Andres Iniesta and the Bear

So, our very own Andres Iniesta is making quite a name for himself as a pitchman. He’s on air, pitching a television football package in a sequence of brilliant advertisements. It’s apparently a real bear, but we’re told that Carles Puyol is in the background, in case the bear gets a bit frisky with the future of our midfield.

Here are the videos, and they are brilliant. We’re posting them here for posterity, so that when people want to have an “Awwwww!” moment, they can come here:

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By Kxevin

In my fantasy life, I’m a Barca-crazed contributor over at Barcelona Football Blog. In my real life, I’m a full-time journalist at the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago, Illinois.

262 comments

  1. Thanx kxevin for the new post.You can.t imagine how i was waiting for the end of the previous…

  2. I have some ideas for posts in weeks like this:Legends of barca(kubala,cruyff,rivaldo e.t.c).Or historical moments of our team.

    1. Great Idea.

      Or a Vote or a Poll about a certain issue. Keeping Alves or selling him, Sponsorship deal, and so on.

    2. Polls are more interesting than discussion for homosexuals have sex in the streets of qatar.

  3. And we’re back!
    Oh and what’s with those completely sensible rumors about us wanting to sell iniesta? I mean that’s the most sane thing I heard all day.
    But seriously what gives?

    1. momo, it came from a Yahoo! story about Iniesta being an asset that the club could sell to reduce about 100m of debt. It came from the writer’s own mind, and was presented with the absurd “The club hasn’t ruled out …”

      Well, the club hasn’t ruled out manned flights to Venus yet, that doesn’t mean they’re likely to happen. It’s some dimwit making up a bit of nonsense that the club doesn’t even want to dignify with a denial. Why not Messi, I say, who is worth a darn sight more than Iniesta. Lower sunblock bills, as well.

  4. I have a question to the Barca fans. Yes Ronaldo is annoying and pisses the shit out of most sane people. But here i go, does Alves really have to mention him in every press conference he makes? I mean surely there are other things to talk about. SURELY!

    And just a theory, any chance, considering both are annoying and arrogant as hell, that CR7 and Alves are related? DA2?

    1. i dont remember alves ever mentioning CR7, surely if he mentions him in “every” press conference, you can provide a few examples? thanks.

    2. **http://www.defensacentral.com/real_madrid/52942/2010/12/14/Cristiano-Ronaldo-Daniel-Alves-Bar%C3%A7a-Real-Madrid

      And take it easy dude, it was more of a joke.

    3. I mean surely there are other things to talk about. SURELY.

      Don’t call me Shirley! Technically, Bassam, that’s an interview (nit picking at its best 😀 ). And in Dani’s defense, Thong Boy is pretty annoying* 😛

      *http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=850932&sec=uefachampionsleague&cc=5901

      By the way, keep up the good work at the Real Offside! I don’t comment there, but your work is, IMO, the best on the blog. And you maybemyfavouriteEEwriter, but if you bring that up or tell anyone, I’ll deny it. 🙂

    4. *takes snap shot, forwards it to Xavi, who shows it to Pique, who tweets about it followed with an oooooh?*

      Thanks! My whole point of the post was to show in a very discrete way that interviews are bullshit sometimes. Let me site you an example of how it goes.

      Interviewer (ie a scum bag from Marca): So Bassam, what do you like more, Dog shit or Dog piss?

      Bassam: I dont like both…

      SBFM: Gun to your head what would you choose?

      B: Dog Piss i guess…

      Marca Headline:

      Bassam enjoys drinking Dog Piss everyday and claims sources in Madrid told him that Messi likes that too and they are going to Bid for Rooney, Torres, Messi and Villa.

      Its journalism at its best. BEST!

      I will try my best to call you Shirley Kari.

      And FYI, a room with both Alves and Thong boy is probably my worse nightmare.

    5. I think what he said is alright. You know it’s the press asking him about Mourinho and C.Ronaldo just like the Cesc saga

    6. If someone in a press conference asks a question, he’s going to answer. It’s not like he just brings it up just out of nowehere.

    7. Exactly. Dani doesn’t go “hey guys, you know what? Cristiano Ronaldo is good, but he is arrogant”. The media should be the ones blamed for asking the same silly questions over and over. Dani is only telling the truth.

  5. interesting discussion of the (new?) offsides rule:

    *http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/12/15/offside-goal/#more-5401

    1. It’s troooooohhhh!!!!! 😀

      (Personally I am loving the adventures of the Tres Amics. And I don’t even have Twitter!

  6. Who else want to see valdez score a goal?I mean if we are 4-0 in a game and we won a penalty!It will be nice to see victor scoring!!I believe only him is without a goal in our squad!

    1. Who else want to see valdez score a goal?

      I don’t. Two against us with Hercules was enough! (Just teasing, Greece! 😛 )

  7. From Barcastuff:
    Xavi (giving the ball to Lass after the clasico): “Here, since you didn’t have the ball the whole night, you can have it for a while.” [md]

    Hee.

    1. Saw that in EMD this morning, wasn’t sure if it was true. Have to add that to the “Man, that’s cold!” file.

    2. What makes it so sweet (Cold? Ice cold… but oh so sweet) was how Lass was thrown on especially to hack and chase Xavi.

      Goo, a pic of Crynaldo (albeit his back, midway through an ego-driven-hands-on-hips-sulk) HERE?! How could you?!

  8. Speaking of El Clasico, I don’t know if this has been mentioned earlier..

    Before the second goal at 17:30, Marcelo (the one I hate the most after Crybaby) clearly fauls Pedro and he turns around and starts yelling at him and makes a gesture to get up..

    And we all know what happens next..

  9. Messi, who missed two games, has so far scored as many goals in the Liga as the whole team of Espanyol: 17 [barcastuff]

    Wow.

  10. So what do we all think of the reports of dissent in Real Madrid’s changing rooms? Apparently CRonaldo has no friends and his teammates don’t even celebrate his goals. He has fallen out with Casillas over the remarks made by Sara Carbonbiscuits (that he is an egoist and selfish on the field) and Mourinho doesn’t want to get involved. Supposedly CRonaldo doesn’t understand why his teammates don’t love him as much as Barca players love Messi.

    Source is apparently the popular radio show El Larguero. Opinions? True, false, do we care?

    1. Don’t know what to make of it. It’s weird, but I don’t get that warm schadenfreude when EE is having issues *off the field*.

      But Cristiano Ronaldo wondering why his teammates don’t treat him with the same affection as Barca treats Messi? That’s simply a silly question: Messi has been playing with most of these guys for over 5 years, and knew many of them as a canterano.

      Same as when madridistas complain that their team didn’t look like they were “hungry for it” at El Clasico: assembling a brand new team in 2-3 years time has consequences beyond the team “not gelling” on the field.

      Then again, these are all rumors right now, right?

  11. Loved this thing (especially the ending) until I found out that it’s a real bear. Can’t really enjoy it now =(

  12. Gabi to Argentina?

    *http://www.goal.com/en/news/585/argentina/2010/12/15/2262988/independiente-hold-out-hope-of-bringing-back-barcelona

    Well, I realize it is coming from BS.com, but could there be a kernel of truth to this? Gabi is 30, hasn’t been at his peak physically, and if Fontas gets promoted in January as many suspect he will, that will be one more competitor for the CB positions.

    “… Gabi want(s) to play in Independiente but it depends more on their own desires than anything we can offer,” the chief concluded.”

    Doesn’t sound like they can put up much money for him. Anyone know when Gabi’s contract expires?

  13. Messi is diplomatic (in Milan for an ad campaign, responding to ridiculous media questions about joining Inter):

    “At the moment I’m not thinking about Inter,” the 23-year-old stated to Sky Sport 24.

    “Moratti? I like his compliments – he is a great president and a very good person.”

  14. I think we’re losing focus on what’s important. Iniesta magically making friends with a bear. Focus, people.

    1. I think they should make this a weekly series. Crackovia on Mondays, El Crack i El Oso on Thursdays. It’s a no-brainer!

    2. I think even you are missing the main point…

      ANDRES IS GOING AROUND KICKING ROCKS!!!

      I think with legs as magical and yet fragile as his, he shouldnt even be kicking bubbles in his spare time…

      Must protect the precious…

  15. I feel bad that I missed out on a top-notch conversation in the last post while I was at work, and it’s a shame that as I enter, everyone’s tired of it. Sorry, folks, but I must weigh in on the last post’s subject.

    Harvey Milk once said (well, at least in the movie) that if everyone comes out of the closet, and everyone sees loved ones in the flesh for who they really are, anti-gay laws and notions–whether propagated directly or indirectly by the United States, Qatar, FIFA, or what have you–will come crashing down.

    So fuck it. I’m bisexual–that is, I’m into men and women. I’ve settled into that reality over the last few years, and have had the reassurance and comfort of those around me whom have accepted this.

    So there!

    And I’m sure I’m not the only one on this blog that is this way.

    So what sayeth the blog? If the revolution does not begin with professional footballers coming out publicly, it might as well get a bump in the forums in which people discuss professional footballers, shouldn’t it?

    Viva la Revolucion, BFB–

    1. well i guess the best thing to happen in Qatar is if a superstar or two came out of the closet during the world cup…

      that’s all i’m gonna say since i’ve said enough.

      btw am i the only one who doesn’t go all weak in the knees for iniesta & osito?

    2. Alex and Blitzen — even in a low stakes comment thread like this one, it takes cojones to come out and say this is me, I love football. That is how you fight prejudice, whatever culture it comes from. I’m Chinese-American and my dad is freaked out by a having an African-American president. Do I say I respect his cultural difference or where he is coming from? No. He’s wrong. I don’t fight him about it everyday, but I will stand up to him in every conversation he brings it up. So I think there is a limit to “cultural relativism.” Some things like CR7’s attitude and racism and homophobia are just wrong.

    3. I admire your willingness to put yourself “out” there on this subject. If it means anything, count me among the readers here that does not care at all what your or anyone else’s preferences are. I also wasn’t bored reading the last post. Sports and fandom are an escape in many ways, and many of us would like to keep them on their own separate plane because mostly that’s how we experience and engage with them, but unfortunately the real world and its politics are very much a part of it all.

      I generally regard Sports Illustrated as one of the worst offenders when it comes to nostalgic, self righteous sports-cliche indulgence, but i was actually moved by their story on Gareth Thomas last year. Sports and sports culture shouldn’t do that to people–fans or players. It shouldn’t be that way. And I think you are right that fans can play a role in demanding that those repressive norms change. I would welcome more of that discussion any day, any time.

      When I travel I am fine with making concessions to the norms around me. I’ve been in some conservative places and I don’t mind wearing certain clothes or covering my hair or whatever is polite to show some acknowledgement of “how things are done around here.” It is on the visitor to show some respect. It is also on the host to show some hospitality, and if that means inviting the world to your country, there are probably some concessions that could be made on that side as well. All that being said, if many football fans choose to stay away from Russia or Qatar for reasons having to do with their attitudes or practices around human rights or various cultural norms, that’s their choice to make too and perfectly reasonable.

    4. Coolest. Comment. Evah. Rock on, Alexinho!

      And I’m not bi, but if Roger Federer decided that he wanted to go black, that would be another matter.

    5. Sweet Jesus, make up your mind, man or woman, stop trying to get the best of both worlds. I haven’t a homophobic bone in my body, but what I can’t stand is those who who sit on the fence. Nail your colours.:)

  16. espanyol is preparing eagerly for the derby.
    They are planning carefully , investing lots of time in the way the crowd will receive us(mosaic etc).
    Boy I really hope we win this one to rub it in their ugly hostile faces.
    Wish EE rival was that motivated rather than bending over backwards for them every much and never making a fuss about it.

  17. I like how cruyff say now that we are just another club but 5 years before he said the opposite thing.Man you are a legend but stop the politics.

  18. Barcelona have a deal on the transfer of Santos attacker and Brazilian international Neymar (18). [as]

    From Barcastuff..

    I would die if he joins us, he has such a big ego..

    1. I don’t believe it.
      Pep doesn’t like that kind of player.
      He rejected Robinho multiple times already.
      Ok, he made a mistake with Ibra,
      once bitten twice shy.

    2. the difference being that Robinho, when the transfer rumours arose, was a full professional in the middle of his career. Neymar, by contrast, is a young kid with raw talent. clearly he’s going to be a phenomenal player…

      but the question is the same one with Ibrahimovic: could he adapt his ATTITUDE to our system and it’s demands? the answer to that is much more difficult to determine than gauging his ability.

      with Thiago likely being promoted, Afellay coming into the team and Bojan brightening the competition is going to be fierce for a starting place. our starting 11 is the best on the planet of any side, club or national. our bench is looking far more complete than it did at the beginning of the season, with Keita, Mascherano, Bojan, G. Milito, Adriano, Maxwell and now Afellay along with up-and-comers Fontas and Thiago (in fact that’s probably a pretty good starting 9 right there…). a young player would have to be hugely confident or enormously brave (probably both) to sign for us right now.

      if he doesn’t demand a starting place (few 18-year-olds can) and seems willing to work in the system, in a couple of seasons Neymar could be a priceless asset. so could Ibrahimovic have been. it’s a big gamble for both parties, and we saw how the last one turned out.

      an interesting proposition., but not entirely deserving of the quick rejection.

  19. Thanks to Dora the Explorer, I know what Iniesta was saying at the
    end. Dore: “Say Abre, abre, abre.” 🙂 Heard it a million times my lil sis watching it

    1. Finally, we’re back to football…..well footballers and bears…..tiny vampire ghosts and bears….

      Benj wins best quote of the thread for me:

      “I think even you are missing the main point…

      ANDRES IS GOING AROUND KICKING ROCKS!!!

      I think with legs as magical and yet fragile as his, he shouldnt even be kicking bubbles in his spare time…

      Must protect the precious…”

      I’m finding it hard to go a whole week without a NEW game to watch and must start thinking about this weekend. So since my prediction for the Sociedad manita worked, here goes:
      0-5 Messi(another brace), Pedro, Villa, and Valdes (to make Greek Barca happy)

  20. He can be our headache for the next 10 years. No please.

    Ofcourse Pep wouldn’t put up with him that long. It would be like signing CR7-lite. Extremely talented prospect, but too full of himself and therefore not a good fit for us.

  21. Why Chgrynskiy is still making commercials with Ghostface? Was there a clause in the sale?

    Oh, I wanna beat Espanyol really badly, I don’t think we can score a lot, but I wanna see them suffer!

  22. If we buy a player, that HAS to be a 9 (Neymar isn’t). Currently, that’s what this squad lack, catastrophically. And mark my words, this will bite us hard at the worst timing.

    Or else, I am completely satisfied with what we have. There will always be great talents/players out there, the most important thing is what we need in here.

  23. If we were going to make a big money move, the only player I’d want is Llorente. A target man for when we desperately need a plan B. Other than that, I think Afellay is exactly what we need in terms of depth. I do wonder where Pep will utilize him the most though.

    1. Reports are that Mourinho is going to make a last-ditch attempt to convince the RM board that he needs Llorente, even though they said they wouldn’t buy anyone in January.

      I have yet to see any conclusive evidence that Llorente is actually for sale, however.

    2. Sigh. I honestly would not be surprised if he does end up going to the EE. But I still (and I may be in the minority here) believe that we need a target man up front.
      Right now, our squad is playing at its magical best, and our strikers are banging goals in left, right and centre.
      But our team also happens to be at its absolute peak, and I’m afraid of what will happen when our form begans to wane in February and we need to rack up the goals.

      Then again, maybe I’m just being excessively paranoid. 🙂

  24. Bojan’s case closed, he is not going anywhere. Just as expected.

    Maybe we could have another mid-season discussion about our number 9, coz it’s about time. Though I think it’s not gonna be much of a debate as he has been playing so much better. His movements are becoming much sharper and more importantly, HE HAS BEEN SCORING GOALS ! Yes, real goals and in real games! So, he deservedly extended. I think his performance curve has to go nowhere but up from this point on, and we need him to.

    It will be interesting in the second half of the season because of our new signing Afellay will be with us to add things. I can’t wait to see!

    1. Yep, Krkic and Busquets are thisclose to renewals. And boy, that Iniesta sale story just cracks me up. We finally had to deny it because it was starting to get traction, as too many footy stories do. And I repeat, it all started because some journalist noted that if we were looking to reduce our debt, we could knock 100m off right away by selling Iniesta. That’s how it ALL started, and there was never a shard of veracity in the rumors. Not nevah. Evah.

      The Alves rumors continue apace, with buzz of United and Citeh starting a bidding war. 29m POUNDS from Citeh? Wow.

      Alves could solve all of this by saying “We will find a way to resolve my situation at Barcelona, so people need to calm the hell down.” But that ain’t gonna happen. And as I have said, if he wants the money more than the quality of life and football, good riddance. We want to pay him almost as much as Xavi, which probably puts him in the 5-6m per annum range. I know that players have egos, and think that “If so and so is worth this much, then I am worth THIS much!” But come on.

      So as I have also said before. If he’s going, a bidding war ain’t bad thing. 30m+Euros might not buy a replacement, as he is irrreplacable, but I don’t care. I don’t want players here who don’t want to be here. This thing has been screwing around since last February. Get it done, or get gone.

    2. We could wipe the debt out entirely if we sold Iniesta, Messi, Xavi, Pique and Alves. Let’s do it! Fiscal responsibility!

  25. ZubiZa says that we have 50m for transfers this summer, and for the summers to come. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’ll take 17m for transfers, and an unsold shirt.

    AS is the only place reporting the Neymar thing, so I wouldn’t get too worked up about it yet. They also reported that we also successfully negotiated for Ganso, which further strains the credulity of that report.

  26. Better buy the current jerseys while you can people, cuz DAMN they’re about to get ugly!!
    *http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/news/new-shirt-design-given-green-light-by-lfp/
    I know… I hope its fake too.

    1. Don’t forget that part of the agreement was that the UNICEF logo would be as large as the QF Foundation logo. Us moving it to the rear of the shirt and going huge on the QF logo strains credulity. It’s why I’m staying clear of all such things until I see something approaching official. Rest assured that when a shirt design comes out, you’ll see it in one of the mouthpieces (Sport or EMD) first.

  27. All this talk of needing a number 9 when we already have one! There is nothing wrong with Bojan that a pair of these won’t fix:

    *http://www.kangoojumps.ch/doc14.htm

    Now, I own a pair of these bad boys myself, and I can tell you that you can run really fast in them and jump really high. Just think how effective Bobo would be with headers from corners and those high crosses Dani likes to smash across the box! OK, he wouldn’t be nearly as skillful with his footwork, but that’s not what Plan B is about, right? 🙂

  28. Yeah i wish when laporta was president kxevin you said same things.But then you prefered ibra for 80m than an unsold shirt.

    1. I’m sick of your shit, Greece Barca. You have absolutely no goddamned idea WHAT the hell I preferred. Stop it. Just stop it. Think before you type, because this comment has officially pissed me the hell off. You come here spouting invective and making accusations that have absolutely no basis in reality, and it doesn’t make any sense.

      Everybody in this space was excited about the signing of Ibrahimovic, because of the talent and potential that be brought to the club. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! There is an archive of posts and comments.

      I love this club with all of my heart and soul. I would sell ANY PLAYER before the shirt. I have made that abundantly clear. If you think that I would prefer Ibrahimovic over us the club whoring out the front of its shirt, then you’re too stupid and misguided for me to talk to.

      Yes, this is an ill-tempered, inadvisable comment. But this the last personal attack that I am going to take from you, and if you were here, I would tell you that to your face. Stop it. If you can’t post here without hurling accusations and fire-starting, one of us will have to go. Period. Because I am up to goddamned here with it. Seriously.

    2. hey we didnt have this type of comments when we were talking about politics, homosexuality and racism ! this for a long gone player is simply unecessary.

    3. It’s a pattern of behaviour that is being objected to, this comment was just the last straw and I don’t blame him.

  29. What i mean is that:Yes rosell make a mistake,a big one.But why we don.t talk about laporta.s big uneccesary transfers?About big salaries that the club can.t deal with?Yes i prefer 15m for transfers and a clean shirt.BUT we spended 90m every summer and nobody said back then:Hey what.s going on here?We have not the money for this!Be critical to rosell but also be critical for those who bring us in this situation.

  30. It was already announced that the club will have 50 millions every summer for transfers. I am trying to figure how will we find enough place for another 250M worth players in the following 5 years (Thats beside the money you get for selling-and we have some products on sale).

    Mind you, if we spend the mentioned money on transfers, we will increase amortization expense 10 M every year, it will be (10,20,30,40,50 respectively in the following five years just from the following transfers). All that and we are not talking about Salaries increase yet (Salaries expenses is the account killing us most in the budget). That will easily eat twice the return of the sponsorship deal. I just dont get it.

    Lets create a real life scenario: Suppose we spent the whole 65 M available this summer buying a striker (just assume that). We may get something close to 25 millions coming from the sale of the loaned players. What do we need more for the Squad? say a CB. done.

    What will we need t buy in the second season? The third? I say this squad can survive two seasons without transfers, with Oriol, Batra, Thiago,JDS, and many more youth getting chances as well. Thats at least a hundred millions saved from transfer budget and 10 to 15 in salaries. the sponsorship return in those years is lower than that. So if you need money to finance budget, that is a better way to go.

  31. An Apology

    So. As one of the authors and moderators of this space, I’m supposed to be above it all. I’m supposed to be able to take anything and deal with it, because being in the kitchen means that things are going to get hot. Player ratings, evaluations, no matter, tolerance should be part of the deal.

    My comment to Greece Barca was beyond the pale. Simple as that. As with Isaiah’s Fabregas Diving post, I’ll leave it rather than cleansing the space, as a monument to how not to behave. It also means that I’ll be taking a bit of a break. Not permanent, but I need some time to breathe. We’ve had a very intense and extended period, starting with Fabregas, continuing with Ibrahimovic, Qatar and the shirt sale. And I am more than a little raw, apparently.

    So just as I wouldn’t accept a comment such as that from a member of this family, I can’t accept it from myself, either. So I’ll take a bit of a break, get my mind right, and return refreshed, renewed and more even-tempered. I’ll also forward this to Greece Barca, via e-mail.

    Thanks everyone, and apologies again.

    1. Aww, don’t go, Kxevin! We’re playing Espanyol this weekend, remember? We need your insight and commentary. Even mods are allowed to lose their tempers once in a while. And comparing this to the Fagregas Diving post (which I naturally had to go and find once you mentioned it)? Not even close. Don’t be too hard on yourself. After all, we are the ones who suffer if you go away. 😀

    2. Admirable of you to step up and apologize, Kxevin. I didn’t really feel you had to, as Greece has a habit of making baiting comments towards you(especially in regards to the Ibra situation smh. I don’t think he’s ever heard of the dead horse analogy).

      However, props to you for holding yourself to a standard of behavior and publicly acknowledging when you didn’t meet it.

    3. My reaction after reading this…well, I’ll quote one of my favorite writers.

      “Class with a capital C.” – by Kxevin

      If you really need to take a break, then I hope it’ll be a brief one.

    4. Kxevin,

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjBoRnuobJM

      And i’m straight also :))

      Everyone loses his temper once in a while. Myself, as admin of my country’s biggest forum have done it sometimes… But from my experience i could tell you that you’ve done noble thing apologising, although i put +1 in the vote that the member you talked to pushed too far. And if you do apologise, he should also, that will prove that it has been a matter of two gentlemans who’ve had a bad moment. And nothing above that..

      Hell,
      everyone has a right to make mistake, although i repeat, i do not see it as mistake, because you’re not a droid but human. And you do not need time off to settle down. You’re doing perfectly, your brain’s working like Messi’s legs, your temper is even cooler then Thuram’s. And he is as cool as iceberg.

      Normally, you do not need to listen to my suggestion and “cure” the state you think you’re in by not running from here, but i think that it is a wise advice (not trying to implicate that i’m wise 🙂 ).

      There’s always possibility that you actually need time off something, i.e. BFB, and that is completely normal, and it has nothing to do with the comment outburst – if this is how you feel, go for it man, like Ibra’s gone on a loan to Milan and he’ll be back stronger and better for us :))

      But whatever the challenges in my life, whatever the objectives that sometimes seem faraway, impossible… my passion has always helped me get myself together. And your passion is analysing, blogging about P!! and Captain Caveman (has anyone givven nickname to Puyi by now?), hangiong out with us enjoying yours (and all of the others) amazing work… and breathing football.

      I hope that after the beer-brake of few hours you’ve taken, you’ll be reading this, prepared to continue where you’ve stopped: being awesome editor/moderator of this blog.

      Sincerely,
      Bobby

      p.s. When i clicked on comment, the NO CAPTCHA screen scared me to death… i though all i wrote was lost. But i was prepared typing it again. That’s how important you are 😉

    5. Your comment is awaiting moderation. – NOT ANY MORE 🙂
      December 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm
      Kxevin,

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjBoRnuobJM

      And i’m straight also )

      Everyone loses his temper once in a while. Myself, as admin of my country’s biggest forum have done it sometimes… But from my experience i could tell you that you’ve done noble thing apologising, although i put +1 in the vote that the member you talked to pushed too far. And if you do apologise, he should also, that will prove that it has been a matter of two gentlemans who’ve had a bad moment. And nothing above that..

      Hell,
      everyone has a right to make mistake, although i repeat, i do not see it as mistake, because you’re not a droid but human. And you do not need time off to settle down. You’re doing perfectly, your brain’s working like Messi’s legs, your temper is even cooler then Thuram’s. And he is as cool as iceberg.

      Normally, you do not need to listen to my suggestion and “cure” the state you think you’re in by not running from here, but i think that it is a wise advice (not trying to implicate that i’m wise ).

      There’s always possibility that you actually need time off something, i.e. BFB, and that is completely normal, and it has nothing to do with the comment outburst – if this is how you feel, go for it man, like Ibra’s gone on a loan to Milan and he’ll be back stronger and better for us )

      But whatever the challenges in my life, whatever the objectives that sometimes seem faraway, impossible… my passion has always helped me get myself together. And your passion is analysing, blogging about P!! and Captain Caveman (has anyone givven nickname to Puyi by now?), hangiong out with us enjoying yours (and all of the others) amazing work… and breathing football.

      I hope that after the beer-brake of few hours you’ve taken, you’ll be reading this, prepared to continue where you’ve stopped: being awesome editor/moderator of this blog.

      Sincerely,
      Bobby

      p.s. When i clicked on comment, the NO CAPTCHA screen scared me to death… i though all i wrote was lost. But i was prepared typing it again. That’s how important you are

    6. well if i characterized your previous comment as unecessary , this one is unacceptable.
      Mods are leading the way and are doing it suberbly , and are not supposed to be perfect , nobody would even want that.
      I will personally refrain from reading a post in BFB unless I spot the next kxevin article around here ,which I demand to be about the espanyol game. 🙂

  32. Well Greece Barca had a point there, which I think he wanted to put across, but in doing so, ended up as being inflammatory to Kxevin..

    To be fair, Greece Barca has come across a lot of criticism, some valid, some completely unfair..

    I hope he continues contributing to BFB, this place wouldn’t be the same without him..

  33. i love this:

    “Sacchi (ex-Milan): ‘Zlatan has returned to Italy after being a partial failure at Barça. This has increased his openness to work’ [gazzetta]” via barcastuff

    1. Sacchi is a LEGEND.
      Can’t believe Ibra (and his foul mouthed agent) tried to trash talk Cruyff and Sacchi in the same week. What potential career suicide!
      If you make a list of the biggest influences on modern football and strategy and etc Sacchi and Cruyff would be top 5 naterial IMO

  34. Perhaps as a relatively new member if this community I might put in my own 2 cents

    1. I have followed Kxevin’s posts in the old offside page and although I wasn’t a regular contributor it was one of the few sites I frequented for Barça news along with Pep’s blog.

    2. The style of writing and banter on that blog convinced me to start posting there but before I could become more regular the guys moved on to a new site.

    3. As life caught up with me my internet privileges became limited and I lost track of the happenings in Barça land.

    4. About a couple of months ago however, I stumbled onto this site and found (to my surprise) the same names I had associated with the old offside page and hence one of my first questions was regarding Genis ( a regular contributor there)

    5. Kxevin, I address this to you, specifically. You, Sir, are perhaps the very BEST writer on Barça I have ever had the privilege to read and the fact that you are taking this little disagreement with Greece Barca so seriously shows how dedicated you are to this space and to us, your loyal readers/fanbooys&fangirls. It is of utmost importance (from my view) you realise that flying off the handle once in a while is not wrong and if anything it is healthy to blow off steam. I am sure Greece Barca doesn’t take thsi seriously and if he is doing so he shouldn’t. It is the one clear ideal that all of us here love this Club, this wonderful, wonderful, GEM of a club and hence that is why we put our little differences aside and see at the greater good. We are here and write in this space because We Love Barça and that love is bigger than anything else. Bigger than any dodgy wannabe sponsor, bigger than any power hungry Presi, bigger than our little tiffs and definitely bigger than any single player. We are part of it and we will stay so perpetually. I hope you take this to heart and realise that you didn’t do anything untoward at all.

    Cheers!
    Visca el Barça

    1. Kev takes things too seriously sometimes. Greece Barca cought him in a bad moment (everyone has one once in a while).

      But it’s a fact that the Barca blogosphere would be the same without Kxevin.

    1. Did you see my comment about Cuddly Toy above? Check it out, it could be the answer to all his problems!

  35. With the previous post, there were so many things I didn’t agree with (the first being the post itself) but I kept my mouth (fingers?) quiet because if I couldn’t articulate myself in a respectful, non-aggressive manner, I shouldn’t comment at all. Because first and foremost, I respect EVERYONE on this blog, even if our views don’t agree.

    So, I took a break.

    Taking a break isn’t bad. In fact, considering the role on BFB Kxevin, it’s better if you just sit back, spend quality with the wife, watch our matches (what better way to relax?) and come back energized. We’ll all still be here to call you a biased jerk when return 😀

    By the by, it’s good that you manned up and apologized. We’re all family here and sh*t happens–it’s how we deal with mess that speaks volumes about our character. Our blog has a heck of a lot of character and I hope it stays that way. As such, I hope Greece Barca apologies too, and continues contributing as well, but there’s no pressure for him to come back.

    If you want my advice:

    Kari Advice #1: If one needs to unleash pent-up frustration/anger/etc. on someone, save it for those damned Merengues! Pericos! (In this case.)

    1. socerMOMof4 advice to follow on Kari’s.

      We’re all passionate about this team or else we wouldn’t be spending precious time here. Where there is passion there will be tempers flairing from time to time. We’re all human. So when, NOT IF that happens, we appologize and move on.

      So take your respective breaks, rewatch the clasico to calm your nerves, and come back ready to trashtalk EE-lite I mean the Pericos.

      BTW, thatks to all the mods and regulars who keep this thing up and running. It’s not like we(those of us from the states where football means something totally different) can talk about this team with our neighbors who probably don’t know about the existance of FC Barcelona (I didn’t 2 year ago).

  36. This one cracked me up..

    “When I arrive at the [Bayern headquarters] on the Säbener Strasse,” Schweinsteiger said, “I feel right at home. I know all the employees from A to Z, and I know where the toilets are.” There’s definitely something to be said for this. Imagine you’re a top professional player earning just under £150,000 a week (Schweini’s new salary) and you come to work on a Monday morning only to find Arjen Robben standing in reception waiting for you with his hands on his hips. You can be sure he’s going to demand to know why you didn’t pass to him in the 67th minute on Saturday when he was free on the left. But if you know exactly where the bog is, you can hold up your hand and say “Just a second, mate, the pipes are full”, and then you duck into the can before he’s had the chance to waylay you. And you stay there until he’s been distracted by the posse of Interpol agents looking for Franck Ribéry.

    via DirtyTackle via When Saturday comes.. (Ian Plenderleith conducted the original interview/piece)

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