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Bowl Games, Peyton Manning, Reggie White, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2004

Bowl Games, Peyton Manning, Reggie White, Richard C. Crepeau

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It seems to me that the parade of bowl games has become endless. It's as if there has been some creeping growth over the past several years forming bowl games in the same way kudzu expands on its own in warm humid climates. What once was the Twelve Nights of Bowl Games has turned into the National Football Coaches Bowl Game Telethon sponsored by the National Association of Insomniacs.


Lack Of Diversity In College Sports Leadership, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2004

Lack Of Diversity In College Sports Leadership, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was a month ago that my colleagues at the University of Central Florida in the Institute for the Study of Diversity and Ethics in Sport issued a fascinating report on the lack of diversity in leadership positions in Higher Education. One of the conclusions of the study is that this lack of diversity may contribute to the same lack of diversity in Division I Football Head Coaching positions. The conclusion seems more than likely, indeed even self-evident.


Ty Willingham, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2004

Ty Willingham, Richard C. Crepeau

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Welcome back to the bizarre world of intercollegiate athletics. The news this week comes out of Notre Dame and several other institutions of higher learning where football coaches are fired with reckless abandon. A few weeks ago we saw the spectacle of the public humiliation of Ron Zook at the University of Florida. This week the big news is the public humiliation of Ty Willingham by the acolytes of purity at the University of Notre Dame.


The Nfl And Its Money, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2004

The Nfl And Its Money, Richard C. Crepeau

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Now that the NFL has refocused following Towelgate in the midst of what is developing as a most interesting season on the field, it might be worth going back to two stories that flew just beneath the radar over the past few weeks. These, of course, involved money, because we are talking about the NFL Money Machine, which continues to validate Al Davis' wisdom from 1978 when he noted in the wake of a lucrative television contract that "any dummy can make money operating a pro football club."


Thanksgiving, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2004

Thanksgiving, 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.


The Palace Brawl, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2004

The Palace Brawl, Richard C. Crepeau

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It really is not the end of Civilization as we know it.


Nicollette Sheridan Bares All, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2004

Nicollette Sheridan Bares All, Richard C. Crepeau

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Attention Hypocrites! Your future is in the executive suites of television networks and the officialdom of the National Football League. The only requirement is that you have the ability to make self-righteous pronouncements about public morality and taste while maintaining your composure and never once betraying yourself with so much as a hint of a smile. Even, the now fashionable smirk, will not be tolerated. If you get really good at this and have a relative in the cabinet you might even be appointed to head the FCC.


Maurice Clarett And The Osu Scandals, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2004

Maurice Clarett And The Osu Scandals, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been an amazing fall season, not only for the Red Sox saga but also considering the eerie quiet on the college football scene. The usual run of assaults, petty thefts, sexual misconduct cases, drug charges, and weapons possession cases have been as rare as football victories for the University of Central Florida.


The Curse Expires, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2004

The Curse Expires, Richard C. Crepeau

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You knew that if it ever happened it would have to be in spectacular fashion. Something as intractable as "The Curse of the Bambino" would not fall by some common or mundane means. It could only end by a fierce assault on history.


Ron Zook And The Bull Gators, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2004

Ron Zook And The Bull Gators, Richard C. Crepeau

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He never had a chance, although he certainly knew what hit him. Ron Zook was fired yesterday by the glorious football machine at the University of Florida, the one in Gainesville, the one with the Gator as the mascot.


A Storied Alcs, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2004

A Storied Alcs, Richard C. Crepeau

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I certainly don't want to belittle the significance of what happened in the American League Championship Series this past ten days, but I would like to cast some doubt on the universal praise gushing through the baseball media emanating as it does from the Northeast. Certainly one cannot doubt that the achievement of the Boston Red Sox in coming back from a 0-3 deficit to win the series is factually the greatest comeback in post-season baseball history. You can look it up, as Casey used to say.


The Nhl Lockout, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2004

The Nhl Lockout, Richard C. Crepeau

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One of the most exciting times in the sports calendar comes when baseball is into playoffs and moving toward the World Series, the NFL and college football are beginning to hit stride and pick up the levels of excitement, and then as with frosting on the cake the NHL and the NBA open their seasons. Mid-October carries a special excitement when all these sports are going at once.


Trouble In Cubdom, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2004

Trouble In Cubdom, Richard C. Crepeau

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There was a time when being a Cub fan was one of the easiest callings in the world. You would begin in spring training reciting all those spring training mantras like "We're all in first place on April 1st," or "This isn't the same team that finished at the bottom last year," or in the more unfortunate words of Leo Durocher, "This isn't an eighth place team." Leo unfortunately had a lapse of memory as the National League had expanded to ten teams. But I digress.


The Expos To Dc, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2004

The Expos To Dc, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is one of the great cities of North America. It is a city that loves its sports. It is a city that loves baseball and has a rich baseball history. On Wednesday the last Major League game was played at Olympic Stadium before an angry crowd of just over 30,000 fans.


Espn's 25th, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2004

Espn's 25th, Richard C. Crepeau

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When the history of Sport in America is written several decades from now ESPN may well be regarded as the most important development of the 20th century.


Amateurism, Eligibility, And Doublespeak, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2004

Amateurism, Eligibility, And Doublespeak, Richard C. Crepeau

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It's difficult for me to acknowledge that in the case of Mike Williams of the University of Southern California the NCAA may finally have done something right. Williams applied for reinstatement of his eligibility to play football at USC following the federal court decisions that virtually overturned the lower court decisions allowing underclassmen to make themselves eligible for the National Football League Draft.


Athens: The Beauty Of Playfulness, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2004

Athens: The Beauty Of Playfulness, Richard C. Crepeau

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Amidst the controversies, the crass commercialism, and the artificiality of the staged teledrama of the Olympics, the main point can too easily get lost. This is a sporting event involving athletes seeking to perform at the highest level, individually or as a team, as they compete against one another, themselves, and the challenges of the sport. What this offers is a drama of its own, showcasing the sporting spirit and offering each of us a window on the possibilities of human achievement.


Paul Hamm, Trevor Graham, And Others, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2004

Paul Hamm, Trevor Graham, And Others, Richard C. Crepeau

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It seems as if at every Olympic games there comes a point when there is a meltdown of one sort or another. In these games which are designed to produce international cooperation and understanding, nationalism more often than not raises its head in anger. Designed to promote friendship and good sportsmanship there is often a moment, or several moments, in which sportsmanship seems to leave the venue entirely.


The Athens Olympics Open, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2004

The Athens Olympics Open, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is no doubt what I will remember most about the 2004 Olympic Games. It will not be the opening ceremonies, nor the historic setting of Athens, nor the amazing performance by Paul Hamm in the Men's Gymnastics all-around when he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and left the arena with a gold medal. Unfortunately, it will be Hurricane Charley that left myself and many of my fellow Orlandoans without power and therefore unable to see the opening ceremonies. For some it is still not possible to see the games, as they remain without power in the ...


Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2004

Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau

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(This piece was first written for Father's Day of 1992 a few weeks after the death of my Father. As has been my custom I am sending it out again on this Father's Day)


Paid Vacations, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2004

Paid Vacations, Richard C. Crepeau

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What is the difference between getting a paid vacation and being suspended from your job with pay?


The Lightning's Stanley Cup, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2004

The Lightning's Stanley Cup, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup. The Canadian Holy Grail of Sport now resides in Florida where on the day of the final game it was over 90 degrees, with high humidity, a veritable tropical paradise. The Lightning are coached by an American, have three American players, three Czechs, two Russians, and one player each from Sweden, Slovakia, and the Ukraine on the roster along with fifteen Canadians. They defeated the first Canadian based team to appear in the Cup Final in a decade. Eat your heart out Don Cherry!


The Belmont Stakes, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2004

The Belmont Stakes, Richard C. Crepeau

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A few decades ago when a powerful team played a very weak team in any sport and the result was lopsided there was a phrase to describe the event: "They beat the Little Sisters of the Poor." On Saturday the Little Sisters of the Poor got beat again but it was the powerful team, or in this case horse, that lost. "Smarty Jones" was supported by an entire nation, including the Philadelphia convent of The Little Sisters of the Poor where the sister of Smarty's jockey had parlayed the power of prayer and the two-dollar bets of the God ...


Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2004

Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the last twenty-four hours much has been made of the connections between former President Ronald Reagan and Sport. As is typical of many American politicians Reagan associated himself with the symbols of victory and those who achieved it. Unlike some, President Reagan's associations with sport were real and in many key ways a determinant of his personal political style.


The Ncaa And Its "Control" Of Bowl Games., Richard C. Crepeau May 2004

The Ncaa And Its "Control" Of Bowl Games., Richard C. Crepeau

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It was more than a bit amusing to read that the Knight Commission has called on the NCAA to retake control of the bowl games from the television networks and the conferences. This is akin to telling the U.S. Senate to retake control of American Foreign Policy from the Executive Branch. It is not going to happen and even if it did it wouldn't make any real difference. The die is cast, the damage is done, and a reversal of history is not possible.


Crunch N’ Munch; Non-Analytical Positives; Stanley Cup Finals, Richard C. Crepeau May 2004

Crunch N’ Munch; Non-Analytical Positives; Stanley Cup Finals, Richard C. Crepeau

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It's time to head to rewrite. The Yankees have sent Cracker Jack packing from the House that Ruth Built. "Crunch 'n Munch" will replace the traditional baseball snack because, says Yankee spokesperson Jason Zillo, it tastes better. Yankee Stadium's Director of Hospitality offered another more compelling reason for the move. Cracker Jack is eliminating the box in favor of a bag. Well, that certainly explains it. No one has mentioned what "Crunch 'n Munch" is paying the Yankees for their new status in the national pastime.


Fish Shooting, Richard C. Crepeau May 2004

Fish Shooting, Richard C. Crepeau

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Fishing is a sport that has never caught my fancy, except for ice fishing which is largely about drinking rather than fishing. Growing up in the state of Minnesota where fishing is akin to a religious experience it may seem strange that I have not joined the faithful. In addition, over the past three decades I have been living in Florida, the Bass Fishing capital of the universe, where high stakes fishing is considerably more popular than the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here too I have resisted the allure, or is it the lure.


Roger Bannister; Michelle Akers, Richard C. Crepeau May 2004

Roger Bannister; Michelle Akers, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past week the world of sport has been remembering one of the most significant achievements of the past century, Roger Bannister's running of the first sub-four-minute mile at Oxford on May 6, 1954. Bannister's time was 3:59.4. The current record is 3:43.13 set in 1999 by Hicham el-Guerrouj of Morocco.