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Bowling On The Girdiron: The Name Game, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1996

Bowling On The Girdiron: The Name Game, Richard C. Crepeau

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Already some of the big ones are behind us like the Las Vegas Bowl which attracted very little attention from the major industry in that city and the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl which featured neither the bird nor the vehicle.


Last Minute Christmas Gifts For The Sports Fan, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1996

Last Minute Christmas Gifts For The Sports Fan, Richard C. Crepeau

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Attention KĀ©mart Shoppers. Today I will offer some last minute Christmas items for the Sports Fan on your gift list.


Pete Roselle, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1996

Pete Roselle, Richard C. Crepeau

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Some called him the Pope of the National Football League. Others saw him as a minor deity of the mid-twentieth century's religious devotion to sport. Whatever the perspective, it is clear that Alvin "Pete" Rozelle is among the most significant figures in the history of Sport in America and the world in the Twentieth Century.


Jerry Reinsdorf's Smoking Gun And Baseball Labor Settlement, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1996

Jerry Reinsdorf's Smoking Gun And Baseball Labor Settlement, Richard C. Crepeau

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They called him The Old Roman. In 1919 Charles Comiskey, owner of the Chicago White Sox so angered his players with low salaries and his cheapskate ways that they turned on him and fixed the World Series. In 1996 White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf so angered his fellow owners by his high salaries and wild spending that they turned on him, reversed their vote of the previous three weeks, and approved the new baseball collective bargaining agreement. Maybe they should call Reinsdorf, the New Roman, or Roman Nouveau.


Thanksgiving And Football, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1996

Thanksgiving And Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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


Nick Anderson Accused: Don't Rush To Judgement, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1996

Nick Anderson Accused: Don't Rush To Judgement, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last Wednesday Nick Anderson of the Magic called a press conference to deny that he had raped a woman last February. It was an emotional scene at which a tearful Anderson told the press that a complaint had been filed with Orlando police in early October, and that he had been threatened with public exposure by the Pan African InterNational Movement (PAIN) unless he paid them $600,000.


Holyfield And Tyson - When Magic Play At Arena, City Loses Money, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1996

Holyfield And Tyson - When Magic Play At Arena, City Loses Money, Richard C. Crepeau

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A week after the Boston College story broke the gamblers took a bath, not on college football but on the godfather of sports gambling, boxing. Evander Holyfield's upset of the century over Mike Tyson was a disaster for those who set the odds and cover the bets. With odds running 25-1 to open and dropping to 5-1 just before the fight, bookmakers lost several million dollars. Major money was placed on Holyfield in the last few days, at least some of it coming from the Holyfield camp itself, and the smart money on the favorite never surfaced as betting ...


Boston College: Fixing And Gambling In Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1996

Boston College: Fixing And Gambling In Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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When word spread early this week that football players at Boston College were suspected of fixing games, a number of people feigned shock. Whatever turns out to be the ultimate finding of investigators at Boston College, no one should be shocked by this news.


The Braves / Yankees World Series, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1996

The Braves / Yankees World Series, Richard C. Crepeau

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When Charlie Hayes went falling into the third-base dugout and failed to make the catch on Mark Lemke's pop foul to end the sixth and final game of the World Series there was a brief moment of hope when Braves fans thought just maybe fate had turned. It had not. On the next pitch Hayes made the catch down the third-base side near the stands and the 1996 World Series was history. Only five nights earlier Atlanta fans had been talking about the possibility of a sweep, but not the one that occurred.


Yankees Win Series: Joe Torre, Don Zimmer Star, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1996

Yankees Win Series: Joe Torre, Don Zimmer Star, Richard C. Crepeau

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When Charlie Hayes went falling into the third-base dugout and failed to make the catch on Mark Lemke's pop foul to end the sixth and final game of the World Series there was a brief moment of hope when Braves fans thought just maybe fate had turned. It had not. On the next pitch Hayes made the catch down the third-base side near the stands and the 1996 World Series was history. Only five nights earlier Atlanta fans had been talking about the possibility of a sweep, but not the one that occurred.


Andruw Jones And Curacao - World Series Begins, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1996

Andruw Jones And Curacao - World Series Begins, Richard C. Crepeau

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No abstract provided.


Yankees, Jeffer Maier, George And Reggie - Braves And Cards, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1996

Yankees, Jeffer Maier, George And Reggie - Braves And Cards, Richard C. Crepeau

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While sitting around waiting for Gene Budig's resignation as American League president, or even for someone in the press to suggest that it might be appropriate, I have been trying to see as much of the American and National League Championship Series as possible--or the LCS as it is called, which sounds more like a religious cult than a sporting event. There has been some interesting baseball and even more interesting American melodrama.


Baseball's Musical Managerial Chairs: Minority Hiring Weak, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1996

Baseball's Musical Managerial Chairs: Minority Hiring Weak, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past few weeks I have noticed a familiar phenomenon in baseball which is reflective of sport generally. The annual purge of the managerial ranks in baseball has begun after a relatively quiet regular season. The most spectacular of the regular season firings was that of Tommy LaSorda in Los Angeles although it was thinly disguised as a resignation for health reasons. Bill Russell was named interim manager and after some doubts were raised the former shortstop had the interim removed yesterday.


Remarkable Baseball Season Ends, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1996

Remarkable Baseball Season Ends, Richard C. Crepeau

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A remarkable baseball season came to a raucous close this past weekend casting several shadows over what should be glowing memories as we swing headlong into playoff baseball and the World Series. Any number of great stories, great achievements, and satisfying moments marked this season of record breaking hitting and home runs, and the Texas Rangers/Washington Senators finally reached post-season play.


College Football's Rap Sheet, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1996

College Football's Rap Sheet, Richard C. Crepeau

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All the color and pageantry of college football have returned. We've already experienced this year's first game of the century, and this year's first game of the decade. It's a wonderful time of year, when footballs fill the air and college athletes fill the courtrooms, police blotters, and the investigative time of the NCAA all across America.


Hockey's Team Canada: Some Painful History, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1996

Hockey's Team Canada: Some Painful History, Richard C. Crepeau

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No one in my neighborhood ran into the streets and fired a gun in the air. The cars along the expressways were neither blinking their lights nor honking their horns. Even in the sports' bars, the community halls of sport in the late 20th century, the event passed without much notice as college football remained the central attraction late last Saturday night. Yet Wayne Gretzky called it "devastating," "a hard loss to swallow," and assumed that his countrymen were crushed.


Great Moments In The Last Two Weeks In Abundance, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1996

Great Moments In The Last Two Weeks In Abundance, Richard C. Crepeau

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In the last few weeks there has been an usual abundance of great moments in the games we love, a deluge of achievements and drama and struggle: Moments that have been historic and moments that have reached those heights of athletic achievement that make us all feel privileged that we were witnesses to greatness, as well as moments that demonstrate the best of human possibilities.


Ucf Football At Division Ia - Death Of Ucf Coach Jerry Richardson: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1996

Ucf Football At Division Ia - Death Of Ucf Coach Jerry Richardson: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau

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Just over a week ago two events took place that will have a profound effect on the University of Central Florida as well as its athletic program.


Tiger Woods Turns Pro, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

Tiger Woods Turns Pro, Richard C. Crepeau

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By the time Mozart was twenty he had several symphonies under his belt and was the toast of the European music world, so I suppose that the accomplishments of Eldrick Woods at age twenty are not all that fantastic. Nonetheless "Tiger" Woods is the toast of much more than the golf world as he turns professional this week.


Baseball Negotiation - Movie Review: Tin Cup, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

Baseball Negotiation - Movie Review: Tin Cup, Richard C. Crepeau

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Oh those wonderful owners. It was just ten days ago that it seemed like baseball was ready for a settlement and a new collective bargaining agreement. Donald Fehr and Randy Levine seemed to have reached an agreement after the owners had given Levine a green light to bargain even on the issue of service time. Then the owners reverted to form and pulled the rug out from under their chief negotiator.


The "Women's Olympics", Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

The "Women's Olympics", Richard C. Crepeau

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It was being touted as the Women's Olympics even before it started. As the games proceeded and especially as the U.S. Women turned in excellent performances the claim that this was the Year of the Woman at the Olympics was re-enforced. But what did that mean?


Nbc's Version Of The Women's Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

Nbc's Version Of The Women's Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was being touted as the Women's Olympics even before it started. As the 1996 Olympic games proceeded and especially as the U.S. Women turned in excellent performances the claim that this was the Year of the Woman at the Olympics was reinforced. But what did that mean?


Olympic Games: Bombs, U.S. Women's Soccer, Ethiopian Runners, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Olympic Games: Bombs, U.S. Women's Soccer, Ethiopian Runners, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Olympic games took one of those nasty, although not totally unexpected twists, Friday night. In Centennial Park a bomb went off and reminded everyone how vulnerable we all are in the modern city. For those killed and wounded it was of course much more than a symbolic event, and for those of us watching this staged pageant from the comfort of our homes it was a reality check.


Commercialism Runs Amok At The Olympics :Uberroth's Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Commercialism Runs Amok At The Olympics :Uberroth's Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau

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Question: What one-hundred-year-old institution has become the biggest marketplace in the world? Answer: The Centennial Olympic Games.


Fight Breaks Out At Fight - Salary Jumps - Kirby Puckett Retires, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Fight Breaks Out At Fight - Salary Jumps - Kirby Puckett Retires, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was a week that featured the ridiculous and the sublime, and as usual the former exceeded the latter. I had planned to have an Olympic topic this week but events intervened and forced themselves upon us.


Sport In Russia And The Power Of The Nba - Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Sport In Russia And The Power Of The Nba - Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is almost a sense that time stops when you leave the country and go off to a place in which the media presence is minimal, and in a language you can neither speak nor read. You get a very good reality check as the obsessions of the world of sport, the daily patterns of wins and losses, the battles over money and egos, all fade quickly to the background.


Youth Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Youth Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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There has been a commercial running on the tube the past few months in which a young father is sitting at a Little League baseball game with a cellular telephone. After the kid comes to bat and gets a hit dad dials up mom and passes on the news. High tech has come to Little League baseball. Dad can connect Mom to the game instantaneously, and of course in the World of TV the news is good. The kid gets a base hit. In the next version mom will run to the computer and send the news to grandma on ...


Melodrama, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1996

Melodrama, Richard C. Crepeau

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Did you ever stop to think that Dennis Rodman is the author of the number one best selling non-fiction book in America? Other than the fact that this gives the term "non-fiction" a peculiar meaning, what does this say about the current state of affairs in American Sport and American Society?


Tom Osborne Father Flanagan, And Lawrence Phillips, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1996

Tom Osborne Father Flanagan, And Lawrence Phillips, Richard C. Crepeau

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The State of Nebraska is not exactly the hub of the universe. In the last half century it has been best known for two things: Father Flanagan's Boys Town and college football. It would seem now that these once separate attractions have been joined together. Tom Osborne, football coach at Nebraska has become the new Father Flanagan. Boys Town has moved from Omaha to Lincoln.


Father's Day Tribute To My Father, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1996

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

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This week for 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.