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World Series Recap, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2008

World Series Recap, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Now that the rain that lasted for forty hours and forty minutes has ended, a World Series winner has been determined, and Commissioner Selig has disembarked from his Ark, I want to say a few things about the series itself, as well as take a look at some of the “solutions” to the problems raised by the circumstances of Game Five.


Swingin' In The Rain, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2008

Swingin' In The Rain, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Everybody talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it.


The Rays' Makeover, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2008

The Rays' Makeover, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

The success of the Tampa Bay Rays may seem to be quite remarkable to the baseball world, but it can only be fully appreciated if you have some idea of how truly dreadful this team and this franchise has been over the past decade. Everything associated with or touched by it was a disaster on a scale that is difficult to wrap your mind around.


The Cubs' Postseason Exit, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2008

The Cubs' Postseason Exit, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It has been a brutal week as Americans have watched helplessly as the stock market went into freefall. Those with 401K’s tried to joke about not retiring until they’re in their eighties. Pensions were drying up. Bailout and rescue plans were passed without any impact. No one really seemed to have any idea of how to stop the hemorrhaging. The entire country was beginning to resemble a deer caught in the headlights.


Baseball's September And Postseason, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2008

Baseball's September And Postseason, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It is difficult to think of any sport that could provide more than baseball has delivered over the past six months. Sure fire winners have tanked. Big payroll teams have missed the playoffs. Small payroll teams have gone to the wire and beyond. Improbable scenarios driven by individual stars have developed over the last six weeks in Milwaukee and Los Angeles. A dismal team playing in a dismal ballpark has gone from last to first passing the two most powerful teams in the American League. Two ballparks with substantial histories in New York have closed as both of their occupants ...


Silly Season Miscellany, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2008

Silly Season Miscellany, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Ohio State Football Inc. announced that Jim Tressel will be getting a raise of over $1M to $3.5M next year. That was before he went out and hammered the formidable Youngstown State Football Inc. on Saturday, 43-0. Certainly this drubbing will require another raise this week or next.


The Beijing Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2008

The Beijing Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

The Olympics in Beijing has been a great disappointment. No one has collapsed into a coughing fit from the air pollution. This seemed a certainty from all the reports leading up to the opening of what are so quaintly termed “the games.” The American cyclists who arrived in the Beijing Airport wearing face masks seemed to have made it through the opening ceremonies without contracting “black lung” or suffering a terminal case of “ring around the collar.” I feel I have been let down yet again by the press.


Uggla's Ugly Adventure: The All-Star Game, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2008

Uggla's Ugly Adventure: The All-Star Game, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Some will remember it as Uggla’s Ugly Adventure. Others will remember it for its record length in both innings and time. Some will remember it as nearly replicating the game of 2002 in Milwaukee when the managers ran out of players and someone (the Commissioner) had the good sense to stop the game. That was the infamous tie. Tuesday night it was beginning to look as though another tie, the third in All-Star History, was in the offing. In fact it was probably only an inning away.


The Cubs And The Rays, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2008

The Cubs And The Rays, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

We have arrived at that moment in mid-summer when baseball takes a break for the All-Star Game. I read the other day that Wednesday will be the only day of the year in which there is not a major professional sporting event taking place in the United States. That is a fact worth some thought and contemplation and may lead to some conclusions about overkill and saturation. Rather than that, I would like to make a few observations about the current baseball season which I have found to be strange and maybe even portentous.


Williams Vs. Williams, Federer Vs. Nadal, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2008

Williams Vs. Williams, Federer Vs. Nadal, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It was a magnificent tennis match. Two evenly matched players, who admired each other’s game, competed as they had done many times before. It turned out to be the best tennis match that each had ever played against the other, and it was on the Centre Court of the All England Club for the Championship at Wimbledon.


The Death Of Jules Tygiel, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2008

The Death Of Jules Tygiel, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Yesterday the long and courageous struggle of Jules Tygiel ended. For the last several years Jules has been battling cancer with considerable success against high odds. In the past several weeks the options for treatment began to close down, and from his last health update two weeks ago it was clear that the battle was coming to its tragic conclusion.


Big Brown And The Troubled State Of Racing, Richard C. Crepeau May 2008

Big Brown And The Troubled State Of Racing, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Big Brown's victory at The Preakness yesterday has set the stage for a possible Triple Crown winner. At Belmont Park on June 7, and in the three weeks leading up to it, there will be much excitement and speculation in anticipation of Big Brown's big race. Ten horses have made it to this stage over the past three decades only to fall short at the Belmont Stakes. Nearly all of these ten, and now Big Brown, were felt to have an excellent chance to join the elite group of Triple Crown winners.


Annika Sorenstam And Justine Henin, Richard C. Crepeau May 2008

Annika Sorenstam And Justine Henin, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

I have been trying to remember a time when two players who dominated their sport retired within a day of one another. Two of the most significant people in sport have walked away well before time demanded. In the case of Justine Henin the fact that she is only 25 adds to the surprise, while even with Annika Sorenstam at age 37 it seems as if she is leaving early.


The Draft, New Bowls, Army, And Sportsmanship, Richard C. Crepeau May 2008

The Draft, New Bowls, Army, And Sportsmanship, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

This is always a difficult time of year for me. I am never sure which leaves me with a greater numbness of the brain, the NFL Draft or grading final exams. This is a question that will have to be resolved by greater minds than mine, particularly in my current mental state.


Ncaa Greed And West Point Football Favoritism, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2008

Ncaa Greed And West Point Football Favoritism, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

When dealing with the NCAA you can be certain that there will never be a shortage of hypocrisy. As March Madness gives way to April Sadness two wonderful examples came flying out of the NCAA cupboard.


Loving March Madness In Spite Of It All, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2008

Loving March Madness In Spite Of It All, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Have you caught March Madness? The television ratings thus far indicate that there is a greater chance this year than last that you have not.


Ereck Plancher And Tragedy, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2008

Ereck Plancher And Tragedy, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

It has been about two weeks now since the news came that Ereck Plancher, a University of Central Florida football player, had collapsed and died following a grueling conditioning workout leading up to spring football practice. He was nineteen years old and an honor student in high school. He was just starting his second year at UCF. Having graduated from high school one semester ahead of schedule, he enrolled at UCF early hoping to establish himself academically with a 4.0 GPA before starting football.


Bizarre Sport Nuggets, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2008

Bizarre Sport Nuggets, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

I must admit that my head is still spinning. In the last few weeks one bizarre piece of news after another seems to be emanating from the bowels of Sportsworld, and no one with a plastic bag seems to be following along to clean up the unsightly nuggets left behind.


Looking Back On Bobby Knight, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2008

Looking Back On Bobby Knight, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

The resignation of Robert Montgomery Knight, The General, The Jerk, The Psychopath, is a troublesome development. The coaching profession is one of those socially useful categories in which a society can place a dysfunctional and dangerous sociopath and give them the appearance of filling a socially useful or semi-harmless role.


Super Bowl Xlii And The Culture Of Excess, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2008

Super Bowl Xlii And The Culture Of Excess, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

"Nothing succeeds like success."


Congress Takes On Peds, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2008

Congress Takes On Peds, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

I have been distracted for the last few days contemplating the fact that the United States has 2.7M candy bars in Iraq and 1.6M cans of soda. Is this "the surge" that has been much discussed over the past few months?


Bowls And The B(C)S, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2008

Bowls And The B(C)S, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

The New Year in Sport has begun with the usual deluge of bowl games. Watching all those January 1 games is like eating too much chocolate, leaving one queasy and disoriented by sometime late in the Rose Bowl.