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  • the good sport with john marlowe

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    I like a good offensive football game as well as the next guy. However, the 41-33 Super Bowl, Sunday night, felt more like a carnival ride than a football game. Defenses could neither stop a drive, nor swipe a child’s trophy goldfish. There were no bullies on this midway.
    The two offenses amassed 1,151 total yards — Philadelphia had 538, New England had 613. That’s a Super Bowl record by 200 yards. It’s also the largest combined total for any NFL game, regular season or playoffs.
    New England averaged 8.5 yards per play, and Philadelphia 7.6. There were 874 passing yards; Brady had a record 505 of them. Brady tied his own record by throwing 48 times without an interception.
    There were 42 passing first downs. Two of every ten plays resulted in a score for the Eagles. Five of every ten did the same for the Patriots.
    The defensive stats?
    There was one punt by the Eagles. Philadelphia’s Nick Foles had one interception, and New England’s Brady was sacked once, fumbled once, on the play that sealed the game for the Eagles.
    The only time the defenses looked remotely capable was AFTER somebody scored a touchdown. The two teams missed four extra points.
    So, was the back-and-forth game fun to watch? Sure, but I wouldn’t want a Super Bowl like this every year. The success of both teams almost took the drama out of the game. Almost.
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  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 4:00 AM
    The month of March gets all the credit for bringing the winter season to an end. March also gets the lion’s share of sports hype for the madness that comes with a certain college basketball tournament. Yet, although the circadian short second month is treated meekly by many, February is title month in Indiana.
    Of the six Indiana High School Athletic Association sanctioned tournaments conducted for winter sports, five of them will crown champions in February. The remaining sport — boys basketball — begins play by month’s end.
    Two winter sports are already into state tournament action. For the local schools, the results are mixed at this point of the competition.
    The 43rd Annual Girls State Basketball Tournament played their first games at Crawfordsville, Tuesday night, and for the Crawfordsville ladies the tournament ended before hardly starting. The 2-21 Athenians ran into a powerful 19-6 Benton Central club, in search of their fourth straight 20-win season. The 67-19 shellacking rapidly sent the Lady Athenians home.
    Whether the other two Montgomery County schools fare any better is still a question. Neither North Montgomery nor Southmont boast winning records, although both teams have won at season’s end. North Montgomery (7-14) meets Benton Central, and Greencastle (15-8) hooks up with Southmont (9-13) on Friday.
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  • Friday, January 26, 2018 4:00 AM
    Tonight will be a big night in Montgomery County. No, not because shorts and t-shirts will make a comeback tomorrow with a high of 51, but all three county schools are at home, and all three will be hosting girl-boy doubleheaders. Also, all three girl’s teams will be celebrating senior night. Southmont will host Lebanon, while North Montgomery will battle Western Boone, and Crawfordsville will look to cook some Hot Dogs when Frankfort comes calling.
    Let’s start down in New Market where the Lebanon Lady Tigers enter at 8-13 overall and 3-3 in Conference play. Coach Dustin Oakley’s Lady Mounties will look to have a winning record in the SAC with a win over Lebanon. Southmont is currently 9-12 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
    The Lady Mounties enter winners of five of their last seven and will look to gain some momentum into next week’s Class 3A Sectional 25 action at Crawfordsville. The two teams could meet up again next Friday, if Lebanon can defeat Greencastle Tuesday. The Lady Mounties drew the bye.
    The Mountie boys are looking to keep pace in the Conference as they host the 5-10, and 1-5 SAC Tigers. Southmont is currently in third place with a 3-1 record behind Danville and Tri-West, both 3-0. 
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  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 4:00 AM
    Over the course of a lifelong battle to keep the weight off, I’ve learned that the last two weeks in January are the ones that get me in the most trouble. I think it’s because I stay watchful through the goodies-rich holidays, but then let my guard down to start the new year.
    If, as they say, the body is a temple, this is the two week period the commissary stocks up on the matzah balls.
    I’ve decided this year will be different. I’m going to break the cycle . . . I hope.
    I’ve been on the hunt for something to do that is fun, and keeps the heart beating well enough to erase the effects of french fries. The way I work out, now, I could use a lot more cardiovascular work for long-term success.
    Someone recently suggested that I try Pickleball. Of course, I immediately started laughing, which I thought was their intention. I’ve long been a believer in burning calories through humor. However, Kelly Price, Director of Recreation and Fitness at the Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Community Center confirmed Pickleball is no joke.
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  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Okay, Boilermaker basketball fans, it is now up to you. Matt Painter’s lads have done everything they can to put themselves in position to make a deep post-season tournament run. 
    Fresh off of securing their fourteenth consecutive victory, the Boilermakers are sitting on top of the Big Ten Conference standings. The Boilers are undefeated after seven conference games, one victory up on Ohio State.
    Seems like more doesn’t it?
    That’s because Purdue’s conference wins have come in convincing fashion. Purdue boasts one of the largest front lines in the country, and they all are highly skilled around the bucket. Drop down and sag on the big men, and the Purdue guards are filling the bucket with remarkable accuracy.
    Granted, although Purdue is in the driver’s seat, there are eleven games remaining in the regular season. The Boilers still must play games against the four teams immediately behind them in the standings — including two on the road.
    Can the Boilers run the gauntlet unscathed to defend their outright regular season Big Ten title? Probably not. Regardless, this team is playing with a confidence not seen in West Lafayette since 1988, when Troy Lewis, Todd Mitchell, and Everett Stephens had Boiler fans in a similar tizzy.
    Every indication is that this Purdue team is going places. And, where they end up may depend largely on you.
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