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Basketball's Birthday, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2016

Basketball's Birthday, Richard C. Crepeau

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Invented in the United States by a Canadian in the late 19th century, basketball may be the most American of all sports. Within less than a half century it became the most popular participatory sport in North America. Yesterday was the 125th Birthday of what is often called, “The City Game.”


Nba Finals, Summitt, And Howe, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2016

Nba Finals, Summitt, And Howe, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is always a surprise to me that so much can happen in SportsWorld in only two weeks. It was just over two weeks ago that I left for Canada and the annual conference of the Sport Literature Association. That was followed by several days on Prince Edward Island. The developments over these last two weeks have left me with much to contemplate.


Don Imus, Isiah Thomas, And The Nba, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2007

Don Imus, Isiah Thomas, And The Nba, Richard C. Crepeau

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My, how time flies. It was seven months ago that Don Imus made his remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team and found himself on the receiving end of a considerable amount of heat from a wide range of critics. In less than a month Don Imus will return to the airwaves, not nationally, but in New York City, and his show will not be simulcast on Cable television. So after being away for eight months, being the subject of considerable criticism, and collecting $20M for his troubles, the I-Man will return. I am already feeling the Christmas spirit.


Billy Donovan Redux, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2007

Billy Donovan Redux, Richard C. Crepeau

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Billy Donovan, who accepted the Orlando Magic head coaching position for the cool sum of $27.5M last Friday, has backed out of his contract. Is there anything to learn from this not very unusual turn of events? The idea that Billy Donovan has broken a contract carries very little meaning in sport, that is if you are an owner, general manager, or coach of a team.


The Cesspool Of Intercollegiate Athletics, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2003

The Cesspool Of Intercollegiate Athletics, Richard C. Crepeau

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Should it now be a requirement that anyone using the term "Intercollegiate Athletics" precede it with the words, "In the cesspool that is . . .?" The events of the past few weeks would indicate so.


Kobe Bryant Case - The British Open Fabulous Finale, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2003

Kobe Bryant Case - The British Open Fabulous Finale, Richard C. Crepeau

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The avalanche has begun. Over the next several months we will be buried in media coverage of the Kobe Bryant Case. We will get double coverage with misinformation flowing from the news outlets and the sports outlets. By the end of this weekend numbness was already beginning to set in every time I heard the word "Kobe.”


The U Conn Women And The State Of Women's Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 2002

The U Conn Women And The State Of Women's Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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In the Final Four that concluded yesterday in San Antonio basketball with a retro look graced the hardwood court (or was it some synthetic composite) for the first time in years. Those who have watched the University of Connecticut glide with precision to their undefeated season and NCAA Championship have been treated to a brand of basketball emphasizing team play, sharp cuts and passes, and a group of women who play with great intensity and joy.


Spring Break, Spring Training, And March Madness In Many Forms, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2002

Spring Break, Spring Training, And March Madness In Many Forms, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is March Madness in America. Consider the many signs.


The Eight Signs Of March Madness, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2001

The Eight Signs Of March Madness, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is March Madness in America. How can we tell? Consider these eight signs of madness.


Does Orlando Really Need A New Basketball Facility?, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2001

Does Orlando Really Need A New Basketball Facility?, Richard C. Crepeau

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In the History of Orlando in the period AD(After Disney) there have been two public projects that have been done exceptionally well. The first is the Crown Jewel of the region, Orlando International Airport. The second is the OArena, which now carries the corporate name, TGIF Waterbug Centre, or some such thing.


In Memoriam: Al Mcguire, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2001

In Memoriam: Al Mcguire, Richard C. Crepeau

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In a profession filled with memorable characters there is none I will remember better and with more affection than Al McGuire who died today at age 72 after an extended battle with anemia.


Shaq, Lsu, The Degree V. Education, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2000

Shaq, Lsu, The Degree V. Education, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past several days much has been written about the graduation of Shaquille O'Neal from Louisiana State University. Indeed the event has been the butt of many jokes, one of which Shaq generated himself when he told people he was working on his degree at Learn Slow University. He now says that LSU means Love Shaq University.


A Modest Proposal, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 2000

A Modest Proposal, Richard C. Crepeau

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Has March Madness ever been madder or is it just me? Each year at this time I am amazed at the amount of media attention given to this multi-million dollar entertainment extravaganza produced by the NCAA. Each year at this time I am increasingly perplexed by how any of this might relate to the educational mission of an American university


Pete Rose And Jim Gray Damage The All Century Team, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1999

Pete Rose And Jim Gray Damage The All Century Team, Richard C. Crepeau

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The release of "The Blair Witch Project" on video has once again brought the attention of the Orlando community and film fans everywhere to the blockbuster surprise of the summer. It has also focused local attention on the University of Central Florida film program where the filmmakers began their work.


The Decline Of The Magic And The Nba In Transition, Richard C. Crepeau May 1999

The Decline Of The Magic And The Nba In Transition, Richard C. Crepeau

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This past week has been a difficult one for Orlando Magic fans. After going through a short season in reasonably good style the Magic went out of the playoffs in short shrift. This was not only a sign that the Magic have major problems they must face in the weeks ahead, but it also was one of many indications that in the post-Michael NBA major changes are taking place.


Dream Team Ii, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1998

Dream Team Ii, Richard C. Crepeau

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They called it Dream Team II. What was the point? Was it the Dream Team, the Cream Team or the Scream Team? Was this an exercise in the promotion of international relations through basketball, or another instance of Ugly Americanism in the late Imperial Age?


Disney's Wide World Of Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1997

Disney's Wide World Of Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Sporting News named Michael Eisner the fifth most powerful figure in sports this past year a position that seems a little low to me, but then Disney is still a novice in SportsWorld. The Disney Sports Empire is growing, and one of the newest parts of that empire is located here in Orlando at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.


Susie Maroney - Kasparov And Big Blue - Coaching Musical Chairs, Richard C. Crepeau May 1997

Susie Maroney - Kasparov And Big Blue - Coaching Musical Chairs, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been one of those weeks when there are so many things to comment upon, I don't know where to begin. The embarrassment of riches has come from a multitude of sources, and invites a veritable plethora of opinions and attitudes from joy and praise to disdain and disgust.


Basketball Championship, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1997

Basketball Championship, Richard C. Crepeau

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Championship games should be close and intense with the players giving every ounce of their energy and coaches struggling to adjust and readjust as the game unfolds. The only flaws in this year's struggle between the Wildcats of Kentucky and Arizona were provided by CBS which continues to be unable to identify its best announcers and commentators, and whose broadcasting crew has grown like kudzu in August.


Dennis Rodman, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1997

Dennis Rodman, Richard C. Crepeau

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Once upon a time he was the scourge of the NBA. He skipped practices and road trips; head-butted two players and then a referee; threw a bag of ice at his coach in San Antonio; used profanity in a live post-game interview; and kicked a television cameraman in the groin at a game in the Target Center. All of this earned him 24 games in suspensions, a suspension from one playoff series, and one indefinite suspension, $67,000 in fines, and millions in lost wages.


Nick Anderson Accused: Don't Rush To Judgement, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1996

Nick Anderson Accused: Don't Rush To Judgement, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last Wednesday Nick Anderson of the Magic called a press conference to deny that he had raped a woman last February. It was an emotional scene at which a tearful Anderson told the press that a complaint had been filed with Orlando police in early October, and that he had been threatened with public exposure by the Pan African InterNational Movement (PAIN) unless he paid them $600,000.


Bulls Sweep Magic - The Osceola Bucs?, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1996

Bulls Sweep Magic - The Osceola Bucs?, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is quite amazing that you can leave town for ten days and in such a short time nearly everything has changed in sportsworld Orlando.


Hockey Fans And Magic Fans Compared, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1996

Hockey Fans And Magic Fans Compared, Richard C. Crepeau

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College Basketball: The Coaches Game, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1996

College Basketball: The Coaches Game, Richard C. Crepeau

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As we approach the Final Four, the Big Dance, and the New Jersey swamps, I am reminded of Al McGuire's comment that professional basketball is a player's game, while college basketball is a coaches game. Nearly all the great programs are associated with great coaches: Wooden at UCLA, Smith at North Carolina, Rupp at Kentucky.


Obsolete Arenas And Stadia, Even New Ones Like Orlando's, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1996

Obsolete Arenas And Stadia, Even New Ones Like Orlando's, Richard C. Crepeau

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In one of the more remarkable developments in the history of sports franchise movement, the National Football League has struck a deal with the city of Cleveland. The city gets some money and a promise, but in fact they still lose their team. In the meantime the moving vans are rolling out of Seattle. In both places the stadia have been decreed inadequate by owners of the same description.


Comebacks: Mario Lemieux And Jennifer Capriati, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1996

Comebacks: Mario Lemieux And Jennifer Capriati, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is the season for comebacks. The return of Magic Johnson to the Lakers last week was certainly the biggest news since the return of Michael Jordan to the Bulls last year. Thus far Johnson has been impressive in his Laker uniform, while Michael has been leading the Bulls to one of the greatest seasons in NBA history. Both comebacks seem to be successful and both are great sports stories.