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The New Minnesota, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2018

The New Minnesota, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is the “Bold North.”

The “Frozen Tundra” has been jettisoned and the “Bold North” is the new brand for Minnesota. I am assuming that this is the winter label only, and that the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” still reigns over that small window of time called summer, or if you prefer, August.


The National Champion, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2018

The National Champion, Richard C. Crepeau

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Here in Orlando the National College Football Champions received their trophy about one hour before the kickoff of the FBS National Championship Game in Atlanta. They also had a National Championship parade at Disney World on Sunday.


College Football, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2011

College Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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Staged events are seldom convincing and often offensive. About two weeks ago the President of THE Ohio State University, Gordon Gee decided to stage a public apology for his comments several weeks earlier in which he used the Little Sisters of the Poor as a punch line for criticism of scheduling by lesser football teams than his group of tainted national champions.


More Corruption In College Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2009

More Corruption In College Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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The story began with this line:

The NCAA placed Alabama's football program and 15 other of the school's athletic teams on three years' probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks.


The Bc$; Football's (Non) Diversity, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2009

The Bc$; Football's (Non) Diversity, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is something so right about college football this year. On January 2, nearly a week before the so-called BC$ National Championship game, there is a legitimate national champion already in place. On the 2nd of January in some bowl game somewhere Utah stomped all over Alabama. You will remember the Crimson Tide from earlier this season when they were ranked by several experts, computers, and their fans as Number One in the nation. We know that Utah is the national champion, not because they rolled all over the Tide, 31-17, but because they are the only undefeated team in ...


Silly Season Miscellany, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2008

Silly Season Miscellany, Richard C. Crepeau

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

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

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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.


Bobby Petrino Gets Going, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2007

Bobby Petrino Gets Going, Richard C. Crepeau

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He has been found. Call off the search. We now have the new poster boy for College Football.


Bcs, Coach Buyouts, And Overtimes, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2007

Bcs, Coach Buyouts, And Overtimes, Richard C. Crepeau

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As the college football season comes to its close, there are any number of absurdities and idiocies to contemplate. As usual they will be remarked upon by the fawning press and then passed over in favor of the more serious issues such as, who is number one?


Dying For Football, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2007

Dying For Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the last several months, the newest revenue stream in college athletics appeared in the form of a life insurance scheme. Oklahoma State led the way with this idea which involved taking out $100,000 life insurance policies on major boosters. The idea was to generate a new source of revenue from those boosters dying to help produce winning athletic teams. Other institutions of higher athletics have rushed to put such a program in place on their campuses.