive verb.
I sure hope the U.S. Ski Team doesn't lay an egg at the Olympics. If they do, I will lie down and cry.
P.S. In my punctuationally-challenged mind, I think "Vancouver" and "Bound" should be hyphenated.