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Celebrating Medicrity At The Bowls, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2000

Celebrating Medicrity At The Bowls, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Well, you could have bowled me over with a feather, or perhaps a dot com, when I learned today that four bowl games had already been played. Not exactly stellar match- ups, but bowl games nonetheless. And say what you will; a bowl game is still a bowl game.


Shaq, Lsu, The Degree V. Education, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2000

Shaq, Lsu, The Degree V. Education, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Over the past several days much has been written about the graduation of Shaquille O'Neal from Louisiana State University. Indeed the event has been the butt of many jokes, one of which Shaq generated himself when he told people he was working on his degree at Learn Slow University. He now says that LSU means Love Shaq University.


Money And Baseball: The Salaries Keep Rising, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2000

Money And Baseball: The Salaries Keep Rising, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was the late Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois who once said, "a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon were talking about real money." This quaint observation came to mind over the past few days in baseball as it was "a few million here, a few million there." One wonders if we are now talking about real money.


The Significance Of The Kicker In American And European Football, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2000

The Significance Of The Kicker In American And European Football, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

One of the primary objectives in sport is to win. In American sport winning is too often the only thing. Coaches spend sixteen to eighteen-hour days in seven-day weeks searching for all those little keys to victory that are necessary to success. Owners too spend time, energy and especially dollars in the great quest for the glory that comes with winning.


Baseball's Rising Salaries - Bud Lite At Congressional Hearing, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2000

Baseball's Rising Salaries - Bud Lite At Congressional Hearing, Richard C. Crepeau

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This past week Mike Mussina signed with the New York Yankees for $88.5M over six-year period with $12M of that a signing bonus to be spread over the contract at $2M per year. Next year Mussina will make $10M pitching for the Yankees. Considered by many to be one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, Mussina gives the Yankees a formidable starting rotation, and this has already led some to concede next year's World Championship to them. This might be a bit premature for early December but it is difficult to deny that they are the ...


Scotty Bowman: The Greatest Hockey Coach Ever, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2000

Scotty Bowman: The Greatest Hockey Coach Ever, Richard C. Crepeau

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It might have been just one more of the endless stream of National Hockey League games that attract little attention before January. It was a 3-2 final with Federov scoring the winner with 28 seconds left on the clock. This one, however, was special as it marked a milestone for one of the greatest professional coaches of any sport in any time. Scotty Bowman, currently the coach of the Detroit Red Wings, was behind the bench in his 2,000th NHL game on Friday night as Detroit beat Vancouver.


Thanksgiving And Football, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2000

Thanksgiving And Football, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

(As with all American traditions if it happened once or twice it is one, and therefore I present my traditional Thanksgiving piece) 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 Bcs And Florida Election Officials, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2000

The Bcs And Florida Election Officials, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Now that the state of Florida has released its incompetence and corruption from behind the facade of palm trees and beautiful beaches the true story behind the voting at the BCS can be told. The same people who control the voting in Palm Beach County, and indeed those who exercise the imprecise art of counting in Florida, are the same people who control the mysterious BCS voting on college football.


Outsourcing Collegiate Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2000

Outsourcing Collegiate Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

In some places it's called "privatizing." Here in Florida it is called "outsourcing." Over the past few years a number of campus functions have been "outsourced." The most recent example on our campus is the bookstore, which was outsourced to Barnes and Noble, a company that seemed better equipped than the university to run a bookstore. And probably they are.


What I'Ll Miss And Will Not When I Miss The World Series, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2000

What I'Ll Miss And Will Not When I Miss The World Series, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

As we move toward the inevitability of an all-New York World Series, we are stalked by the prospect of having to listen to the incessant proclamations that New York is the center of the baseball universe, not to mention the regular universe. We will also be subjected to the claims that baseball fans in New York are more a) knowledgeable b) loyal c) intense d) all of the above, than those in other parts of the known baseball universe.


Technology, Chemistry, And Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2000

Technology, Chemistry, And Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

The American historian Bruce Catton once said that people in the scientific and industrial age are governed by a basic rule: What we CAN do, we MUST do. When both the risks and the rewards are high, and because the rewards are more immediate and the risks more distant, this rule governs the uses of science and technology in sport.


The Sydney Games And Cathy Freeman Overshadow The Corruption And Distortion, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2000

The Sydney Games And Cathy Freeman Overshadow The Corruption And Distortion, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Sydney Olympics, like all those before it, had both its wonderful moments and its controversies. For Sydney undoubtedly the defining moment occurred when Cathy Freeman took the gold medal in the 400-meter race. A nation stopped and gave its undivided attention as one of its citizens of aboriginal origin ran away from the field. The 110,000 fans in Olympic Stadium cheered wildly, thousands just outside the stadium watching on a large screen television did the same, and in downtown Sydney yet another large vocal crowd screamed in joy at the sight of Freeman's exquisite run. As if ...


Australia's Olympics Of Yesterday Today, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2000

Australia's Olympics Of Yesterday Today, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was last Friday and the Olympic Games were about to begin. Little did I know that the time-space continuum was about to collapse in upon me.


Bobby Knight, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2000

Bobby Knight, Richard C. Crepeau

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GREAT NEW VIDEO COLLECTION FROM INDIANA UNIVERSITY "PROFESSOR ROBERT MONTGOMERY KNIGHT ON MANNERS" Once you see it, you'll need to own it.


The Bible Belt, The Sun Belt, And Christian Symbols In Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2000

The Bible Belt, The Sun Belt, And Christian Symbols In Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Sometimes I am amazed by the news from the world of sport, but most of the time that's because I forget where I am. The recent flap over the Supreme Court ruling on prayer at high school football games is a case in point. This should not surprise me at all as for the past thirty-five years I have lived in, or all too near, the Bible Belt.


Sport And Sex, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2000

Sport And Sex, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Orlando Predators, reigning champions of Arena Football for two years running, had a billboard promotion at the beginning of this season showing a close-up of the more than ample breasts of a local woman known as "Laurie." The billboard caption read, "Fake Right. Fake Left." Now I know people around the country are saying, "what do you expect in a state that is the home of a mammary-themed restaurant chain?" but in fact there were people locally who found this in bad taste.


The Pga: Six Hours Of Riveting Golf With Tiger And Bob May, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2000

The Pga: Six Hours Of Riveting Golf With Tiger And Bob May, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

At no time in my life could I possibly have imagined that I would sit and watch golf on television for nearly six hours and be able to retain my sanity. I still find it hard to believe that I did just that this past Sunday as the PGA Championship was played to its riveting conclusion.


Is Sydney Ready For The Olymics And Are The Olympians Ready For Sydney?, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2000

Is Sydney Ready For The Olymics And Are The Olympians Ready For Sydney?, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is now less than a month from the opening of the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where it will be winter when the games begin and spring when they end. It will be fall in the Northern Hemisphere before the games end, and summer nowhere, expect perhaps in Lausanne where the sun always shines at the Court of Juan Antonio the Great.


The Orlando Magic And Their Cloudy Future, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2000

The Orlando Magic And Their Cloudy Future, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

When we last left the Orlando Magic they had just completed a highly successful season of "Heart and Hustle" basketball under the leadership of novice head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers. Magic GM John Gabriel cleaned house after Penny Hardaway took his whine and left for the desert and no one expected much from the Prestidigitators. Just barely missing the playoffs the Magic had been a highly entertaining team during the millennial season.


Levels Of Sporting Excellence: Julie Krone And Jerry West, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2000

Levels Of Sporting Excellence: Julie Krone And Jerry West, Richard C. Crepeau

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The week began with major milestones in the sports careers of Julie Krone and Jerry West. Monday Krone was inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame, the first and only woman to be so honored, and West ended a forty year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.


Buying Cuba And Other Absurdities, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2000

Buying Cuba And Other Absurdities, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

New York(AP)-At a hastily called press conference today the New York Yankees announced that they had purchased Cuba, the island and the country. A Yankee spokesman would not reveal the purchase price, believed to be in the ten or eleven figure range, but did say that Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner would spare no expense to ensure that the Yankees would remain competitive.


Division On Campus Over Athletics, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2000

Division On Campus Over Athletics, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

How many out there remember the name Jan Kemp? Or Linda Benzel Myers? My guess is that more people are likely to remember the name Murray Sperber? All three have several things in common. They publicly criticized the athletic programs at their universities, and as a result became unwelcome members of their university community and were subjected to harassment. All paid a high price for their insistence on academic integrity and standards.


Mid-Summer Beauty In Sport: The Events And The People, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2000

Mid-Summer Beauty In Sport: The Events And The People, Richard C. Crepeau

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We are without a doubt deeply into the dog days of summer. That catatonic look brought on by unrelieved heat is commonplace. The celebrations of the fourth of July, the Wimbledon fortnight, and baseball's All-Star game are all behind us. The grind of baseball's pennant races are beginning to take their toll. Everyone seems to be a bit testier than usual, some even more so than Roger Clemens.


The Excellence Of Tiger Woods, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2000

The Excellence Of Tiger Woods, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

If you were lucky enough to watch Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open last weekend you could not help but be impressed by the excellence of play, the poise of this young athlete, and the fact that you were watching an athlete redefining their sport.


Baseball Bashes Itself In Blue Ribbon Report, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2000

Baseball Bashes Itself In Blue Ribbon Report, Richard C. Crepeau

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Clearly the biggest surprise in this week's blue ribbon panel report on the state of baseball is the fact that George Will prefers a command economy over free enterprise, and that he is foursquare in favor of installing socialist principles into the very fabric of the national pastime. It makes one wonder who really won the Cold War. Say it ain't so, Geo!


The Silly Season For Cubs And Congress, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2000

The Silly Season For Cubs And Congress, Richard C. Crepeau

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It could be the full moon again. Or perhaps silliness is now the norm. Whichever the case, two items caught my eye this week. First, the Chicago Cubs are talking about trading Sammy Sosa, and second the U.S. Congress is considering legislation to ban legal betting on college sports. Which is the sillier of the two? Medieval theologians could debate that for decades.


The Stanley Cup Final Has It All And Thensome, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2000

The Stanley Cup Final Has It All And Thensome, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It was one of the best events of the early summer. The finals of the NHL Playoffs, the Battle for Lord Stanley's Cup, hit high gear and produced two of the best games in any sport over recent months. Indeed the last two games were among the best ever.


Maurice Richard And The Canadian Psyche, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2000

Maurice Richard And The Canadian Psyche, Richard C. Crepeau

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It's always difficult to think of Canada as a foreign country. I once went to Canada without a passport or any other legitimate documents for border identification. Oddly, only the U.S. authorities had a problem with that.


Ioc And Bribery - Bobby Knight And His Temper, Richard C. Crepeau May 2000

Ioc And Bribery - Bobby Knight And His Temper, Richard C. Crepeau

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This week there was a full moon an astronomical event with which strange occurrences often coincide. So perhaps it was no more than lunar destiny that produced a rash of tortuously argued and ludicrous decisions by alleged intelligent people. Or perhaps it was just another case of arrogant defenders of privilege rationalizing themselves silly.


The Public University And Public Pressures, Richard C. Crepeau May 2000

The Public University And Public Pressures, Richard C. Crepeau

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The headline read, "Nike Cuts Off Funds for 3 Universities." This should surprise no one.