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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

July 25, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The battle of NY soccer officially kicks off with three separate events within a 24-hour span

The battle for New York soccer has begun in earnest. And if you needed to be reminded of that, you only needed to notice three disparate functions held by the three professional teams in the area over a 22-hour period Wednesday and Thursday.


July 10, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering a great photographer and a gentle soul

He had this drawl, this Texan drawl that if I closed my eyes, I would have sworn it was JR Ewing talking. Well, Phil Stephens was from Texas, actually Dallas, Texas, which explained a lot in the similarities in the voice, sometimes in his laugh as well.


July 5, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Tim Howard: an appreciation

With three minutes remaining in the New York/New Jersey MetroStars' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 18, 1998, goalkeeper Tim Howard blocked Wolde Harris' shot from point-blank range to put the proper punctuation on victory.


July 2, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 21)
Ready to take flight one more time, I am looking forward to home, sweet, home

A very weary soul is writing this piece this morning.


July 1, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 20)
The mystery of the broken door knob

The main topic of today's diary is a door knob, yes a door knob. Actually, it is the door knob of our room, room 1003 at the Sol Victoria Marina Hotel.


June 30, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 19)
Going from heaven to hell and back again

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, 2914
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 18)
When eating (sleeping and exercising) is a luxury

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 can fray at the edges

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 28, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
BigAppleSoccer.com.editor celebrates four decades of sports reporting with a unique interview

It was 40 years ago Tuesday -- June 24 -- that BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis started his first professional job as a sportswriter with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Since then he has labored for several newspapers and publications, including Newsday and the New York Daily News, BigAppleSoccer.com and TropiGol.com.


June 27, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 16)
The case of too many Michaels

I have nothing against the name Michael. After all, it has been my favorite name all my life. But apparently when you get too many Michaels (or Mikes) together in Brazil, especially in the same traveling group, well, strange things can happen.


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.


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