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Yankees, Jeffer Maier, George And Reggie - Braves And Cards, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1996

Yankees, Jeffer Maier, George And Reggie - Braves And Cards, Richard C. Crepeau

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While sitting around waiting for Gene Budig's resignation as American League president, or even for someone in the press to suggest that it might be appropriate, I have been trying to see as much of the American and National League Championship Series as possible--or the LCS as it is called, which sounds more like a religious cult than a sporting event. There has been some interesting baseball and even more interesting American melodrama.


Baseball's Musical Managerial Chairs: Minority Hiring Weak, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1996

Baseball's Musical Managerial Chairs: Minority Hiring Weak, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past few weeks I have noticed a familiar phenomenon in baseball which is reflective of sport generally. The annual purge of the managerial ranks in baseball has begun after a relatively quiet regular season. The most spectacular of the regular season firings was that of Tommy LaSorda in Los Angeles although it was thinly disguised as a resignation for health reasons. Bill Russell was named interim manager and after some doubts were raised the former shortstop had the interim removed yesterday.


Remarkable Baseball Season Ends, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1996

Remarkable Baseball Season Ends, Richard C. Crepeau

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A remarkable baseball season came to a raucous close this past weekend casting several shadows over what should be glowing memories as we swing headlong into playoff baseball and the World Series. Any number of great stories, great achievements, and satisfying moments marked this season of record breaking hitting and home runs, and the Texas Rangers/Washington Senators finally reached post-season play.


College Football's Rap Sheet, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1996

College Football's Rap Sheet, Richard C. Crepeau

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All the color and pageantry of college football have returned. We've already experienced this year's first game of the century, and this year's first game of the decade. It's a wonderful time of year, when footballs fill the air and college athletes fill the courtrooms, police blotters, and the investigative time of the NCAA all across America.


Hockey's Team Canada: Some Painful History, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1996

Hockey's Team Canada: Some Painful History, Richard C. Crepeau

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No one in my neighborhood ran into the streets and fired a gun in the air. The cars along the expressways were neither blinking their lights nor honking their horns. Even in the sports' bars, the community halls of sport in the late 20th century, the event passed without much notice as college football remained the central attraction late last Saturday night. Yet Wayne Gretzky called it "devastating," "a hard loss to swallow," and assumed that his countrymen were crushed.


Great Moments In The Last Two Weeks In Abundance, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1996

Great Moments In The Last Two Weeks In Abundance, Richard C. Crepeau

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In the last few weeks there has been an usual abundance of great moments in the games we love, a deluge of achievements and drama and struggle: Moments that have been historic and moments that have reached those heights of athletic achievement that make us all feel privileged that we were witnesses to greatness, as well as moments that demonstrate the best of human possibilities.


Ucf Football At Division Ia - Death Of Ucf Coach Jerry Richardson: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1996

Ucf Football At Division Ia - Death Of Ucf Coach Jerry Richardson: A Tribute, Richard C. Crepeau

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Just over a week ago two events took place that will have a profound effect on the University of Central Florida as well as its athletic program.


Tiger Woods Turns Pro, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

Tiger Woods Turns Pro, Richard C. Crepeau

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By the time Mozart was twenty he had several symphonies under his belt and was the toast of the European music world, so I suppose that the accomplishments of Eldrick Woods at age twenty are not all that fantastic. Nonetheless "Tiger" Woods is the toast of much more than the golf world as he turns professional this week.


Baseball Negotiation - Movie Review: Tin Cup, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

Baseball Negotiation - Movie Review: Tin Cup, Richard C. Crepeau

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Oh those wonderful owners. It was just ten days ago that it seemed like baseball was ready for a settlement and a new collective bargaining agreement. Donald Fehr and Randy Levine seemed to have reached an agreement after the owners had given Levine a green light to bargain even on the issue of service time. Then the owners reverted to form and pulled the rug out from under their chief negotiator.


The "Women's Olympics", Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

The "Women's Olympics", Richard C. Crepeau

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It was being touted as the Women's Olympics even before it started. As the games proceeded and especially as the U.S. Women turned in excellent performances the claim that this was the Year of the Woman at the Olympics was re-enforced. But what did that mean?


Nbc's Version Of The Women's Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

Nbc's Version Of The Women's Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was being touted as the Women's Olympics even before it started. As the 1996 Olympic games proceeded and especially as the U.S. Women turned in excellent performances the claim that this was the Year of the Woman at the Olympics was reinforced. But what did that mean?


Olympic Games: Bombs, U.S. Women's Soccer, Ethiopian Runners, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Olympic Games: Bombs, U.S. Women's Soccer, Ethiopian Runners, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Olympic games took one of those nasty, although not totally unexpected twists, Friday night. In Centennial Park a bomb went off and reminded everyone how vulnerable we all are in the modern city. For those killed and wounded it was of course much more than a symbolic event, and for those of us watching this staged pageant from the comfort of our homes it was a reality check.


Commercialism Runs Amok At The Olympics :Uberroth's Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Commercialism Runs Amok At The Olympics :Uberroth's Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau

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Question: What one-hundred-year-old institution has become the biggest marketplace in the world? Answer: The Centennial Olympic Games.


Fight Breaks Out At Fight - Salary Jumps - Kirby Puckett Retires, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Fight Breaks Out At Fight - Salary Jumps - Kirby Puckett Retires, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was a week that featured the ridiculous and the sublime, and as usual the former exceeded the latter. I had planned to have an Olympic topic this week but events intervened and forced themselves upon us.


Sport In Russia And The Power Of The Nba - Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Sport In Russia And The Power Of The Nba - Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is almost a sense that time stops when you leave the country and go off to a place in which the media presence is minimal, and in a language you can neither speak nor read. You get a very good reality check as the obsessions of the world of sport, the daily patterns of wins and losses, the battles over money and egos, all fade quickly to the background.


Youth Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Youth Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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There has been a commercial running on the tube the past few months in which a young father is sitting at a Little League baseball game with a cellular telephone. After the kid comes to bat and gets a hit dad dials up mom and passes on the news. High tech has come to Little League baseball. Dad can connect Mom to the game instantaneously, and of course in the World of TV the news is good. The kid gets a base hit. In the next version mom will run to the computer and send the news to grandma on ...


Melodrama, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1996

Melodrama, Richard C. Crepeau

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Did you ever stop to think that Dennis Rodman is the author of the number one best selling non-fiction book in America? Other than the fact that this gives the term "non-fiction" a peculiar meaning, what does this say about the current state of affairs in American Sport and American Society?


Tom Osborne Father Flanagan, And Lawrence Phillips, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1996

Tom Osborne Father Flanagan, And Lawrence Phillips, Richard C. Crepeau

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The State of Nebraska is not exactly the hub of the universe. In the last half century it has been best known for two things: Father Flanagan's Boys Town and college football. It would seem now that these once separate attractions have been joined together. Tom Osborne, football coach at Nebraska has become the new Father Flanagan. Boys Town has moved from Omaha to Lincoln.


Father's Day Tribute To My Father, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1996

Father's Day Tribute To My Father, Richard C. Crepeau

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This week for Father's Day I want to talk about the man who taught me a love of sport, and especially a love of baseball, and who taught me much about life.


Opening Day In Cincinnati And The Death Of Umpire John Mcsherry, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1996

Opening Day In Cincinnati And The Death Of Umpire John Mcsherry, Richard C. Crepeau

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The opening of Baseball Season is a time to celebrate, a time of renewal and hope. It is in some ways one of the most joyous days on the American Sports Calendar. Full of optimism this day offers the promise of summer, the renewal of spring, the spectacle of a great and grand ritual.


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.


Wanda Holloway, Richard C. Crepeau May 1996

Wanda Holloway, Richard C. Crepeau

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A few years ago a classic American drama unfolded in Channelview, Texas, where Wanda Holloway, 37, was charged with attempted murder. The charge was that Wanda tried to hire a hit man to kill Verna Heath whose daughter Amber was pushing Shanna Holloway, Wanda's little girl, to defeat in the school cheerleading competition. This was a story that touched the hearts of all Americans and is still available on video.


Dwight Gooden, Richard C. Crepeau May 1996

Dwight Gooden, Richard C. Crepeau

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In New York everything is the biggest and the best. The highs are higher and the lows are lower. It is of course the center of the American universe. Just ask anyone from New York and they will be more than happy to tell you.


A Bizarre Week - Hoosiers In Indiana And Minnesota - Death Of Jimmy The Greek, Richard C. Crepeau May 1996

A Bizarre Week - Hoosiers In Indiana And Minnesota - Death Of Jimmy The Greek, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been the strangest and wackiest several weeks in memory in the world of sport. Lawrence Taylor is busted for cocaine, Marge Schott shoots from the mouth like an AK 47 in heat, Brett Butler is diagnosed with cancer, David Cone has surgery for an aneurysm in his shoulder, Magic Johnson retires again, and it just goes on and on and on.


Welfare For Florida's Nba Franchises, Richard C. Crepeau May 1996

Welfare For Florida's Nba Franchises, Richard C. Crepeau

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I picked up the newspaper last weekend and saw on the front page under the headline, "New Welfare Era Dawning," two related stories. The first was about welfare reform. Florida's welfare to-work bill was just passed by the State Legislature. The bill will require the 170,000 parents on Florida's welfare rolls to find jobs, and will limit, to four years, the time that anyone can receive medical benefits, subsidies for children, and other dependency-creating luxuries so generously supplied by the state over the years.


Isaac Murphy: A Great Jockey And A Victim Of Segregation In Horse Racing, Richard C. Crepeau May 1996

Isaac Murphy: A Great Jockey And A Victim Of Segregation In Horse Racing, Richard C. Crepeau

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Isaac Murphy is not a name commonly known in American Sport, and even among those who follow horse-racing it is not likely to evoke wide recognition. But on this day before the Kentucky Derby it might be worth recalling the career of Isaac Murphy because he was one of the greatest jockeys in the history of the event and one of the greatest jockeys in racing history. Murphy was one of many African-Americans who played a major role in horse-racing in the United States until early in the Twentieth Century when African-Americans were systematically removed from the sport.


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

Hockey Fans And Magic Fans Compared, Richard C. Crepeau

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Nba Referees: A Problem On Many Fronts - Trouble In Magic Land, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1996

Nba Referees: A Problem On Many Fronts - Trouble In Magic Land, Richard C. Crepeau

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What a week this has been. Greg Norman provides us with one of the great collapses of all time. Magic Johnson provides us with shattered glass from his house. While the Orlando Magic both collapse and shatter. And questions abound about the refs in the NBA, those wonderful marvelous fellows who everyone was anxious to have back on the court when they went missing at the beginning of the season.


Baseball Opens In Seattle - Fantasy Baseball Is Growing, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1996

Baseball Opens In Seattle - Fantasy Baseball Is Growing, Richard C. Crepeau

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Baseball season is here. Those of us in Florida have said goodbye to spring training, which once had the ambiance of relaxation and play, and now is a speck on the major league entertainment juggernaut. The last players have been cut, the minor leagues no longer wear major league uniforms, some dreams are over and others soon will be. The cry of play ball has been heard across the snow covered landscape.


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.