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The Passing Of Abc's Monday Night Football, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2005

The Passing Of Abc's Monday Night Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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At the end of its thirty-sixth season, ABC's Monday Night Football will pass into history, sort of. It certainly has been an institution of historical significance for broadcasting and for American popular culture as well as sport. It will not exactly disappear but will migrate to Sunday night, while ESPN's Sunday night football will move over to fill the void on Monday night.


Far Reaches Of The Holiday Bowl Lineup, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2005

Far Reaches Of The Holiday Bowl Lineup, Richard C. Crepeau

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Several years ago the good people at the Miller Brewing Company put together the Miller Lite Survey of Sport in America. The survey, greeted by many with a roar of disbelief, found that bowling was the most popular participatory sport in the nation. We are now about to enter the Bowling Zone, a sixteen-day run of college football games with little or no meaning except to close family and friends of the participants, with a few notable exceptions. This is not the kind of bowling that was found in the Miller Lite Survey. These are not events featuring a hard ...


Forgiveness For Lou Holtz And George O'Leary, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2005

Forgiveness For Lou Holtz And George O'Leary, Richard C. Crepeau

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Forgiveness is a wonderful thing. Many saintly people through the years have espoused its practice. In sport, if you know where to look, you will find that forgiveness is extensively practiced. It can also pay dividends and in the calculus of the modern world that is all that really counts.


Vic Power Dies, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2005

Vic Power Dies, Richard C. Crepeau

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On Tuesday Victor Pellot died at age 78. This may not mean all that much to many baseball fans, but if that sentence is modified to read, "On Tuesday Vic Power died at age 78," it would have considerably more meaning. Vic Power was a first baseman who came to North America from Puerto Rico in 1950 to play baseball. He started in Class D ball in Ontario and a year later was signed by the Yankee organization. In 1952 he was assigned to the Yankee farm team in Kansas City where he hit .331 and drove in over a ...


George Best Dies, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2005

George Best Dies, Richard C. Crepeau

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George Best died on Friday in London. For most Americans this simple fact of death has little meaning. For soccer fans across the globe it is a fact that is neither simple nor without meaning.


Thanksgiving, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2005

Thanksgiving, Richard C. Crepeau

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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have announced yet another new agreement on drug policy. It may even be the final such policy agreement of the year. As such we can now relax and know that drug use in baseball is under complete and total control. We also know that democracy is spreading across Iraq and throughout the Middle East. And Santa Claus is coming to town.


A New Mlb Steroid Policy, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2005

A New Mlb Steroid Policy, Richard C. Crepeau

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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have announced yet another new agreement on drug policy. It may even be the final such policy agreement of the year. As such we can now relax and know that drug use in baseball is under complete and total control. We also know that democracy is spreading across Iraq and throughout the Middle East. And Santa Claus is coming to town.


The Ncaa: Mascots And Minorities, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2005

The Ncaa: Mascots And Minorities, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is here! "ESPN Mobile" has arrived. It will join ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Radio, ESPN International, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Original Entertainment, ESPN Merchandise, ESPN Zone, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN Now, ESPN Extra, ESPN HD, and Sports Ticker Enterprises, in the ESPN family.


Incentives, Swoopes, Pink Lockers, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2005

Incentives, Swoopes, Pink Lockers, Richard C. Crepeau

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While I was on the road much of the last two weeks a number of things happened that caught my attention and now that I am back at my desk I would like to discuss a few of them. First, and indeed most curious, was the announcement from the NCAA that they would be offering financial rewards to those institutions whose student athletes actually perform as students. What a concept!


Milk, Fashion, And The Love Boat, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2005

Milk, Fashion, And The Love Boat, Richard C. Crepeau

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It's difficult to know where to begin in this late October silly season that has produced some of the wackiest and best examples of self-righteousness by the people who claim to be 'leading' the major sports. Once again they have come forward to 'protect' our children from all sorts of evil forces loose in society.


Nl Or Al, Or What's The Difference?, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2005

Nl Or Al, Or What's The Difference?, Richard C. Crepeau

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The first two rounds of the playoffs have produced some amazing baseball, although once again I have been struck by the fact that FOX Sports, as did previous networks, continue to trot out inadequate and second rate announcers and analysts to present this high level of play and drama. With all of the excellent talent working major league baseball across the nation, one wonders how difficult it must be for the major networks to ignore the best and settle for second best, or at times even less.


A New Nhl Season And Some Rule Changes, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2005

A New Nhl Season And Some Rule Changes, Richard C. Crepeau

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The return of the National Hockey League last week was one of those events easily lost amidst the start of baseball's playoffs, the heating up of the college football season, and the occasional game of interest in the National Football League. For those who did notice, it was a time for celebration and thanksgiving.


Drug Testing In Baseball And Worldwide, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2005

Drug Testing In Baseball And Worldwide, Richard C. Crepeau

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The United States Congress is making noises again over the issue of drug use in sports and, as usual, taking aim at steroids in baseball. In The Clean Sports Act, sponsored by Sen. McCain and Rep. Tom Davis, there is a call for stronger penalties for drug violations in baseball. This bill would institute a two-year ban for first offenders and a lifetime ban for second offenders, a penalty system adopted from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, in sandbagging the Players' Association, also called for an independent testing agency and his coyly phrased "Three Strikes and ...


Great Tennis At The 2005 Us Open, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2005

Great Tennis At The 2005 Us Open, Richard C. Crepeau

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Thirty years ago the country was in a tennis frenzy. Television had discovered the sport and colorful and attractive personalities seemed to be in an endless supply as they paraded before the cameras. Public tennis courts were overcrowded with people from seven to seventy. At the indoor courts of the major cities you were lucky to be able to get a reservation to play between three and four o'clock in the morning. Manufacturers of tennis equipment were making money hand over fist, and the tennis ball factories working around the clock (what we would now term 24/7), could ...


Steroids, Success, And Ethics, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2005

Steroids, Success, And Ethics, Richard C. Crepeau

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This week Rafael Palmeiro met the wrath of the Canadian baseball public in Toronto where he was booed loud and long for either lying to the Congress and the public, his steroid use, or both. This is the most severe crowd disapproval he has experienced and he found it quite difficult to endure. Even the use of ear plugs did not seem to help.


A Remarkable Weekend, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2005

A Remarkable Weekend, Richard C. Crepeau

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Watching Tiger Woods play golf is one of the great treats available to those who follow sport in the television age. Win, lose, or draw, Woods shows what it takes to operate at the highest levels of professional sport, and offers a role model for anyone who dreams of even minimal success at the lowest levels. At least two elements are essential, physical skill and mental focus. Woods has both in abundance, and it is the mental side of Woods' game that even the casual player of any sport can emulate.


Ethical Values In Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2005

Ethical Values In Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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At times, the world of sport offers its fans moral and ethical questions of a formidable nature rivaling the questions pondered by medieval theologians. For example, who is morally more reprehensible: a baseball player who assaults a television cameraman or one who takes steroids after denying under oath that he had never taken steroids. Whose transgression is worse: a football player who fails a drug test or a hockey player who in a premeditated action assaults a fellow player with a sucker punch from behind, drives his head into the ice, and breaks his neck?


Ncaa Nickname Proscription, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2005

Ncaa Nickname Proscription, Richard C. Crepeau

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The NCAA, in whatever wisdom it may have remaining, has ruled that NCAA institutions who have "offensive and abusive" mascots and logos will not be allowed to host any post-season event nor participate in any post-season event while displaying such a logo or mascot. Eighteen universities have been named in this group. This is a ruling that has been a long time coming and one that represents many of the problems with organizations like the NCAA.


The Summer In Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2005

The Summer In Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is my position that Rafael Palmeiro became the King of Performance Enhancement Drugs when he first appeared in a Viagra commercial. Nothing has happened in the past few days to change that view.


Annika Sorenstam, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2005

Annika Sorenstam, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is a philosophical puzzle that poses the question, if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a noise? Although it is not quite the same thing, that line did come to mind last weekend as Annika Sorenstam waltzed to victory in the second major of the year. In fact, Sorenstam has been waltzing all over everybody, everything, and everywhere in the last few years on the LPGA tour. Over the past few months, she has been torrid, and last weekend she moved halfway towards her goal of winning ...


Bud Selig's Bad Faith, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2005

Bud Selig's Bad Faith, Richard C. Crepeau

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I would like to reflect a bit on the dis-ingenuousness of one Allen H. "Bud" Selig, Commissioner of Baseball and Supreme Potentate of Dissemblers. Having accrued most of the power in baseball unto himself over the past several years, "Bud" has shown, at times, some insight and leadership only ultimately to disappoint.


In Memory Of George Mikan, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2005

In Memory Of George Mikan, Richard C. Crepeau

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He made the number 99 on his jersey famous decades before Wayne Gretzky wore it on his hockey sweater. George Mikan, the 6'10" center of the Minneapolis Lakers died on Thursday at the age of 80. He was the first big man in professional basketball, the first in college basketball, and he was a key reason the NBA succeeded when other leagues had failed. Leonard Koppett in his history of the NBA called the first eight years of league existence the "The Mikan Era." That is certainly how I remember those years as a boy in Minneapolis.


The Death Of Pat Tillman, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2005

The Death Of Pat Tillman, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past few weeks, the world of sport has been touched by the world of politics in a number of ways. Politics and sport are often mixed and when they are, the results can be at once unfortunate, distressing, and sometimes appalling. Certainly, the House of Representatives' hearings on steroids come to mind in this context.


Changes For Manchester United, Richard C. Crepeau May 2005

Changes For Manchester United, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is nothing more delightful for an American of a certain perverse persuasion than to watch the Brits get their knickers all twisted up over something as silly as the sale of Manchester United to some little billionaire twit from the dismal swamps of Florida. It has been a wonderful several weeks to watch the spectacle of hysteria over such a trivial matter as this.


The Proposed Nba Age Limit, Richard C. Crepeau May 2005

The Proposed Nba Age Limit, Richard C. Crepeau

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Open Letter to Mr. David Stern, Commissioner, National Basketball Association


A Vintage Derby Day Column From 2001, Richard C. Crepeau May 2005

A Vintage Derby Day Column From 2001, Richard C. Crepeau

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This column was originally published in 2001.

A friend who is Louisville born and bred and has lived in Florida for nearly 30 years, about as long as I have, sent me this e-mail less than an hour before this year's Kentucky Derby.


Congress, Mcgwire, And Steroids, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2005

Congress, Mcgwire, And Steroids, Richard C. Crepeau

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For those of us who spent a significant part of our professional time and energy in the study of the 1950s, the current hysteria over steroids in the House of Representatives evokes definite historical memories. For some of us it even recalls memories of childhood when "Point of Order Mr. Chairman" was shouted across the schoolyard. This is not to equate the hearings of the House Committee on steroids in baseball, with Sen. Joseph McCarthy's hearings on Communists in government. It is however meant to draw some parallels and raise some questions.


John Chaney, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2005

John Chaney, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past week I have been looking for the time to write about the incident involving John Chaney. I have also been thinking about the incident and trying to clarify my thoughts on the matter. The more I think and the more time passes I find myself with less clarity, rather than more clarity on the matter.


The Nhl's Lost Season, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2005

The Nhl's Lost Season, Richard C. Crepeau

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As demonstrated yesterday with the sad attempt to resurrect the hockey season, the differences between owners and players is greater than a few million dollars of salary cap or the personalities of Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow. As usual the press oversimplified things and any number of people, including Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, fell for their lazy analysis. This is a war, not a collective bargaining process.


Canseco And Steroids, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2005

Canseco And Steroids, Richard C. Crepeau

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The appearance by Jose Canseco on CBS's "Sixty Minutes," and the publication of his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big has called forth another round of hypocrisy in the official and unofficial world of baseball. It is difficult to determine any winner in the hypocrisy sweepstakes, as the competition is stiff.