Recalling a memorable game on the day The King died
It was quite easy for me to remember the 37th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley -- on Aug. 16, 1977. If you were around at the time, do you know where you were when you heard The King had died? I certainly know where I was.
August 13, 2014
There has to be a better way to avoid 3 1/2-hour weather delays in soccer
Through all my years of covering sports, I have followed a number of mantras. One of them happens to be: It's all about the players, not matter what the sport, no matter what the competition, no matter what level, youth or international.
August 12, 2014
ELLIS PICKS HER TEAM
19 players set for Switzerland game
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 19 players for the game with Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
August 12, 2014
Remembering Robin Williams, a surgical glove and Sepp Bladder
Everybody has his or her favorite memories of Robin Williams, who passed away Monday. Mine goes all the way back to the debut of Mork and Mindy, an entertaining television show that made us laugh, sometimes cry, but educated us about the human race.
August 8, 2014
So, just who will be the next Landon Donovan?
Now that Landon Donovan will retire at the end of this MLS season, I would like to know who is going to replace his playmaking and goal-scoring abilities on the national team?
August 7, 2014
Red Bulls, Cosmos paying the price for not bulking up as many of their foes did in the off-season
While doing some researching recently, I stumbled into a story yours truly wrote for Soccer America in 1980. This is what I wrote as the lede: Keep the status quote in this league and you may be in trouble -- Rule 6 from the North American Soccer League coach's survival handbook.
July 25, 2014
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
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
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
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.
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