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Who Is David Griffiths? , 21st July 2011 - 13:30

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Today's blog is brought to you by David Griffiths.

Or at least that was what the local television channel here in Philadelphia referred to me as when they captioned a filmed interview that Graeme Sharp and I did before the kick-off at PPL Park.

Sharpy and I waxed lyrical about the forthcoming game against Philadelphia Union for Comcast TV and we were quite pleased with the way we projected ourselves...until we happened to see the final piece go out on air.

‘Graeme Sharp and David Griffiths' was emblazoned across the screen for the viewers when we watched it later on!

To be fair, the mis-spelling of my name was the least of my worries as Sharpy and I melted under the TV lights in a booth high up in the PPL Park Stadium top tier. It took an age for the cameraman to get the all-clear from his producer and by that time my t-shirt resembled a window-cleaner's shammy-leather. It was drenched!

The heat has been a problem all day.

The players had a light training session in the morning and I took the opportunity to do some running of my own.

It wasn't the best idea I've ever had and what made my obvious discomfort all the more upsetting was the fact that the staff of Juventus FC were amused observers.

I would have asked Alessandro Del Piero for an interview had I not been incapable of speech due to sheer exhaustion. The Italians were sharing the training complex ahead of their weekend friendly.

I redeemed myself later in the day when I re-enacted Sylvester Stallone's run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum in the first ever Rocky film. It was a long and gruelling walk from the hotel to the Art Museum but Richie Porter (physio) and I took the challenge head on. We even ignored a 50-man queue of people for free hot-dogs as we breezed through the city centre.

We charged up the steps and raised our arms in Hollywood-style glory when we reached the top.

It had to be done.

As for the evening, the Under-18s did very well to beat Philadelphia Union 2-0 but the first team couldn't replicate the result when they went down 1-0 to our hosts' senior team.

I enjoyed the full-match commentary alongside Sharpy and Leon Osman and I think they did too. Ossie cleared enjoys the ‘media half-time break' to the one he gets in the dressing room on a Premier League match-day.

I doubt that David Moyes dishes out American Hot-Dogs with Tabasco Sauce!

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