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A New Year, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2017

A New Year, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is a new year in the world of sport and in just two weeks there have been a number of notable events and achievements. Yesterday there were two remarkable NFL playoff games that once again remind us of the unpredictability of sport and the excitement that is generated by it. Both games ended in dramatic fashion.


Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Richard C. Crepeau

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Four years ago Ben Fountain’s disturbing novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, was published to critical acclaim and an eventual National Book Award nomination. It was one of the first pieces of fiction coming out of the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In July of 2013 I wrote that Fountain’s novel was an important work addressing the issue of the relationship between American sports fans and American soldiers who are commonly acclaimed as American heroes.


Sport Is The Thing, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2016

Sport Is The Thing, Richard C. Crepeau

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In the face of the oozing cesspool of stories of corruption, crime, and cheating in sport filling the various forms of media, there is a danger that the reason people are drawn to sport will get lost in the muck. We love sport because it reveals the high levels of achievement that can be attained by humans, it offers the excitement and drama of competition, and at times it reaches the sublime. We need to keep reminding ourselves of this simple truth.


Reflection, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2011

Reflection, Richard C. Crepeau

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As I prepare to leave England and return to Florida and as the end of the year approaches, I have thought about writing an end of the year summary piece. Thinking about that I decided that what I only would reflect upon the last six or seven weeks of this year, weeks that have turned out to be most remarkable in content and emblematic of the past year.


London, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2011

London, Richard C. Crepeau

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As some of you know I am now in London where I will spend the fall semester teaching at the Florida State University London Centre. I am not certain how this will affect my general view of the American sports scene, but I can tell you that the riots of this week have affected my ability to concentrate on sport and the issues that have arisen over the past two weeks.


Herb Brooks: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2003

Herb Brooks: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau

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Sports Illustrated considers the Miracle on Ice the sports event of the 20th century. For an American it would be difficult to argue otherwise. The victory over the Russians at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games is considered by many, including myself, the greatest sports upset of the past half-century.


The Good And The Ugly In Larges Doses In One Day In Sportsworld, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2003

The Good And The Ugly In Larges Doses In One Day In Sportsworld, Richard C. Crepeau

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When I opened my newspaper Tuesday morning I knew I was living in both the best and the worst of times in sportsworld. On the front page of the Orlando Sentinel was the picture of the Orlando Magic Mr. Nice Guy and all around great guy, Darrell Armstrong. The model of the community had been arrested at 2:30 a.m. outside an Orlando nightspot for battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.


David Beckham Sold Off To Madrid, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2003

David Beckham Sold Off To Madrid, Richard C. Crepeau

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The sale of David Beckham by Manchester United to Real Madrid must be the highest profile transnational sports transfer since Wayne Gretzky was shipped out of Edmonton to Los Angeles. There were moves in the Canadian Parliament to designate the Great One as a national treasure to prevent that sale from completion and Canadians went into a period of national mourning. Neither Tony Blair nor his Minister of Sport suggested such an action at Westminster but still there was considerable reaction among British football fanatics.


College Sport Just Keeps Getting More Bizarre In Its Excesses, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2003

College Sport Just Keeps Getting More Bizarre In Its Excesses, Richard C. Crepeau

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In the past two months I have come to an entirely new appreciation of intercollegiate athletics. I now see how it serves the aims of higher education and builds character. It is clear that it is not about the money and that coaches are true educators guiding young men and women to a life of the highest ethical and moral standards. I have been wrong and I am willing to stand tall and admit it. This is clearly an institution within the institution of higher learning that is worth protecting, preserving, and cherishing.


50th Anniversary Of The Everest Conquest And The Everest Obsession, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2003

50th Anniversary Of The Everest Conquest And The Everest Obsession, Richard C. Crepeau

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The second of June is the anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England. On that same day in 1953 news arrived in London that Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit of Mount Everest a few days earlier on May 29th. It seemed like a fortuitous convergence of events celebrating resurgent British Imperial power. In fact it was but an illusion, a false echo of past glory for a fading empire economically drained by the ravages of war.


Politics And Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2003

Politics And Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was a quick war and as wars go a relatively easy one for the victors. In an age of mass media, endless cable news coverage, and embedded reporters there was a kind of faux realism to it all. In fact the two favorite words in the reporting were "surreal" and "robust."


Toni Smith, The National Anthem, And Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2003

Toni Smith, The National Anthem, And Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is all over the papers, the television news, and the talk shows. Toni Smith, the Manhattanville College senior basketball player has been turning her back on the flag during the playing of the national anthem for the past several weeks. In recent days as America gears up for a war the protest against her protest has been growing. Last weekend Toni Smith was confronted on the floor by a Vietnam veteran toting an American flag that he shoved in her face.


Outing Athletes - Death At Spring Training And Dangerous Supplements, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2003

Outing Athletes - Death At Spring Training And Dangerous Supplements, Richard C. Crepeau

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Baseball is back in the news this week with two stories attracting considerable attention. One involves drugs and one involves sexuality, one involving a marginal young pitcher and one involving a Hall of Fame pitcher. Both stories have gotten considerable attention, and the focus in both cases seems to be off the mark.


Lebron: High School Professional And Phenom, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2003

Lebron: High School Professional And Phenom, Richard C. Crepeau

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The name LeBron James was one that I saw occasionally on the ESPN.com site during my time in London last fall. I paid little attention to it having lived through the Amare Stoudemire buzz in Orlando last winter. I had no idea what a major story James had become in Dickvitaleland and how big a celebrity he is across America. He is so popular he may be the only high school student in America today who is known by his first name only.


Myles Brand Address To Ncaa: He Is For All That Is Good Except ……, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2003

Myles Brand Address To Ncaa: He Is For All That Is Good Except ……, Richard C. Crepeau

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Intercollegiate athletics is one of the few stable and reliable forces in the universe. It can be relied upon to provide an endless parade of stories and controversies generally casting a dark shadow across the sporting landscape. This past week was no exception, although at the very end of the week there was one tiny little glimmer of hope on the horizon, at least for positive thinkers.


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

Roone Arledge: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau

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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.


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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Title Ix Turns 30, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2002

Title Ix Turns 30, Richard C. Crepeau

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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

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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.


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

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

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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.


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

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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

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

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

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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.


David Zang's Sportswars: A Review, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2002

David Zang's Sportswars: A Review, Richard C. Crepeau

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Every now and then I read a book that for some reason strikes a particular chord with me. This doesn't make it a great book, but for me it is an important book because it evokes significant emotional or intellectual responses. When that happens I generally tell everyone I know that they need to read this new book.


The Year Of Sport And Society In Review, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

The Year Of Sport And Society In Review, Richard C. Crepeau

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Normally I don't do a year in review piece although I think I did review the year in Sport and Society one time. I will do it because of the fact that one event so dominated American consciousness this past year that it will make this calendar year a very memorable and special one.


The Canadian Sports Scene Dominated By Hockey - Baseball A Footnote, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2001

The Canadian Sports Scene Dominated By Hockey - Baseball A Footnote, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last Thursday morning I was awakened by a voice with a slightly different accent reciting the score of every hockey game that had taken place in Canada the previous night. Clearly there are more hockey teams than gas stations in Canada. As usual the CBC announcer told me the major league baseball scores only from the games involving Montreal and Toronto, no others. There was one concession as the Barry Bonds watch was mentioned.