The news, Matchday edition

There was Hack-A-Shaq, and The Jordan Rules. Now there’s Harass-A-Mess.

In other news:

Looks like we’re going to court with Eto’o over the 3m. The club couldn’t reach a back room agreement with him, said Joan Boix. I knew that the club should have placed his valuation at zero. “Um, his valuation is actually this practice dummy, which is about EUR50. Take 3 percent of that! Muhahahahaha!”

It’s going to be a mess, and we’re probably going to lose, since precedent has been established, and doom-quaffing cules think that the entire blinkin’ world is against us.

Andres Iniesta is definitely starting tonight, per Sport. Guardiola has urged him to be cautious, because he still isn’t fully recovered, with an eye toward the long-term, echoing Ramzi’s comments. But our front line will be Ghostface, Ibra and Messi. Not bad. Here’s my guess:

The Yaya
Messi–Ibra–Mini Vampire

“To Weligton” is now a verb, adopted by the players in jest during practice, after someone would get a little rough. 😀

–Speaking of the player everyone loves to hate of late, Weligton is getting off scot-free, after the disciplinary folks declined to put the smack down on him. Perhaps next time, he’ll tuck a gun into his shorts. Actually, I would suggest that we send The Yaya on an attack into his area, with a “search and destroy” objective. A lesson must be sent, and if the league won’t do it, the players should. That’s my .02.

The play against us is going to get rougher and rougher, as more sides will say “Look, if we foul the crap out of them, we can stay close and hope for a break.” That can’t happen. I’m not a fan of vigilante justice, and I understand that the best way to deal with that is to put the ball in the back of net, as I noted in my review. But Weligton’s play, left unchecked, could lead to more dangerous incidents. In my view, the decision not to punish him is appalling.

Pep Guardiola is not a doper, says the Italian Olympic Committee, which cleared him of all charges related to his testing positive for a steroid, some 8 years ago during his playing days. Guardiola has always denied using the steroid nandolone, which he tested positive for just after signing for Serie A side Brescia.

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  1. Jason
    September 29, 2009

    No punshment for Weligton?

    To quote my good friend Didier; “It’s a fucken disgrace!”

    Also, I’m excited to see Iniesta start. I don’t think we’ve seen much Iniesta + Ibra. Considering both player’s passing ability, this can be a good partership down the stretch.

    • poipoi
      September 29, 2009

      That welligton should have gotten a dark purple card or something worse but I believe there was no punishment to messi when he spat on duda in a different game vs malaga. The ref was horrible and he didn’t see it… that to me should be the end of the story. A punishment wouldn’t harm though 😉

      iniesta+ibra+messi in camp nou is gonna be craaayzeee!

    • September 30, 2009

      It IS a fucken disgrace! I can’t believe he got away with it. That punch to Pique wasn’t something that should be overlooked!

  2. Helge
    September 29, 2009

    Haha, your good friend Didier?
    A friend of mine has met Didier in a club some months ago (here in Germany) because Didier was invited by a friend from the Ivory Coast who lives in Cologne. The people in the club didn’t believe that it was Didier, just saying “What the hell are you talking about? Didier lives in London, why should he party in Cologne???” 😀

    His stature was very impressive, I suppose kind a like if you met Ibra. My friend did not really dare to talk to him (it was after the CL final)^^

  3. Helge
    September 29, 2009

    Inter’s line-up:
    Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Walter Samuel, Chivu; Stankovic, Cambiasso, Zanetti; Mancini, Eto’o, Balotelli.

    No Milito, no Sneijder. Both are (still) injured. I sense a surprise in the far east 😀

  4. Eduard
    September 29, 2009

    Barca and Inter are regaining top spot, they’ll be ahead on goal difference.

  5. September 29, 2009

    I apparently just Hectored the whole damned News post with the liveblog. Awesome!

  6. ElShowDeJason
    September 29, 2009

    aww… everyone will miss my awesome Drogba joke…

  7. BL
    September 29, 2009

    man that video in the post got me pissed off all over again, and just love ibra’s composure when that twat was hounding him. he just turns around and gives him the gangsta glare. i’m really starting to love zlatan.

    • poipoi
      September 29, 2009

      yeah he’s got attitude, can’t wait for BANGS to play against terry or pepe… or marchena 😛

      • Boat Forever
        September 29, 2009

        I’m sorry I miss the BANGS… Isn’t it Big Ass Ninja Gangsta Swede?

        • Vj
          September 29, 2009

          I thought it was Bad Ass Ninja Gangsta Swede..

  8. Boat Forever
    September 29, 2009

    Messi looked so helpless on 31… I feel sorry for the li’l dude. I’m pretty sure Ibra is gonna lift some body who fouls Barca players and give him a ROCK bottom in near future. He’s gonna lead the team like a Gladiator 🙂

  9. Soto
    September 30, 2009

    That was pretty funny commentary on the video. Better than the GoalTV recaps that I am usually stuck watching.

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