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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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The gentleman was in is early thirties and wore a black t-shirt with "House of Babes" printed across the front. On the back were three less than virginal looking cartoon bikini babes accentuated by interesting words like "nasty" and "feisty." He was sitting in the front row at the Orlando Arena. It was not a Magic game.


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.


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.