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Richard C. Crepeau is a History Professor at the University of Central Florida teaching courses in American Sport History and the History of Baseball. He is the author of NFL FOOTBALL: A HISTORY OF AMERICA'S NEW NATIONAL PASTIME recently published by The University of Illinois Press. He has published a number of academic articles on the History of Sport,. He has been commenting on sport and social issues for the Sport Literature Association for twenty years. His

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Sport and Society for Arete - Super Bowl Superness

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 4:18 PM

The Rev. Norman Vincent Peale once said that if Jesus were alive today he would be at the Super Bowl. No doubt the Reverend was on to something.

It is Super Bowl Week. It is Super Bowl L, or for those who have abandoned their ties to the Roman...

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Sport and Society for Arete-The Rams Move On

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2016 | 11:49 AM

The City of Angels, Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, the second largest television market, the city of cars and air pollution, the city waiting for the next big earthquake, etc. etc. etc. It is a city that has not had a team in the National...

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Sport and Society for Arete-'Concussion' Movie Review

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 10:17 PM

Several months ago there was a minor flap over the fact that the National Football League was given the right to delete parts of the film "Concussion" before its general release to the public. At the time many, including myself, feared that the NFL would defang the bite of the...

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Sport and Society for Arete -- Concussions and the NFL

(2) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 1:23 PM

ESPN reported this week that the NFL had pulled funding for concussion research because one of the principal researchers was Dr. Robert Stern of Boston University who has been critical of the NFL. The grant was awarded by the National Institute of Health(NIH) and the NFL denied pulling out of...

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Sport and Society for Arete: Marathon Bowling

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 10:24 AM

Are you ready for some football? Are you ready for some mediocre football? Are you ready to watch teams that couldn't break even have their time in the spotlight at some nondescript bowl game?

If you are, now is your time. The first six of forty bowl games comes...

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Sport and Society for Arete: Pearl Harbor

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 10:27 AM

This piece on Pearl Harbor and Baseball was the fifteenth of this series of essays on Sport and Society. It dates from December of 1991 the 50th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and was written as a radio commentary for WUCF-FM, an NPR affiliate in Orlando. It aired...

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Sport and Society for Arete Extravagance

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 9:08 PM

In a recent analysis of the money flow in intercollegiate football, The Washington Post, laid out in considerable detail the not-so-surprising conclusion that revenue at the Power Five Conferences has increased dramatically over the past decade, while spending has exceeded the growth of revenue. Nationally between 2004 and...

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Sport and Society for Arete- Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:09 AM

As with all American traditions, if it happened once or twice it is one. Therefore I present my traditional Thanksgiving piece.

The History of Thanksgiving and of Football both can be traced back to the Middle Ages, and so it may not be so strange that the two would...

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Sport and Society for Arete- Missouri

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 4:30 PM

On Monday the protests on the campus of the University of Missouri came to their climax with the resignation of Tim Wolfe the president of the Missouri system, and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin of the Columbia campus. For the past several months students have been protesting a range of arbitrary...

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Sport and Society for Arete -- A Month to Remember

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 12:43 AM

For the past several weeks I have seen a multitude of stories from the wild world of sport that have struck me as something about which I wanted to write and set my brain whirring. Unfortunately for a number of reasons I have not been able to find the time...

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Sport and Society for Arete-Lary Brown's Hat Trick

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Larry Brown was awarded the hat trick this week by the NCAA. For the third time in his college coaching career Brown is the head basketball coach at a university whose basketball program was found to have violated NCAA regulations. The first came in the early eighties at UCLA where...

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Sport and Society for Arete -- U.S. Open

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 11:30 PM

Nearly every year the U.S. Open Tennis Championships seem to offer some remarkable match, a stunning upset, or tennis at an extremely high level. This year it showcased all three.

Another peculiarity is that some of the wildest and best tennis arrives between midnight and 1:30 a.m. This year...

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Sport and Society for Arete- Pharoah and Roger

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 9:56 PM

In the world of sport or in the world generally, how often can you say that today there are two major pieces of good news? Yesterday was such a day.

The first piece of good news came from the owner of American Pharoah, Ahmed Zayat, who announced that his...

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Sport and Society for Arete -- The Brady Bunch

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 11:03 PM

The success of the NFL derives in part from its mastery of the electronic media as the league is able to blanket that world at all times and places. There is no off-season for the NFL. On the rare occasion there can be drawbacks to this dominance. The last 72...

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Sport and Society for Arete -- Baseball's Hall of Fame

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 12:25 PM

This past Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department announced that it was dropping the obstruction of justice case against Barry Bonds. He had been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007 for testifying to a grand jury that he had never knowingly used anabolic steroids or human...

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Sport and Society for Arete - World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:22 PM

It was a remarkable performance. Two goals in five minutes, four goals in sixteen minutes. Five overall in a 5-2 World Cup Victory in front of over 53,000 fans in Vancouver. According to NPR, early reports put the peak U.S. television audience at nearly 23 million viewers. It is the...

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Sport and Society for Arete - A-Rod

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 11:21 PM

The past few weeks have been full of riveting sports. The Stanley Cup Final proved to be one of the most exciting in several years as no team enjoyed more than a one goal lead until the last few minutes of the final game. The NBA finals were marked by...

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Sport and Society for Arete - Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 10:19 AM

This was first written in 1992 for Father's Day shortly after my father's death which is now 23 years ago. It was originally a radio commentary for WUCF-FM in Orlando. I send it out each year as a tribute to my father and as a tribute to all fathers on...

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Sport and Society for Arete - Happy Valley

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 1:54 PM

Documentary film can be one of the most effective forms of journalism when done right. Happy Valley directed by Amir Bar-Lev is an impressive, haunting, and powerful example of documentary at its very best. The subject on its surface is the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal at Penn State University....

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Sport and Society for Arete -- Triple Crown

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 2:22 PM

It was a just a year ago when I wrote about the last attempt at a Triple Crown. This year, we are at that point again where a race of approximately two minutes and twenty seconds will either end a remarkable era of Triple Crown futility or extend it for...

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