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MICHAEL LEWIS

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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
OFFSIDE REMARKS
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.


June 12, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO
Getting ready for a crazy eighth World Cup

SAO PAULO - How appropriate.


June 11, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
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.


May 22, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
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 since when he starred in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup team in 1999 through helping the Americans to a fourth-place finish.


April 7, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
DiCicco would make a good candidate to replace Sermanni

During his conference call with the media on Monday, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said that he had a short list of candidates to replace the departed Tom Sermanni as U.S. women's national coach.


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