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Sport And National Anthem, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 1996

Sport And National Anthem, Richard C. Crepeau

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The major flap over the suspension of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf from the Denver Nuggets by the NBA for failure to stand at attention for the National Anthem has been settled. In the midst of the controversy there was considerable discussion, and a great deal of misinformation was tossed around about the history of this ritual.


Jackie Robinson's First Spring In Daytona, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 1996

Jackie Robinson's First Spring In Daytona, Richard C. Crepeau

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On March 17,1946 the Montreal Royals played the Brooklyn Dodgers in a spring training game in Daytona Beach and Jackie Roosevelt Robinson wore the uniform of the Royals. History was made that day as Jackie Robinson broke the color line in organized baseball. Although overshadowed by Robinson's first game as a Brooklyn Dodger a little over a year later, this game in Daytona was an important step on the road to the desegregation of both baseball and America.


The Iditarod, Richard C. Crepeau Mar 1996

The Iditarod, Richard C. Crepeau

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It's the first week in March and in sporting terms that means it is the time of the first sounds of spring. No not the crack of the bat hitting ball, but the sounds of dogs barking and men and women urging them on down the trail. These are the sounds of "The Last Great Race on Earth," the Iditarod.


American Sporting Attitudes To Drugs, Aids, And The Tie., Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1996

American Sporting Attitudes To Drugs, Aids, And The Tie., Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past few weeks there have been several incidents and developments in the world of sport that offer some insight into the culture of sport as well as broader American attitudes toward sport.


Charles O. Finley Obit, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1996

Charles O. Finley Obit, Richard C. Crepeau

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Outrageous. Brilliant. Ignorant. Arrogant. Tasteless. Farsighted. Reactionary. Hilarious. Maddening. Mindless. Creative. Innovative. Destructive. He was all of these. And on Monday when I heard the announcement of his death, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed and how much I was disgusted by Charles Oscar Finley owner of the Kansas City-Oakland Athletics of the American League.


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.


Super Bowl Almost Super - Magic Johnson's Exile, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 1996

Super Bowl Almost Super - Magic Johnson's Exile, Richard C. Crepeau

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Is it over? Has the hype finally ended, or is it still echoing in your head almost a week after the clock ran out on the Pittsburgh Steelers.


The Triple X Super Bowl, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 1996

The Triple X Super Bowl, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is the mid-winter ritual of American life. It is the premier event on the American Sporting calendar. It is the Super Bowl. And this year it is Super Bowl XXX, the triple-X rated Super Bowl.


Super Bowl Xxx - Baseball Hof Electees - Interleague Play Coming, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 1996

Super Bowl Xxx - Baseball Hof Electees - Interleague Play Coming, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is that week between. The NFL divisional champions have been decided and the Super Bowl opponents are set. Now for the next ten days we will be bombarded with Super Bowl hype, as one of the great mid-winter rituals in American life takes place.


Ice Driving In Atlanta - Don Shula Retires, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 1996

Ice Driving In Atlanta - Don Shula Retires, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last Wednesday I left for Atlanta to attend the American Historical Society convention and interview candidates for a new faculty position. The weekend was a blur and I was generally out of touch with Sportsworld, although I was slightly aware of the events moving across the stage. I had little time to reflect on any of it.


Bucs Another Miserable Season, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 1996

Bucs Another Miserable Season, Richard C. Crepeau

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The body count for fired NFL coaches seems to be on the rise. Buddy Ryan got the boot in Phoenix the day after Christmas, less than twenty-four hours after his loss to Dallas. Sam Wyche was fired in Tampa with the next twenty-four hours. Meanwhile the Bucs themselves twist slowly in the wind, uncertain where they will be when the 1996 NFL season rolls around.


Bowl Names And Sponsors: Silliness Abounds, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1995

Bowl Names And Sponsors: Silliness Abounds, Richard C. Crepeau

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Already some of the big ones are behind us. The annual Blue-Gray Game in which the Confederacy tries to atone for the loss of the big game of 1865 was played in Montgomery, Alabama on Christmas Day. Once again the Gray was out maned. Then came the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl in which Aloha meant goodbye in any number of ways, and the Weiser Lock Copper Bowl, which asks the question what is a weiser lock and why would you want to lock weisers anyway?


Sports Books For Christmas, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1995

Sports Books For Christmas, Richard C. Crepeau

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With Christmas just a few days away and all those last minute gift ideas eluding you, I have come to offer a selection of books for the sports fan or fanatic on your Christmas list.


Nfl Season Concludes For Dallas, The Bucs And Miami - Florida H.S. Athletic Assn., Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1995

Nfl Season Concludes For Dallas, The Bucs And Miami - Florida H.S. Athletic Assn., Richard C. Crepeau

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This NFL season has had its share of surprises and disappointments, not to mention bizarre moments. Today I want to concentrate on three stories from this NFL season: the Bucs, the Dolphins, and the Switzer Stumble.


Crime And Punishment In Miami - Tax Evasion On The Autograph Circuit, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1995

Crime And Punishment In Miami - Tax Evasion On The Autograph Circuit, Richard C. Crepeau

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Crime and Punishment is one of the great novels of Russian Literature, it is a subject currently in the news in Florida, and it is the theme that unites three stories out of sportsworld this week.


In Memoriam: Sergei Grinkov, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1995

In Memoriam: Sergei Grinkov, Richard C. Crepeau

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These words of poet John Williams in "The Skaters" came to mind while contemplating the loss of beauty in the world that will result from the death of Sergei Grinkov. At age 28 his death came as a shock not only to those closest too him, but to anyone who has ever watched him and his skating partner perform their routines to near perfection. His partner, Yekaterina Gordeeva was with him on the ice at Lake Placid when he collapsed and died during a practice session some ten days ago.


Rich Devoss And The Girls - Orlando Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1995

Rich Devoss And The Girls - Orlando Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last week Larry Guest reported on the reluctance of the Orlando Magic to share this city with any other major league professional sports franchise. In the course of his column Guest quoted Magic owner Rich DeVoss as saying about his conversations with County Chairman Linda Chapin and Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood: "I talked to the girls and asked them how many sports dollars are there to go around in Orlando."


Sport As Business - The Nomadic Franchies Of The Nfl, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1995

Sport As Business - The Nomadic Franchies Of The Nfl, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the last several years I have had a running disagreement with a colleague over whether sport is simply a business or if it means something beyond the bottom line. Is there, or was there ever any sentiment in sport? The recent developments involving Cleveland and Baltimore raise these questions once again.


First World Series In Two Years, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 1995

First World Series In Two Years, Richard C. Crepeau

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Now that the first World Series in two years has ended it's time to reflect on the season, the playoffs and Series, as well as the current state of the game.


Native American Names And Symbols, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1995

Native American Names And Symbols, Richard C. Crepeau

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It would seem that we are living in an Age when any major event becomes the occasion for some group or another to grind their proverbial political axe. Sometimes the grinding hits a responsive chord, but at other times it has the effect of fingernails on the blackboard.


Baseball's Status In American Sport And Television, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1995

Baseball's Status In American Sport And Television, Richard C. Crepeau

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Sometimes the worst laid plans of mice and men cannot do their damage. In the case of the major league baseball owners again they tried. But try as they might, they haven't been able to destroy the post-season.


Eddie Robinson's Record And Greatness, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1995

Eddie Robinson's Record And Greatness, Richard C. Crepeau

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I went back to the College Preview Edition of The Sporting News and found not a word about him or his likely achievement. A week before the event an occasional mention was made in some of the sports columns across the country. On Saturday, the day of the event it was noted on most football telecasts, and there was even a half-time feature on ABC. And in the sport's television version of damning with faint praise, the game itself was televised on The Deuce, ESPN2, the cable network most of America has never seen.


The Trial Of O.J. Simpson, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 1995

The Trial Of O.J. Simpson, Richard C. Crepeau

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The end of the trial of O.J. Simpson once again raises the question of whether of not this was a sports story. ESPN the all sports cable network covered the trial, had their own expert lawyer analyst, covered the verdict, and had a special on Tuesday night summarizing the case. ESPN Radio along with most other sports talk networks and stations were also on hand to cover the verdict.


Jerry Jones And Revenue Sharing - Lords Of Baseball Fail On Settlement, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1995

Jerry Jones And Revenue Sharing - Lords Of Baseball Fail On Settlement, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is the week of the owners. In the NFL Jerry Jones, liege lord of Dallas, decided to take on his fellow owners in a challenge to one of the leagues oldest and most revered traditions, while at the same time signing Deion Sanders at the price of a king's ransom.


U.S. Open: Seles And Graf, Agassi And Sampras, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1995

U.S. Open: Seles And Graf, Agassi And Sampras, Richard C. Crepeau

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After the Cal Ripken experience last week it's difficult to come back to reality and deal with the assorted goodies that sportsworld has dealt us in recent days. The crime report out of Nebraska shows us that Oklahoma and Miami are not the only programs that harbor troubled youth. The stories out of Dallas involving Jerry Jones, Nike, Pepsi, and Deion Sanders remind us just how central money has become in sport. While local heroes show us the arrogance of fame and fortune at the Waffle House.


Ripkin Catches And Passes Gehrig, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 1995

Ripkin Catches And Passes Gehrig, Richard C. Crepeau

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On Tuesday, the day Cal Ripken tied Lou Gehrig's record at 2130 games, I opened my mail to find the latest copy of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. On page 55 was a short story titled "Streaks" by David Zang. It is a very funny story of a Baltimore fan who takes it upon himself to end Cal's streak and it involves the O's mascot.


Sports Madness: Boxing, Baseball, Ncaa, The Bucs, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1995

Sports Madness: Boxing, Baseball, Ncaa, The Bucs, Richard C. Crepeau

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The volume of accumulated goofiness is once again reaching environmentally dangerous levels. ESPN is in danger of being transformed into Comedy Central.


Jim Brown, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1995

Jim Brown, Richard C. Crepeau

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Today when the College Football Hall of Fame finally inducts Jim Brown, one of the greatest runners of all-time, it will be correcting one wrong. When they induct Paul Robeson they will be correcting an injustice.


In Memoriam: Mickey Mantle, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1995

In Memoriam: Mickey Mantle, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was just a few weeks ago that we went through the spectacle of Mickey Mantle's liver transplant which gave us a preview of the sort of emotional outpouring that would come at his death. At the time the surgery seemed to be a success and there was hope that Mickey would survive. We now know that this was not to be, as the cancer spread quickly throughout Mickey's body. His doctors tell us that they have never seen such a virulent form of cancer as it moved with incredible speed. But then with Mickey nothing was ordinary.