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Million Dollar Baby (Spoiler Warning!), Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2005

Million Dollar Baby (Spoiler Warning!), Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

I will start today with a warning, something that perhaps I should do more often. The subject today is the film "Million Dollar Baby." If you have not seen the film and intend to see it you may want to stop reading now. Reading this will reveal things you don't want to know before you see the film.


"Ali" The Film: A Review, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

"Ali" The Film: A Review, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Across the world in this century there is no other sports figure better known and more admired than Muhammad Ali. In the United States there may be no sports figure more admired and reviled in any century than Muhammad Ali. For these and other reasons the opening of the film "Ali" today is a much-anticipated event.


"When We Were Kings", Richard C. Crepeau May 1997

"When We Were Kings", Richard C. Crepeau

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The year was 1974 and the place was Zaire. The event was the Rumble in the Jungle. The principal characters were Muhammad Ali, Don King, and George Foreman. After nearly twenty-three years the documentary of that happening has made it to the big screen, and indeed it won the Oscar for Best Documentary of the year.


Holyfield And Tyson - When Magic Play At Arena, City Loses Money, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1996

Holyfield And Tyson - When Magic Play At Arena, City Loses Money, Richard C. Crepeau

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A week after the Boston College story broke the gamblers took a bath, not on college football but on the godfather of sports gambling, boxing. Evander Holyfield's upset of the century over Mike Tyson was a disaster for those who set the odds and cover the bets. With odds running 25-1 to open and dropping to 5-1 just before the fight, bookmakers lost several million dollars. Major money was placed on Holyfield in the last few days, at least some of it coming from the Holyfield camp itself, and the smart money on the favorite never surfaced as betting ...