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Re(1): 1968/1988

In my opinion, a lot. But, do not forget George Sotil. Both Riki/George were articulate in English/ Spanish, both fueled by Ricardo and both super motivated. Few basque players had the confidence in their language to step up as leaders despite their intelligence and knowledge that the battle was going in the wrong direction. In CT, Bob Rasmussen, Bob Cheverie (lawyer), James and others tried to assume leadership positions and stepped aside in disgust of the radical, non-listening, narcissistic directives proved too much to handle. The aforementioned Americans knew it was going to crap long before it was over as did many unfortunate basque players. In Florida, you had Glenn Jones ,who finally found a way to appear relevant to jai- alai (after a few years living in games 1-3 and untouched 4-8 jerseys ) by walking around with a megaphone and sun glasses. It fascinates me that some , to this day, characterize these events as a victory. Careers ended , families loosing income, abandoned buildings, sport dead in US, embittered fans is all that is left. Make no mistake, this was a disaster of epic proportions.


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