Greetings to all, I come with good news and bad news, related to that picture at left that is sort of semi completely unrelated to anything related to FC Barcelona.
First, the good: Yes, some things are noticeable by their absence, like reviews, cranky screeds from Thuram doppelgangers, and the like. So now that the moving and unpacking process is almost complete, evinced by that almost-complete greatroom that you see pictured here, and Comcast has come to make sure that I have TV, them there Internets and all that good stuff, Baby Kxevin’s steed is about to be saddled up and ridden hard again.
Now, the bad: Baby Kxevin’s steed is about to be saddled up and ridden hard again. Yup. I know everyone is far too kind to call Kari or Euler a biased jackass, because they work so hard, and pet puppies and stuff. And it’s common knowledge that Isaiah is just a plain jackass. I even heard it on CNN, so it must be true. So things are about to be back to some vague semblance of normal in this, a rather fraught season that has to date still brimmed with silver, right?
In other news, Mario Kempes has weighed in, in one of those “dude used to be great so we should pay attention to what retirees say” moments. And he says that Messi is below standard this season. Despite my scoffing at the blather of the elderly, he’s right. He also says that others are below standard, as well. And he’s right about that.
“There are players who have dropped their level, especially Messi,” Kempes told COM Radio. “Perhaps he needs a holiday, not now, but when it is time for that. Still, he is not the only one to have dropped a level.”
When I look at the 7-point deficit to team scum, I know that people say referees this, and if x or y ball had not hit the post. But if you think about it, the deficit comes down to a very few plays, among them:
— Messi trying a little chip for a highlight reel goal that didn’t quite come off.
— Valdes not hustling for a ball that became a corner that became a goal that became a draw. Or a loss. Or something.
Take away just those two plays for a 3-point deficit, and we’re brimming with confidence before the home leg of El Clasic, right? I know that the Homeboy-centric rags like to prattle on about “if every match ended at the half, Barca would be 437 points ahead in the Liga standings,” or “if posts counted as goals, donkeys could fly.”
But simple reality is that a below-par club has had moments of inattention. If we’re up to par, those moments cost nothing. Below par, and they’re a loss to Getafe.
Fatigue, want, haircuts, beards, injuries, whatever, whatever, whatever, but this team used to treat goalscoring chances like a starving man at an all-you-can-eat buffet. “This might be the last one! You never know!” And the focus and concentration put ball after ball in the back of the net.
I find Mou Mou a detestable, destabilizing cretin. Does he win? Sure. But at what cost. I also find that his teams usually come to understand that you win tournaments and other long-duration events by plucking the easy ones. You battle back against Bilbao, and eke out a win against Getafe. You do the scut work so that the big jobs become a little easier. I am in no way, shape or form sure how he will feel, if it comes to that, about winning the Liga without being able to beat us. Nor do I care. But that mentality that he has instilled in his charges, when they aren’t being gits, is working.
I still think that we are in the Liga with a shout, and that isn’t my die-hard Cule heart speaking. They have a very tough 5-match stretch coming up, including the likes of Sevilla, Valencia, etc, all away. They will drop points. The question is, will we? The match to Real Sociedad was, for me, encouraging. The side wasn’t anything vaguely approaching its best, and they eked out a win, with a combo platter of youth, tired veterans and a few good plays. It’s the kind of match that might, potentially, help our club continue to cover itself in glory. I do know that their nightmare will be coming into our house with a deficit of 3 points or less. And we all know why.
— Oh, yeah …. TELLO!!!! Yet another bright, shining example of the talent factory that is our Masia. It also shows the example of pace. Not just quickness, but pace. I would now like to see him unleashed, like a hound straining at the traps, like Henry used to be. Recall how quickly he and Eto’o got to the other end of the pitch after our defense did its job in our end. Feed the ball to Xaviniesta, who fed one of the whippets. And suddenly, we were at the other end for a goal or great chance. We need that. Bad.
— Finally, we recognize that your Team has been laggardly of late in getting stuff done. Want to thank everyone for their patience, and expect business as normal (such as it is) to resume in fairly short order.
Thank you, and drive through.