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Orlando Gets Hockey But Not Nhl Hockey, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1994

Orlando Gets Hockey But Not Nhl Hockey, Richard C. Crepeau

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When the announcement came a little over a week ago The Orlando Sentinel fell over itself like the lapdog it has become for the Orlando Magic and the DeVoss family. It was of course the major news that Orlando was about to get a hockey team in the International Hockey League, and the city was about to facilitate the process with another sweetheart contract with the family DeVoss for use of the O-Arena.


Christmas Gift List For Sports Celebrities, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1994

Christmas Gift List For Sports Celebrities, Richard C. Crepeau

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With Christmas just a few days away it's time to put together a Christmas gift list for the wonderful people of sportsworld who seemingly have everything.


Sports Coffee Table Books For Christmas, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1994

Sports Coffee Table Books For Christmas, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is Christmas time and this year I want to recommend four major photo and essay collections on sport that have been published in the last two years, each of which would make a very special Christmas gift. Prices range from $25 to $75 varying by book and place of purchase.


Major League Baseball: Orlando's Bid, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1994

Major League Baseball: Orlando's Bid, Richard C. Crepeau

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The City of Orlando and designated majority owner Norton Herrick are scheduled to make their presentation of Orlando's case for major league baseball on Wednesday of next week. So it might be a good time to make an assessment of Orlando's chances for getting a team.


Monday Night Football's 25th Anniversary, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1994

Monday Night Football's 25th Anniversary, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Monday Night Football. The other networks laughed when ABC announced it was going to take NFL football into prime time. Who would watch? By Monday everyone was suffering from football burnout what with the College games on Saturday, and the double network double headers on Sunday. It just wouldn't work.


Thanksgiving-Day Football, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1994

Thanksgiving-Day Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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The History of Thanksgiving and of Football both go back into the Middle Ages, and so it may not be so strange that the two would become intertwined in modern America.


Thanksgiving And Football, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1994

Thanksgiving And Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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The History of Thanksgiving and of Football both go back into the Middle Ages, and so it may not be so strange that the two would become intertwined in modern America.


The Baseball Strike And The Issues, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1994

The Baseball Strike And The Issues, Richard C. Crepeau

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How long has it been now? Two months. Three months. Does anyone remember exactly when the baseball strike began? For the record it was August 12, 1994, some three months and a week ago. Then in early September came word that the season was gone, and the playoffs and World Series were down the drain.


George Foreman - The Breeder's Cup - Lou Holtz And Notre Dame Poor Winners, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1994

George Foreman - The Breeder's Cup - Lou Holtz And Notre Dame Poor Winners, Richard C. Crepeau

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Cheeseburgers. Ben Gay. Maalox. The George Foreman Trinity. On Saturday Night November 5, 1994, George Foreman at age 45 won the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Was it a blow against ageism? Or was it just one more indication that the world of heavyweight boxing was heading down the road to the World Wrestling Federation?


Monday Night Football, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1994

Monday Night Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is the twenty-fifth Anniversary of Monday Night Football. The other networks laughed when ABC announced it was going to take NFL football into prime time. Who would watch? By Monday everyone was suffering from football burnout what with the College games on Saturday, and the double network double-headers on Sunday. It just wouldn't work.


No World Series: Revisit 1991, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1994

No World Series: Revisit 1991, Richard C. Crepeau

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This should have been the week that the 1994 World Series came to an end. Instead we can all read on a daily basis that the only baseball action is off the field with general managers and managers being fired and hired, players released, and the two sides in the labor dispute seldom even meeting with one another.


Hardaway, The Magic, And The Orlando Media, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1994

Hardaway, The Magic, And The Orlando Media, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was about 4:30 on Saturday Afternoon. ABC television and the local affiliate Channel Nine was showing the Michigan-Penn State game as a footnote to the Gator loss. Then suddenly there was a Channel Nine Special Report. Had Aristide been assassinated as he arrived in Haiti or had Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait? Neither. This was a much more serious matter.


A Brief History Of The Nfl, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1994

A Brief History Of The Nfl, Richard C. Crepeau

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The National Football League is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this season, and unlike the alleged 125th Anniversary of Baseball, this anniversary has some basis in history. First named the American Football Association and founded in 1920 by sportswriter Joseph Carr, the league changed its name to the National Football League in 1922.


Nationalize Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1994

Nationalize Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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This should be the first weekend of the first ever baseball playoffs involving three division winners and one wildcard team from each league. It also should be the end of the first week of the new hockey season.


Ken Burns' Baseball: A Review, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1994

Ken Burns' Baseball: A Review, Richard C. Crepeau

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After eighteen and a half hours of baseball from Ken Burns it may be foolish to try offer some observations on this work in just under five minutes but I'll try.


Nfl 75th Anniversary Season Begins With No Baseball, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1994

Nfl 75th Anniversary Season Begins With No Baseball, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past several years it has been called the No Fun League. Now in its 75th anniversary year it could be that the fun is returning to the NFL.


Grant's Contract In Jeopardy- Nfl Loses In Court- Hockey And Baseball Lockouts, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1994

Grant's Contract In Jeopardy- Nfl Loses In Court- Hockey And Baseball Lockouts, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was just a few short months ago that Pat Williams glibly assured the Orlando public that the signing of Horace Grant to a contract that clearly circumvented the NBA salary cap was not a problem. "We have very clever lawyers," said Williams, "at one glance they can tell the difference between an oral and a written contract." But could they tell the difference between a cap and a strap?


Football Spending In Florida Universities - Pell Grant Fraud Not Only At Miami, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1994

Football Spending In Florida Universities - Pell Grant Fraud Not Only At Miami, Richard C. Crepeau

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Fall is in the air, if you live 400 miles north of here, and all the color and pageantry of college football has returned, as they say on the TV networks. The Bands have hit the fields, the boosters have opened their wallets, and college presidents are doing what they do best, giving pep talks to their scholar athletes.


Tennis In Decline In The 90'S, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1994

Tennis In Decline In The 90'S, Richard C. Crepeau

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships began its two-week run in New York on Monday. Most of the big names of the past two decades are gone. On the women's side Martina Navratolova is in semi-retirement, Monica Seles has never come back from the knifing of a year and a half ago, and earlier stars like Chris Everet and Billie Jean King are long since departed. On the men's side Jimmy Connors, the long-time mainstay of New York bad-manners-tennis has packed it in, while the great McEnroe-Connors, and McEnroe-Borg rivalries are history while Johnny Mac is now doing ...


Baseball Strike: The Issues And The Fans, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1994

Baseball Strike: The Issues And The Fans, Richard C. Crepeau

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Is Beach Volleyball destined to become the Sport of the 90's? Have you seen enough of this thing? Watching National League pitchers strike-out was more exciting than this.


Grant Contract - New Coach? - Baseball Hof, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1994

Grant Contract - New Coach? - Baseball Hof, Richard C. Crepeau

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For the Orlando Magic it looked like the biggest development since the signing of the Shaq. To be able to pick up Horace Grant as a free agent without giving up Dennis Scott on waivers, and only losing Scott Skiles and a first round pick in 1996 is truly amazing. John Gabriel, or whoever engineered this deal, seemed on the way to canonization, having performed a certifiable miracle.


Sports Are Different Here - An American In Europe During World Cup, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1994

Sports Are Different Here - An American In Europe During World Cup, Richard C. Crepeau

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It's odd when you leave the United States and go off for a vacation and have very little contact with the sports scene for over three weeks. Baseball, which is a daily obsession nearly disappears from your life, with only an occasional glimpse at scores in the international Herald Tribune or USA Today, and a few highlights hear and there on CNN.


O. J. Simpson - Hero Vs. Celebrity, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1994

O. J. Simpson - Hero Vs. Celebrity, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been a wild and crazy several weeks of sport while WUCF has been off the air to increase power, and over the next few weeks I will try to catch up on some of the notable action. The Stanley Cup and NBA Finals have concluded, the World Cup has moved to center stage, the Baseball All-Star game is approaching and so apparently is a strike, Wimbledon is approaching its climax, stories of corruption continue to flow off the college campuses in Tallahassee and Miami, Evander Hollifield has been cured of heart problems by an Orlando faith-healer, and O ...


Nba Finals, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1994

Nba Finals, Richard C. Crepeau

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There were times when I thought I was watching the World Wrestling Federation. All that was missing was a gold lamay cape worn by Patrick Ewing, cowboy boots and stetson for Charles Oakley, or designer trunks with matching shoes for John Starks. As for Pat Riley he has always looked the part.


Baseball's All-Star Game, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1994

Baseball's All-Star Game, Richard C. Crepeau

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Baseball's All-Star Game is coming up on Tuesday in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, one of the old style cookie-cutter ballparks of the early 60's. Although the concept of an All-Star game dates back to 1858 and a game between all-star teams from Brooklyn and New York, it was sixty-one years ago that the first modern all-star game was held, July 6, 1933.


Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1994

Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau

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This week in honor of father's day 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.


College Athletes And Payoff's, Richard C. Crepeau May 1994

College Athletes And Payoff's, Richard C. Crepeau

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As the station went off the air to increase power one of the biggest stories in college sport was coming out of Tallahassee by way of Sports Illustrated. It was not the swimsuit issue, but Florida State University must have felt nearly naked as the story of players taking payoffs from agents became public.


Baseball And Michael Jordan, Richard C. Crepeau May 1994

Baseball And Michael Jordan, Richard C. Crepeau

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Michael was in town this week, not to lead the Bulls in a playoff game against the Magic, but in pursuit of his new career. Batting second and playing right field for the Birmingham Barons number 45, Michael Jordan.


Formula One Driver Ayrton Senna, Richard C. Crepeau May 1994

Formula One Driver Ayrton Senna, Richard C. Crepeau

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The biggest story in the world of sport this past week was not the abrupt and quick end of the Orlando Magic season, although clearly in Central Florida it was and continues to be the biggest topic of conversation among sports fans. It is a story clearly worth some comment and I will return to it at a later date.


Richard Nixon And Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1994

Richard Nixon And Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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In one of the most interesting and bizarre pieces of American literature featuring a president of the United States, Robert Coover in "Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears?" draws a picture of the late 37th President of the United States that has become a classic of presidential portraiture.