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Bowls Everywhere But None To Match The Poulan Weed Eater Bowl, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1999

Bowls Everywhere But None To Match The Poulan Weed Eater Bowl, Richard C. Crepeau

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I entered a state of deep depression recently when I learned that the folks at Poulan are no longer sponsoring the Independence Bowl. The Poulan Weed Eater Bowl is no more. The irritating, loud and stupid relative of all the bowl games is gone. The Poulan Weed Eater Bowl has whacked its last weed.


John Rocker's Si Interview, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1999

John Rocker's Si Interview, Richard C. Crepeau

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It wasn't all that long ago that John Rocker was complaining about being stereotyped by Met fans and New Yorkers. He said that New Yorkers seemed to think that everyone from Georgia had one tooth and married their cousin. The self-styled good old boy resented this sort of sweeping generalization about Georgians and Southerners.


Notre Dame On Probation: The Cost Of Selling Your Soul And The Ncaa As Judge, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1999

Notre Dame On Probation: The Cost Of Selling Your Soul And The Ncaa As Judge, Richard C. Crepeau

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Can we say that the final blow to the concept of intercollegiate athletic integrity has now been delivered? With the announcement Friday that Notre Dame has been placed on two years probation and lost two football scholarships, seemingly the last bastion of intercollegiate athletics has been tarnished. A sense of shame walks the campus beneath the Golden Dome.


Fay Vincent, Pete Rose, And Reinstatement, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1999

Fay Vincent, Pete Rose, And Reinstatement, Richard C. Crepeau

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Pete Rose just won't go away. He just doesn't seem to understand, and probably never will. His ban from baseball was not about his popularity, whatever that might have been, or is. His ban from baseball is the result of the Commissioner of Baseball concluding that there was sufficient evidence that he had been gambling on baseball. He did not contest the finding, but then he also refuses to acknowledge the finding.


Thanksgiving, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1999

Thanksgiving, 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.


Ex-Athletes As Politicians, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1999

Ex-Athletes As Politicians, Richard C. Crepeau

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In recent days and weeks there has been considerable discussion in the national press of Bill Bradley's presidential run and its relationship to his professional basketball career. Such questions as: Should he exploit his NBA fame for political purposes? Should he be using this fame to raise money as he did in the big fund-raiser in Madison Square Garden last week? Why after years of disconnecting himself from his basketball career does he now seek to reconnect? Does this negate his claims that he much more than a basketball player?


Sport And The Denial Of Death, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1999

Sport And The Denial Of Death, Richard C. Crepeau

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References to death are frequent in the language of sport. "Sudden death," ends the overtime period. Winning teams often "kill," "wipe out," or "bury" their opponents. In baseball you are a "dead duck" when thrown out at the plate.


Same As Above, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1999

Same As Above, Richard C. Crepeau

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There are several items to note in this potpourri of sports which has been delayed while I try to recover from the pain of watching the Atlanta Braves get turned every which way but loose by the New York Yankees. Realistically I did not think the Braves would beat the Yankees but I did expect to see a competitive six or seven game World Series.


Pete Rose And Jim Gray Damage The All Century Team, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1999

Pete Rose And Jim Gray Damage The All Century Team, Richard C. Crepeau

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The release of "The Blair Witch Project" on video has once again brought the attention of the Orlando community and film fans everywhere to the blockbuster surprise of the summer. It has also focused local attention on the University of Central Florida film program where the filmmakers began their work.


The Beauty And Appeal Of Baseball Shines Again In Playoffs, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1999

The Beauty And Appeal Of Baseball Shines Again In Playoffs, Richard C. Crepeau

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If you have been watching baseball the last few weeks, and you didn't get it before, you should now fully understand the beauty and appeal of this intricate and always surprising game.


Shoplifting And Shop Forgetting In Tallahassee: Fsu One More Time, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1999

Shoplifting And Shop Forgetting In Tallahassee: Fsu One More Time, Richard C. Crepeau

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It may be something in the air or perhaps the water but whatever the cause illegal shopping for wearing apparel seems endemic to Tallahassee, Florida. Or perhaps it is just the fact that two of the more corrupt institutions of our time are located there: government and a major college football program.


Bud Lite's Bloodless Coup - No Nfl In La, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1999

Bud Lite's Bloodless Coup - No Nfl In La, Richard C. Crepeau

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Two sparsely reported and remarkable events from Sportsworld in the past week caught my eye and have gotten me thinking that we may be witnessing some fundamental shifts in the two sports that claim to be our national game. As one would expect these developments did not take place on the playing fields, but rather in the boardrooms. In baseball the positions of League President have been abolished, and in football it seems likely that the NFL will remain shut out of the Los Angeles market.


Serena And Venus Williams, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1999

Serena And Venus Williams, Richard C. Crepeau

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Every now and then the Sport of the Seventies can still rear up and produce intense excitement. At the U.S. Open this past weekend several of those moments jumped off the TV screen and into our living rooms.


Espn's 20th Anniversary, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1999

Espn's 20th Anniversary, Richard C. Crepeau

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"Anniversary of everything these days. Enough to give a guy the creeps." This line from Robert Coover's brilliant baseball novel "The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop." speaks to our excessive penchant for celebrations of milestones and anniversaries.


Killing The Umpires Union, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1999

Killing The Umpires Union, Richard C. Crepeau

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Kill the Umpire! Kill the Umpire! It's one of the oldest cliches in American sport. And in the early days of baseball sometimes they tried, and on the rare occasion they succeeded.


Raising Standards And Beating The System: Forget Reform, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1999

Raising Standards And Beating The System: Forget Reform, Richard C. Crepeau

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The beauty of intercollegiate athletics and the NCAA attempt to control them is that whatever is done, something else follows that will corrupt the solution. In a perfect world it would also produce new and more elaborate levels of corruption. The current case in point revolves around the attempt by the NCAA to mandate minimum SAT and ACT scores and thus guarantee some modicum of brain wave activity in the recruited student athlete.


Pee Wee Reese And Stefi Graf And Us, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1999

Pee Wee Reese And Stefi Graf And Us, Richard C. Crepeau

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One of those inevitabilities of human existence struck twice over the past few days in the world of sport, reminding us that the ultimate failure of the human body remains the fate of us all. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why we put such a high value on sport, representing as it does the transcendence of the body over reality, often driven by the mind and heart.


Sport And Education In Osceola County: A Question Of Priorities, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1999

Sport And Education In Osceola County: A Question Of Priorities, Richard C. Crepeau

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Tip O'Neill is generally credited with having said, "All politics are local." There is a certain truth to that not just in politics but on all the stages of human activity. In Central Florida over the past two weeks a number of things have happened to reinforce that notion in sport and other venues. At the confluence of local sport and education the last few weeks have been rich in both the ludicrous and the ironic.


Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1999

Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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Every now and again there are sports weekends during which one can see the very best qualities of sport on display in multiple venues. When this happens it is a clear reminder why we still watch the games despite all the other nonsense surrounding sport these days.


Stanley Cup Playoffs, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1999

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Richard C. Crepeau

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In the recently concluded Stanley Cup playoffs the point was made repeatedly that the road to the Cup is a war of attrition. Unlike other sports leagues, the National Hockey League does not require their teams to reveal injuries, and in fact disguising and hiding injuries has become a major art form in the NHL, while trainers and team doctors have come to rival coaches in their significance. Various drugs have become the key elements to victory.


Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1999

Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau

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Today on 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.


Michelle Akers And American Women's Soccer, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1999

Michelle Akers And American Women's Soccer, Richard C. Crepeau

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I remember quite vividly the first time I met Michelle Akers. It was a few months after she led the United States Women's Soccer team to their first World Championship. Akers came to my Sport History class to talk about this victory and her position as the greatest female soccer player in the World.


Ncaa Basketball, Baseball, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1999

Ncaa Basketball, Baseball, Richard C. Crepeau

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Two of my favorite groups have been quite active over the past few days: the baseball owners and the NCAA. As usual the activity involved a malfunction of gray matter.


Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1999

Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau

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What ever happened to tennis, "The Sport of the Seventies?" It was all the rage. The names of the great players were known universally: King, Court, Evert, McEnroe, Borg, Ashe and Connors. After every big television tennis weekend you couldn't get a court in a public park without a two-hour wait. If you played in the big private venues, well you might be able to get a court at 2 a.m. on Wednesday or Thursday, but you couldn't expect much else.


World Wrestling Federation, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1999

World Wrestling Federation, Richard C. Crepeau

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What is the relationship of the World Wrestling Federation to sport? What is its relationship to other video games in the time of our video war, appearing daily on the news channels that cry out for our twenty-four attention?


Orlando Magic, Richard C. Crepeau May 1999

Orlando Magic, Richard C. Crepeau

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This past week has been a difficult one for Orlando Magic fans. After going through a short season in reasonably good style the Magic went out of the playoffs in short shrift. This was not only a sign that the Magic have major problems they must face in the weeks ahead, but it also was one of many indications that in the post-Michael NBA major changes are taking place.


The Decline Of The Magic And The Nba In Transition, Richard C. Crepeau May 1999

The Decline Of The Magic And The Nba In Transition, Richard C. Crepeau

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This past week has been a difficult one for Orlando Magic fans. After going through a short season in reasonably good style the Magic went out of the playoffs in short shrift. This was not only a sign that the Magic have major problems they must face in the weeks ahead, but it also was one of many indications that in the post-Michael NBA major changes are taking place.


In Memoriam Joe Dimaggio, Richard C. Crepeau May 1999

In Memoriam Joe Dimaggio, Richard C. Crepeau

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I met a man today who claims he once saw Joe DiMaggio drop a fly ball. In a game. I didn't know whether to believe him or not. Then he told me that Joe hit a 10th inning home run to win the game. This gave the story a modicum of credibility. Yes, I suppose it could have happened.


John Elway, Richard C. Crepeau May 1999

John Elway, Richard C. Crepeau

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I have a friend who was at Stanford at the same time as John Elway. He too was an athlete but not in one of the high profile money sports. Over the years he has come to detest John Elway especially the Denver quarterback's success. My friend claims that with every million dollars and every big game victory, Elway is making him look bad. My friend is yet to win a big game or make a million, although he continues to have hope for the lottery.


Columbine And "Jock Culture", Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1999

Columbine And "Jock Culture", Richard C. Crepeau

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If you are like me you are already weary, or just wary, of the endless analysis of the Colorado high school shootout that have blanketed the media over the past few days. The cable news networks seem to have found something worthy of their attention now that they no longer have Bill and Monica, and have become bored with the video game war in Serbia.