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Ruminating On The U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1997

Ruminating On The U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Looking back to the first radio commentary I did six years ago, the subject was the U.S. Open Tennis Championships where the stellar performance that year by Jimmy Connors, especially in his late night match against Patrick McEnroe, was such a contrast with the sorry performance by the over hyped Andre Agassi. Connors has since moved on to the seniors tour while Agassi's career remains largely the story of the failure to live up to the hype and the potential.


Same As 8-15-22, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1997

Same As 8-15-22, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

All the color and pageantry of college football is about to be unleashed on us again, along with all the NCAA public relations machinery designed to tell us how important college sports have been in building character in modern America. What we won't hear discussed in those NCAA halftime promotional spots will be the details of fraud in Pell Grants, the federal aid program for needy college students.


College Sport And Pell Grants, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1997

College Sport And Pell Grants, Richard C. Crepeau

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While sitting and waiting for the National Rifle Association to intervene on behalf of Barry Switzer and Alan Iverson, and contemplating Greg Maddox signing for 11.5 million dollars per year, and Kevin Garnett turning down 17 million dollars per year and demanding 22.5, I tried to concentrate on the more important issues. For example, will Bud Selig ever leave the commissioner's office while still breathing, and, what do I think about radical realignment in baseball?


Disney's Wide World Of Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1997

Disney's Wide World Of Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Sporting News named Michael Eisner the fifth most powerful figure in sports this past year a position that seems a little low to me, but then Disney is still a novice in SportsWorld. The Disney Sports Empire is growing, and one of the newest parts of that empire is located here in Orlando at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.


Tommy Lasorda, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1997

Tommy Lasorda, Richard C. Crepeau

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In a week in which I could choose to talk of Ben Hogan or Don Shula, I find myself compelled towards one of the best known men in baseball over the past twenty years, Tommy Lasorda, who will be inducted into the manager's wing at Cooperstown on Sunday. Nellie Fox, Phil Niekro, and Willie Wells will also be honored. The fourteenth manager and the fifteenth Dodger honored, this man, who has been considered one of baseball's great ambassadors over the past twenty years, is an overwhelming fan's choice for a spot at Cooperstown.


Jason Williams And Academics, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1997

Jason Williams And Academics, Richard C. Crepeau

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About two weeks ago The Orlando Sentinel ran an interesting story about a young man named Jason Williams who, according to all reports, could become the best point guard in the history of the basketball program at the University of Florida. There is only one small problem: "I hate school. I hate it so much I can't stand it," says Williams. Certainly this is a view that is shared by many young men and women, some of whom for a multitude of reasons end up in classrooms at universities around the country.


Tyson Holyfield, Cathedrals, Skewed Values, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1997

Tyson Holyfield, Cathedrals, Skewed Values, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was Monday the 30th of June. I had just spent the morning at the Vatican Museum, the final stop of which is at the Sistine Chapel, considered by some to be the penultimate work of art in the history of the western world. To stand in that large room and absorb the work of Michelangelo, even among the crush and din of the tourists, is one of the great experiences of a lifetime. You leave with a feeling that there is indeed something of the divine within the human spirit which Michelangelo has managed to capture on the walls ...


Fenway Park And The Ted, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1997

Fenway Park And The Ted, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is the old, and the new old, more stylishly termed the retro. We're talking ballparks, major league ballparks. Over the past few weeks I had the pleasure of being at one of the very oldest, Fenway Park in Boston, and the newest of the new old parks, "The Ted" in Atlanta.


Women's Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1997

Women's Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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Twenty-five years ago Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 mandated that women not be discriminated against in any educational institution receiving federal funds. Although Title IX does not mention sport specifically it is clear that sport is one of those activities covered. When you see the hype being generated by the arrival of the WNBA, you might think that Title IX has been a major success. It has not.


Nba And Nhl Playoffs, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1997

Nba And Nhl Playoffs, Richard C. Crepeau

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Now that the Michael Jordan Invitational Tournament has ended it might be a good time to look at some of the highlights of both the NBA and NHL playoffs. Once again Michael set new standards of performance, and once again he proved how important he is to the Bulls' success. Twice during the finals he took games away from the Jazz, once with a buzzer-beater and once with a performance that has extended the Michael legend to another level. The buzzer beaters have happened so often that they are nearly yawners, and in fact the pass to Steve Kerr at ...


Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1997

Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

This commentary was first broadcast in June of 1992 in a slightly different form. 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.


Orlando Magic, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1997

Orlando Magic, Richard C. Crepeau

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At long last the peculiar dance that has been the Orlando Magic coaching search has ended with the personable and hard-nosed Chuck Daly being named the new head coach of this team which is still in search of an identity. Whether or not Chuck can accomplish this formidable task remains to be seen, and if he can not, the explanation will be simple. He will be declared too old for the job.


Florida Sports, Richard C. Crepeau May 1997

Florida Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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I am not sure if it's the travel I've been doing with its cumulative jet lag, some new peculiar alignment of the planets associated with the recent departure from San Diego, or just a simple coincidence, but this past couple of weeks in sports world has left my head spinning. Not surprising is the fact that many of these developments have come out of Florida, a state that seems to be rivaling California these days as the off-center of the universe. One theory has it that it's all related to Disney or the rockets fired from Cape ...


High School Sports Eligibility And The Florida Legislature, Richard C. Crepeau May 1997

High School Sports Eligibility And The Florida Legislature, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Is it reasonable to expect those who participate in interscholastic athletics be bona fide students with a minimal commitment to success in the classroom as well as on the playing field? And should it be the function of the state legislature to guarantee that this is the case?


Susie Maroney - Kasparov And Big Blue - Coaching Musical Chairs, Richard C. Crepeau May 1997

Susie Maroney - Kasparov And Big Blue - Coaching Musical Chairs, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been one of those weeks when there are so many things to comment upon, I don't know where to begin. The embarrassment of riches has come from a multitude of sources, and invites a veritable plethora of opinions and attitudes from joy and praise to disdain and disgust.


"When We Were Kings", Richard C. Crepeau May 1997

"When We Were Kings", Richard C. Crepeau

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The year was 1974 and the place was Zaire. The event was the Rumble in the Jungle. The principal characters were Muhammad Ali, Don King, and George Foreman. After nearly twenty-three years the documentary of that happening has made it to the big screen, and indeed it won the Oscar for Best Documentary of the year.


Playoffs Galore: A Great Time Of Year, Richard C. Crepeau May 1997

Playoffs Galore: A Great Time Of Year, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

For the sport's junkie there is no better time of year. Be it in person or on the tube this is the time for unfettered excitement at the professional sports level. Both the hockey playoffs and the NBA playoffs are underway.


Title Ix, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1997

Title Ix, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

How many more times will the courts need to rule before university athletic administrators and presidents finally understand that Title IX really does mean that men's and women's sport must be dealt with on an equal basis? This, in effect, is what has been said for the fifth time by the courts, when The Supreme Court this week refused to hear the appeal by Brown University of a lower court ruling of last November.


Fantasy Baseball: A Distortion Of The Game, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1997

Fantasy Baseball: A Distortion Of The Game, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

I have a confession to make. I vowed I would never do it. It was just too twisted, too much of a perversion of a sacred American institution. But I did it, and I have been doing it for several years.


Tiger Woods, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1997

Tiger Woods, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

There is a character in Thomas Klise's 1974 novel, The Last Western, whose name is Willie. The young man was born in New Mexico, became a baseball pitcher with a supernatural pitch, and was of multi-racial origin. As he developed his athletic skills he quickly achieved perfection, which vaulted him into the public limelight and super stardom. Shortly the public tired of his perfection, being bored by it. He was cynically manipulated by greedy sports owners and ultimately the public turned on him.


Jackie Robinson, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1997

Jackie Robinson, Richard C. Crepeau

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On Tuesday, April 15, President Clinton will go to New York and Shea Stadium for ceremonies commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color line in major league baseball. On that date in 1947 Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in their opening day game against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.


Basketball Championship, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1997

Basketball Championship, Richard C. Crepeau

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Championship games should be close and intense with the players giving every ounce of their energy and coaches struggling to adjust and readjust as the game unfolds. The only flaws in this year's struggle between the Wildcats of Kentucky and Arizona were provided by CBS which continues to be unable to identify its best announcers and commentators, and whose broadcasting crew has grown like kudzu in August.


Final Four, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 1997

Final Four, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

If you are a lifer in Minnesota you are having the Final Four experience for the first time. As a Minnesotan-in-exile and an alumnus of Marquette University and Florida State University I have had the Final Four experience on other occasions. As a Gopher alumnus, however, it is a new and exciting experience.


Calgary, Dean Smith, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 1997

Calgary, Dean Smith, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was about as varied a week in sport for me as I can remember. I have been off to western Canada where the big story was the Brier, or I guess I should say the Labatt's Brier, Canada's national curling championship, being contested in Calgary at the Saddl edome, or rather the Canadian Airlines Saddledome. Some things don't change even when you cross the 49th parallel. The television and newspapers were full of stories from the Brier, which drew almost a quarter of a million people to the Saddledome during the week, riveting the attention of ...


Iditarod: The Last Great Race On Earth, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 1997

Iditarod: The Last Great Race On Earth, Richard C. Crepeau

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It's the first week in March and in sporting terms that means it is the time of the first sounds of spring. No not the crack of the bat hitting ball, but the sounds of dogs barking and men and women urging them on down the trail. These are the sounds of "The Last Great Race on Earth," the Iditarod.


Jerry Tarkanian And Bill Musselman, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 1997

Jerry Tarkanian And Bill Musselman, Richard C. Crepeau

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The calendar says March. Time for March Madness. The Big Dance. The Road to the Final Four. The Road to Big Dollars from Big TV revenues. The Road to Commercialism and Compromise. The Road to Corruption.


Fishing, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1997

Fishing, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It is mid-February, just past mid-winter in those regions to our north. It is the shortest month, while at the same time the longest month for those caught in winter. On the sports calendar it is the time between, when the Super Bowl is over and we await the NCAA Road to Wherever to be followed by the NBA and NHL playoffs. Nothing much is happening.


Si Swimsuit Edition - Major Nba Trade - Figure Skating - Brian Hill Fired, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1997

Si Swimsuit Edition - Major Nba Trade - Figure Skating - Brian Hill Fired, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is mid-February, just past mid-winter in those regions to our north. It is the shortest month, while at the same time the longest month for those caught in winter. On the sports calendar it is the time between, when the Super Bowl is over and we await the NCAA Road to Wherever to be followed by the NBA and NHL playoffs. Nothing much is happening.


Baseball Commissioner, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1997

Baseball Commissioner, Richard C. Crepeau

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Acting Baseball Commissioner for Life Bud Selig is currently making noises suggesting that it's time to choose a permanent Commissioner and that he doesn't want the job. I do, and I offer the following manifesto as my application for the position.


Dennis Rodman, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1997

Dennis Rodman, Richard C. Crepeau

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Once upon a time he was the scourge of the NBA. He skipped practices and road trips; head-butted two players and then a referee; threw a bag of ice at his coach in San Antonio; used profanity in a live post-game interview; and kicked a television cameraman in the groin at a game in the Target Center. All of this earned him 24 games in suspensions, a suspension from one playoff series, and one indefinite suspension, $67,000 in fines, and millions in lost wages.