Anims, VV!

So Barça played today, and won 3-0. Atleti played today, and won 1-0. RM played today, and lost 2-1. The Liga is ours for the taking, if we just win the final 8 matches of the season. But I can’t say that I feel like doing much except echoing what Javier Macherano Tweeted, which is… Continue reading Anims, VV!

“Welcome back,” aka “Been longer than we know since we have seen That Messi”

So. Lionel Messi has returned, after 59 days away from the lineup of FC Barcelona. He scored two goals, capered about like a colt unbound, and many people had similar reactions to the spectacle, to the tune of: “I had forgotten how good he was in the time he was gone.” For me, however, it… Continue reading “Welcome back,” aka “Been longer than we know since we have seen That Messi”

Yes, Messi’s broke, aka “The rush to blame shouldn’t bypass a mirror”

Injuries are part of athletics. The capriciousness of the human body, ergonomics, a way of movement that is just fine a million times but is NOT fine a million and one times … it’s all part of the deal. There’s never a good time for them, particularly when they involve the best player alive, Lionel… Continue reading Yes, Messi’s broke, aka “The rush to blame shouldn’t bypass a mirror”

Your superstar and you, aka “Managing up”

“Was this trip really necessary,” muses the driver, gazing at the wrecked Ferrari after a trip to the local 24-hour grocery store for some chips became something much worse. Had chips at home, but wanted a certain kind, didn’t have to mash the throttle so hard, could have taken the Ford, dammit, dammit, dammit! Here… Continue reading Your superstar and you, aka “Managing up”

Messi, ankles, Ujfalusi and nonsense apologies

Claudio Chaves, El Mundo Deportivo Tomas Ujfalusi can go to hell. And I’m saying this from a number of viewpoints: Barca fan and cule, sports fan, person who is against violence, human being who is averse to having to don hip waders to get through waist-high mounds of steaming bovine fecal matter. Ujfalusi says that… Continue reading Messi, ankles, Ujfalusi and nonsense apologies

Atletico ****** 1, Barca 2, aka “What an expensive victory!”

In the journalism business, we call what is about to happen, “burying the lede.” It’s shifting the thing that everybody cares about to later in the piece. Sometimes it’s crazy, other times it’s to make a point, as it is now. Finish your chances! We had about 913 chances to get the third, or even… Continue reading Atletico ****** 1, Barca 2, aka “What an expensive victory!”

The ugliness of Ujfalusi

This play disgusts me for so many reasons. I don’t think that another professional should ever deliberately try to injure a fellow professional. I also find it appalling that people who support other teams are crowing in joy over the fact that the above bit of violence has sidelined our star player. I mean, another… Continue reading The ugliness of Ujfalusi

You can keep Fabregas, we’ll take Busquets, and other news

We have a few things to discuss, as per some of the very interesting points raised in the aftermath of our rather lackluster victory against Racing, including the qualities of one Sergi Busquets. But first, some news: –Aleksandr Hleb says that a resurgent Stuttgart have a “10 percent” shot against us in our upcoming Champions… Continue reading You can keep Fabregas, we’ll take Busquets, and other news