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Miguel Ors, the sage who called Franco “short”, dies

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Serious, professional voice, without emotion, seriousness, wisdom, information. Miguel Ors He was a great from another era, when journalism did not show scarves and valued good work above all else. Ors and Juan Antonio Fernández Abajo were the benchmarks of Spanish television sports, men who sang the goals of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Spain with the neatness lost today, with the similar tone that the goals of the Yugoslavia of Katalinsky. They narrated for everyone, not just for their compatriots.

You had food from Real Madrid with Bernabéu And there Ors had to speak, objectively, because Vicente Calderón was invited. But then Matías spoke Prats, and Miguel said: «Matías is the best ». The food arrived Atlético and Miguel, “the voice”, came out to speak before the same diners. And then Prats finished off: “It is unique.” It was his mirror.

His high level equidistance as a commentator contrasted with his hearty affability outside the microphone: «Friend, I do not hide what I am, I can never be left-wing And do you know why? Because those on the left don’t know how to make money». And that money never mattered too much to him. His goal was to be the best television commentator. He got it. Presenter of the sports news of TVE for three decades, he was in the public body until 1992. He wrote on ABC for 17 years. The most important thing for him was to step on the first line of battle.

He was a sage, the fat book about football and Olympism, because he had lived it all with the protagonists. Today is very normal, but in the 60s and 70s that privilege was held by few. Miguel recounted crudely the desert of the Spanish sport of the 40s and 50s. They were miracles that germinated a medalist. Only football was up to scratch. And from that secarral emerged Santana, Nieto, Ballesteros, Haro, Blume and all those crazy people who made themselves.

Miguel also made himself. Had to study law by dad’s order, but he was a journalist by his own order. As wise, Frank He called him to the Palace in 1972 to inform him of the Olympic options of the time Prince Juan Carlos in the sailing competition of the Munich Games, to be held in Kiel. Franco did not want Don Juan Carlos to look bad.

The first of Franco told Ors, seeing him, was: “I thought you were taller». Miguel replied to the counterattack: «I have the honor of being as short as you ». Instantly he thought: it’s over me race. Franco smiled. And he entered the bull: “What can the Prince do at the Games?” Ors, softly, he bet big: «It’s good, it can be in the top fifteen».

When the moment of truth arrives, Don Juan Carlos stayed in that position thanks to the improvement in the last race. The Today King Emeritus saw Ors and said to him, “I was saved. And you too».

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