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Columns

  • 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.

  • More than a game

    Too many people take sports too seriously.

    But sometimes, sports are about more than just a game.

    During the past few weeks, Marion County athletes have proven that more than once.

    Last week, the Knights soccer team defeated Bullitt East, 9-0. The game was never in doubt. Marion County led 5-0 at the half, and they kept up the pressure in the second half.

  • Back of the net

    Something has gotten into the Marion County boys soccer team and into the back of their opponents nets.
    In their past four games, Marion County has outscored its opponents 30-4. The Knights have scored nine goals or more three times in that stretch.
    It’s the kind of offensive outburst that should be a concern for future opponents.
    I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve only seen a little of the Knights in person, but what I saw Thursday (in a 9-1 win over Bullitt East) was a team that was focused, confident and aggressive.

  • Play & pay

    College sports are big business — at least football and basketball are.
    That’s why networks outbid one another for the rights to broadcast games. It’s why you can buy video games with characters that are based on the current players for hundreds of college teams.
    It’s also why college coaches are often the highest-paid public employees in many states.

  • Run of his life

    Around this time last year, Tom Denniss of Australia went for a run through Marion County.
    That, in an of itself, would probably be unremarkable. Lots of people run for health and fitness, and thousands of people have taken part in a variety of races in our community in recent years.
    Denniss’s run was different because he was running around the world. Marion County was just one stop along the route.

  • Football is in full swing

    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.

  • Teddy over Johnny

    Johnny Manziel had a season for the ages in 2012. The then-freshman quarterback at Texas A&M took college football by storm and won the Heisman Trophy.
    I’m sure the trophy is valued by anyone who is nominated to receive it, but I became disillusioned with the award (much less some of the winners) a long time ago.

  • Golf Tech

    By Dennis George

    Golf Columnist