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Futbol Diaries, Part 7: Mexico Sends a Message

June 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Road trip, soccer, World Cup

After the road trip came the game, the reason former colleague Damian Secore and I drove a rented Chevrolet Chevy to the Mexican capital for a 2006 World Cup qualifying match. Anyone who is a soccer fan should see a game in Azteca Stadium, if they get the chance. I have been there three times, […]

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Futbal Diaries, Part 6: Arrival in Mexico City

June 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Road trip, soccer, Sports Journalism, World Cup

I am perversely proud of driving from Tijuana to Mexico City for the 2006 World Cup qualifying match of March 2005, at the Estadio Azteca. The report, below, recounts the final leg — from Guadalajara to the distrito federale. As it turned out, co-pilot Damian Secore and I encountered just about zero problems across a […]

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Futbol Diaries, Part 5: Mexico Seeks ‘Total Destruction’

June 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Road trip, soccer, Sports Journalism, World Cup

Another installment in the 2005 Tijuana-to-Mexico City road trip report on a 2006 World Cup qualifying match pitting the United States against Mexico. I had forgotten about spending time, the previous night, in steamy San Blas watching the festivities for Holy Week. It was Mexico at its most festive and friendly. The 425 miles to […]

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Futbol Diaries, Part 4: Into the Jungle

June 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Road trip, soccer, Sports Journalism, World Cup

This was one of the more interesting legs of the 2005 road trip across Mexico to see the United States’ World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca. We had seen the map, and we knew we were leaving the desert, but we did not fully anticipate the massive shift in climates, once we entered Nayarit state. […]

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Super-Sized Road Trip: Postscript

February 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Road trip, Sports Journalism

Over the previous seven days I posted a preview and six on-the-road reports from a 2,431-mile drive across the continent on Interstate 10, from Ontario to Jacksonville, site of the 2005 Super Bowl. Some thoughts, after retyping on this blog those newspaper submissions from 12 years ago. –We did another drive on Saturday, the day […]

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Super-Sized Road Trip: Leg 6 to Jacksonville

February 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Road trip, Sports Journalism

Day 7 of the series and Leg 6 of the Interstate 10 road trip to the 2005 Super Bowl, 163 miles from Tallahassee, Fla., to Jacksonville — part of the 2,431 miles across Interstate 10 from Ontario, Calif., to Jacksonville. From February 5, 2005 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — We knew we had arrived when we whizzed […]

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Super-Sized Road Trip: Leg 5 to Tallahassee

February 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Road trip, Sports Journalism

Day 6 of the series and Leg 5 of the Interstate 10 road trip to 2005 Super Bowl, 383 miles from New Orleans to Tallahassee, Fla., part of the 2,431 miles across Interstate 10 from Ontario, Calif., to Jacksonville, Fla. From February 4, 2005 TALLAHASSEE, Florida — We Left Coast natives tend to view Florida […]

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Super-Sized Road Trip: Leg 2 to El Paso

January 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Road trip, Sports Journalism

Day 3 of the series and Leg 2 of the road trip to the 2005 Super Bowl, 434 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, Texas, Jacksonville — part of the 2,431 miles across Interstate 10 from Ontario, Calif., to Jacksonville. (The following report came before Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, became globally notorious for drug gangs — […]

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Super-Sized Road Trip: Leg 1 to Phoenix

January 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Road trip, Sports Journalism

Day 2 of the series and Leg 1 of the road trip to the 2005 Super Bowl, 350 miles from Ontario, Calif., to Phoenix, part of the 2,431 miles from Ontario to Jacksonville, Fla. From January 31, 2005 PHOENIX — The grizzled little man named “Mac” handles bets while sitting on a stool in an […]

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A Super-Sized Road Trip

January 28th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Football, NFL, Road trip, Sports Journalism

It has been suggested that the core of most successful prose is the road trip. Someone gets up, goes somewhere new, has adventures, sometimes returns home. And we find ourselves entertained by the process. Or so I believed when I pitched to editors the idea of a Super Bowl road trip, back in 2005. It […]

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