July 2, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 21
Ready to take flight one more time, looking forward to home, sweet, home
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A very weary soul is writing this piece this morning.
July 1, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 20
The case of the broken door knob
SALAVADOR, Brazil -- The main topic of today's diary is a door knob. Yes a door knob.
June 30, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 19
Going from heaven to hell and back again
SALAVADOR, Brazil -- One thing that I have learned about the World Cup in general and the event being in Brazil in particular, is that you can go from heaven to hell and back to heaven again in an extremely short time.
June 29, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 18)
When eating (sleeping and exercising) is a luxury
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- When you have gone to enough World Cups as I have, you learn from experience, sometimes bad experiences. But you learn.
June 28, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 17)
Weary sportswriters are fraying at the edges
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- It is almost three weeks into this adventure for many of the American media and there is a certain amount of weariness that has crept into our bodies and souls.
June 27, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 16
The case of too many Michaels
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- I have nothing against the name Michael. After all, it has been my favorite name all my life.
June 26, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 15)
No, blame it on the rain of biblical proportions
RECIFE, Brazil -- 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:
June 24, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 13
Following a daily regimen, sort of
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- When you're traveling in the World Cup, you try to keep good habits.
June 23, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 12
How revered the Brazilan team really is
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- I sit here in the U.S. Soccer media center at our hotel with two televisions on at the same time
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
For someone who is so conscious of packing everything away, I made a mistake today.
June 19, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 8
Interviews in the morning, a game in the afternoon
SAO PAOLO, Brazil - You learn to pace yourself at the World Cup.
June 18, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 7
A rarwe day off from the grind, but not from work
SAO PAULO, Brazil - For the first time that I can remember in my eight World Cups, I actually had a day off on Wednesday.
June 17, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 6
Things they don't teach you in J-school
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Some things that they don't teach you in journalism school:
June 16, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAYS 4,5
No blame it on the bus driver in Natal
NATAL, Brazil - For the first time since I arrived here Thursday, I accomplished a first:
June 16, 2014
U.S. World Cup wins are few and far between for this writer
NATAL, Brazil - Psst!
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
NATAL, Brazil -- 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
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- It's incredible what a good night's sleep, a hot shower and a breakfast will do for one's spirits.
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