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Football is in full swing

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By Stephen Lega

Notes written while hoping that all of you had Peyton Manning on your fantasy football teams …

Football season is most definitely here, now that everybody from the pee-wees to the pros has started their seasons.

The Marion County Knights are off to a rough start. After an opening week victory over Lloyd Memorial, the Knights suffered a loss in a close contest to Bell County in a game that was stopped by Mother Nature.

Last week, the Knights fell by two touchdowns at Bardstown. Here’s hoping they can get back on track this week against Woodford County.

On an unrelated note, the Bowling Green Purples are staking a claim to being the best high school team in the state this year. 

They opened their season with back-to-back wins over Lexington Catholic and St. Xavier. The Purples average margin of victory is 20.5 points.

One last football note, Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions is an undeniable talent. Multiple NFL quarterbacks can attest to that. 

Unfortunately, Suh also has earned a reputation as being a dirty player. Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t make sense that someone with that much ability would resort to those kinds of tactics.

On the volleyball court, the Marion County Lady Knights are off to a good start, winning four of their first five matches, including wins in both of their district contests. Is another district title in the cards for Marion County? It certainly looks possible.

Speaking of fast starts, the Marion County boys soccer team was 6-1 as of Monday, including a 3-1 record against Fifth Region opponents.

Turning now to the 2020 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee did the right thing last week when it voted to reinstate wrestling as an official Olympic sport.

In February, wrestling was dropped from the list of core sports, according to an AP story posted on Yahoo Sports (http://goo.gl/37pbG0).

The sport should always be part of the Olympics games. Along with track and field events, it’s one of the few events that actually goes back to the origins of the Olympic games in ancient Greece.

I’ve never been a wrestler, but I gained an appreciation for the sport during my time in Iowa. The sport is much bigger there. Iowa-Iowa State matches were broadcast on Iowa Public Television, and it’s certainly more popular at the high school level in the Hawkeye State than it is in Kentucky.

The high school version doesn’t allow throws, but after a year or so of covering it, the scoring system made sense. Most of the time, I could even keep the score in my head while I was shooting photos of a match in progress.

I can certainly understand why baseball and softball advocates want those sports included in the Olympics, and I would welcome their reinstatement in the near future. Both have genuine international participation, but neither was part of the foundation of ancient or the modern Olympics.