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Columns

  • A little on the culture of sports

     By Harry Toder

  • Russian games entertain

     By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

  • Curling is cool

    Our bodies are miraculous machines. To think, though we are fragile creatures, our complex structures make us capable of so much.
    This year’s Winter Olympics are a prime example of what the human body can or cannot do.
    As I watched the athletes cut through the snow like a blade through white fluff, or glide across the ice like a jet aircraft, I was reminded that while we are capable of some pretty ugly deeds, we are also capable of some beautiful ones too.

  • Almost in Olympic spirits

     Industrialization. Empty shells of buildings. Soot. What am I talking about, you ask? The slums of Cleveland? War-torn Bosnia? 

    No, silly. I’m talking about the Winter Games and their host city, Sochi. 

  • More than just a game

    On Feb. 2, millions of people tuned in to Super Bowl XLVIII for a night of competition. I am one of them – but for different reasons.
    For the diehard fans of football, the Super Bowl is the Armageddon of the season - the final showdown between good and evil (always your team being good and the other team being evil, of course).
    I can’t even imagine being a fan of an underdog team that makes it to final fight. That must be an especially epic battle.

  • Second try at Super Bowl picks

     By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

    I’m a big enough man to admit when I’m wrong, so here it is: my Super Bowl picks were awful. 

    The Panthers lost in bad fashion to the 49ers in their first playoff game, and the Patriots fell in an equally lopsided contest to Denver. 

    So there it is. I’m wrong, all my friends were right, and I’m a bumbling idiot who knows nothing about sports (they told me I had to say that last part).

  • Hopes too high for Worm

     Being a celebrity or professional athlete has its ups and downs. Sure, there’s money, big houses, fast cars, private jets, etc. But there is also the fact you get scrutinized for anything, and everything. Take Lindsay Lohan for example, or Michael Vick, both of whom would have zero or very little press time if they were ordinary people.

    But what about Dennis Rodman?

  • Going pro in Kentucky

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

  • New goal for the New Year

    Every now and again, the world, or a community, or a family, or a sport, loses an important figure.
    Sometimes, it seems like these losses come in pairs or trios. Sometimes, they can be expected, sometimes, out of the blue.
    Often, it seems, these strings of deaths have little in common with myself, or anyone I know. But when thrown in the mix of a new year, these deaths can’t help but make me think a little bit harder about life.

  • Looking ahead in the NFL

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

    All right, let’s talk NFL playoffs. As with every season, several teams’ fates are undecided going into Week 17. Among those are perennial playoff teams like the Packers (7-7-1), the Bears (8-7), the Eagles (9-6), and the Cowboys (8-7). There are some very interesting storylines playing out, like the story in the NFC South.