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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers And The "Curse Of Doug Williams", Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1992

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers And The "Curse Of Doug Williams", Richard C. Crepeau

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With the end of the National Football League's regular season, we have come to the end of another season of despair for the Tampa Bay Bucs. New levels of futility were achieved as the Bucs turned in their tenth consecutive season in which they have lost at least ten games. And the Bucs don't just lose, they lose in new and creative ways. This is a team of legendary incompetence, whose poor performance over a sustained period of time is earning them a special place in the history of the NFL.


The Ten Days Of Christmas: Tv Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1992

The Ten Days Of Christmas: Tv Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Twelve Days of Christmas we don't have, but we do have ten days of Christmas from December 25 through January 3 during which television offers a mind-boggling array of football, basketball(professional and college), and hockey. Sports television in the late 20th century may have spawned an entirely new concept of the days of Christmas.


Sports Books For Christmas, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1992

Sports Books For Christmas, Richard C. Crepeau

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With but a week until Christmas the time seems right for some last minute gift suggestions for the sportsmen and sportswomen on your Christmas list. As usual baseball books dominate the list from this past year, as baseball remains the most written about sport in America.


Shaq: The Latest Impact Player, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1992

Shaq: The Latest Impact Player, Richard C. Crepeau

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They are called impact players. The kind of player who can come into a league and make an immediate impact on a team, and even on a league. They are few and far between. The Orlando Magic has one. At 7'1" and around 300 pounds he is what Al McGuire termed an aircraft carrier, and Dick Vitale calls a space eater. Either description will do. He is Shaquille O'Neal. The Shaq.


Red Barber, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1992

Red Barber, Richard C. Crepeau

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Two weeks ago "Red" Barber died in Tallahassee. Since 1981 Barber has been a familiar voice on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Each Friday morning at 7:35 "Red" sitting in his home in Tallahassee had a warm and interesting conversation with Bob Edwards, the Colonel. He would talk about the sports of the week, his recollections of sports past, and very often the state of his garden and the foliage of Tallahassee.


Toronto: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1992

Toronto: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Richard C. Crepeau

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Sunday morning Radio Canada was playing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" while the Blue Jay announcers could be heard calling the last play of the World Series. It has been an historic World Series: The first outside the United States and the first won by a team based in Canada. And Pat "North of the" Borders was named MVP. Catchers in fact figured heavily in the course of this series.


Canadian Baseball: A Bit Of History, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1992

Canadian Baseball: A Bit Of History, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last Saturday in Atlanta when the Canadian national anthem was sung before the start of the World Series, history was made. Never before had a team from outside the United States participated in the World Series. Tuesday for the first time a World Series game was played outside the United States.


Baseball Playoffs: Atlanta And Toronto Move On, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1992

Baseball Playoffs: Atlanta And Toronto Move On, Richard C. Crepeau

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Most of Wednesday it looked as though it would be the year of the bridesmaids in the World Series. But not quite. Francisco Cabrerra and Jose Lind saw to that. Lind's error extended the ninth inning, and Cabrerra's single ended it. Facing certain defeat the Atlanta Braves scored three runs to win 3-2 and the Pirates remain bridesmaids for the third consecutive year. Earlier in the day Toronto got a major monkey off its back by eliminating the Oakland A's.


Nfl After Four Weeks - Nfl In Court - Fay Vincent Resigns As Comish- And More, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1992

Nfl After Four Weeks - Nfl In Court - Fay Vincent Resigns As Comish- And More, Richard C. Crepeau

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Four weeks into the new National Football League season and already there are a number of surprises. First and foremost among them is the performance of the 3-1 Tampa Bay Bucs, who last Sunday won their first road game after 15 straight losses. The much maligned Sam Wyche seems to have his team going fairly well so far, especially the previously disappointing Vinny Testaverde, who seemed to be suffering from secondary illiteracy until the last few weeks. Before you go out and buy playoff tickets, or even a pair of orange pants, you might note that the Bucs victims are ...


Motivating Athletes: Tampons At Catholic University And Bull Castration At Mississippi St., Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1992

Motivating Athletes: Tampons At Catholic University And Bull Castration At Mississippi St., Richard C. Crepeau

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Probably the most famous halftime speech ever given was the Knute Rockne, "Win One for the Gipper" classic, which many of us have seen delivered by Pat O'Brien in "The Knute Rockne Story." It is remembered as well because the Gipper was played by the somnambulant President of the United States who incessantly evoked its memory for whatever feeble cause he was pushing. As motivational speeches go this one has no peer.


Nfl: Some Labor History, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1992

Nfl: Some Labor History, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past three months an antitrust suit was before a jury of eight women in a Minneapolis Federal Court. Eight players brought suit against the National Football League claiming that the Plan B free agency system was illegal.The verdict rendered last week ruled Plan B too restrictive and awarded four of the players considerable damages, while leaving the NFL to pay the legal fees for both sides. These fees are in excess of $10M. Other matters of free agency arising from the decision are yet to be ruled upon by the judge.


Baseball Stadiums: Tiger Stadium, Atlanta, Skydome, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1992

Baseball Stadiums: Tiger Stadium, Atlanta, Skydome, Richard C. Crepeau

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Philip Lowry chose the title Green Cathedrals for his book on the baseball parks of America because of the religious devotion that baseball fans seem to bring to the sport, and the majesty of many of these parks, especially the older ones. Over the past summer my wife and I had the good fortune to visit three parks, representing three distinctly different eras in baseball history.


Baseball Commissioner, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1992

Baseball Commissioner, Richard C. Crepeau

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As I record this piece the baseball owners are meeting in Chicago to decide the future of Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. He has been under fire for several months now. The immediate issues are Mr. Vincent's use of his powers to force a realignment, an attempt he abandoned earlier this week, and his renewed challenge to the power of the superstations like WGN and TBS. Some owners see the Commissioner as too friendly to the players and would like to remove him so that they could fly headlong into a struggle to the death with the MLBPA. They would ...


The Olympics And Performance Enhancement, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1992

The Olympics And Performance Enhancement, Richard C. Crepeau

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As has been the custom over the last several decades the Olympic games, and the trials, were plagued by drug scandals and disqualifications. Throw in a few accusations of illegal substance use and you have the international athletics scene in a nutshell. Three British athletes were sent home for drug violations which occurred before the games, a Chinese woman volleyball player and a Russian woman marathon runner were disqualified for use of stimulants, two Americans, a male hammer thrower and a female shot putter were disqualified for use of anabolic steroids, and countless others were disqualified before the games began ...


Baseball Stadiums:Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium, Skydome, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1992

Baseball Stadiums:Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium, Skydome, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is clear why Philip Lowry chose the title Green Cathedrals for his book on the ball parks of America. Over the past two years I have had the good fortune to visit five of them representing three distinctly different eras in baseball history.


Pat Williams Magician- St. Petersburg Giants - Nbc's Final Olympic Overkill, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1992

Pat Williams Magician- St. Petersburg Giants - Nbc's Final Olympic Overkill, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is Magic. There is the Orlando Magic. And now there is the Magician. Pat Williams has clearly earned that title for his latest prestidigitation. I don't know anyone who thought that Williams could pull off the signing of Shaquille O'Neal prior to the deadline to match the offer sheet that Dallas had tendered to Stanley Roberts. Certainly the fact that Rich DeVoss was willing to shell out $40M to get the deal done, and then turn around and cough up another $15M of pocket change for Stanley, made Pat's job a little easier. But nonetheless, Pat ...


Hall Of Fame Inductions: Cooperstown And Akron, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1992

Hall Of Fame Inductions: Cooperstown And Akron, Richard C. Crepeau

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Three weeks ago in the middle of the Olympics two sports conducted their Hall of Fame ceremonies. On Saturday August 1, the NFL held its ceremonies at Canton, Ohio, and on Sunday August 2, Major League Baseball held its ceremonies at Cooperstown.


Olympic Sponsorship:Theme And Variation, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1992

Olympic Sponsorship:Theme And Variation, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is enlightening to page through the "Olympic Preview" issue of Sports Illustrated. The photos are beautiful, but the advertising is clearly the central feature. Not unlike the Olympic Games themselves.


Olympics In Barcelona: Up Close And Personal, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1992

Olympics In Barcelona: Up Close And Personal, Richard C. Crepeau

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The 1992 Summer Olympics from Barcelona is less than a week old and already I am irritated by any number of things, but especially by NBC. Those who chart such things tell us that NBC will provide 161 hours of mostly taped coverage of the XXVth Olympiad. What they don't tell us is that of these 161 hours, approximately 10 minutes of each hour contains actual event coverage. The other 50 minutes of the hour are filled with commercials from every major U.S. corporation featuring Olympic athletes past and present; promotional spots for NBC programming; endless carping about ...


Wimbledon - Baseball At Mid-Season, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1992

Wimbledon - Baseball At Mid-Season, Richard C. Crepeau

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The world's oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament is heading into its final weekend. Strawberries and cream at Wimbledon go back over a century, and the royal trappings surrounding this tournament are enough to make a tennis millionaire feel right at home. One suspects however that this year Lady Diana will not make her usual appearance in the Royal Box at Centre Court, with most of the love having gone out of her game.


"A League Of Their Own", Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1992

"A League Of Their Own", Richard C. Crepeau

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It may come as a surprise to some that "A League of Their Own," the new motion picture starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, and Madonna, is based on fact. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League(AAGPBL) was founded in 1943 by Philip Wrigley, with the encouragement of Branch Rickey and Bill Veeck.


Expansion In Professional Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1992

Expansion In Professional Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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The big news in Florida sports last week was expansion. The Florida Marlins sent two farm teams onto the field for the first time, and the dreams of future glory were put into motion. Also the Tampa Bay Lightning began stocking its roster, first with the castoffs of other teams, and then in the entry draft. The big news this week in Orlando was the drafting of Shaquille O'Neal, finally.


The Beauty Of The Athleticism In The Nba And The Nhl, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1992

The Beauty Of The Athleticism In The Nba And The Nhl, Richard C. Crepeau

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Two or three decades ago there was a joke that circulated about a kindergarten teacher who asked the children if they knew the four seasons of the year. An eager young boy waved his hand, and shouted the answer: Baseball, Football, Basketball and Hockey. That cute little joke has lost all of its meaning in this, the last decade of the 20th century.


Nba And Nhl:Success And Failure, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1992

Nba And Nhl:Success And Failure, Richard C. Crepeau

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While watching NBA and NHL playoffs over the past few months I have been struck by the remarkable difference between what has happened to these two professional sports leagues in the last ten to fifteen years. Under the leadership of David Stern the NBA has prospered with Bird and Magic, expanding its presence to what is now approaching world-wide dimensions; while the NHL first with Gretzky and now Lemieux languished with John Zeigler at the helm.


Father's Day Tribute To My Father, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1992

Father's Day Tribute To My Father, Richard C. Crepeau

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This week I want to talk about the man who taught me a love of sport, and especially a love of baseball, and who taught me much about life.


Indy 500 - Lyle Alzado And Ed Gantner- Fsu And Uf Bowl Money, Richard C. Crepeau May 1992

Indy 500 - Lyle Alzado And Ed Gantner- Fsu And Uf Bowl Money, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past few weeks a number of small items have caught my eye. They are not large enough issues and topics to occupy the entire commentary, so I have been saving them for a chance to dump them all together.


The America's Cup, Richard C. Crepeau May 1992

The America's Cup, Richard C. Crepeau

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I have a confession to make. I enjoy the America's Cup. I watch it on television. It is neither exciting nor rollicking fun, but I find it interesting, and at times filled with tension. Apparently unlike most sports fans I am not bored by it.


Title Ix, Richard C. Crepeau May 1992

Title Ix, Richard C. Crepeau

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Twenty years ago Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act made sexual discrimination illegal for any high school district or institution of higher education that received federal aid. This meant that it applied to almost every school in the nation. It also meant that in the area of sport, discrimination against women was illegal. This legislation was opposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the NCAA. At the time of Title IX's passage college athletics for women were under the auspices of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, the AIAW.


Isaac Murphy: A 19th Century African-American Jockey, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1992

Isaac Murphy: A 19th Century African-American Jockey, Richard C. Crepeau

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The name Isaac Murphy is not exactly a household word in American Sport, and I suspect even among those who follow horse racing the name is not likely to evoke recognition. But on this day before the Kentucky Derby it might be worth recalling the career of Isaac Murphy.


The Babe: Flim Review, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1992

The Babe: Flim Review, Richard C. Crepeau

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If you like scatological humor, overdone caricature, stupidity masking as innocence, then you might well enjoy The Babe, the over hyped, over promoted new film from Universal Pictures starring John Goodman as the Bambino. If you go to this film in search of the definitive life of George Herman Ruth, as is promised by Director Arthur Hiller and writer-producer John Fusco, you will be greatly disappointed.