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The World Cup, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2018

The World Cup, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been a month since the start of the World Cup. When a champion is determined on Sunday, over thirty-five matches will have been played in twelve stadia spread across the Russian landscape. It has been an exhausting and impressive cavalcade of sport.


Donald Hall And Baseball, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2018

Donald Hall And Baseball, Richard C. Crepeau

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The former Poet Laureate of the United States, Donald Hall, died last weekend at the age of 89 at his home in New Hampshire. He was a poet, an essayist, and an amazingly productive writer. He loved his farm, his Red Sox, and his wife Jane Kenyon, (a poet of major talent who died in 1995). Some of you may know them from their work, and from Bill Moyers' 1993 award winning Public Television Documentary, “Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon: A Life Together.”


Championship Weekend, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2018

Championship Weekend, Richard C. Crepeau

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In a matter of four days from June 7 through the 10th, several championship level sporting events were decided. Beginning on Thursday with the conclusion of the National Hockey League finals through Sunday with the Men’s Final at the French Open, there was a bonanza of sport available to spectators across the world. Each had its own character and each offered a different perspective on winning.


The Nfl's New Rule, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2018

The Nfl's New Rule, Richard C. Crepeau

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I’ve been on the road over the past two weeks and have not been able to react to any of the many developments in the world of sport, including the latest from Goodell World. The NFL never fails to disappoint, particularly since the emergence of Roger Goodell as Commissioner. Once again the league has been able to create a policy that, on the one hand, pleases the Sunday nationalists, while, on the other, manages to alienate significant numbers of players, fans, and commentators.


Nfl Cheerleaders, Richard C. Crepeau May 2018

Nfl Cheerleaders, Richard C. Crepeau

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The National Football League is one of those American entities that likes to think of itself as quintessentially American, embodying the very best of America. It has gone the extra mile to wrap itself in the flag and other markers of American “patriotism,” particularly those that cast a favorable light on the league and cost little or nothing in the way of effort and commitment. Image is the thing, substance is superfluous.


Winter Olympics Part 3, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2018

Winter Olympics Part 3, Richard C. Crepeau

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The final two premier figure skating events of the Winter Olympics were held this week. They were hotly contested and the skating itself was some of the best ever seen at the Olympics.


Winter Olympics Part 2, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2018

Winter Olympics Part 2, Richard C. Crepeau

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At any Olympic Games there are constants and surprises and the ongoing Winter Olympics is no exception. In terms of the constants, the Dutch dominance in speed skating continues. Six gold medals and eleven overall medals put them well ahead of all other competitors in these events. The Dutch have won a total of 105 medals in Olympic speed skating all-time.


Olympic Figure Skating Part I, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2018

Olympic Figure Skating Part I, Richard C. Crepeau

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Other than the World Series, this is my favorite two weeks in sport, and among all the events at the Winter Olympics, figure skating and ski jumping are the ones I enjoy most. I have been lucky enough to attend one Winter Olympics, the 2002 Winter Games at Salt Lake.


The New Minnesota, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2018

The New Minnesota, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is the “Bold North.”

The “Frozen Tundra” has been jettisoned and the “Bold North” is the new brand for Minnesota. I am assuming that this is the winter label only, and that the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” still reigns over that small window of time called summer, or if you prefer, August.


The Nasser Case, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2018

The Nasser Case, Richard C. Crepeau

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The reaction to the statements made by victims at Larry Nassar’s trial has been dramatic as the horrifying details of decades of sexual abuse rolled out into the courtroom, then on television, and across social media. The women who appeared in court to confront Nassar have been praised for their courage and strength. The reality of the ordeal that they endured in silence was shocking and appalling.


The Winter Olympics Approach, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2018

The Winter Olympics Approach, Richard C. Crepeau

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With the approach of the 2018 Winter Olympics, one can only wonder what might happen. The threats of war on the Korean Peninsula, the threat to the games posed by the quiet diplomacy of the President of the United States, the possibility that Russia was to be excluded from the games and now will be only partially excluded, the decision by Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League to keep NHL players out of the games, all endangered or diminished the games in their own way.


The National Champion, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2018

The National Champion, Richard C. Crepeau

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Here in Orlando the National College Football Champions received their trophy about one hour before the kickoff of the FBS National Championship Game in Atlanta. They also had a National Championship parade at Disney World on Sunday.


Baseball And Pearl Harbor, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2017

Baseball And Pearl Harbor, Richard C. Crepeau

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This piece on Pearl Harbor and Baseball was the fifteenth of this series of essays on Sport and Society. It dates from December of 1991 the 50th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and was written as a radio commentary for WUCF-FM an NPR affiliate in Orlando. It aired on December 6, 1991.This seemed like a good time to retrieve it from an HD floppy disc and air it out one more time.


College Basketball Returns, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2017

College Basketball Returns, Richard C. Crepeau

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As the college football season comes to an unsatisfactory conclusion and four teams from the Power Five Conferences are chosen for the big payout in the national championship lottery, several other deserving teams not in the Power Five will be left to lick their wounds and take lesser excessive payouts for bowl games. If this is not something you care about, then you will be delighted that this past weekend marked the beginning of the college basketball season. This is where the money meets the road and sixty plus teams pick up some small change or big dollars from March ...


Late Night At The World Series, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2017

Late Night At The World Series, Richard C. Crepeau

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Here we are in early November and the World Series is over already. You probably missed much of the World Series if you live in the Eastern Time Zone and your bedtime is before 11 p.m. This would not be a problem if there were no baseball fans living east of Indiana. Given the location of major league franchises that is not likely.


Three Weeks Of Madness, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2017

Three Weeks Of Madness, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been nearly three weeks now since I wandered off for a vacation and away from this column. In one of the oddities of the universe, these absences seem to bring about an avalanche of crazy and significant events in the world of sport. Any one of these developments would have launched a “Sport and Society” essay out of my computer, but when on hiatus, I strictly forbid myself from reacting to any of these developments.


The Battle Of The Sexes, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2017

The Battle Of The Sexes, Richard C. Crepeau

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I am a bit mystified by the amount of attention that is given to the Billie Jean King defeat of Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes.” I remember it well, and it seemed to me to be some sort of fraud being perpetrated on the American public by a fifty-five-year-old con man in tennis shorts. Bobby Riggs was a hustler, and the “Battle of the Sexes” may have been the biggest hustle he ever pulled.


Concussions And Football, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2017

Concussions And Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is a story that won’t go away. No matter how much many people would like it to, it will not. For several decades now the issue of concussions has been discussed, debated, lied about, and studied. The scientific studies, except those paid for by the National Football League and done by NFL employees, have shown some correlation and/or connection between head trauma, various symptoms of brain dysfunction, and football.


The Open And The Coach, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2017

The Open And The Coach, Richard C. Crepeau

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Golf is a sport in which the major opponent is the self. It is, to borrow from Yogi Berra, ninety percent mental and the other half is physical. The very early career of Jordan Spieth offers considerable evidence of the significance of the mental aspect of the game. At The Open, the premier Grand Slam event, Jordon Spieth did battle on Sunday with himself, and won.


Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2017

Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Wimbledon fortnight is my favorite fortnight of them all. The tennis is generally of high quality, the venue is steeped in beauty, and the singular notion of playing on grass, all combine to the make this grand slam event the holy grail of tennis. Am I overdoing it? Well yes, but then, for me it is all of these things and more.


Racism And Sport Yet Again, Richard C. Crepeau May 2017

Racism And Sport Yet Again, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last week, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles reported that he had been racially harassed by Boston Red Sox fans in Fenway Park, who, among other things, threw peanuts and shouted racial slurs at him. Jones was upset and demanded that the Red Sox tighten their stadium security and enforce a ban on racial harassment. The reaction across baseball was to condemn the fans for what was described as unacceptable behavior.


Espn And The Nfl, Richard C. Crepeau May 2017

Espn And The Nfl, Richard C. Crepeau

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For several decades the revenue streams in sport have been overflowing their banks. Rights fees have skyrocketed, new sources of revenue seem at times to fall from the sky like manna from the electronic heavens, and just when you think the ceiling has been reached something new appears. It seems that it will never end, but of course at some point it must. Perhaps.


The Oakland Nomads, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2017

The Oakland Nomads, Richard C. Crepeau

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The announcement last week that the Oakland Raiders would, for the second time in its history, leave the city of Oakland came as a shock to no one. The synergistic relationship between the greed of the National Football League and the greed of the principal owner of the Raiders, made such a move an inevitability on the wheel of time. Such “loyalty” to the city of Oakland and its rabid football fans will not go unrewarded. Indeed, both the Raiders owner and the NFL will make out like bandits once again.


The Week In Woman's Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2017

The Week In Woman's Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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While much of the country was caught up in the final weekend of March Madness in Phoenix, the biggest stories were taking place in Women’s sport, both on and off the field of play.


Wbc, Nba, And Nhl, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2017

Wbc, Nba, And Nhl, Richard C. Crepeau

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Now that the World Baseball Classic has ended and the United States has finally notched a WBC championship, it is time to reflect on the event. For me, it was a great success not because the U.S. won, although that was important, but rather for a number of other reasons.


Great Fun At Wbc In Miami, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2017

Great Fun At Wbc In Miami, Richard C. Crepeau

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My fellow Americans, today I want to report to you that although I have been going to baseball games for over a half-century, I have never been to a baseball game like the one I went to in Miami last Saturday night.


Ed Garvey’S Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2017

Ed Garvey’S Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau

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Ed Garvey died this week at age 76. For many younger NFL fans his name will mean little. Once called “The Karl Marx of the Shower Stall,” Garvey was one of the most significant figures in the history of the National Football League in the 1970s and early ‘80s. Garvey was appointed legal counsel to the National Football League Players Association in 1970 and became Executive Director in 1971, a position he held until 1983. Along with John Mackey and others he led the players in there decades long struggle with the Commissioner and the owners. Although he did not ...


Denial, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2017

Denial, Richard C. Crepeau

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It seems that by now most everyone, except Patriot and Falcon fans, should have fully recovered from the Super Bowl. As someone who has seen all fifty-one of these championship games, this one certainly ranks among the most exciting, if not the best played game.


The Nfl's Alternative Facts, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2017

The Nfl's Alternative Facts, Richard C. Crepeau

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One of the new buzz phrases spreading across the nation out of Washington is “alternative facts.” For those of us who have lived through several administrations and any number of sporting scenes, “alternative facts” are quite a familiar commodity.


The Australian Open, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2017

The Australian Open, Richard C. Crepeau

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Each year the Australian Open seems to produce some excellent tennis in the form of a dramatic match, a surprising winner, or some other wonder. It is the first of the Grand Slam events of the year and as such has a significance for anyone even slightly interested in tennis.