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The Bcs, Fairness, And The Money, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1998

The Bcs, Fairness, And The Money, Richard C. Crepeau

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Everyone now knows what the "BS" in the "BCS" stands for but there seems to be some doubt remaining about the "C." Some suggest "computer," some say "compound," some say it is a redundant statement of the "S." Whatever it is, several other things are now clear.


College And Pro Athletes: Crime And Punishment, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1998

College And Pro Athletes: Crime And Punishment, Richard C. Crepeau

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There have been headlines over the past week about crime statistics from the National Football League. Jeff Benedict and Don Yaeger in their new book, Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, claim that one in five (21%) of all the players in the NFL have been charged with at least one serious crime. Among these are two murders, seven rape charges, 45 counts of domestic violence and 42 charges of assault. What is worse, say Yaeger and Benedict, the National Football League continues to employ these kinds of people at huge salaries and the NFL seems ...


Terry Bowden Gone: Coaches, Boosters And Trustees A Dealy Mix, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1998

Terry Bowden Gone: Coaches, Boosters And Trustees A Dealy Mix, Richard C. Crepeau

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The intercollegiate athletic forces are at it again and as usual the action comes from the king of college sport, football. At Auburn, one of the NCAA's more problematic programs, Terry Bowden is gone as the head football coach of Auburn's beloved Tigers. As we have come to expect there is nothing simple about the disappearance of a head coach in the heartland of college football.


The Nba Lockout And The Players, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1998

The Nba Lockout And The Players, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been a difficult week as I try to cope with the realization that the Atlanta Braves are in the tank, the Yankees are about to finish the job of obliterating the field, and a group of psychiatrists has determined that Mike Tyson is not the boy next door. These matters have weighed heavily on my soul while I watch the NBA sliding into suicidal mode.


Demanding Perfection From Umpires:Why?, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1998

Demanding Perfection From Umpires:Why?, Richard C. Crepeau

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There was Chuck Knoblauch standing at first base holding an umpiring clinic for Ted Hendry during the 12th inning of game two of the ALCS. Chuck now admits, "I should have went and got the ball." When the Texas A&M English major failed to went, the runners did went, and were quickly gone, with Enrique Wilson circling the bases and scoring the go-ahead run.


"Flo Jo" And Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1998

"Flo Jo" And Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Richard C. Crepeau

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The death of Florence Griffith Joyner has been on my mind now for almost two weeks as I consider what I might say about it, if anything. Having commented on drugs and sport in connection with the Tour de France in July and advocating an opening of sport to the use of all drugs, Flo Jo's death brought me back to those comments for further consideration.


One Of The Greatest Baseball Seasons In My Lifetime, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1998

One Of The Greatest Baseball Seasons In My Lifetime, Richard C. Crepeau

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Everyone is saying it and so I am hesitant to say it too, but I will. This has been a great baseball season and maybe the best of my lifetime, and it continued into an extra day.


The 1906 Cubs And Their Times:The Winningest Team In Mlb History, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1998

The 1906 Cubs And Their Times:The Winningest Team In Mlb History, Richard C. Crepeau

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Among the less frequently discussed records being pursued across the diamond landscape these days is the single season wins record. Ninety-two years ago, in 1906, the Chicago Cubs, - yes, the Chicago Cubs - set the single season record for most wins at 116 games. The Yankees recent mini-slump has diminished their chances of reaching that lofty height but they still have an outside shot at it.


The Year Of Mark Mcgwire, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1998

The Year Of Mark Mcgwire, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is over. There is a new single season home run king of all the major leagues. The records of Maris and Ruth and Wilson have fallen and Mark McGwire is at the top of list in both leagues. He has in fact demolished the record with home runs of, shall we say it, "Ruthian proportions."


Sport, The Asterisk, And Peds, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1998

Sport, The Asterisk, And Peds, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Ghost of Ford Frick has been seen lurking around the baseball diamonds these days ready to bestow an asterisk on some record setting player. Urged on by his fellow members of the fourth estate the Ghost of Frick may visit us again with an abomination on the order of his asterisk of 1961. To do so today would make no more sense than it did then.


The Ohio State University And The Eligibility Major, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1998

The Ohio State University And The Eligibility Major, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Ohio State University is regarded by the people of that state and its alumni, as well as by many across the country, as one of the great state universities in America. Its educational and research reputation has grown over the past several decades, and it has arrived at a place of leadership in many academic disciplines.


The Summer Sports Scene In England: A Report And A Comparison, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1998

The Summer Sports Scene In England: A Report And A Comparison, Richard C. Crepeau

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Spending three weeks in England during July at the climax of the World Cup and Wimbledon, and all of the British Open, I was able to see the English sporting scene operating on all cylinders. Some clear differences with the American sporting culture caught my eye.


Legalizing Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1998

Legalizing Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Richard C. Crepeau

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By the time the remaining riders rolled down the Champs-Elysees Sunday afternoon, this year's Tour de France had become the Tour de Drugs, an international pharmacology festival. What should have been the continuation of the French national celebration over the World Cup, turned into a shameful display of rule violations, poor sportsmanship, and police tactics worthy of a banana republic. Some writers were calling it the Tour de Farce.


Movement Of Coaches But Not Players - Notre Dame Sold Its Soul And Lou Took It, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1998

Movement Of Coaches But Not Players - Notre Dame Sold Its Soul And Lou Took It, Richard C. Crepeau

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Being away for a month leaves one with a sense of having missed any number of important or semi-significant events. Upon further reflection it is apparent that most of the time in the world of sport it is "deja vu" all over again. While in England the World Cup came to an end, including the tragic (to the English) Argentinean victory on penalty kicks, which sent the lads home; Wimbledon had a more satisfying set of results for English tastes; and the Tour de Drugs was just getting underway


Baseball's All-Star Game, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1998

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

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Baseball's All-Star Game is coming up on Tuesday at Coors Field in Denver, one of the newest, and by all accounts one of the liveliest stadiums in all of baseball. In this year of the home run this All-Star Game in the thin air of Denver could turn into a tribute to the long ball.


Scotty Bowman And The Detroit Redwings, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1998

Scotty Bowman And The Detroit Redwings, Richard C. Crepeau

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Most of the focus on sport in the United States over the last week has been on the achievements of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls as they won their sixth NBA championship in eight years, their third consecutively. The discussion of this dynasty has been extensive, comparing it to the great Laker and Celtic teams of the past. Michael has emerged as an even larger figure both off and on the court with Fortune Magazine dubbing him the ten billion dollar man.


Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1998

Father's Day, 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.


Rodman Rules, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1998

Rodman Rules, Richard C. Crepeau

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After watching Michael and the Bulls win a sixth NBA championship you can only come away with a sense of awe at what this team has done. In the process however one Bull doesn't get his due as a basketball player, although one hears and sees more than enough about him for his off-court activity.


World Cup But Not A Big Deal In The U.S., Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1998

World Cup But Not A Big Deal In The U.S., Richard C. Crepeau

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The frenzy has begun over the biggest sporting event in the world. It started this week in France and will continue over the next several weeks until its conclusion on July 12. This is the greatest tournament in the history of sport, the quest for the World Cup, the Coupe du Monde.


Nba Draft, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1998

Nba Draft, Richard C. Crepeau

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The NBA draft has come and gone, once again leaving in its wake any number of questions about the future of the NBA and about those whom entered the draft process. But those questions can wait. This night of less than scintillating television looked very much like a glorified meat market presenting itself as a magical dream machine.


Turner Broadcasting, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1998

Turner Broadcasting, Richard C. Crepeau

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I don't know about you, but most everyone seems to be underwhelmed by the announcement from Turner Broadcasting and NBC last week that they were preparing to launch a new professional football league. Reactions have run the gamut from charges of stupidity to diagnoses of insanity.


Karolj Seles, Richard C. Crepeau May 1998

Karolj Seles, Richard C. Crepeau

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I never have cared much for her as a player. The awkward looking two-handed shot was too easily contrasted to the grace of Chris Evert's two-handed backhand. And Chris didn't emit that godawful grunt. It alone is enough to drive you from center-court at Wimbledon on a beautiful clear summer day.


Wayne Huizinga And The Dismantling Of The Florida Marlins, Richard C. Crepeau May 1998

Wayne Huizinga And The Dismantling Of The Florida Marlins, Richard C. Crepeau

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If the Florida Marlins never win another game, they will already have won too many. This weekend came the latest episode in the baseball version of a "scorched earth policy" usually done as an army retreats in defeat and humiliation. The man orchestrating this operation, Marlin owner and pyramid king of South Florida, H. Wayne Huizenga, has produced another Blockbuster Deal worthy of a man who began his career in trash and is now selling used cars. The only difference here is that Wayne is scorching the earth in victory, and then producing the defeat and humiliation.


Gene Mcdowell, Richard C. Crepeau May 1998

Gene Mcdowell, Richard C. Crepeau

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This past Thursday U.S. District Judge Anne Conway sentenced former University of Central Florida football coach, Gene McDowell, for his string of lies to federal agents, prosecutors, and a grand jury about the cell phone scandal within the UCF football team.


Too Much Sport On Television?, Richard C. Crepeau May 1998

Too Much Sport On Television?, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Ncaa And Jobs For Athletes, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1998

The Ncaa And Jobs For Athletes, Richard C. Crepeau

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Is it possible to do something both nostalgic and progressive at the same time? Would it be a shock if the doer of the deed turned out to be the NCAA?


Baseball Strike Again On The Horizon - Salary Arbitration Still The Key, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1998

Baseball Strike Again On The Horizon - Salary Arbitration Still The Key, Richard C. Crepeau

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Barring an eleventh hour settlement, today will mark the beginning of the fifth strike and eighth work stoppage in major league baseball over the past quarter century. At stake in this struggle is whether or not after twenty years the owners will be able to reverse the power flow into the hands of the players. The rise of the Major League Baseball Players Association under the skillful leadership of Marvin Miller, coupled with some astoundingly inept moves by ownership precipitated a power shift in baseball from management to labor.


Race And Athlete's, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1998

Race And Athlete's, Richard C. Crepeau

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A few weeks ago Addis and The Sporting News sponsored a symposium in New York City on the issue of job opportunity for minorities in management level positions in sport. One of the participants in the discussion was Bill Rhoden, columnist for The New York Times and The Sporting News. That symposium and several of Bill Rhoden's columns over the past few weeks have reminded me of a number of issues which have been raised in the past few years, but have not been adequately addressed in most professional and intercollegiate sports establishments.


Dream Team Ii, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1998

Dream Team Ii, Richard C. Crepeau

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They called it Dream Team II. What was the point? Was it the Dream Team, the Cream Team or the Scream Team? Was this an exercise in the promotion of international relations through basketball, or another instance of Ugly Americanism in the late Imperial Age?


Bad Behavior, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1998

Bad Behavior, Richard C. Crepeau

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When you go off on vacation you feel as if the world stops and nothing of great significance takes place. When you return you quickly reacquaint yourself with the realities, realize that many things did happen of questionable significance, and very quickly you are back into the flow and the cool mountains of New Mexico take on a dreamlike quality.