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Bowl Survey, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2012

Bowl Survey, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the next two days and nights ten bowl games will be played across the expanse of our great nation. At the end of the bowl season, culminating with the BCS Championship Game on January 7, thirty-five bowl games will have been played. The first, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, took place on December 15.


College Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2012

College Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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It’s been some time since I sat down and watched as much as a half of a college football game. Last fall I was in London, a city not infected by intercollegiate athletics, and this fall I simply never got enough time or interest to watch. Then a few weeks ago I did see several games. Florida and Florida State always draws my interest, and the Notre Dame run has been an interesting one.


Tags And Roger, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2012

Tags And Roger, Richard C. Crepeau

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Is there anyone out there who thought that Paul Tagliabue would overturn the player suspensions imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the New Orleans bounty case? Maybe someone somewhere had predicted this, but if they did they would be members of an extremely small club.


Thanksgiving, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2012

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.


Scabs In Seattle, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2012

Scabs In Seattle, Richard C. Crepeau

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It took all of three weeks but the excrement has finally hit the fan. It is not the end of the world, but it is the end of any further claims that the scabs impersonating NFL referees are competent. If they were competent they would already have been NFL referees and therefore would be locked out by the NFL.


Baseball Changes, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2012

Baseball Changes, Richard C. Crepeau

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At the end of this baseball season there will a fundamental shift in the organization of Major League Baseball. At the opening of the next season the Houston Astros will be an American League team. The change was forced by Baseball Commissioner “Bud” Selig who made it a prerequisite to the purchase of the Houston franchise.


Football In The Air, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2012

Football In The Air, Richard C. Crepeau

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September is here and that means football is back, both the NFL and the collegiate pros. The student-athletes of the NCAA opened play over this extended holiday weekend with more games than any human being could possibly ingest. There seemed to be excitement in the air on and off campuses across the country and across the Atlantic.


Armstrong, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2012

Armstrong, Richard C. Crepeau

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How does it end for Lance Armstrong? “Not with a bang but a whimper.” Although T.S. Eliot did not know Lance Armstrong, it is an interesting coincidence that Eliot’s 1925 poem, from which this line is taken, is titled “The Hollow Men.” If you were someone who idolized Armstrong and believe now that he is guilty and there is a blot on his entire career, then he will indeed seem as one of those Hollow Men.


Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2012

Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau

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So it has ended. A bit over two weeks, a fortnight of intense athletic competition with spectacular performances, highs and lows, and way too much national naval gazing by the host nation and by NBC on behalf of the USA. That said, it was at the sporting level a wonderful two weeks of competition.


Punishment, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2012

Punishment, Richard C. Crepeau

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After the Freeh Report was issued there was an outcry demanding that the NCAA do something to punish Penn State University. Many called for the death penalty. Others complained about the failure of the NCAA to act immediately. Then on Monday morning when the NCAA President, Mark Emmert, announced the judgment and punishment of Penn State the outcry was that the NCAA acted too quickly. It was a rush to judgment by Emmert and his colleagues. What happened to due process?


Psu Report, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2012

Psu Report, Richard C. Crepeau

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After reading the summaries and commentaries on the Freeh Report detailing the elements of scandal at Penn State University, I am surprised that I am surprised by what has been revealed. My cynicism after nearly a half century of involvement with administrators at institutions of higher education and bloated athletic programs should have left me immune to both the surprise and disgust that this affair had evoked in me. What has not surprised me is the deviousness of the principal players in this scandal, the cynicism with which they approached the issues, and the continuing reaction to it all.


Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2012

Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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The term “historic” is often used in describing any number of sporting events. It is sometimes used to exaggerate the significance of an event, often in order to promote it. There are times, though, when the term is not only appropriate, but indeed, required. The Gentleman’s Final at Wimbledon today was historic in a number of ways.


Baseball Verdicts, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2012

Baseball Verdicts, Richard C. Crepeau

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It ended last week with the jury foreman announcing to the court that the jury had found Roger Clemens “not guilty.”


Title Ix, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2012

Title Ix, Richard C. Crepeau

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This weekend marks the fortieth anniversary of the passage of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 whose section, Title IX, transformed sport in America. After forty years the achievements of Title IX are impressive, while some controversy persists and some misinformation continues to persist. In the past decade the conservative political attack has subsided and Title IX seems to have been removed from those still fighting the culture wars particularly on the issue of feminism.


Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2012

Father's Day, Richard C. Crepeau

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This was first written in 1992 for Father's Day shortly after my father's death which is now 23 years ago. It was originally a radio commentary for WUCF-FM in Orlando. I send it out each year as a tribute to my father and as a tribute to all fathers on Father's Day.


Triple Crown, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2012

Triple Crown, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has become one of the rarest of rarities in American sport. This Saturday for the twelfth time in the past thirty-four years a horse will come to the Belmont with an opportunity to become the twelfth horse in the history of the Triple Crown to achieve this elusive fete. The last time it was done was in 1978 by Affirmed.


Metta, Richard C. Crepeau May 2012

Metta, Richard C. Crepeau

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Maybe I missed the memo. Perhaps I wasn’t paying close enough attention. Or somehow it wasn’t big enough news in London. Whatever the case may be, I was a startled when I read recently that someone named Metta World Peace was playing basketball in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers. I remember World B. Free of the NBA and He Hate Me of the XFL, but Metta World Peace was a new one.


Summitt, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2012

Summitt, Richard C. Crepeau

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From across the nation, from the world of basketball and the world of sport, the reaction to Pat Summitt relinquishing her position as head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee has been overwhelming in praise, admiration, and volume. Those who played for Summitt talked of the tremendous impact that she had on their lives, praising her as a coach and human being, often referring to her as a mother-figure. Those who knew her in other capacities talked about her strength in the face of adversity. This quality distinguished Pat Summitt throughout her career and not just in the past ...


Marchmad, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2012

Marchmad, Richard C. Crepeau

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For the past six weeks if you were around anything even vaguely connected with college sport, you were subjected to repeated references to “March Madness.” The only phrase that even remotely approaches “March Madness” in frequency of use is “student athlete.” If you prefer hyperbole over hypocrisy then, no doubt, you prefer “March Madness” over “student athlete.”


Bounties, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2012

Bounties, Richard C. Crepeau

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The shocking news out of the NFL this past week was that football is a violent game and that violence is encouraged by coaches. I suspect most American boys learned this basic truth about football when they were six or seven years old.


Braun, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2012

Braun, Richard C. Crepeau

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From the time the story was leaked in early December, I had a feeling that Ryan Braun was going to be the first player to successfully appeal a positive drug test. I based this on two notions. First, someone sometime was going to be the victim of a false positive or some breach in the security of the urine sample. Second, I had a difficult time believing that someone of Braun’s obvious talent and public image, who did not exhibit a huge jump in his offensive numbers, was taking performance enhancing drugs. In most of the power categories (doubles ...


Bcs, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2012

Bcs, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Alabama Crimson Tide football team is now officially the BCS National Field Goal Champion. This was achieved despite the fact that the Tide did score a touchdown in the waning moments of the game and then watched their kicker miss the extra point. The Alabama coach, Nick Saban, must have been quite proud of this achievement, as it obliterated the loss to LSU in the Field Goal contest of November to determine which team was number one in the nation at that point in the season.