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An Evening With Cub Fans In Scotland: The Craigs Of Rockford, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2002

An Evening With Cub Fans In Scotland: The Craigs Of Rockford, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Cub fans are a unique species. Attachment to losing is taken to a level of religious fanaticism by the Cub faithful. Of course the charm of the Cubs is not simply that they lose, but that they are lovable losers. This is what inspires undying devotion in their fans. Indeed if the Cubs were to do the improbable, nay the impossible, and win a World Series I suspect Cub fans would lose the essence of their Cubness.


Roone Arledge: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2002

Roone Arledge: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

The death of Roone Arledge this past week marks the passing of one those remarkable figures in recent history who had a major influence on mass culture in America. He changed the viewing habits of Americans, transformed the way in which television covers sport, altered the nature and character of American sport, and transformed the way in which television presents reality to the American public. For all of these reasons Roone Arledge cast a large shadow over America in the second half of the twentieth century.


The Masters Of Hypocrisy: Hootie, Tiger, Cbs, And The Corporate Sponsors, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2002

The Masters Of Hypocrisy: Hootie, Tiger, Cbs, And The Corporate Sponsors, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

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Baseball: Labor Peace And Great Play In The Post-Season, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2002

Baseball: Labor Peace And Great Play In The Post-Season, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It was a baseball season to remember for a multitude of reasons. Just a year ago Luis Gonzalez denied the Yankees the hardware when his bloop single over a drawn-in infield sent the Diamondback fans partying into the night.


Hockey In Sweden And Finland: The European Game Is Better, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2002

Hockey In Sweden And Finland: The European Game Is Better, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It was just about a year ago that I sat in a bar in Halifax and listened to a former Canadian hockey player explain that the European game, sans red line, was not a more open offensive style of hockey than that played in North America. After watching the tremendous hockey on display at the Olympic games last February I doubted the validity of the analysis. Over the last week after seeing two games, one in Sweden and one in Finland, I am even more skeptical of those defending the red line.


The English Primeirship: My Introduction To The Beautiful Game In England, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2002

The English Primeirship: My Introduction To The Beautiful Game In England, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Outlined on a blue-gray October sky, or was it a September sky? Actually it was both and it was football. The four horsemen of Notre Dame were nowhere to be seen nor was Grantland Rice. It was English Premiership football and now after attending two games and watching others on television I am beginning to get a feel for this sport that makes Americans yawn and the world go into a frenzy.


The Protest Against Fox Hunting - A Report From London, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2002

The Protest Against Fox Hunting - A Report From London, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Over 400,000 people marched through London yesterday in the largest protest ever seen in the English capital. They were not here to say no to the war with Iraq, they were not here to protest the crisis in the National Health Services. Believe it or not they were here to say no to the Blair government on plans to ban fox hunting.


Baseball's Collective Bargainng Agreement: A New Era?, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2002

Baseball's Collective Bargainng Agreement: A New Era?, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It is difficult from this distance and without adequate Internet access to know precisely what happened to produce the settlement in the collective bargaining process between the owners and players in major league baseball. London is a major metropolitan area of the world with no lack of communications with the outside world, but quite frankly the level of interest in baseball is minimal. So it is with some trepidation that I try to comment on what has happened in the world of baseball over the past few weeks.


Jeremy Bloom, The Ncaa, And Hypocrisy, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2002

Jeremy Bloom, The Ncaa, And Hypocrisy, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It was reported yesterday that Jeremy Bloom one of the top mogul skiers in the U.S. is seeking an injunction against the NCAA. Bloom wants to play football at the University of Colorado this year but NCAA regulations will not allow it because Bloom has received money for personal appearances, endorsements, and modeling. These are related to his skiing skills, not his football prowess. Although the NCAA will allow an athlete to sign a professional contract in one sport and compete in another sport, NCAA bylaws allow them to receive money from other pro sports only if that money ...


The Athlete As Hero: Changing Models, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2002

The Athlete As Hero: Changing Models, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Like it or not sports figures have become high profile role models and heroes in contemporary popular culture. From the first days of the sport and media mix, sporting heroes were either created or emerged by some natural or unnatural mixing of need and admiration.


The Williams Sisters Dominate And Redefine Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2002

The Williams Sisters Dominate And Redefine Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Last weekend at Wimbledon the traditional fortnight at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club ended with a victory by Serena Williams in yet another all Williams Ladies Final. This was the third Williams sister meeting in a Grand Slam final, and the second win in a row for Serena who defeated her older sister just a few weeks earlier in the French Open final. Venus won the first of Grand Slam sister events at the U.S. Open in 2001.


The Cursed All-Star Game In Milwaukee: Bud Lite Makes The Bad Worse, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2002

The Cursed All-Star Game In Milwaukee: Bud Lite Makes The Bad Worse, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

From the beginning the omens were bad. At the home run hitting contest Sammy Sosa ran out of gas in round three and could only get one out of the park. Then it started raining and for a brief moment ESPN showed that beautiful waterfall coming off the roof. Was this part of the construction flaw at the brand new Miller Park, Bud Selig's monument to himself extorted from the people of Wisconsin?


Death Of Ted Williams: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2002

Death Of Ted Williams: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Ted Williams is dead at 83. A simple sentence that most American sports fans have seen or heard in the past twelve hours. What follows for each person will vary by age and background. For me it is one of those moments when you are aware that something that has been a constant throughout your life is no more.


Deaths In Baseball: Jack Buck And Darryl Kile, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2002

Deaths In Baseball: Jack Buck And Darryl Kile, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

The loss displayed on the faces of his teammates was palpable. At the extraordinary gathering in St. Louis Wednesday afternoon Darryl Kile's teammates, past and present, together with family, friends and fans paid tribute to the pitcher who died last Saturday of heart failure at the age of 33.


Title Ix Turns 30, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2002

Title Ix Turns 30, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

This month marks the thirtieth anniversary of the passage of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 whose section, Title IX, transformed sport in America. After thirty years the achievements of Title IX are impressive, while the controversy over it has been growing steadily especially over the last few years.


Phil Jackson And Scotty Bowman In The Coaching Elite, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2002

Phil Jackson And Scotty Bowman In The Coaching Elite, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

This past week both Phil Jackson and Scotty Bowman won a record ninth championship in their given sports. These two coaches now join the elite in the coaching fraternity and just in their own sports. Bowman and Jackson have become two of the great coaches in the history of professional sport in North America. When the names of the great coaches like Lombardi, Auerbach, McCarthy and Blake are cited, the names of Scotty Bowman and Phil Jackson must now be listed with them.


Cheerleading Cheating - Jesus And Baseball In Georgia - The U.S.Open Golf- Coin Flip At Fifa, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2002

Cheerleading Cheating - Jesus And Baseball In Georgia - The U.S.Open Golf- Coin Flip At Fifa, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Over the past several weeks a number of small stories have been floating in my head. The most instructive involved cheerleading which some people are now claiming is a sport. If sport is defined as anything done in competition, something that colleges give scholarships for, and something that leads to cheating, then cheerleading qualifies.


Steroids In Baseball: Say It Might Not Be So If You Can, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2002

Steroids In Baseball: Say It Might Not Be So If You Can, Richard C. Crepeau

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I am shocked! There may be crying in baseball, but certainly not steroids. Say it isn’t so Bud, Mark, Sammy, Barry, Ken, Jose and all the rest!


Baseball Labor Negotiations: A Strike Or Lockout On The Horizon?, Richard C. Crepeau May 2002

Baseball Labor Negotiations: A Strike Or Lockout On The Horizon?, Richard C. Crepeau

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Here it is not even Memorial Day the traditional first marker in the baseball pennant races and the talk of a baseball strike is already in the air. What a lovely thought as spring moves on towards summer. Last week the news came that Donald Fehr and other Player's Association executives have been telling players to prepare themselves for a possible strike.


Sexual Abuse Of Players In Junior Hockey, Richard C. Crepeau May 2002

Sexual Abuse Of Players In Junior Hockey, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

On Tuesday I was listening to the "Jim Rome Show" while driving into the campus and I heard a painful and astounding interview with Sheldon Kennedy. As some of you will remember Kennedy was the NHL player for the Boston Bruins who revealed in late 1996 that as a young boy and then young man he was subject to repeated sexual abuse by his hockey coach Graham James.


Formula One: Is Winning Always The Goal For All Competitors, Richard C. Crepeau May 2002

Formula One: Is Winning Always The Goal For All Competitors, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Which is more important, the team or the individual? A rather simple question which seemingly should have a simple and easy answer. Of course not all team sports are purely team sports. Some team sports are as much or more individual sports than team sports. The mix varies. Some team sports are only marginally so. This can confuse the issue.


Head Hunting In The Nhl Playoffs: Not The Beautiful Game Seen In The Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2002

Head Hunting In The Nhl Playoffs: Not The Beautiful Game Seen In The Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Is it just me or does headhunting in the National Hockey League look to be on the rise in this new playoff season?


The Bad And Ugly: Cell Phones Invade The Arena, Canadian Athem Booed, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2002

The Bad And Ugly: Cell Phones Invade The Arena, Canadian Athem Booed, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It has been one of those weeks when the good, the bad, and the ugly have appeared on my television screen - In sports, not in the news. In two cases, the bad and the ugly, fans are at center stage.


Caught In Eurosport World - What I Saw And What I Missed, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2002

Caught In Eurosport World - What I Saw And What I Missed, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

I have been away for the last two weeks, off into the land of EuroSport where real men play real sports in which feet figure heavily. As a result I have missed much of the action of the first two weeks of the baseball season, except for an occasional glimpse at a Mets or Yankee highlight, which seem to be the only baseball fragments shown on CNN World News.


The U Conn Women And The State Of Women's Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2002

The U Conn Women And The State Of Women's Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

In the Final Four that concluded yesterday in San Antonio basketball with a retro look graced the hardwood court (or was it some synthetic composite) for the first time in years. Those who have watched the University of Connecticut glide with precision to their undefeated season and NCAA Championship have been treated to a brand of basketball emphasizing team play, sharp cuts and passes, and a group of women who play with great intensity and joy.


The Beauty And Corrupting Power Of March Madness, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2002

The Beauty And Corrupting Power Of March Madness, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

March Madness has the power to mesmerize a nation. It has done so to me. The games of the past two weekends offered precisely the sort of thing that makes college basketball so compelling and entertaining.


Spring Break, Spring Training, And March Madness In Many Forms, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2002

Spring Break, Spring Training, And March Madness In Many Forms, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It is March Madness in America. Consider the many signs.


Contraction, Baseball, The Courts, The Commissioner, And The Sale Of The Red Sox, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2002

Contraction, Baseball, The Courts, The Commissioner, And The Sale Of The Red Sox, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It should be noted that the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Kathleen A. Blatz, signed the ruling in which the court refused to review a lower court decision preventing the contraction of the Minnesota Twins in Bud Selig's master plan for major league baseball.


Olympic Impressions: Drugs, Judging, High Quality Hockey, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2002

Olympic Impressions: Drugs, Judging, High Quality Hockey, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Looking back on the two plus weeks of the Winter Olympics a number of things stand out. As I have noted here this was an extraordinary experience for me as I had never been to any Olympics before. Beyond that I would like to look at three areas that seem of some significance to me.


The Mormons, The Olympics, The Fans, And The Venues, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2002

The Mormons, The Olympics, The Fans, And The Venues, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

The opportunity to attend the Winter Olympics was something I never really thought I would have, but due to a number of coincidental circumstances and the generosity of friends I was able to attend the first ten days of the games.