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An American In B: My Visit with Igor Budan

An American In B: My Visit with Igor Budan

I had to be honest with Igor Budan. So when I interviewed the former Palermo player and now Palermo Team Manager, I came clean right away. “I’m going to miss Palermo playing in Serie B. It’s been fun watching them win every week.” Budan laughed—a little—because there was truth in what I said: Palermo not […]

An American in B: Palermo is Risen

A quick update on Palermo soccer Me to Palermo Soccer: Are you the king of Serie B? Palermo Soccer to me: It is you who say we are. Ain’t that the truth. While the players, coaches and execs all toe the corporate line by refusing to admit their mission is accomplished before it has been […]

An American in B: Kingdom of the Two Castellammares

An American in B: Kingdom of the Two Castellammares

by Gary Drake | Mar 20, 2014 Soccer and Culture meet again as I travel from one Castellammare to the other! I knew someday I would make this trip. In fact, I had vowed to make this trip. I remember clearly when I vowed it. I was on a plane when someone asked where I […]

An American in B: The Sunny Side of Soccer

An American in B:  The Sunny Side of Soccer

by Gary Drake | Feb 16, 2014 On Bob Dylan’s 1997 Grammy-Award winning album Time Out of Mind, one of the characters in a song is “looking for the sunny side of love.” Ha! Classic Dylan! Who’d think one would have to search for the upside of being in love! This lyric comes to mind […]

An American In B: Trapani Time!

An American In B: Trapani Time!

The Palermo-Trapani Derby Game From Both Sides Now   Trapani, the Province My favorite sportswriter in New York points out the classic utterances of our modern day sportscasters. Recently, he shared that an announcer said of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers: “If there is one quarterback that can not be replaced, Aaron Rogers is […]

An American In B: Bringing It All Back Home

An American In B: Bringing It All Back Home

A Successful Sicilian Returns to Share His Success In Sicily Someone somewhere once said, written or maybe even sang, “There’s a broken heart for every light on Broadway.”  Here’s my version: “There’s hundreds of Castellammare del golfo natives that moved to Brooklyn for every light in Castellammare del golfo.” Ok, a little clumsy, but true. […]

Racing Demons: Porsche and the Targa Florio

Racing Demons:  Porsche and the Targa Florio

  My relationship with the Cefalù-based  racing shoe-maker, Ciccio Liberto, has connected me with other racing professionals and aficionados throughout the globe. (See article: All Roads for Driving Shoes ) The one closest to me (geographically and personally) is Michael Keyser, an author, filmmaker, race-sport marketing guru and former Porsche racecar driver who resides in Baltimore […]

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