Banjo Crickets and His Pearly Whites

I love 1) that he scored, 2) that he loved scoring, and 3) those jerseys. That’s right, Kevin, I wrote that on a full on post. So nyah (sticks out tongue).


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  1. Kxevin
    December 23, 2009

    If it were one set of stripes, or the other. But chest AND sleeve? Daddy no likey.

    • December 23, 2009

      You just don’t love Catalunya enough, I suppose. You probably don’t wear a USA flag lapel pin either, do you?

    • December 23, 2009

      And the only thing I dislike is the collar since I’m generally opposed to collars on jerseys.

      • tyler
        December 23, 2009

        Collars on jerseys are horrendous imo.

        • Vj
          December 23, 2009

          I like collars.. they don’t make me look like a stooge..

      • ElShowDeJason
        December 23, 2009

        Polo-collars on Jerseys are awesome.
        I can’t stand when a jersey looks like a rounded-neck t-shirt.

    • cliveee
      December 23, 2009

      i agree with kxevin! double sets of stripes makes sick. it should just be the chest stripes.

    • Diane
      December 28, 2009

      My husband and son said the same thing, but its a party shirt! And it was certainly a party. I liked it — just part of standing out when you only play once a year.

      Did anyone’s broadcast show the post-match niceties? I wondered if they traded shirts, and if the Catelonia players had a second one to keep…I know these are the kinds of things that shouldn’t use up precious grey matter…

  2. Helge
    December 23, 2009

    It looks far better than some other national jerseys. Oh wait… it’s not actually a national jersey, neither a club jersey. So what type of jersey is it?

    The collar seems to be “hot” these days, there are a lot of national jerseys with collars. It looks a bit antiquated, but somehow I like it. At least on this picture 🙂

    I hope that Bojan gets more playing time in january and seizes the opportunity. Since Sevilla is without Kanoute, Fabiano, Romaric, Zokora and Koné, we should be able to play with a weakened line-up in the Copa del Rey.

  3. Jose61
    December 23, 2009

    That is an awesome jersey, though. The collar looks retro! But I would like it better if it only had the vertical stripe.

      • Helge
        December 23, 2009

        And I like it best with vertical and horizontal stripes, see Kxevin? 😉

      • December 23, 2009

        What Helge said!

        I bet I would actually like it more without the shoulder stripes, but I don’t dislike it as it is.

  4. Soto
    December 23, 2009

    My first thought when seeing that photo: that’s an ugly jersey.

    But I do like the collar. 🙂

  5. Miguel
    December 23, 2009

    looks like a retro houston astros jersey. yuck.

    i’d be able to bear the collar if they’d get rid of the shoulder stripes.

    • December 23, 2009

      Haha – awesome quote in the comments:

      It’s not just Messi who comes across as humble and grounded – one of the most appealing characteristics of many players* of this Barcelona squad is their likeability. Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Keita are come across as ordinary lads whom the average father would be relaxed about dating his daughter. Compare and contrast with Cristiano Ronaldo…

      *Note: This does not include Dani Alves.

  6. JMo
    December 23, 2009

    i couldnt stop smiling when he scored. His joy is contagious, I hope he starts getting some playing time during african cup of nations with Keita not being able to fill in, forcing Iniesta to stay in the midfield rather than playing LW.

    Also, did anyone see Jeffren’s quote this week. After he showed his quality against Estudiantes, he was quoted saying..

    “I hope to God Robinho never comes to Barcelona.”

    Hahaha, now that’s a competitor.

  7. Helge
    December 23, 2009

    Gervinho keeps on scoring for Lille!

    That’s good news for Ivory Coast and their World Cup chances. If Gervinho can keep up his shape, I believe in their chances to advance and kick Portugal out of the tournament. Well, even without an in-shape Gervinho, it’s possible, but Gervinho is my favourite forward from Ivory Coast (above Didier “It’s a fuckin’ disgrace” Drogba).

  8. December 23, 2009

    I’m digging the jersey….but then I followed US Lecce for a year..because of their jerseys. where can I get on.
    What was the score anyway?

    • Kxevin
      December 23, 2009

      Keep checking with La Liga Shop. They are about the only folks I know who carry the Catalunya shirts.

    • cliveee
      December 24, 2009

      what a website they have there… retro 8-bit style?!

      • Kxevin
        December 24, 2009

        Shit’s just wrong, ain’t it? But if you order on Monday, you will have your shirt no later than Thursday. I love dealing with them.

  9. Pengy the Penguin
    December 23, 2009

    This jersey is the ugliest thing this side of Joseph Merrick.

    • OhYes
      December 23, 2009

      oh god what is that ahhh get it out of my brain never will i be the same i haven’t even slept yet and i’m already having nightmares when will it end

    • Spencer
      December 23, 2009

      But seriously, “The Elephant Man” is a fantastic movie that everyone should see.

  10. Spencer
    December 23, 2009

    Yeah, I really do not like these…

  11. Vj
    December 23, 2009

    Just watched the highlights of the Catalunya game..

    Did anyone else have goosebumps seeing Cruyff back as a manager at the Camp Nou..

    • Kxevin
      December 23, 2009

      You could almost imagine, if the Guardiola thing stops….

  12. Jnice
    December 23, 2009

    Ha also in the Jeffren interview, talking about his performance in the final against Estudiantes:

    And what were the reactions of your teammates?

    “They congratulated me and everyone praised my pace. The boss said he’s going to fine me, and I was dumb-founded by that. When I asked him why, he said it was for speeding.”

    Pep is funny.

    • cliveee
      December 23, 2009

      lol, pep’s mind is just so complete…

  13. Cesc Pistol
    December 23, 2009

    Kevin- While I agree that Xavi is the glue that holds Barca together if you carefully try to remember how many times Messi won games for us with crucial goals and assists I’d say he really was our best player last season or at the least on par with Xavi.

    On a side note I remember back a season or two when Xavi had much more defensive responsibilities and played deeper in Rijkaard’s system, he wasn’t as effective, defensively or offensively. That change Pep made was probably the most significant yet underrated.

    • Kxevin
      December 23, 2009

      Oh, I remember, CP. Xavi is still my WPOTY. His level is so high, so consistently. I think he was unmatched, match in and match out.

      • December 23, 2009

        This discussion is exactly why I don’t “do” MVP awards. Two supremely talented players who bring different things to the table who have to work together to make things click and to win matches. One does not really exist without the other and that is true on any team.

      • fcbfan
        December 23, 2009

        Yeah. Xavi is so consistent, and how does he stay fit? he’s been playing nonstop!

        Which one from the current squad would coach a future Barca team I wonder. Xavi is our brain like Pep was for Cruyff’s, but can you imagine Xavi shouting instructions from the sidelines?

        • barca96
          December 24, 2009

          i cant imagine xavi..
          puyol is the only one who i think is possible..
          messi, xavi and iniesta are too shy hehe

  14. Eduard
    December 23, 2009

    The away jersey is pretty badass, I don’t like the white ones so much though.

  15. OhYes
    December 23, 2009

    I looooove that jersey. It’s just too awesome. The stripes are my favorite thing about it, and as an expert of striped jerseys (Barca, River, Chivas) I can say with utmost arrogance that these are A+ stripes.

  16. ElShowDeJason
    December 23, 2009

    i agree with Kxevin.
    Chest stripe = awesome.
    Chest AND Shoulder stripes = tacky.

  17. Kxevin
    December 23, 2009

    That shirt had a chance at greatness, like the Wales third shirt, stoll one of my all-timw faves: black with a strip down the front of the body, and a crest. So cool. Without the shoulder stripes, that Catalunya shirt is badass.

  18. Eduard
    December 23, 2009

    One would figure that with a city thats produced so many greats like Picasso, Dali, Gaudi, and Guardiola, we would get a jersey design that’s just revolutionary. I would give this jersey an average grade, not horrible not great but precisely in between. But who cares, as long as they play courageous and smart attacking football I’ll wear whatever they’re wearing.

    I pretty much have two things to say. 1. How shitty is this Jeffren injury? and 2. How badass was Bojan’s goal?

    • Kxevin
      December 24, 2009

      1. On the up side, the loan to Celtic won’t happen now. I couldn’t see anything good coming of that.

      2. It was, but if it isn’t a friendly, that goal doesn’t happen, because Argentina is playing real defense. Hell of a goal, to be sure, but dude just walked in and pinged it past the keeper.

      But man, was that a fun match to watch, right up until the 78th minute, when my DVR recording ended. Damn those pre-match festivities (guys on trampolines? WTF??!!) It’s how a friendly is supposed to be. Nothing at stake, two sides just playing their little hearts out for the joy of the game.

      • Eduard
        December 24, 2009

        lol, I had the same reaction to the trampolinist.

  19. December 24, 2009

    Quick thoughts b/c I’m supposed to be on vacation and away from the internet.

    Kxevin and Ramzi, you knocked it out of the park with your comments on the Guardian. That Flatout person too, though don’t think he/she visits here.

    • December 24, 2009

      My favorite passage:

      Your book is full of controversies and intimate behind–the–scenes details from the corridors of Camp Nou; do you have any thoughts about what went on last year surrounding the departures of Ronaldinho, Deco and Frank Rijkaard (and Eto’o this summer)?

      – I think Ronaldinho caught the Brazilian disease of partying off the pitch more than playing on it, and he dragged Deco with him, and for a while Messi too. It affected the training of all three and their performance impacted negatively on the team.

      Messi was justly given a second chance and told to mend his ways, but I think Ronaldinho and Deco were thought to be expendable and told it was time for them to go. The departure of Ronaldinho and Deco provided an opportunity for a whole change of choreography within the team, and a new coach capable of exercising control and discipline. Hence the replacement of Rijkaard by Guardiola.

      Eto’o scored some wonderful goals and created others at Barça, but he is not a player who liked being told what to do, and his performance varied enormously. I think he is a difficult player to build a solid team around and I was happy to see him go, as I think was Guardiola.

      Why do you think it is that so many of Barça’s all-time greats seem to leave through the back door?

      – They get too big for their boots and forget that their main mission is to inspire a team to work together and well.

  20. December 24, 2009

    Luis Suarez scored six goals yesterday in a Dutch Cup match. Sure it was against an amateur side, but he scored six goals in one match.

    Just thought I’d throw that out there.

    • Jose61
      December 24, 2009

      Luis Suarez for Discounted Transfer Fee + Bojan on Loan?


    • Flippy
      December 24, 2009

      Well you are forgetting to note two things:
      1. Ajax won 14-1
      2. A few of the goals were he was in front of the goal with no one in front of him and his teammates passed to him instead of scoring themselves.

      • Kxevin
        December 24, 2009

        My jury is out on Suarez, until I see him against non-Eredivisie competition. Oh, the “Henry to Citeh” rumors have started again. Ugh.

        • December 24, 2009

          As much as I like Henry – incident aside – I say if they want to pay for him, let him go. That is, if these aren’t just rumors. Use the money on Mata. Or let Pedro/Jeffren develop.

          • Kxevin
            December 24, 2009

            I’d be down with that, if we had a consistent replacement who can do as well. Jeffren? No. Mata? Hell no. Silva? Fragile, and …. well …. no. Krkic. Please.

            Is there a guy out there? I reckon. I haven’t seen him, but there has to be, right?

            Wanted: Left winger to replace aged, gimpy legend. Must be able to pass from all angles, create space, draw two defenders, lay crosses in, score goals, lead breaks, battle for balls in midfield, track back on defense. Interested candidates apply to:

            Hell of a want ad. 😀

          • Flippy
            December 24, 2009

            Kxevin, he may not be ready yet, but Elia of Hamburg is just the guy you described, but he is more of a winger than Henry is striker.

  21. OhYes
    December 24, 2009

    Some more Messi news: He now has yet another award to add to his already bulging trophy case: Argentina’s Athlete of the Year for 2009! WAIT… he did NOT win it? What the??? *re-reads article a third time* Well i’ll be damned.

    You know, Argentina, if you want some guy to perform valiantly for you, snubbing him and deriding him on a continuous basis is not a good idea.

    • Kxevin
      December 24, 2009

      As many say, it’s because he’s never played for a side in Argentina at the club level. Something that strikes me as kinda silly. But what do I know?

  22. levon
    December 24, 2009

    the jersey would be wicked if they had left off the stripes on the left sleeve!

  23. barca96
    December 25, 2009

    my answer for your question is someone who plays in Spain..
    he is 29..
    he scores goals for fun..from all angles
    works hard for the ball like henry…
    do you know who i am talking about?

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