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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.


Money And The Nba - Nbc And Winter Olympics - Track And Field Records, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1995

Money And The Nba - Nbc And Winter Olympics - Track And Field Records, Richard C. Crepeau

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There are any number of extraordinary stories in sportsworld this week, and most of them have to do with money. First and foremost is the turmoil surrounding the NBA where a very ugly scenario has developed involving an attempt by agents to decertify the Players Association and take total control of the economics of the game. Late Tuesday night came word that a new agreement has been reached by the League and the Players Association, but it remains to be seen if Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and their puppet masters will accept it.


Catching Up After Peace Corps Reunion In Ethiopia, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1995

Catching Up After Peace Corps Reunion In Ethiopia, Richard C. Crepeau

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When I left a month ago for a Peace Corps reunion in Ethiopia the Phillies were in first place and the Braves were futilely chasing them; Scott Erickson, Mark Guthrie, Kevin Tapani, and Rick Aguellera were all Minnesota Twins; and Wimbledon had just started.


Honoring: Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn And Leon Day, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1995

Honoring: Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn And Leon Day, Richard C. Crepeau

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On Sunday at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York that yearly ritual of induction will take place for the 56th time. Once again those players who have been chosen by the Baseball Writer's Association of America or by the Veterans Committee will have their great day of recognition as being among the elite players of the National Pastime.


Chicago St. Louis Phoenix Cardinals, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1995

Chicago St. Louis Phoenix Cardinals, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Al Davis Oakland Los Angeles Irwindale Raiders are heading back to Oakland; the Chicago St. Louis Phoenix Cardinals are revving the engines on the moving vans headed to Los Angeles; the New York Yankees have signed Darryl Strawberry to a contract to play baseball; the New Jersey Devils have swept the Detroit Red Wings and won Lord Stanley's Cup on their way to Nashville; and Mike Tyson was honored as a hero in a public ceremony in Harlem.


Ty Cobb, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1995

Ty Cobb, Richard C. Crepeau

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Was he the greatest ballplayer of all time? He thought so and told everyone who would and would not listen that he was. In the first voting for entrance into the Hall of Fame Ty Cobb outpolled all his rivals. Ernest Hemmingway thought him one of the greatest, but also a despicable human being. It is this latter view that dominates the portrayal of Ty Cobb by Tommy Lee Jones in this stunning and deeply disturbing film just released on home video.


Mickey Mantle, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1995

Mickey Mantle, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been a long time since there was so much talk of heroes around the sports scene. Two weeks ago this talk was precipitated by the news that Mickey Mantle was paying the price for his alcoholism and would undergo a liver transplant. Of interest to me was the fact that virtually no one suggested that Mantle was any less a great American hero in the face of his well documented alcoholism.


Baseball's All-Star Game, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1995

Baseball's All-Star Game, Richard C. Crepeau

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Baseball's All-Star Game is coming up on Tuesday at The Ball Park in Arlington, one of the newest, and by most accounts one of the most beautiful of the new stadiums. Although the concept of an All-Star game dates back to 1858 and a game between allstar teams from Brooklyn and New York, it was sixty-two years ago that the first modern all-star game was held, July 6, 1933.


Magic In The Nba Finals Disappoint, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1995

Magic In The Nba Finals Disappoint, Richard C. Crepeau

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For an NBA expansion team to go to the NBA finals in its sixth season is a remarkable feat. For that team to be swept in the finals by a clearly superior team is not surprising. The Magic were outmanned, outgunned, outhustled, outcoached and outclassed by one of the great NBA teams of the last several decades. Clearly Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the best centers in the history of the game, and his supporting cast was nearly flawless.


Nba Officiating, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1995

Nba Officiating, Richard C. Crepeau

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It would be difficult to find any activity in sport as futile as criticizing NBA officials. Ever since the arrival of Shaquille O'Neal, complaining about refs has become one of the biggest growth industries in Orlando. Magic fans, sports writers and commentators, radio and TV broadcasters, Magic officials, coaches and players have all been moaning about the Shaq's treatment by the zebras.


The Strike Impact In The Nhl And Mlb, Richard C. Crepeau May 1995

The Strike Impact In The Nhl And Mlb, Richard C. Crepeau

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As the hockey playoffs roll on and the baseball season begins to take root, it might be a good time to try to make an initial assessment of the impact of the two strikes which affected both of these sports.


View From Russia - America's Cup - Ucf Baseball - Basketball Hall Of Fame, Richard C. Crepeau May 1995

View From Russia - America's Cup - Ucf Baseball - Basketball Hall Of Fame, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been a long two weeks away from the sports scene in the United States. It is really amazing how easily you can be cut off from it, and how unimportant it can seem from a distance of several thousands of miles. Out in the Ural region of Russia there is little news of the NBA or NHL playoffs, and little awareness of the intensity of the American sports scene. However one university student did ask me if I was from the same Orlando where the Magic and Shaquille O'Neil played.


100th Birthday Of Babe Ruth, Richard C. Crepeau May 1995

100th Birthday Of Babe Ruth, Richard C. Crepeau

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For a diversion last Friday night I headed off to Shea Stadium for the Mets' home opener with the Cardinals. It was a wild one with the Mets coming from behind to win 10-8. But it was even wilder among the fans. There were fights in the stands too numerous to count, including a evening ending brawl down the left field line that send two fans out on strechers with bandaged heads. No fewer that seven different game stoppages came as fans ran on the field. Some went to center field, one came sliding home, one literally stole third base ...


Little League And The Death Of Play, Richard C. Crepeau May 1995

Little League And The Death Of Play, 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 ...


In Memoriam: Howard Cossell, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1995

In Memoriam: Howard Cossell, Richard C. Crepeau

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There are nearly a half-dozen stories coming to focus over this past week that could be the subject of this week's commentary. Then Sunday morning came the news that Howard Cosell had died in New York during the night at age 77. He had been fighting a number of ailments over the past few years as he had faded from public view. The last significant public attention came a few months ago when he was given a richly deserved tribute at the ESPY awards.


Boston Marathon With The Red Sox, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1995

Boston Marathon With The Red Sox, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last Monday was Patriot's Day in Boston, the day of the Boston Marathon. For who knows how long now, the Red Sox have played an early afternoon game in the shadow of the Marathon. It seemed almost unnatural to watch those marathon highlights and not see them followed by scenes from Fenway Park.


The Master's, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1995

The Master's, Richard C. Crepeau

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Do you get the feeling when you watch the Master's on CBS that you are involved in a religious experience?


The Baseball Strike, Richard C. Crepeau Apr 1995

The Baseball Strike, Richard C. Crepeau

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After nearly eight months, some 232 days after it began, the strike by major league baseball players ended not at the bargaining table, but as the result of a judicial ruling by the youngest judge in the Southern District of New York. At age forty Judge Sonia Sotomayor is the first Puerto Rican appointed to the bench in this predominantly Puerto Rican district. A Yale Law Graduate, who grew up in South Bronx just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium, she was appointed to the bench by former Yale first-baseman George Bush on the recommendation of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan ...