June 26, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 15)
No, blame it on the rain of biblical proportions
I write this piece on the FIFA media bus to the stadium, stuck in traffic. I was hoping to write this on the official U.S. Soccer media bus, but it never showed at our hotel for an 8:30 a.m. departure.
June 25, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 14
No matter how bad you have it, someone else is worse off somewhere else
RECIFE, Brazil -- A couple of things that I learned in life: Everything is relative. And someone always has it worse than you.
June 24, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 13)
Following a daily regimen (sort of)
When you're traveling in the World Cup, you try to keep good habits. That includes eating well as much as you can, catching sleeping and keeping an exercise schedule.
June 23, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 12)
How revered the Brazilian team really is
I sit here in the U.S. Soccer media center at our hotel with two televisions on at the same time to watch a series of games as the third phase of the group stage will be played.
June 22, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 11) --
No, blame it on the Hotel Millenium and no or little internet
MANAUS, Brazil -- In the classic Airplane! 2 movie, there is a precious scene in which Julie Hagerty has to tell the passengers on the space shuttle that they are off course in their journey to the moon and that asteroids are hitting the space ship. The passengers are quite calm.
June 21, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 10)
Where patience is a virtue and then some
MANAUS, Brazil -- Sometimes I think we're in a reality show here at the World Cup, except we just don't know it.
June 20, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 9
The crisis of the missing notebook
Stupid me. For someone who is so conscious of packing everything away, I made a mistake today. Not a blunder, not a howler, but a stupid mistake, all the same.
June 18, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 7
A rare day off from the daily grind, but not from work
For the first time that I can remember in my eight World Cups, I actually had a day off on Wednesday. There was no USA training or media availability and no games to cover; England will tussle with Uruguay here on Thursday.
June 17, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 6
Things they don't teach you in J-school
Some things that they don't teach you in journalism school: Writing on ridiculous deadlines, cranking out stories while the media bus is bouncing along to the airport, sending stories from the check-in counter at the airport and taking a 2:50 a.m. flight from Natal, Brazil to Sao Paulo.
June 16, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAYS 4 AND 5
No, blame it on the bus driver in Natal
For the first time since I arrived here Thursday, I did accomplished a first -- I got some sleep. Actually eight hours of it. I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. and woke up at 6:30 a.m., although it took a while for me to wake up.
June 16, 2014
U.S. WC wins are few and far between for this writer
Psst! I'll let you in on a little secret, although no one, no one at all, is supposed to tell U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann about it or he will ban me from attending his team's games at the World Cup.
June 14, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 3
A dog day night at the local mall and flying into a city where it is raining cats and dogs
All work and no play will make anyone a dull boy or girl. It also could drive a sportswriter insane.
June 13, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 2
A nightmare day from hell in Sao Paulo
It's incredible what a good night's sleep, a hot shower and a breakfast will do for one's spirits. I needed all three after my day from hell on Thursday.
June 12, 2014
DONíT BLAME IT ON RIO
Getting ready for a crazy eighth World Cup
How appropriate. I began this column sitting in the departure lounge of Terminal 8 at JFK Airport, awaiting my flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The number eight certainly hit the spot; this will be my eighth World Cup.
June 11, 2014
32 things that are bound to happen at a World Cup
There have been more than enough World Cups -- Brazil 2014 will be No. 19 -- to notice a number of trends and stuff repeating again and again -- the good, the bad and the ugly. So, after a while you get a gut feeling of what just might happen.
June 10, 2014
The key to survival on Brazilian trip? Patience
The key to surviving a two-week stay in Brazil? It's patience, with some more patience and if you have any questions, you should have patience.
June 9, 2014
How to get to Brazil in 44 hours
Remember the movie, "Around the World in 80 Days?" Well, this is a miniature version of it: Around the Caribbean in 44 Hours."
June 9, 2014
27 years on: an unforgettable Brazilian odyssey that was hectic, but quite amazing
It was 27 years ago this summer that yours truly went on a trip of lifetime with the Long Island Junior Soccer League Boys Under-16 team to Brazil. This diary by BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis details what is was like on a trip of a lifetime.
June 6, 2014
Getting so close to history, yet not getting a chance to see it made
With California Chrome preparing to make history at Belmont Park on Saturday, BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewisí thoughts go back to another Triple Crown race at the racetrack some four decades ago.
May 22, 2014
Donovan's exclusion is shocking and yet it isn't
So, Landon Donovan did not make the U.S. World Cup team. How shocking. How stunning. How surprising -- given what he has done for U.S. Soccer.
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