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The Year Of Sport And Society In Review, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

The Year Of Sport And Society In Review, Richard C. Crepeau

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Normally I don't do a year in review piece although I think I did review the year in Sport and Society one time. I will do it because of the fact that one event so dominated American consciousness this past year that it will make this calendar year a very memorable and special one.


"Ali" The Film: A Review, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

"Ali" The Film: A Review, Richard C. Crepeau

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Across the world in this century there is no other sports figure better known and more admired than Muhammad Ali. In the United States there may be no sports figure more admired and reviled in any century than Muhammad Ali. For these and other reasons the opening of the film "Ali" today is a much-anticipated event.


George O'Leary And Notre Dame's Integrity, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

George O'Leary And Notre Dame's Integrity, Richard C. Crepeau

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George O'Leary's tenure as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame was shorter than even his most vehement detractors had predicted. It took him only five days to self-destruct which could be a NCAA record.


Sport And The Theater Of The Absurd, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

Sport And The Theater Of The Absurd, Richard C. Crepeau

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There are times when I think that the entire world of sport was put on this earth to amuse me with unending scenes from the theater of the absurd. The last several days brought repeated waves of this feeling.


Pearl Harbor And Baseball, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

Pearl Harbor And Baseball, Richard C. Crepeau

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As predicted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt December 7, 1941 was a day that has lived in infamy. Sixty years ago the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor drew the United States into World War II.


The Bcs And The Non-Sense It Spawns, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

The Bcs And The Non-Sense It Spawns, Richard C. Crepeau

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About this time each year since the creation of the BCS I have posed the question, "Who took the "C" out of the "BCS?" Each year there are different answers to the question, and this year there are many and there may be still more to come.


Thanksgiving And Football, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2001

Thanksgiving And Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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(As with all American traditions if it happened once or twice it is one. 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.


Mark Mcgwire Leaves The Game: His Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2001

Mark Mcgwire Leaves The Game: His Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau

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Mark McGwire has retired. He will be best remembered as the man who broke Roger Maris' single season home run record. He will be remembered in tandem with Sammy Sosa for that wonderful season of 1998 when the two of them chased Roger Maris across the sands of time and then both caught him. He will be remembered for the wonderful scene as he broke Maris' record. He will be remembered as one of the "Bash Brothers" who, along with Jose Canseco, redefined the term "long ball" and became a "murderer's row" of two.


Downsizing Mlb, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2001

Downsizing Mlb, Richard C. Crepeau

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When asked if it was a sad day for baseball when it was announced that two major league baseball teams would be eliminated within the next few weeks, Bud Selig, Baseball's Wizard of Oz, said "no." What did you expect from the man who cancelled the World Series?


Patriotism Post 9/11 And Contraction, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2001

Patriotism Post 9/11 And Contraction, Richard C. Crepeau

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Now back in the country among My Fellow Americans, but still wandering the highways and byways, I watch with some interest the spectacle of the baseball playoffs and the World Series in the new Post-9/11 World. I am struck by the intensity of the patriotic pageantry prior to each game. The often beautiful and moving singing of the National Anthem; the excessive displays of the red, white and blue; President Bush throwing out the first ball at the World Series; all conspire to mark these events as great moments of communal remembrance and/or celebration.


The Late But Still Great World Series: Bob Brenly Is Blessed At The Bob, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2001

The Late But Still Great World Series: Bob Brenly Is Blessed At The Bob, Richard C. Crepeau

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In many ways this unpredictable World Series was highly predictable, in other ways it was one of the wildest crapshoots in recent history. It was also one of the best World Series ever, rivaling the 1991 Twins-Braves in my memory bank.


The Canadian Sports Scene Dominated By Hockey - Baseball A Footnote, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2001

The Canadian Sports Scene Dominated By Hockey - Baseball A Footnote, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last Thursday morning I was awakened by a voice with a slightly different accent reciting the score of every hockey game that had taken place in Canada the previous night. Clearly there are more hockey teams than gas stations in Canada. As usual the CBC announcer told me the major league baseball scores only from the games involving Montreal and Toronto, no others. There was one concession as the Barry Bonds watch was mentioned.


Sport Commemorates 9/11, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2001

Sport Commemorates 9/11, Richard C. Crepeau

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If there was any doubt about the significance of sport in American life this past weekend should put those doubts to rest. The events of Friday night in New York at Shea Stadium alone were a reminder of just how sport can bring a community together, sometimes to celebrate and sometimes to mourn. In this case to do both.


Sport In Time Of National Crisis Or Disaster, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2001

Sport In Time Of National Crisis Or Disaster, Richard C. Crepeau

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One week ago at about this time sitting in the mountains of North Carolina doing some writing and listening to classical music on the radio, I was distracted by a special news bulletin. The announcer said there had been what appeared to be an attack on the World Trade Center in New York. I quickly moved to turn on the television and was struck by a sense of total disbelief at what I saw.


Us Open Tennis: A Little Bit Of Everything Including Racism, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2001

Us Open Tennis: A Little Bit Of Everything Including Racism, Richard C. Crepeau

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This was a U.S. Open Tennis championship with something for everyone. Great matches, poor matches, a reclamation of tennis from the masses, prime time for the women’s game, and a host of other goodies.


Danny Almonte: Little League Fantasy And Reality In The Age Of The True Freshman, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2001

Danny Almonte: Little League Fantasy And Reality In The Age Of The True Freshman, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has happened. A second birth certificate has turned up and it is the one Little League Honchos are accepting as valid. Danny Almonte is fourteen. Or so it seems today.


Football Begins Its Longest Season Ever - Signs Of Opening Football Season, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2001

Football Begins Its Longest Season Ever - Signs Of Opening Football Season, Richard C. Crepeau

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The first football game of the college season took place on Thursday night and there are a number of other games this weekend. Many colleges and universities are not yet in session and some players will play as many as four or five games before they see the inside of a college classroom. Yes, these are the student athletes of NCAA legend.


Sport: The Original Reality Tv - More Death On The Overheated Football Fields, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2001

Sport: The Original Reality Tv - More Death On The Overheated Football Fields, Richard C. Crepeau

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The latest in the "Survivor" series is currently being filmed in Kenya, where locals are amused and confused by the notion that survival in their everyday environment has been turned into a ludicrous game show by Americans. Indeed the reality television craze seems to be hitting new levels of unreality everyday.


Puckett And Winfield Enter Hof - Heat Claims Viking Player (Heat And Football), Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2001

Puckett And Winfield Enter Hof - Heat Claims Viking Player (Heat And Football), Richard C. Crepeau

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This weekend would have been a time of great celebration for Minnesota sports fans, but instead it will be bitter sweet. Two of Minnesota's favorite athletes are being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield are much admired and both are richly deserving of the honor.


Wwjs What Would Jesus Sell (For Sports), Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2001

Wwjs What Would Jesus Sell (For Sports), Richard C. Crepeau

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In a recent interview Deion Sanders, the guru of Jesus jocks, said that he doesn't see how he could have sports in his life without religion. "They go together like peanut butter and jelly."


Origins Of Baseball Revealed - Trying To Speed Up The Game, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2001

Origins Of Baseball Revealed - Trying To Speed Up The Game, Richard C. Crepeau

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The heat and humidity of late July is sending me slouching towards the Dog Days of August. The dread miasma is creeping in from the swamps and the vapors hang in the saturated night air. The tropics of Central Florida drain your energy and create hallucinatory conditions. Some days it's so bad that not a creature is stirring not even The Mouse.


Knight Commission: Another Futile Attempt To Reform College Athletics, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2001

Knight Commission: Another Futile Attempt To Reform College Athletics, Richard C. Crepeau

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Once again the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has issued a call for reform. As was the case with the Jeremiad Sermons of the 17th Century Puritans, the call for reform has become a ritual whose primary function is to cleanse the sinner so that they might go forth and sin again. Any real prospect of reform and change is as remote in intercollegiate athletics today as it was for the debauched sinners in the Massachusetts of the Mathers. Or as they used to say in rural America, the horse has long since left the barn.


One Of The Great Wimbledon Fortnights, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2001

One Of The Great Wimbledon Fortnights, Richard C. Crepeau

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To paraphrase Joaquin Andujar, sport can be summarized in just one word, "You never know."


Baseball's All-Star Game: Some History, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2001

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

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Baseball's All-Star Game is coming up Tuesday at Safeco Field in Seattle, one of the newest, and by most accounts one of the most beautiful of the new stadiums: "The House that Junior and A-Rod Built" before they left town.


Eddie Scissons Syndrome, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2001

Eddie Scissons Syndrome, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over a decade ago Rob Sheinkopf and I examined Eddie Scissons Syndrome and its many manifestations in American society. This piece was published in Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, after having been presented at a meeting of the Sport Literature Association in Florence, Oregon. A little over a week ago Rob offered an update of this peculiarity of human folly at the SLA meeting in Johnson City.


Tiger Woods Is God: Check The Website, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2001

Tiger Woods Is God: Check The Website, Richard C. Crepeau

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Quick, tell me the name of the golfer who won the U.S. Open last week. Now which golfer didn't win? If you are like most casual golf watchers you couldn't name the winner, but you knew that Tiger Woods did not win. My guess is that you could not name either of the players who were in the Monday playoff. And furthermore, like much of the rest of America, you did not watch the final round of the tournament on Sunday, nor the Monday playoff.


Hockey Night In Orlando: The End For The Ihl, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2001

Hockey Night In Orlando: The End For The Ihl, Richard C. Crepeau

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Whenever I went off to see the Solar Bears of the International Hockey League in the O-rena, I liked to think of it as "Hockey Night in Orlando." With much fanfare and enthusiasm the Orlando Solar Bears opened play in the IHL six seasons ago. Two weeks ago they won the Turner Cup signifying the championship of the IHL. A few days later the IHL was out of business, and then two days ago the Solar Bears announced their exit from the scene.


Homosexuality And Sport, Richard C. Crepeau May 2001

Homosexuality And Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was not a big story but it did set the sports talk shows buzzing for a few days and some print was expended on it. Brendon Lemon, editor of Out magazine let it be known that he has been involved in an affair with a major league baseball player, and that he just might reveal the identity of that player. Lemon said he was tired of the strain that this secret corner of his life was taking on him and his lover.


The Chess Ban In Minneapols Sparks Protest, Richard C. Crepeau May 2001

The Chess Ban In Minneapols Sparks Protest, Richard C. Crepeau

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By all accounts it was a normal day at the Minneapolis Public Library. Nothing out of the ordinary seemed in the air. Then suddenly there was shouting, a shower of obscenities, and a general ruckus over in one crowded section of the main reading room. No, Governor Ventura had not arrived.


The Kentucky Derby, Richard C. Crepeau May 2001

The Kentucky Derby, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is called the greatest two minutes in sport; the run for the roses; and the first leg of the Triple Crown. It is The Kentucky Derby.