A Podcast to Pass the Time

Here is the latest La Liga Weekly Podcast (#9)–I appear towards the end, a tired and groggy individual who sounds demented, drunk, or both but in fact is neither.

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.

23 Comments

    • Eklavya
      October 29, 2010

      He was drunk and demented when he typed it, so he didn’t know what he was typing. Please excuse him. 🙂

      • October 29, 2010

        He was is drunk and demented. when he typed it, so he didn’t know what he was typing. Please excuse him.

        FIFY

        • Kari
          October 29, 2010

          Ha!

          (By the by, FIFY = Fixed It For Ya)

          • Helge
            October 29, 2010

            Thx Kari, I was wondering “wtf is FIFY?” 🙂

          • Eklavya
            October 29, 2010

            I saw her comment only after I’d searched for it on Google! D’Oh! That’s why you should read all of it before doing anything!

  1. cliu
    October 29, 2010

    A bit OT, but not entirely: after Real Madrid’s draw with Murcia this week, I looked for Real blogs where I could lurk and read their posts with schadenfreude, hoping to enjoy some analysis (like we get here), self-recrimination and finger pointing (this blog does that a bit) and maybe a few complaints about Mou or CR9. You know, harmless entertainment. A little insight. Couldn’t find anything, the Real Madrid offsides blog is worthless, many Real blogs have not seen a post since 2009! So I’m wondering if other Barca fans were in the same boat. Or is it true that the stereotype here holds? Barca fans are just more eloquent and committed (not to mention gentler, more thoughtful, more passionate, etc.)? I do read some Spanish, so you can send me those links as well.

    • Kxevin
      October 29, 2010

      It’s pretty much the same way with most clubs, though EE Offside does have its moments. There aren’t a lot of quality Barca blogs either, English-language or otherwise. And not to blow our horn here, but none that offer the quality of analysis and insightful commentary that we do.

      And “a bit?” I think we flog the crap out of ourselves, often to the point of being our own worst critic.

  2. Eklavya
    October 29, 2010

    So Pinto got a 2 match ban! Noooooooooooo! 🙁

    • blitzen
      October 29, 2010

      The ban is for Champions League games, which he wouldn’t be playing in anyway as long as Valdes is healthy. This will give Mino a chance to sit on the bench as sub.

    • Kari
      October 29, 2010

      Man! UEFA sucks! That was awesome, but I guess I’m not surprised… Well, whatever. What’s a two match ban when you have your name down in history 😀

    • Jose
      October 29, 2010

      If we fail to win the Champions League, it’s all UEFA’s fault!! How are we supposed to cope without or second-choice keeper for TWO GROUP STAGE MATCHES?!?

  3. cliu
    October 29, 2010

    Yes, the “self” or club recrimination levels here get very high. “a bit” may be an understatement. Take the Villa meme. So, are you saying there are no good EE blogs? Darn it! At the Offside, it’s very beer bong.

    • Kari
      October 29, 2010

      Well, Bassam and Corey write great articles and are probably some of the most down-to-earth Madridistas you’ll find.

      But yeah, it’s just as Kxevin said, and I don’t know of any other quality EE blogs other than the Offside. Maybe Real Madrid Talk?

      • blitzen
        October 29, 2010

        The only Real Madrid blog I ever visit is *http://unamadridista.wordpress.com/. Solely for the team news, and the odd pic of Xabi Alonso shirtless. What? 😀

        It is the same person who does Con La Roja.

        • cliu
          October 29, 2010

          thanks! una madridista looks fun…I wanted to read fan angst, but objectification of the players is just as good. Xabi Alonso in various states of undress is always a welcome sight.

    • Jose
      October 29, 2010

      The EE Offside article content itself is quite solid, and Bassam and co. do a good job of having a sober yet healthily optimistic take on EE.

      A lot of the regular commenters though don’t seem to have hit puberty yet. You’ll commonly see the most juvenile, petty trash being posted, and getting 9 likes and well said‘s.

  4. blitzen
    October 29, 2010

    Speaking of UEFA bans (and we were), the decision came down today on the Italy-Serbia fiasco:

    *http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/oct/29/uefa-italy-serbia-abandoned-euro-2012

    “The Control and Disciplinary Body has decided to award the match as a 3-0 forfeit win to Italy.

    “The Football Association of Serbia has been ordered to play its next two home matches behind closed doors. From this sanction, a one-match ban is deferred for a probationary period of two years.

    “The Control and Disciplinary Body has ordered the FSS to refrain from ordering tickets for Serbian supporters for all the away matches of the Serbian team during the remainder of the Uefa Euro 2012 qualifying competition. The association was also fined a total of €120,000 (£104,000).

    “The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) received a sanction of one match to be played behind closed doors. This sanction is deferred for a probationary period of two years. The association was fined €100,000. Both associations have three days from the dispatch of the written decisions within which to lodge an appeal.”

    So what do you all think? Is it fair to penalize a team for the actions of a small subsection of fans? Sadly, I have to say that I think it is. Only when real consquences of these actions are felt will there be the impetus for the management of the teams to put their foot down and say, “No, we will not tolerate this kind of extremism in our name.” The clubs and the football federations must come forward with a real plan of action. Any “fan” involved with these groups should get a lifetime ban from their home stadium and be banned from buying tickets to away games. The clubs may take a financial hit in the short-term, but in the long run ordinary fans will feel safer coming out to the games.

    It is too bad that the innocent players have to suffer, but I don’t see any better solution. Do you?

  5. Josep
    October 29, 2010

    I’m stuck filling in at reception today at work so I’ve been reading all day.

    On Biscuits’ Wikipedia page it says “he is also not allowed to eat croissants”

    Is this true? Or just a joke, because of the Busquets/Biscuits thing? 😀

    • blitzen
      October 29, 2010

      Oh, oh! I know this! *raises hand*

      There is a video promotional campaign for a mysterious “secret” regarding the Spanish NT. The hook is that Pepe Reina knows the secrets of the team and is planning to reveal them. There are short videos of several players remonstrating with him. In Busquets’ video he says “Some people say I am the best in the world, but they still don’t let me eat croissants.”

      *http://www.elmundoennuestrasmanos.com/

    • Eklavya
      October 29, 2010

      LOL 😀

      It also says, “Sergio Busquets is also known as one of the best divers in soccer history. He is the second hated soccer player after Cristiano Ronaldo.”

  6. Eklavya
    October 29, 2010

    I was time passing when I came at this video:

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBfXz-0l_h4&feature=related

    I think it was someone posted it before the WC but its so funny I’m still laughing. The reporter asks Messi about Danish NT’s chances at the WC. Messi’s expression is priceless. 😀

    • Kxevin
      October 29, 2010

      Thanks for posting. That’s hilarious!

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