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Columns

  • All for one and done?

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

    Because I’m the world’s worst sports fan, and also a part time masochist, I often ask myself, “What’s the worst thing about college sports?” 

    Is it the disregard for education in favor of athletics? Is it the commercialization of student athletes? Is it the bureaucratic show that is the BCS Bowl season? 

  • Winter games will soon be here

    Outside of working for The Lebanon Enterprise, I don’t watch a lot of sports.
    I suppose you could compare that to someone who makes chocolate for a living, I am sure they don’t eat a lot of it outside of work, either.
    Because of this fact, I found myself in a pickle when it came time to write this column.
    As I struggled to find a topic, I was quickly reminded that the Olympics are right around the corner.

  • Injuries on the rise in NFL

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

  • No need to babysit players

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

    If you’ve watched any college basketball this season, chances are you’ve seen some of the new rules that have been implemented by the NCAA. In essence, these new rules decrease the amount of contact a defender can have with a ball handler, which naturally increases the number of fouls called. 

  • That’s a bully!

    Bullying.

    No definition needed. 

    That’s because we have all been victims of it. 

    In fact, I would argue we are all a little guilty of it too, whether we realize it or not. 

    But we are not talking about the awkward middle school locker room antics from which we all survive. 

  • Shake on it

    Earlier this year, the KHSAA made the decision to ban postgame handshakes following all sporting events. The rationale was that the handshake was an invitation for the teams to fight, or otherwise cause a scuffle. 

    Following a backlash from media, fans, parents, and students, as well as a blatant disregard for the directive by coaches, the KHSAA retracted their statement, saying that the initial press release was “poorly worded.” 

  • Crossing the line

    As a sports correspondent for The Lebanon Enterprise, I have had the luxury of covering soccer, football, volleyball, and occasionally golf and cross country. I have also covered youth baseball and softball. Covering these sports means I have to get close to the action. So close, in fact, that I have been hit by a few fast moving balls.

    Lately, however, I have been hit by a much different kind of fastball - rudeness. 

  • New face in the field

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

    I’m Will Phillips, and I’m the new correspondent here at The Lebanon Enterprise. Primarily, I’ll be covering Marion County sports. 

  • Not so hot pink

    Anyone who watches college sports with any regularity knows that Oregon, perhaps more than any other university, has been a trend-setter in the world of bizarre uniforms.

    I know some people love the Ducks’ array of optic green and seemingly day-glo attire, not to mention the occassional mirror-ball chrome. I’m not among the fans of Oregon’s out-there style. But I’m not a player, so really, what does it matter.

  • Football fan & female

    As a college football fan, I welcome the mini-playoff that will be used to decide the champion at the end of the 2014 season.

    Better yet, once the television networks realize how much money they can make, I fully expect the powers-that-be in college football to expand the playoff to include more teams. 

    A selection committee -- similar to the ones that pick the teams for the NCAA basketball tournaments -- will pick the four teams that will be included in the 2014 mini-playoff.