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  1. Avatar Emanuele
    August 18, 2017 @ 9:24 am

    Excellent article John, very detailed analysis (I just would add some line about the fact that this is the first year without Capitano, Francesco Totti). You always get my attention when you write about AS ROMA and it always surprise me thinking what a big fan you are. There is a particular phrase that explaines very well how I feel “it’s frustration”: this is the way we live in the last years, but I wish you to live a Scudetto in Rome, it would be a real Award for years of suffering and we Romanisti really deserve it. Take care and SEMPRE FORZA ROMA!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      August 19, 2017 @ 5:31 am

      Yes, Emanuele, I skipped the impact Totti’s absence will have. I shouldn’t have. I don’t think that can be underestimated, especially if they start to lose. He kept that locker room together, even when he wasn’t playing much. I’m hoping De Rossi or Nainggolan takes his spot but we’ll see. We’ll learn a lot tomorrow. Atalanta is good and really ready to make the next step up the ladder. Roma is the perfect test for them.

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  2. Avatar Hal Madsen
    August 18, 2017 @ 10:11 am

    Great job as always, John. Nice to see Juve lose, but you touched on one thing that’s really killing the league: The lack of equal TV revenue distribution. What does it do for Serie A for Juve to be rich and fat? With little hope (look how desperate you sound following a team picked to finish fourth and has another Champions League group on the way), why should anyone go to games? Isn’t Serie A attendance even under MLS?Fat and happy may work for Juve now but it’s a killer in the long run. Just ask Scotland.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      August 19, 2017 @ 5:29 am

      Strangely, the history of Italian soccer shows lower-run teams enjoy the battles versus goliaths. If they ever beat one of those teams, it makes their season. They don’t think of championships. They think of individual triumphs. It dates back to the rivalries when Italy was a collection of city-states. They hate other teams more than Satan himself. Equality would change that. Strange but true.

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  3. Avatar Dan Sahagun
    May 10, 2018 @ 3:08 am

    John, how do you make money over there? Was wondering what happened to you. If you ever get back to the states, look me up in Vegas.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      May 11, 2018 @ 12:52 am

      Hey, Dan. Good to hear from you. I’m retired. I’m financially independent so the only money I make is from the Denver condo I rent out and some freelance. I basically write for vino money. My blog is for fun. It’s nearly impossible to make ends meet freelancing unless you’re willing to whore yourself out and write about places that pay you to write about them. I won’t do that. To make a long story short, I lived in Rome from 2001-03, fell in love with it and vowed to return. I retired here four years ago and am never leaving. I’ll die here. It’s paradise. Then again, I don’t work here. People who work here, even Italians, say life is a lot different in Rome if you have to work and deal with the bureaucracy, traffic and, well, Italians. It’s an added bonus that I live in a city where no matter where I go I’ll never meet a Donald Trump supporter. I get back to the States about once a year but never Vegas. I saw Hawk got put on the copy desk, half the staff has quit and the R-J has the most compromised reputation in American journalism. Meanwhile, my old Denver Post has cut its newsroom from about 320 of 20 years ago to about 60. They even moved their office from downtown to the suburban printing plant. I was on Frankfurt on assignment in February and saw Nover. He’s in a small town south of there and is absolutely miserable. More on that later. I saw Madsen last August when I took my girlfriend in New England. He’s semi-retired in Portland, Maine, remarried, is happy as hell. I trade Facebook postings with Royce. I saw Bob Sands is blogging about Kansas state politics, a subject that certainly keeps me up at night. I’ll be sure to look you up if I’m ever in Vegas. In the meantime, tell me what you’re doing. Write me at johnhenrome@gmail.com.

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