Happy American Thanksgiving from BFB

Today is Thanksgiving in America. A day with mixed meaning and mixed significance to many (including myself), but also a day to commemorate things we’re thankful for. Obviously we’re thankful for Barcelona as an organization and club, all our writers, and of course our followers and commenters, without whom there would be no purpose on our writing. But I especially want to hand out a bit of thankfulness for our “Pale Blue Dot”, the Earth, of which Carl Sagan coined the phrase and wrote:

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Look again at that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Pale Blue Dot

Also, here’s a little bit of Cesc giving thanks:

Cesc Fabregas
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  1. blitzen
    November 24, 2011

    The Comisión Antiviolencia (Anti-Violence Commission) has decided to impose a fine of €5,000 on the fan who threw an umbrella that hit referee’s assistant Aguilar Rodríguez in the Granada-Mallorca game last weekend, causing the match to be abandoned after 63 minutes. He has also been barred from attending any football matches for the next two years.

    [snip] However, the incident was later ruled to have been an accident after the top of the offending object was found to have flown off inadvertently, with the offender turning out to be a 15-year-old Moroccan boy who lived in a nearby shelter for homeless people. The youngster was one of a number from the institution invited to the game by the Granada club under the supervision of six teachers, yet quite how a boy of such tender years, especially one without a permanent roof over his head, is expected to pay the fine is not clear: the club had also been penalised €6,000 on Tuesday.

    On another matter, the commission also imposed a €4,000 fine and a 12-month stadium ban on a supporter who had pointed a laser pen at players – most notably Cristiano Ronaldo – during the Valencia-Real Madrid game at the Mestalla.

    Wow. Spain, you never cease to surprise me. They rule it an accident, yet the kid, who is homeless is supposed to cough up that kind of dough? He is underage, I assume unemployed, and oh yes, he is foreign, did they mention that? They did, didn’t they. This will probably be enough to get him deported. Problem solved. Right?

    OTOH, I heartily approve of the fine and ban for the laser-wielding fan. Except that both this guy’s fine and ban are less that those the kid received. For something this guy did deliberately, with predetermination (people don’t just carry laser pens around like they do umbrellas), and which could have resulted in serious injury or blindness. Frankly, if it was up to me, I would have someone hold him down and shine the laser into one of his eyes for a few minutes, see how he likes it. No word on whether this “supporter” was foreign. SMH.

    (I’ve mislaid the link, but I took the text from a story on A Different League.)

    Happy Turkey Day, Americanos!

    • nzm
      November 24, 2011

      Absolutely brilliant match to watch – 5-1 with a hat-trick to Dongou.

      These guys know how to play. They had more spatial awareness and knowledge of their positioning on the pitch than a lot of senior players have. Sergi Samper is outstanding.

  2. mom4
    November 24, 2011

    Happy Turkey Day Thanksgiving Day, y’all!

    Count your blessings (after all, you could’ve liked that other team)!

  3. November 24, 2011

    I want to go to the States on one of my summer breaks during college and eat all those Thanksgiving food which seems so delicious. Christmas food also. Summer in Australia being November to February.

    • blitzen
      November 24, 2011

      I’m pretty sure you can get turkey in Australia…

  4. Dani_el
    November 24, 2011

    Happy thanksgiving day!
    This was the points Iker Casillas gave for the Ballon d’or, being captain of Spain’s NT. Cristiano Ronaldo (3 puntos), Mesut Özil (2 puntos) y Leo Messi (1 punto).
    Mourinho(3), Del Bosque(2) y Villas Boas(1). These are his thinking of the world’s best coach. I like Iker, I think he’s the most likeable (maybe the only one) player in EE. It doesn’t seem him, voting for two portuguese coaches instead of a spanish one (Pep), and 2 foreign players (Messi having dual spanish argentinian citizenship) instead of Xavi or Iniesta, his teammates in the NT. It also seems silly, even for an EE player, to think that Ozil is a better player than Messi, almost funny.

  5. messifan
    November 24, 2011

    Isn’t there a rule stating that you can’t vote for players and coaches of your nationality?
    And Happy Thanksgiving to all!

      • Dani_el
        November 24, 2011

        But then, Iker wouldn’t have had the chance to vote for Del Bosque.

        • messifan
          November 24, 2011

          I don’t know, but last year he didn’t vote for Spanish players either and that was because the rule stated so. Not sure about the coach award.

  6. Dani_el
    November 24, 2011

    Amazing performance from Barça babies! Manita to Celtic. This is the amazing work of Oscar Garcia and his staff, which is being rumoured to coach an EPL team next season. I read from Pulina’s Blog, that Garcia had “Cruyffista’s tendencies” and that’s why he didn’t get the job training Barça B. He would have been the natural successor (in a few years) of Guardiola.

  7. Eklavya
    November 24, 2011

    Man, I’ve always wanted to eat one of those huge turkeys! They always make my stomach rumble.

  8. ooga aga
    November 24, 2011

    if you were thinking about getting into the turkey porn industry, dont bother: all the turkeys we eat are artifically inseminated, their unnaturally large breasts are too large to allow them to have sex. enjoy your industrial meats!

    now back to your normal football-related programming…

  9. Helge
    November 24, 2011

    I just read on @barcastuff that we will buy back Botía in May for 2.5 M, which is awesome!

    It also reads his future will depend on the coach for next season. Does it mean if Pep stays he will be promoted to the first team?

  10. swamidigital
    November 25, 2011

    I am thankful to be able to watch this amazing team play football!

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