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When you've shot the same Green Bay Packers joke for 10 years, Irish Road Bowling feels like your chance to make a feature film. It's "Citizen Kane" with an Irish brogue. Even after coming home, we still like it a lot. We put so much time into it that we sort of mailed it in when it came to Gaelic Football. But we found a way to save the minimal effort by having Mike Golic make maximum fun of us. All that, plus the network debut of my friend and producer, Matthew R. Doyle. He's got Irish blood. In fact, Tiger's mean old caddie once yelled at him during a golf tournament for being a "terrible Irish driver." Say that in Boston, mean old caddie.
Brazil It's not every day you get to meet one of the most famous soccer (sorry, futebol) players in the world. But there we were: driving far from town, stopping to eat at a rundown restaurant fit for Hemingway or maybe Hunter S. Thompson. Getting to meet Ronaldinho was a bit murky. We didn't know whether we'd land him. But after our interpreter said many things we didn't understand, along came Brazil's soccer superstar, whom we also didn't understand. Back in Rio, we were taken to a squatter's part of town known as a favela, where we felt right at home when they kicked up the music for Capoeira (provided other people did the dance-fighting). The very next day, on a traffic island, we saw more dance-fighting. And so, just as when B-52's "Love Shack" or any Stevie Wonder song plays at a wedding, I got up to (sort of) get down.