So a terrible thing happened in Boston today, and we don’t yet know who is responsible, except that whoever they are, they are Very Bad People. Sadly it seems that terrible things happen all too frequently these days, and innocent people get hurt. I know I speak for everyone in this small corner of the internet in sending our condolences to the families of the victims and our sympathy to everyone else affected. I don’t know if we have any members who were in the Boston area, but if so I hope you are well.
But life goes on, even when bad things happen. So in that spirit, I offer you a few blitzen awards in the hope that they will allow you to forget your tribulations for at least a few moments.
Cloud Nine Award: NINE! That is the number of points Barça needs to sew up the league (assuming that our closest rivals win all the rest of their games, which may or may not happen). This means that if we win our next three games (Levante, Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis), we will face Atletico Madrid as league winners in their house. Sweet. Even sweeter would be if RM drops points so we can lift the league cup at the Camp Nou when we face Betis.
Nine Tenths Of The Law Award: As of Sunday, Barça has gone 300 games in a row with more than 50% of possession of the ball. That stretches back to May 7, 2008. Almost 5 years. Think about that. We take it for granted these days that Barça will dominate possession, but that wasn’t always the case. Something so fundamental to this team’s philosophy, but it was Pep (and Tito!) who insisted on it.
MOTM Award: They are calling this the TNT match, for the brilliant performances from both Thiago and Tello, but I have to give the edge to Thiago. Aside from the first 10 minutes or so, he had this game on lockdown. He was calm, controlled and confident, and was even more composed on the ball than Xavi. He wasn’t afraid to charge forward when he had the opportunity, and his goal was a thing of beauty. Thiago takes a lot of criticism around here, but he showed what he is capable of.
Hundreds and Thousands Award: Our Swiss army knife Adriano celebrated his 100th game playing for Barça yesterday! Next week he plans to celebrate his 100th injury.
Messindependencia Award: Our little Tellociraptor plays much better when Messi isn’t yelling at him, don’t you think? 😛
Hallelujah He’s a Bum Award: Thiago and Dani Alves both went for the unshaven look and had good games, while Cesc was uncharacteristically smooth and was pretty much invisible. Coincidence? I think not. They stole Cesc’s HoboMojo!
Who Likes Short Shorts? Award: Alexis Sanchez, who in the latter half of the game tucked up his shorts to show off his thighs. He knows what the ladies like!
Hakuna Matata Award: It’s the great circle of life. As one player nears the end of his career, so another one rises up to take his place. Our Lion King Puyol celebrated his 35th birthday this weekend and, while still unstoppable on his day, is likely never to be a regular starter again. Luckily we have young cub
Simba Bartra, who put in a very assured performance on Sunday and showed that with playing time and the trust of his coaches he is not too shabby as a replacement.
Bee’s Knees Award: This one also goes to Bartra, for his “special” warm-up routine. He would fit right in with this team: