Costa Rican Turf


This cartoon originally ran in The Costa Rica Star, November 16, 2018.

Last Monday night, The NFL was to host a game between the Los Angeles Ram and Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City at Estadio Azteca Stadium. These international games have been huge successes for the NFL, and a regular season game at this stadium in 2005 between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals set the record of the largest crowd to attend a regular-season NFL game with 103,467, now since broken. Keep in mind, that was a game featuring the Cardinals.

Unfortunately, this year’s regular season game had to be moved to Los Angeles because the field was in horrible shape. Where did the company come from that was hired to do the field? Costa Rica.

There are a lot of inside jokes about Costa Rica contractors being unreliable. “Manana” in Costa Rica doesn’t mean tomorrow, it means “never.” Projects are rarely ever completed when promised and you usually end up paying more than the quoted price, especially if you’re an expat.

I’m sure the NFL will return to Mexico city, but I bet the Costa Rican contractor for the field doesn’t.

By the way…

…here’s the rough. I just really like it for some reason.


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  1. Hehehe. Too funny! We live in Mexico and ‘manana’ said to us locally means ‘not today’. Which always cracks us up! It does not mean ‘never’. They want the work, but if something else comes up, you get delayed. Too funny


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