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Catalan Independence: How Different from U.S. Declaration?

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona

By happenstance, we are in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, a day or two ahead of what could be a momentous local decision — declaring independence from Spain. We had planned months ago to meet up with a friend here, a leading tourist destination a few hours south of the Spain-France border. We had no idea […]

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Catalonia, FC Barcelona and Football Chaos

October 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, soccer, Spain, Sports Journalism, UAE, World Cup

Catalonia took another step on the road to sovereign status in a referendum today. And, as we typically do in reflecting the world of sports, we make it about us. To wit: “If  Catalonia leaves Spain … what does this mean for FC Barcelona and the Spanish league and the Spanish national team?” The short […]

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Euro Soccer’s Crazed Spending Spree

August 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Baseball, NBA, NFL

Oh, for the comparatively sane salaries of American sports! The NFL gives out big contracts but rarely means it — most of the money is not guaranteed and often is not paid out. The NBA spends enormous sums on players but 1) the league has a salary cap, which taxes big-spending clubs and 2) its […]

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Referees Need Steady Support, Even Against Cristiano Ronaldo

August 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Football, soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo is not above the law of soccer. Neither is his club, Real Madrid. Any player who shoves a referee deserves whatever ban he is given — in this case, five matches. The game has a serious problem with players, coaches and fans heaping verbal abuse on officials, especially the referee. And sometimes the […]

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Neymar and Irving: 25 and Taking a Chance on Themselves

August 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Basketball, Football, soccer

The NBA has fans outside of North America, but not tons of them. So the stunning similarity of what soccer’s Neymar has done and what the NBA’s Kyrie Irving wants to do may have gone largely unnoticed in the vast realm of global sports. In short, it is this: Each is is a star, each […]

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Barcelona and a Love-Hate Relationship with Tourists

June 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, tourism, Travel

No, it’s not just your imagination. Many of the 1.6 million residents of Barcelona can be a bit abrupt. A bit impatient. A bit aggrieved. Those conditions can be the product of decades and decades under the thumb (in their telling) of the Spanish capital, Madrid. More recently, it has been about the inundation, over […]

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Barcelona and Revisiting Main Site of the 1992 Summer Olympics

June 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, NBA, Olympics, Spain, Sports Journalism

I first traveled to Barcelona in the summer of 1992 to help cover the Summer Olympics for Gannett News Service. I was very impressed with the place. It had charm. It had class. It organized a very fine Olympics. It seemed like a city people would want to see, if they knew about it. And […]

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The Deeply Compromised ‘Epic’ Barcelona Comeback

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Champions League, Football, soccer

Isn’t it grand when someone writes a piece taking a position you wholeheartedly endorse? Especially when you begin to wonder if you are the only one who feels that way? That is what happened today when a staffer at The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, published a commentary pointing out the “dark arts” (that is, […]

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Paris: Where You Can Leave Your Heart … and Your Wallet

October 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Barcelona, Paris, tourism, Travel

I had been in Paris barely 10 minutes today when I had my pocket picked. Arrived from the south of the country on the fast train into Gare de Lyon, made my way downstairs to the Metro’s 1 line, got into a jammed car just as the doors were about to close … and then […]

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Welcome to Barcelona! Like to Buy a Messi Shirt?

August 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Barcelona, Football, soccer, Spain

Estacio Sants is the main train station in Barcelona. In case you have lost track of where you have stepped off the train from, say, France … the famous local football team has a merchandise store you can hardly miss as you exit the station — one of (by my count) nine such stores in […]

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