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Linton HS football...and other Greek tragedies...

What to say about Linton High School football. I have finally found the team that is the Greek equivalent to Sisyphus-- you know, the Greek legend that was sentenced to eternally roll a stone uphill, only to have it roll back down to the bottom and he had to roll it uphill again and again and again....
Linton's football program is similar. Their Sisyphean task is rolling a football up the hill of the IHSAA state tournament, only to have it roll back downhill at the Semi-State-- or Final Four-- level. It's 2004-- when Ritter blocks an extra point at Roy Williams Field, and win their way to the state finals. It's 2006-- when the Miners lose a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter, and lose a chance at a state title. It's 2012-- with great QB Austin Karaszia leading the attack, they fall short in the football Final Four. And, it's 2013-- with a new quarterback and without super receiver Grant Stamm, they fall one rung short again-- this time east of Indianapolis along I-70, at Eastern Hancock.
I am North Knox's broadcaster, and have a healthy respect-- but a degree of envy as well, for the Linton Miners. I am suprised and stunned at the Greek tragedy that Linton football has become...but that city is rightfully proud of the team's 4 regional titles since 2004. Ironically enough, 2004 was the year another hard-luck team over the decades-- the Boston Red Sox-- broke their 86-year duck in winning the World Series. I just hope Linton fans don't have to way 86 years to get to the football state finals. Equally ironic-- Linton isn't known for its basketball, but the Miners made the basketball state finals in 2012. Who would have imagined THAT?!

That's my take... I'm Tom Lee.


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11/25/2013 2:08PM
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